Ever since Jacques Cousteau, the legendary French marine biologist and documentarian, visited Belize in 1971 and proclaimed it as one of his top 10 dive spots in the world, Belize has become a mecca for scuba diving enthusiasts
. With crystal clear waters, a bright white sandy seafloor, and a large concentration of marine life, it's no wonder that Belize is one of the most popular scuba diving destinations in the world.
Here are 5 great reasons to experience Belize's world-class scuba diving:
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Part of a protected natural area, the Hol Chan Marine Reserve includes natural cuts in the reef that see thousands of animals transit between the inner and outer portions of the reef. This makes for fantastic diving as large schools of fish and sharks can be found in this area.
A natural sinkhole located in about 30 feet of water adjacent to the main part of the reef near the Tobacco Cayes, the Shark Hole gained its name for the many different species of sharks found in this spot, including bull sharks, reef sharks, nurse sharks, and lemon sharks.
Laughing Bird Caye
A large national park, Laughing Bird Caye and the surrounding waters are home to dozens of species of colorful fish and other marine life. Whether it's sea turtles, anemones, or even dolphins, diving near Laughing Bird Caye is like dropping into a vast aquarium teeming with life.
Belize's strict conservation laws prohibit most kinds of fishing, but the lionfish is an unwanted intruder that is rapidly overbalancing the natural ecosystem. Few experiences can compare to sighting and then spearing a lionfish during a dive. And afterward, you can have a local chef use your fresh-caught lionfish to prepare a delicious meal.
Located in the far outer reaches of the reef, Glover's Reef and the surrounding waters are home to many great sites used by fish as nurseries. And every year, vast schools of whale sharks, the largest fish in the ocean, visit this area of the reef in order to feed on plankton and fish spawn.
Adventures in Belize has created three unique Belize scuba diving packages
each one custom designed for scuba diving enthusiasts to experience all the thrills and majesty of exploring Belize's world-class barrier reef
. Each package includes ground/air transportation, accommodations at a top resort, and guided tours of the top diving spots in Belize.
For more information on scuba diving in Belize or for information about the top scuba diving resorts
, contact Adventures in Belize