The Great Blue Hole
Belize's main claim to diving fame lies in the Blue Hole.
Perhaps the most photographed site in the world, the world-famous
Blue Hole has some of the best deep water diving in Belize. Located
on Lighthouse Reef, the Blue Hole is an almost perfectly circular
marine sinkhole plunging to depths exceeding 100 metres, adorned
with giant stalactites and stalagmites at around 40 metres.
Although this site is somewhat isolated from the rest of the MBRS
and less fishy compared to the open dive sites, you still have a
good chance of seeing Caribbean reef sharks as you ascend. Plus,
the shallow sections of the sinkhole, especially around the rim,
are more vibrant.
Turneffe Atoll lies halfway between Lighthouse Reef and the
country's largest city, Belize City, in the central region, and
boasts some of Belize's best wall dives. As the largest coral atoll
in Belize, there are plenty of opportunities to explore its depths
and seek out megafauna in the blue. Keep an eye out for
white-spotted toadfish, eagle rays, tarpon, huge groupers, nurse
sharks, jacks, snappers and Caribbean reef sharks plying the
depths. For the lucky few, whale sharks have also been known to
make the occasional appearance.
Gladden Spit and Silk Cayes Marine Reserve
Situated in the southern waters of Belize, the Gladden Spit and
Silk Cayes Marine Reserve, known as GSSCMR, offers the chance to
see the ocean's biggest fish, the whale shark. Between March and
June, the area hosts spawning aggregations of mutton snapper and
grouper, a natural spectacle that has been capitalized on by local
fishermen since the 1920s. However, it's not only the fishermen
taking advantage of these events.
The release of eggs and sperm into the water during these
aggregations attracts these spotty giants, and although there are
fewer sightings than in the past, you still have a good chance of
breaking your whale shark duck. Aside from the possibility of
seeing whale sharks, the shallower areas around the marine reserve
also feature good macro life. The Gladden Spit and Silk Cayes
Marine Reserve also has a wealth of deeper sites catering to divers
seeking to experience deep water diving in Belize, with silky
sharks and dolphins commonly seen cruising in the deep blue.
If you're feeling the call of the Caribbean and are looking
to explore the Maya ruins, jaguar-infused jungles and the
delightful deep water diving in Belize, our team of dive travel
experts are on hand to craft the perfect Belize holiday itinerary
for your travel dates and plans.