The size of Wales with the population of Coventry, Belize is the smallest country in Central America and a perfect diving destination.
Made up of 400 islands, Belize hosts the world’s second-largest barrier reef and is a great location to swim with Whale Sharks.
The English-speaking nation provides the perfect balance between Caribbean and Latin American culture and is a year-round destination. For those looking for adventure alongside world-class diving, Belize holds the key. Belize offers ancient Maya ruins, spectacular jungle and film-worthy white-sand beaches.
Whale shark sightings are known from April to June along Belize’s southern barrier reef. In other countries whale shark dives are really for snorkelling, but here it’s a scuba diving activity!
70 types of hard corals and around 500 species of reef fish in Belize.
18 ray and shark species, including Manta rays, Eagle rays, Black Tips, Hammerheads, Bull sharks, Nurse sharks and Tiger sharks.
Sea turtles nest on Belize’s beaches from June to August. There are 3 main species of turtles found in Belize – Loggerhead, Green and Hawkbill. More rarely you might find Olive Ridley or Leatherback turtles.
One of the coolest dives in Belize, it is a strictly enforced marine park which means healthy coral and sure sightings of barracuda, snapper, jacks and grouper. The clue’s in the name at nearby Shark Ray Alley where snorkelling is best to see Nurse sharks and Stingrays.
135 metres deep and 300 metres across, this hole in the reef dive extravaganza is an incredible day trip. Expect to encounter Reef and Bull sharks and fascinating stalactite and stalagmite formations. This is one of the best-known dive sites in the world, and for good reason!
Here you’ll find incredible luscious coral in reef gullies that to lead to a drop off. Yellow tube sponges and orange elephant ear sponges are what to look out for. Not to mention southern stingrays and eagle rays along with garden eels in the sandy shallows.
Has been called one of the most colourful wall dives in the world, and with the Caye itself being a bird sanctuary, diver operators are known to give guided hikes and lunch breaks on the beach during surface intervals.
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Many diving experts consider this the best all-round diving site in the world. It is the largest of the marine reserves and sits only 16km off the coast. Scuba divers of all skill levels are welcome here. The deep waters mean there are frequent pelagic interactions including sharks, tuna, barracuda and rays!