Just off Belize's coast is the second largest barrier reef in the world. The reef offers pristine diving and the atolls beyond the reef are truly paradise. The walls and drop-offs are spectacular. Turneffe Islands and Lighthouse Reef boast much of the best diving in Belize.
On the Yucatan Peninsula approximately 250 miles south of Cancun. It borders Mexico to the north, the Caribbean Sea to the east and Guatemala to the west and south.
Belize Dive Sites
There are three atolls located offshore beyond the barrier. The most famous of the atolls is Lighthouse Reef, which is the location of the Blue Hole and the magnificent nature preserve at Half Moon Cay.
The Blue Hole is an encounter with huge stalactites formed thousands of years ago. Measuring about 1,000 feet in diameter and more than 400 feet deep, you can dive among the stalactites at a depth of 110 to 130 feet. This is a very memorable dive.
At Half Moon Caye Wall, Hawksbill turtles and Spotted Eagle Rays are regular sights and there are some of the most spectacular sponge formations found anywhere.
The Elbow, located on Turneffe Islands Atoll is one of Belize's most exciting and fish filled dive experiences. Enormous schools of jacks are often sighted in the blue water.
Along the shallow side of a mid-reef at southern Turneffe is The Sayonara, a broken up shipwreck of a small island freighter. The Sayonara is an excellent site for seeing a variety of marine life, including the rare Lined Toadfish found only in Belize.
At Aquarium, very large Black Groupers, Green Morays, Caribbean Octopus and Midnight Parrotfish are among the reef's inhabitants.
Visibility in excess of 120' can be expected and annual water temperatures range from 78 to 84¡ F. A wide variety of marine life can be observed during the dives, such as eagle rays, manta rays, turtles, tarpon and the occasional wild dolphin.
The official language is English, but Caribe and Spanish are also spoken
The local currency is the Belize Dollar
The nearest recompression chamber is located on Ambergris Cay, Belize
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