Belize District Diving
Belize District borders on some of the best diving that the Caribbean Sea has to offer. Warm, crystal clear waters, coral reefs with every colour under the sun, mangrove forests, seagrass beds, hundreds of species of fish and some unique diving experiences, Belize is a dream diving destination.
The paradise island of Ambergris Caye in Belize is located in the tropical waters of the Caribbean Sea and has some world-famous dive sites; dive into the depths of the unique Blue Hole or experience the vibrancy of the Belize Great Barrier Reef or enjoy the inquisitive Nurse Sharks at Shark Ray Alley, and so much more!
Diving in Belize District
Belize district is located in the Central American country of Belize and in the east are its coastlines on the Caribbean Sea. Off the coast are hundreds of islands called cayes which all harbour white sandy beaches surrounded by crystal clear turquoise waters. Underwater, there is a high abundance in biodiversity with multiple underwater environments including mangrove forests, coral reefs and seagrass beds.
For divers wanting to visit Belize and its spectacular dive sites, there are many options. If liveaboards are the way that divers want to explore this area, there are multiple options which all depart from Belize City, which is the largest city on mainland Belize and the main port city for the country. Should divers be more interested in day trips from dive centres or dive resorts, then these are located either in Belize City, in San Pedro on the island of Ambergris Caye or on the island of Caye Caulker. Some of the dive areas include the Belize Great Barrier Reef; a 300 kilometre long coral reef with an impressive amount of marine life, the Great Blue Hole; a geographical phenomenon in the shape of a 124 metre deep sinkhole in the middle of the ocean and the Hol Chan Marine Reserve; a marine reserve made up of four marine environments and harbouring an incredibly high biodiversity.
All levels of divers will have something to revel over in this area, all while enjoying the pleasant diving conditions within the Caribbean Sea, with water temperatures being between 24 and 29 degrees Celsius and a warm climate year round.
Best places to dive
Turneffe Atoll has been a marine protected area since 2012, is made up of 400 mangrove islands and has over 70 dive sites. The mangrove forests here are the perfect breeding ground for many reef fish species, the reefs provide habitat to a lot of reef critters and out in the blue there are larger species including Eagle Rays, Manta Rays and inquisitive Nurse Sharks.
Belize Barrier Reef is a 300 kilometre stretch of flourishing reef which is part of the second largest barrier reef in the world and lies just off the coast. It houses around 500 species of fish, over 200 species of invertebrates and over 100 species of corals, there is always something to see.
Lighthouse Reef/Atoll is known to be the best diving in this area with some of the most flourishing reefs and highest abundance of marine life. Aside from the impressive reef, the topography also provides a variety of types of diving including caves, caverns, coral walls and thrilling drop offs. On the luckiest days Hammerhead Sharks have been spotted here.
Great Blue Hole is a sinkhole in the middle of the Lighthouse Reef which drops down to 124 metres. It provides divers with the unique experience of floating in the dark blue abyss and also gives tec divers the opportunity to reach deeper depths.
Hol Chan Marine Reserve is a marine reserve established in 1987 which is made up of four sections, all with different marine environments. There are over 160 species of fish and the unique chance to spot the elusive Manatee.