Belize, Latin America
Belize is one of the top 10 scuba diving destinations in the world. This central American country has it's own barrier reef at over 185 miles in length in full view as you fly into Belize city stretching along the Caribbean sea. Second only to the Great Barrier reef in Australia and one of the only true atolls in the Western Hemisphere, Belize offers much and you can dive the best sites aboard a luxury liveaboard in comfort. This is a small, welcoming country known for it’s rainforest, Mayan culture and non-commercial way of life. Orginal a British colonial outpost, the official language is still English.
Belize is known as a wall diver's paradise with huge crimson gorgonian and giant ear sponges plus morays, spiny lobsters and tiny crabs hiding in every crack, crevice, cave and tunnels of these beautiful coral formations.Tiny cayes and atolls rise up from the depths, creating sheer walls that are home to tarpon, massive grouper, turtles and schooling jacks. The mystical Blue Hole – a vast submerged cave system which reaches to a depth of 145m. Also the Turneffe and Glover coral reef rings are some of the best dive sites in the world. The Elbow drop off at the southern end of Turneffe island provides amazing viewing of jacks or barracuda to ray, sharks, dophin and even orca whales. Belize offers some of the best diving in the Caribbean with all manner of coral reefs, sea life and protected, world heritage sites to escape to. A great year round destination.
Best Time: Year round (Aug - Oct hurricane season).
Average Air temps: 23-27°C (74-80°F) Oct-Mar, 25-35°C (78-95°F) Sept-Apr
Average Water temps: 26°C (80°F)
Visibility: 20-30m (up to 60m on outer atols).
Top Dive Sites: The Blue Hole (300m diameter), Lighthouse Reef, Turneffe and Glover coral rings, The Elbow drop off (Turneffe Atoll), Gadden Spit (feeding Whale Shark), Wrecks - Myron L & HMS Advice.
Great Reasons to Dive in Belize