An international icon and Belize’s most famous dive site, the Blue Hole is undisputedly a must-see for divers planning a trip to Belize. The giant marine sinkhole lies near the center of Lighthouse Reef and is the world’s largest natural formation of its kind. Forming part of the larger Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System, it is a composite World Heritage Site of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
But where is the best place to stay for those wishing to dive or snorkel? And are there any hotels or deals that cater to experiencing this natural wonder? Here we share the top places to stay, save and scuba the Belize Blue Hole.
Where to Stay – San Pedro, Ambergris Caye
“Ambergris Caye ranked Mexico and Central America’s Leading Destination by World Travel Awards for the third year in a row in 2017
The Belize Barrier Reef lies less than a mile off the coast of Ambergris Caye. Therefore the island is a great place to base yourself from if diving or snorkelling the Blue Hole. The town of San Pedro sits at the centre of the island and is buzzy, beautiful and easy to get too. There is an abundance of hotels, restaurants and bars to choose from on the island. Also, in addition to the diving and snorkelling, the island boasts some of the best marine activities like sailing, fishing and parasailing.
For those looking for somewhere central to explore the island whilst not diving, Sunbreeze Hotel is a great option. Ranked one of the best resorts for dive enthusiasts, it is located on the beachfront with great amenities, including an on-site dive shop. Rooms are clean, spacious and comfortable. Furthermore, the pool also makes the perfect place to spend the rest of your day after your dive or snorkel. Lastly, the on-site restaurant is one of the best on the island, particularly for its sushi! The hotel offers an array of dive packages designed around the best sites.
Should you prefer self-catering accommodation, then sister hotel Sunbreeze Suites is ideal. This intimate beachfront hotel only has 21 suites. Each boasts a private balcony with views of the beach and Caribbean Sea. The fully-equipped kitchen along with spacious dining and living area mean they perfectly suit those looking for more of an apartment style stay. There is also an on-site, open-air restaurant overlooking the beach and offering an all-day Belizean inspired menu. And the bar, shakes up some of the best tropical drinks! Jump in the pool to cool down or sunbathe on the private dock.
What Dive Center to Choose: Ambergris Divers
Locally owned and operated since 2000, Ambergris Divers are one of the best dive and snorkel centres on the island. As an affiliated PADI Dive Center, they are also a certified Belize Tourism Board Tour Operator and DAN Business Partner. Whilst the dive shop offer an array of dive and snorkel packages, the Great Blue Hole and Lighthouse Reef Day Tour is one of the biggest sellers. The day tour begins at sunrise and includes a full day of seeing some of the best Belize sites. These include The Great Blue Hole, Half Moon Caye and Long Caye. Finally, the dive centre is on-site at Sunbreeze Hotel and is affiliated with Sunbreeze Suites – hence the hotel can help divers arrange all tours and offer special discounts to them.
Best Dive Deals
And because we all love a deal, get 15% off a 7 night stay and scuba package with SunBreeze Belize or take advantage of the resorts DIVE DEAL
- 5 Nights Oceanview accommodations
- 2 days of 2 tank Barrier Reef local boat dives
- 1 Night Dive
- Tax and Service Charge
Travel: Now through December 19, 2021
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