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.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • Lots to explore on both land and sea with good coral reefs and jungles in the interior.
  • Placencia Lagoon is a great place to see manatees 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.

Laughing Bird Cay, a submerged atoll, is used for shorter trips and night dives. It is home to two rare toadfish, endemic to Belize, and some inquisitive lemon and nurse shark.

Top picks for The Belizean Coast

Turtle Inn

Turtle Inn

The Belizean Coast

The place to stay in Placencia is Turtle Inn. This hotel sits on a narrow spit with the ocean on one side and a lagoon, home to 'sea cows' on the other. The Turtle Inn was created by Francis Ford Coppola and it feels a bit like a film set. He and his team have done a remarkable job of restoring the land here. Built under soaring thatched roofs, the resort features a blend of Mayan and Balinese influences. This theme runs through the design: carved stone reliefs, antique-style painted doors, ornate timber friezes, stone paths lined with candles… even if you didn't know the owner's identity, you can't help but feel there's something theatrical about it all.

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