Your guide to diving the great Blue Hole of Belize
In the world of diving, few sites are more famous than the Blue Hole of Belize.Situated on the second longest reef in the world, its location is incredible. This article will show you how to make the Blue Hole of Belize your next diving holiday, including travel, accommodation and dive school tips and recommendations. Not to mention some great photos and videos of what you'll see.
How to get to the Blue Hole
The Great Blue Hole lies approximately 60 miles off the coast of Belize. Previously known as British Honduras, Belize has grown in popularity with visitors looking to sample Latin America and the Caribbean in the same holiday. There are now flights direct to Belize city from the US and UK, though a more adventurous route is to fly into Cancun and travel down the Yucatan Peninsula into Belize.
From Belize City its just a journey by speed boat taxi out to one of the many populated islands that make up the reef. alternatively it is possible to get flights out to the largest of the islands in light aircraft, offering an incomparable view of the coastline and reef.
Caye Caulker - Accomodation for the Great Blue hole
Where to stay
Finding somewhere to stay can be difficult...there is just too much to choose from! If you are here purely for the diving then there are plenty of resorts on the Cayes that offer inclusive packages. For those that prefer to go it alone, Caye Caulker and Ambergris Caye hold a range of accomodation from family run bed and breakfast to 5 star beach accommodation. On both these islands there are dive schools and travel agencies that can help you arrange your Blue hole dives and other activities.
Diving the Great Blue Hole
It was for good reason that Jacques Cousteau named the Great Blue Hole in his top ten of dive sites. Essentially the Great Blue Hole is a large sinkhole almost 1000 feet across and 400 feet deep. It is this depth that creates the incredible blue colour, giving the impression of being bottomless. The initial 40 feet of water above the hole is ideal for divers and snorkellers, whilst the hole itself can be explored by more experienced divers. Mostly the walls of the Blue Hole are smooth and vertical, but in places large ledges have formed creating large stalactites. you wont be surprised to learn that the Blue Hole has been designated a World Heritage Site.
Wildlife of the Great Blue Hole
In the deeper waters you may be lucky enough to spot a black tip tiger shark or even a hammerhead shark, but for the most part the attraction of the hole itself is the geology. Many of the stalactites have been disturbed by past earthquakes and can be found at unusual angles, resting on the underwater ledges. It is the edges and shallower waters of the blue hole that the inhabitants of the area can be observed. butterfly fish, groupers and angelfish are common along with gobies and cleaning Pederson shrimp.
Get on that flight to the Blue Hole now!
Hopefully now you have had an insight into this special dive site. It certainly provides a spectacular destination that remains with its visitors for life. The Great Blue Hole of Belize offers divers, snorkelers and tourists a fantastic opportunity to get up close to the Caribbeans geological history. Staying on Caye Caulker or any of Cayes will provide unrivalled memories themselves as you relax with the friendly and diverse Belize Locals.
If you want to know more about Belize than just the Blue Hole, try reading my recent hub on the history, people and food of Belize...