Few places in the world offer such incredible diving as Belize. With crystal clear waters, coral reefs, and luminous tropical fish, it’s an underwater paradise. The experts at Live and Invest Overseas recommend five best dive spots in Belize…
The Blue Hole
Divers come from across the globe to experience Belize’s submarine sinkhole the Blue Hole. Part of the Lighthouse Reef, the area was justly described by Charles Darwin as “the most remarkable reef in the West Indies” and today attracts more than 100,000 visitors each year. The Lighthouse Reef and the Blue Hole are part of the wider Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark-Ray Alley
The name is a bit of a give-away here. If it’s sharks and rays that interest you, head to Northern Belize to and the Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark-Ray Alley. This is a very popular spot, so if the daytime crowds bother you, consider a night-dive, and bask in the bioluminescent beauty.
Love that underwater setting on your camera? Ccatch a boat out to Turneffe Island. Lucky divers who alight here, will see everything from dolphins to sea turtles, as well as the wreck of the Sayonara, a passenger boat which sank in the mid-80s and is now home to colonies of colorful starfish. And when the diving is done, Turneffe is an excellent place to sit back with a beer.
Gladden Spit offers seasoned divers and snorkelers alike a rare chance to dive with the world’s largest species of fish, the whale shark. Despite appearances whale sharks are gentle creatures, and won’t mind sharing the water with a human or two.
Coral Gardens is a dazzling section of the Belize Barrier Reef where the variety of coral is as intriguing as the fish who swim amongst it. The turquoise waters are home to sponges and corals in every color of the rainbow. This is also a safe and easy snorkel for the less-experienced diver. Just remember not to touch the coral, it’s protected.