Belize Diving Holidays: An Overview

Formerly British Honduras, Belize is a country defined by various cultures, languages, and ethnic groups including descendants of the Mayans, whose civilisation dominated this region for centuries. Mayan links are evident in well-preserved remains such as Xunantunich, with its plazas and temples, and Caracol's 138ft tall Sky Palace Pyramid.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • The world-famous Blue Hole is high on many divers' bucket list. It's a great dive.
  • You have a great chance of whale shark sightings at Gladden Spit at the right time of year.
  • The cayes offer white sands, blue seas and some world-class hotels.
  • Inland there is much to explore both in terms of culture and wildlife making this a great all-round destination.

Our Guide to Belize Diving Holidays

Aside from Mayan ruins, Belize's attractions include rich flora and fauna, and 40% of the country is dedicated to conservation. The lush rainforests are still home to jaguar, puma and various species of monkey, as well as the beautiful, brilliantly plumed quetzal. Finally, there's the diving in Belize, the 174-mile coastline fringed with numerous atolls, known as Cayes, and the second greatest barrier reef in the world.

Our Latin America team have stayed in all the best lodges throughout the Belize and work with the top guides for cultural and wildlife excursions. We only use the finest dive operators and can arrange dive trips to see whale sharks in this, one of the few places on the planet where marine biologists know when, why and where they congregate. The last Original Diving consultant to dive in Belize saw eight whale sharks on his solitary dive. Not a bad return.

Belize has come late to tourism. A British colony until 1981 with a disputed Guatemalan border, the country only really achieved political stability in 1998. As a consequence, much of it is still untouched: there are jaguars and rainforests in the hinterland, and you'll find virgin reefs off the coast. Thankfully the government has committed to protecting these natural resources, linking up with privately-funded conservation groups.


Top picks for Belize

Palm Trees Belize beach

The Belizean Coast

Belize

One of the only places in the world where you are guaranteed whale shark encounters at the right time of year.

Where to go

Matachica

Matachica

The Cayes

Matachica Beach Resort is located a stone’s throw away from Belize’s Great Barrier Reef, and is backed by tropical rainforest.

Where to stay

Spa Suite, Victoria House

Victoria House

The Cayes

Victoria House in Belize lies between picturesque white beaches and coconut groves with lush tropical gardens planted with hibiscus, bougainvillea and oleander.

Where to stay

Turtle Inn

Turtle Inn

The Belizean Coast

The place to stay in Placencia is Turtle Inn. Set on a long, narrow spit of land, just inches above sea level, Turtle Inn is sandwiched between the open ocean to one side and a lagoon, home to manatees or ‘sea cows’, on the other.

Where to stay

Well it really is back to earth with a bump after our fabulous holiday. Thank you very much for all your hard work. It really was a dream holiday.

Jane

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