Best Scuba Diving Destination
Belize, located just south of
Mexico in Central America, is the best scuba diving destination for divers of
every skill level. Here are some reasons why:
A Plethora of Dive Sites to Choose From
Belize boasts the world's
second largest barrier reef, which stretches the length of the country's
185-mile coastline. This affords divers a vast array of sites, from gently
sloping ocean floor dives suitable for novices to the holy grail of dive sites,
the Great Blue Hole, for experienced divers.
No matter what type of scuba
diving interests you, you're certain to find it in Belize. Wreck divers will
enjoy Sayonara Wreck and Amigo's Wreck. Coral garden divers will find gorgeous
sites at Caye Caulker, Ambergris Caye and Glover's Reef Atoll, among others.
Cave divers will want to explore Silver Caves, Cypress Tunnels and the Crack at
Glover's Reef. Night diving is a popular pastime at Placencia and Hol Chen
Marine Reserve. And of course, deep diving aficionados will want to experience the
Great Blue Hole.
Described by many as a
near-religious experience, diving the Great Blue Hole is recommended for
advanced divers only. The world's largest limestone sinkhole, the Great Blue
Hole measures almost 1,000 feet across and 412 feet deep, making it appear
bottomless. The first 50 feet slope down to a sheer wall. At about 130 feet,
gargantuan stalagmites and stalactites dating back to the last ice age provide
awesome natural architecture. Although the lack of light means that few fish
species are seen in the hole, sharks such as the reef, bull and the occasional
hammerhead, may join you in this area.
Belize boasts an amazingly rich
variety of marine life. If you're interested in undersea photography or
videography, you'll find plenty of photo opportunities on your Belize vacation!
Belize has three atolls, which
provide nesting grounds for three species of endangered sea turtles: the loggerhead,
green and hawksbill. The deep water near these atolls is home to whale sharks,
dolphins, manatees and countless seabirds.
Other areas of the barrier reef
are home to aquatic life like sponges, spectacular coral growths, barracuda,
angelfish, spotted groupers, nurse sharks, sea turtles, pink shelled conches
and multitudes of rainbow-hued fish.
Animals found on land include orange
iguanas, land crabs and rare birds known as the red-footed booby. You may even
see a crocodile sunning itself near the shore.
The Belize Advantage
In addition to the quality of dive sites in the country, Belize
offers other reasons to visit. Unlike many world-class dive sites, Belize is only
a short distance for Canadian and American visitors – your flight may be just
long enough to watch an in-flight movie! Tourists from North America don't
require visas to visit Belize and American money is often accepted in resort
Since Belize was once a British
colony, English is the official language and most Belizeans speak it fluently.
Ecotourism is well established in the country and Belizeans are known for their
There is a wide range of
accommodations available, from economy hotels to exclusive island resorts, and
because diving is a big focus for the tourist industry, many types of diving
packages can be purchased.
Call your travel agent today
and start planning your Belize scuba getaway!