Top Diving Places in the Western Hemisphere
Located in Central America, just south of
Mexico, are some of the best diving spots in the world. The Belize Barrier Reef
is home to the largest living coral reef in the Western Hemisphere. Spanning
over 185 miles, from shallow waters to the Great Blue Hole, Belize has some of
the most diverse scuba diving
you will find. There are a variety of dive sites to explore ranging
in ability for novice divers to diving pros, meaning there is something for
everyone in the underwater world of Belize.
The Best Dive Sites in Belize
For more experienced divers, Belize has some of
the finest coral atolls on the planet. There are three Belizean atolls that are
considered to be the best diving structures in the Caribbean Sea, including the
Lighthouse Reef – the smallest of the atolls with a length of
25 miles, a width of 4.5 miles and an area of 78 square miles is known fondly
by divers as the aquarium. This area is celebrated for its abundance of marine
life, crystal clear waters and thriving coral reefs. This is also the site of
the Blue Hole, a large sunken cave that is 300 feet by 400 feet and was made
famous by underwater explorer Jacques Cousteau. Divers will also find the
popular Halfmoon Caye here, which is a natural monument that lies along the
south-eastern portion of the reef and the Blue Hole.
Glover's Reef – stretching 15 miles long and 6.5 miles wide,
spectacular coral formations and huge sponges make up this atoll. You will be
astonished by the clarity of the surrounding waters and the abundance of fish
species ranging from king mackerel, eagle rays, bonefish, tarpon, groupers and
the many other fish that live amongst the coral reef. Whale sharks can be seen
here from April to June.
Turneffe Islands – this is the largest of the atolls, with a
length of 31 miles and a width of 10 miles in some areas. This is the place to
go to see schools of colourful fish including various types of baitfish, cubera
snappers, tiger grouper, filefish and other brilliant small aquatic creatures. Manta
rays and hammerhead sharks have also been spotted here.
There are more than 500 different species of
marine life that can be seen while scuba diving in Belize
. From nurse sharks,
parrotfish, turtles, lobster, grouper, manta rays, Spanish mackerels, angelfish
and many more, Belize boasts a diverse range of underwater species and endless
dive sites to explore.
Stay on an Exclusive Private Island
Thirty miles offshore from Belize City, a
private island awaits you in the centre of Belize's diving mecca. All of the top places to dive
are only a stone's throw away from the
luxurious Belize Dive Haven. Whether you are a seasoned scuba diver or are
looking for your first underwater adventure, Belize offers a variety of
breathtaking dive sites for you to discover.