Situated on the Caribbean mainland coast of
Central America, Belize is one of the best diving destinations
in the world. It is home
to the longest stretch of coral in the Western Hemisphere, from shallow clear
reefs to spectacular drop-offs, offering dives for all levels of experience.
Belize is a temperate climate where diving
holidays can be booked year-round, however the peak season for diving is from
April to June. Belize's rainy season runs from July to November, but there are
usually only a few consecutive days of rain and it doesn't drastically affect
the visibility of dive sites. Water temperatures are consistent year-round and
generally sit between 26 C and 29 C.
What to Bring
Visitors to Belize require a passport that is
valid for 6 months beyond their intended stay, as well as a return ticket.
Visas are not needed for Canadians, U.S. citizens and people from European Union
member states. Visas are mandatory for people from China, Columbia, Cuba,
India, Libya, Pakistan, Peru, South African and Taiwan. Visitors to Belize can
stay up to 30 days and extensions may be granted when in the country.
Scuba gear rentals are available, but divers
are also encouraged to bring their own gear. Three-mm short wetsuits are
commonly used and are recommended for people who easily feel the cold.
Uncover the Top Diving Destinations in the Caribbean
Belize offers a range of diving depths for all
levels of divers. From shallow coral gardens to deep sea diving, there is
something for everyone. Some of the top places to dive
The Atolls – three of the four atolls found in the
Western Hemisphere are located just outside of Belize's barrier reef. The
largest atoll is known as Turneffe Islands and features a dive site called The
Elbow, which has a remote, pristine quality where divers can see spectacular
reef and an assortment of exotic marine species. Glover's Reef is the most
remote and least visited of the atolls, with more than 80 kilometres of
Ambergris Caye – this is the biggest of the offshore keys and
includes many of the Belize Barrier Reef dive sites. Running for 40 kilometres
parallel to the shore and 1.5 kilometres from the mainland, there are many
marine parks and ecosystems to be explored with the most varied aquatic species
found anywhere in Belize. This dive site is great for beginners.
Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark-Ray Alley – this
scuba diving location opens up to deeper waters beyond the reef. Here divers are greeted with
an eruption of vibrant fish, nurse sharks, stingrays, turtles and the
One of the most exclusive places to stay during
a Belize diving vacation is on the private island of Belize Dive Haven,
situated 30 miles offshore from Belize City, with easy access to the best diving
spots. Whether you are a seasoned diver or are looking for your first
underwater adventure, Belize offers a variety of breathtaking dive sites for
you to discover.