You’ve heard the ‘Big 5’ on an African Safari or the ‘Seven Wonders of the World’, right? Well Splash Dive Center have created the equivalent of this for dive enthusiasts. The ‘Grand Slam’ showcases Caribbean scuba diving at its finest. These include the best of Belizean dive sites like the Blue Hole, Barrier Reef and atolls. For all the dive fanatics, or simply just for those who like seeing the best of the best, this one is for you!
About Splash Dive Centre
A local dive shop on the Placencia Peninsula, Splash Dive Center offers PADI dive certifications alongside dive and snorkel trips to various sites. As a Gold Standard Certified Tour Operator, they provide guests with the very highest standards of service. In addition, dive trips are educational, informative and fun. Not to mention, the operator is big on sustainability, the local environment and supporting its community. All these reasons make them a top operator in our books.
The Grand Slam Package
Truly the grand slam, this package sees you dive 14 of the best sites in Belize and the Caribbean. Over 5 days you’ll discover the underwater wonders of the Blue Hole at Lighthouse Atoll, Glover’s Reef Atoll, and the Belize Barrier Reef. This package also includes round-trip flights between Belize City and Placencia and land transfers. As well, accommodation at select resorts for 7 nights is included. Finally 1 inland tour is included just to make sure you get a glimpse of Belize from above, as well as from below. Of course, tanks, weights, a licensed guide, park entrance fees, lunch and taxes are included.
Where you’ll go & what you’ll see
The Blue Hole & Lighthouse Atoll
The famous Blue Hole was immortalized by Jacques Cousteau in the Calypso. This dive is on almost every hard core diver’s bucket list. You’ll also do another two dives at Lighthouse Atoll. This site get rave reviews, particularly at Half Moon Caye which is a Natural Monument. It is also home to the rookery and a variety of tropical and marine birds, particularly the red-footed booby. You’ll do do 3 tank dives at both atolls.
Glover’s Reef is a UNESCO’s world heritage site and a marine reserve with designated no take and conservation zones. It is the most remote of the atolls with loads of dive sites, so be prepared to be amazed.
South Water Caye
South Water Caye is an untouched Marine Reserve on the Barrier Reef. Dive sites at South Water Caye include a myriad of interesting walls and canyons with spur and grove formations and very healthy corals. The outer reef walls are one of the best places to see spotted eagle rays.
At nearby Grand Channel, you’ll get to see a cut in the Belize Barrier Reef. This wall dive includes a variety of fascinating underwater spurs and grooves. In addition to the cut, you’ll also experience the sand channel terrain. Eagle rays, southern sting rays, turtles, moray eels and barracuda are common spottings on this dive.
There are a myriad of dive sites at both South Water Caye and Grand Channel and you could return the next day and do another 3 tank dive and think you were at a new dive destination!
Silk or Queen Cayes is another Marine Reserve near Gladden Spit with a wall that goes down forever! Here you’ll do two tank dives followed by a short snorkel.
For more information on this package, as well as, other tours and services offered by Splash Dive Centre, visit their website. Header photo via Ray Caye Island Resort.