Top 10 Scuba Dive Sites in the World:
Great Blue Hole, Belize
The Great Blue Hole, 100 kilometres (60 miles) off the coast of Belize, is 300 m (984 ft) across and 124 m (407 ft) deep. It is a remarkable natural formation, and was made famous by Jacques-Yves Cousteau, when he declared it one of the top 10 scuba dive sites in the world.
Not only a mecca for divers, in 2012 Discovery Channel ranked the Great Blue Hole as #1 on its top 10 list of the most amazing places on earth.
The Great Blue Hole lies in the center of an atoll called Lighthouse Reef, where an island of coral encircles the shallow, light turquoise-colored waters of a lagoon.
Expect to see: Stalactites, Giant groupers, Nurse Sharks, Caribbean Reef Sharks, and Blacktip Sharks. Bull sharks and hammerhead sharks have very occasionally been spotted here.
Getting here: Fly to Belize City from either Miami, Fort Worth Dallas or Cancun Mexico. From there you can find a local operator, or fly to either Ambergris Caye or the tiny Caye Caulker where you will be a bit closer to the action.
Here are the Top Ten Scuba Diving sites in the world:
- SS Yongala Wreck, Great Barrier Reef, Far North Queensland, Australia
- Blue Corner Wall, Palau, Micronesia
- Barracuda Point, Sipadan Island, Malaysian Borneo
- SS Thistlegorm, Egyptian Red Sea, Egypt
- Great Blue Hole, Belize
- Maaya Thila, Maldives
- Richelieu Rock, Surin Islands, Thailand
- Navy Pier, Exmouth, Australia
- Gordon Rocks, Galapagos, Ecuador
- Tubbataha Reef, Palawan, Phillipines