Destination Overview – Scuba Diving in Belize, Central America
Belize is without doubt one of the best scuba diving destinations this planet has got to offer, with the Belize barrier reef which runs the entire coastline, only being surpassed by the Great Barrier Reef of Australia. The country has three major open atolls. The entire coastline of Belize is suitable for diving and snorkelling, making it a dream destination for scuba divers. The country has a variety of dive sites both for beginner and advanced divers, with a wide array of depths ranging from shallow coral gardens and animal encounters to deep walls that drip with plenty of life.
There are plenty of dive spots for people interested in scuba diving in Belize. The stand out or hot dive spots in the country include the following
Hot Dive Spots In Belize
Hol Chan Marine Reserve ( Northern Cayes and atolls)
Hol chan marine reserve is an excellent spot for scuba diving in Belize. It’s also perfect for snorkelling as well. This spot consists of a narrow channel that cuts through a shallow but rich and well maintained coral reef. This spot is so popular that sometimes it gets overcrowded but if you don’t mind crowds, then it will blow your mind away.
Shark Ray Alley ( Northern Cayes and Attols)
Shark ray alley like Hol chan reserve has plenty of people but still lives upto its billing as one of the best scuba diving destinations in Belize. At shark ray, you are guaranteed of close encounters with large schools of stingrays and sharks. The scuba diving experience at shark ray provides an adrenaline rush for all but veteran divers and is one you will cherish forever.
Caye Caulker (Northern Caye and Atolls)
Caye Caulker is a more relaxed and less crowded scuba diving spot and is ideal for people who are seeking some peace and quiet. The entire Caye Caulker has plenty of good and easily accessible snorkelling and scuba diving areas and is less developed and crowded compared to nearby spots like Ambergris Caye. If you prefer something off the beaten track, then this is the perfect spot for you.
Turneffe island (Northern Caye and Attols)
This spot is considered the holy grail of scuba diving in Belize. This mid ocean atoll formation offers endless opportunities for world class scuba diving and snorkelling. Turneffe offers plenty of opportunities for drift, wall and coral garden diving and to make it even better, this is where you’ll find the Great Blue Hole.
Lighthouse Reef Attols (Northern Caye and Attols)
This is another amazing mid ocean atoll formation scuba diving spot that offers plenty of options to divers. The Great Blue Hole is close by, making this one of the top scuba diving spots in Belize. A number of dive operators in Belize offer 90 minutes to 3 hour day trips to both lighthouse and turneffe scuba diving spots. If you’re not in a hurry to go back, you can as well stay at one of the lodges here or on a live in dive boat.
Glover’s Reef Atoll (Southern Belize)
This is the third mid ocean atoll diving spot in Belize and unlike Turneffe or the Lighthouse atolls, it’s spectacular, under exploited and very few day trippers go to diving sites around Glover reef. The fact that few people visit the atoll leaves scuba divers with plenty of space to enjoy the coastline.
Gladden Spit (Southern Belize)
Gladden spit is located east of Placencia and is a world renowned spot for scuba diving. It is also one of the best spots for scuba diving in Belize and a good spot for viewing whaling sharks as well. The whale sharks normally come out to feed on the energetic and plentiful effluence. This spectacle of whale sharks swimming around makes it a very good spot for both diving and snorkelling.
Expect to see
You should expect to see the usual Carribean water creatures like sharks, whale sharks and an adundant variety of marine life. The best seasons include late March to June, August to October and lastly the period between December and January.
Belize is one of the greatest scuba destinations in the world and rightfully so. For the best scuba diving experience, simply pack your diving gear and head to to tropical Belize.