Divers Find Heaven at Southern Belize’s Best Dive Center

by Larry Waight

For travelers convinced that there’s no need to look up at the sky to find heaven because it’s found at around 100 feet below the sea, a diving vacation is – well, blissful. Whether you’re a newbie or you’ve been a devotee so many times, you’ve outgrown wet suits, finding the right destination to dive is critical but even more important is selecting the right resource so you feel confident during every dive.

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Photos courtesy Splash Dive Center

Splash Dive Center headquartered in Placencia Village on the peninsula offers avid divers direct access to the coast, with every service you could ask for at your fingertips (or more likely your swim fins!). As the largest, most well-provisioned operator in southern Belize, the Splash fleet is made up of 5 boats, each one offering adventures to multiple daily destinations.


Beginners needn’t go elsewhere to learn the ropes. Splash Dive Center is home to PADI professionals trained to offer all levels of courses, but perhaps the biggest reason of all to choose Splash over other services is that you’ll see and experience the hottest dive sites in the region. Whether you’re on a tight budget or money is no object, a customized Splash dive experience will exceed your wildest expectations.

Oh, the places you’ll go!

Splash diving boat

Tour with a Gold Standard Operator. Photo courtesy Splash Dive Center

Dr. Seuss probably never put on a snorkel mask to traverse a turquoise ocean, but he would likely say yes to an itinerary that includes the following destinations favored by Splash crews when they take guests out on the water, especially since access to the Belize Barrier Reef is the daydream of every diver on the planet:

1. Six Cut Grand Channel.

©MLowen via Splash Dive Center

Talk about value: Get three dive sites on one voyage plus the chance to spot Hammerhead sharks, Rough Gill rays, conchs, soft and hard corals plus sharks, and other reef critters that call this area home. Six Cut is an ideal site for newbies and intermediate divers whose depth goals range between 40- and 100-feet.

2. Trick Ridge at South Water Marine Reserve.

©MLowen via Splash Dive Center

Another great spot for folks with beginning or intermediate diving skills, Trick Ridge’s unique underwater landscape takes divers down to a valley that opens to a ridge and the ultra-popular plunging wall. Home to Spotted Eagle Rays, Hawksbill Turtle, Loggerhead Turtle, giant barrel tube, and vase sponges, there’s so much terrain variety at between 40- and 100-feet, you’ll be enchanted.

3. The Aquarium at Glovers Reef Atoll.


Image by Bill Carmella while diving with Splash Dive Center.

While a remote destination, Glover’s Reef is so magnificent, you won’t mind the extra time it takes to get there. A favorite of intermediate-level divers, the Aquarium’s depth reaches 100-feet, though there are two terraces below to explore. The stars of this unique forereef’s wonderland are breathtaking coral formations that play host to colorful marine species with exotic names like Turban Snail, Reef Urchin, Yellowfin Groupers, Nassau Grouper, and Triggerfish in colors that would put a Disney movie to shame.

4. North Wall at Silk Caye.


Snorkeling Middle Silk Caye with Splash IDC Center. Image courtesy Carolee Chanona

Novice- to intermediate-level divers are in for surprises when they visit this remarkable site where Nurse Sharks, Loggerhead Turtles, Green Moray Eels, Spotted Eagle Rays, Whale Sharks, spiny lobsters, eels, spider crabs, cleaner shrimps, reef fish, and groupers all coexist within a paradise of coral that beautifully represents a prime section of the Belize Barrier Reef. A typical dive experience begins at 40-feet before reaching the sheer wall filled with canyons, pinnacles, spur and groove formations, and overhangs. An amalgam of sponge types awaits divers eager to participate in this wall dive where the lower you go, the more fanciful the creatures you’ll spot.

5. Pompion Wall at Pompion Caye.

Pompion Caye

Pompion Caye is a popular stop off with Splash Dive Center. Image via Carolee Chanona

Newbies and intermediate divers find a lot to love about this site where typical depths of 30- to 80-feet reveal a surprisingly dynamic assortment of experiences. Known as an easy, fun wall dive, every foot offers a wealth of riches where marine life outnumbers divers at this private location. Spot vibrant reef fishes, king mackerel, wahoo, and tuna, and be sure to peek into reef crevices where spiny lobsters, green moray eels, spider crabs, and hawksbill turtles hang out.

Every season is a great season for diving in Belize and with Splash Dive Center as a primary resource, you don’t have to drag equipment on the plane, worry about getting to prime dive sites, or figure out who will be on hand to keep you focused on safety issues. This is the only resource you need to enjoy the best dives ever. Contact the professionals at Splash via Email or phone: (011) 501-523-3080. Tell us, when can they expect to hear from you? 

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