Belize might be one of the smallest countries in Central America, but it is home to the second largest barrier reef in the world. Even though there’s a lot to do on land, like dozens of Mayan Ruins, cave exploration, cultural exchange, and more; you must not miss exploring the underwater world just beyond Belize’s shores.
To help you explore the countless miles of reefs and their beautiful, colorful formations, here I’ll share with you five of the best diving spots along the Belize Barrier Reef.
1. The Blue Hole
If you’re an advanced diver, make sure you do not miss this experience. This Blue Hole is the biggest in the world and probably the most famous of all. And yes, it does not disappoint. While the hole has a depth of 400 feet (122m), you can dive to up to 130 feet (40m) as you make your way between stalactites, stalagmites, columns, and its dark expanse. Inside the hole, you can see Caribbean Reef Sharks, sea turtles, and more. While diving the Blue Hole is an impressive experience, the beauty of the dive does not rely on the marine life or colorful corals, but the size and oddity of the hole itself.
The Blue Hole is located in the Lighthouse Reef Atoll, about two and a half hours away from Caye Caulker or San Pedro by speed boat and it is done as part of a larger two or three dive trip.
2. Long Caye Aquarium
If you dive the Blue Hole, it is possible you’ll do this dive on the same trip as it is also located in the Lighthouse Reef Atoll. Long Caye Aquarium is classified as one of the most well-preserved dive spots along Belize’s Barrier Reef, and possibly one of the most beautiful too. In my opinion, it is!
The site is not too deep, with only about 50 feet (15m) at some of its deepest points, but it includes an incredible variety of marine life that includes Spotted Eagle Rays, Nurse Sharks, Sea Turtles, Barracudas, and more. Not only is there variety, but there’s also a significant concentration, so it is a busy site teeming with marine life.
The corals still preserve their beautiful colors, and many of the invertebrates still flow beautifully with the sea’s current – something many other sites are losing due to climate change.