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
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.