The Belize Cayes Diving Holidays: An Overview

Belize's barrier reef is made up of a series of cayes (pronounced "keys") that cover the length of the coast - nearly 200 miles of azure ocean dotted with gem-like islands sprouting from the water. Our favourite of which is Ambergris Caye, the largest in the system and home to beautiful white sand beaches and with access to some excellent diving, including the Blue Hole.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • You can find some wonderful hotels here, some of the best in Belize.
  • Take a day trip to dive the world-famous Blue Hole. Something all divers should experience.

Our Guide to The Cayes Diving Holidays

If staying on Ambergris Caye, we recommend people base themselves in San Pedro Town because it's ideally located for diving day trips, sailing trips and exploring on land.

Diving-wise, the Hol Chan Marine Reserve is a great place to start; it's just four miles from Ambergris Caye and is the oldest marine reserve in Belize. Divers will have the opportunity to spot nurse sharks and southern stingrays, as well as 40 species of coral and three species of sea turtle.

Then there's the Blue Hole - a sub-marine sinkhole that has adorned the pages of glossy magazines and clogged Instagram feeds for many a year. The dive itself is definitely different - a quiet, almost eery underwater atmosphere pervades as you glide past ancient stalactites and intricate limestone formations.

Above the waves, there are lots of activities to keep you busy, from birding to fishing and cave tubing.

Top picks for The Cayes



The Cayes

Matachica Beach Resort is just 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 is a plantation style villa located on the Ambergis Caye, just minutes from the Belize Barrier Reef and a boat ride away from the iconic dive site, the Blue Hole.

Where to stay

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