The northern point on
Ambergris Caye marks the edge of the Belizean
border with Mexico, and its southern tip is on the doorstep of Hol
Chan Marine Reserve. The reserve is home to over 160 species of
fish and 40 types of coral while dolphins, nurse sharks and the
West Indian manatee also make regular appearances. The
six-and-a-half-square-mile protected area's mangroves will be of
particular interest to those looking to sample the muck diving in
Belize. The mangrove forests act as nurseries for many fish
species, including photogenic French angelfish, and the eagle-eyed
may even spot seahorses clinging to the seagrass.
A trip to the
southern waters, close to Placencia, will allow you to enjoy
the idyllic cayes, ringed with white sand and covered with a
liberal sprinkling of coconut palms. Silk Cayes Marine Reserve and
Laughing Bird Caye National Park offer the best options in the
region to enjoy the muck diving. Belize boasts a mix of all
creatures great and small, and the southern reefs are no different.
The shallow sandy sites offer the chance to scour the bottom for
arrow crabs, cleaner shrimp and furry sea cucumbers with their
attendant hitchhikers. A trip to the area to coincide with the
snapper and grouper spawning aggregations between March and June
also brings high chances of seeing whale sharks to complement the
eagle rays and nurse sharks seen year-round.
Aside from the muck diving in Belize, our team of dive travel
specialists are enthralled with the variety of diving on offer.
Whale sharks, eagle rays and reef sharks are regularly spotted on
outer reefs, and the Great Blue Hole - Belize's most famous
dive site - is as stunning as it is unique. Throw in luxurious
hotels set against the dense jungle, and you have a truly memorable
Caribbean muck diving holiday...