With the world’s second-largest barrier reef and three coral atolls, Belize is a world-class scuba diving destination. Where else can you go swimming with whale sharks and explore the depths of the Great Blue Hole all in one day?
Let’s take a look at some of the scuba diving hot spots that make Belize so beloved by diving enthusiasts.
Turneffe, Lighthouse and Glover’s Atolls all make for a serene diving experience. Each a pristine sandbar wrapped by a circle of reef, they offer an enormous variety of sights. Think coral gardens, vertical coral walls and coral pinnacles featuring incredible canyons. Lighthouse is also home to the famed Blue Hole – a true must-see for any diver.
The Blue Hole
Made famous by Jacques Costeau, this perfectly round cavern spans 1,000 feet across, with depths of 450 feet. During this deep dive of a lifetime, you’ll marvel at stalactites, reef and bull sharks, and a dazzling array of tropical fish. Getting in is easy: it’s a quick hop from the cayes or Belize City.
Shark Ray Alley
For a shallower but no less incredible experience, pop up a snorkel and head to this one-of-a-kind sand bank inside the barrier reef. Shark Ray Alley got its name from the marine life attracted by the fishermen who used to clean their kills in this area – and you can still spot plenty of sharks and rays today. Bring an underwater camera to document the moment.
A stone’s throw from picturesque Placencia, Gladden Spit is one of the best places to spot majestic whale shark. Enticed by spawning fish, they stop by to feed from April – June, making for a truly impressive diving experience. If you’ve ever wanted to get up close and personal with these gentle giants of the ocean, here’s your chance.
If you’ve already swum with whale sharks and rays, why not add dolphins to the list? The Belize Dolphin experience on Spanish Lookout Caye offers dolphin encounters in a natural lagoon. Divers can learn about dolphin habitats and behaviors as well as care and feeding; all while enjoying hands-on interaction with these cheerful cetaceans.
Need some help planning your Belize diving experience? Get in touch with the staff at Placencia’s Sirenian Bay Resort & Villas – we’d be happy to assist you.