Belizean Coast Diving Holidays: An Overview

Half an hour's flight from Belize City lies some world class diving and a great chance of whale shark sightings at the right time of year and some fantastic diving.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • A great chance of whale shark sighting from March to June at Gladden Spit.
  • Lots to explore on both land and sea with good coral reefs and jungles in the interior.
  • Head to Placencia Lagoon to see some of the few remaining manatees - 500 kgs water-faring sea cows - in the wild.

Our Guide to Belizean Coast Diving Holidays

This is a world-class dive destination, with most of the diving organised as day trips, either to the inner atolls or the barrier reef, the former being 30 minutes away, the latter about an hour.

With all the day trips, except for the whale shark dive where you have to stay on the boat in the protected waters of the inner reef, your surface interval is spent on the pristine white sand beach of some palm fringed island enjoying a delicious lunch.

Most of the sites are an hour or so away by the fast comfortable boats and consequently are really day trips. Laughing Bird Cay, a submerged atoll, is half that distance, and used for shorter trips and night dives. It is home to two rare toadfish, endemic to Belize, and some inquisitive lemon and nurse shark.

If you are dived out, you can head inland; the area contains some extremely well preserved rainforest and National Parks, and there are plenty of bird and other wildlife spotting possibilities here, notably in the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary. In addition, many of the towns in this area have a strong Garifuna community and tours can be arranged.

Top picks for The Belizean Coast

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.

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