For the diving enthusiast, Belize is a destination second to none, with dive resorts to match. The country is endowed with three of the Western Hemisphere’s four total atolls and the second largest continuous coral reef in the world. Within its 370 square miles, there is roughly 100 coral species, 500 species of fish, and much more to be discovered.
Belize offers enough diving fascination for a lifetime,
with countless hotspots underwater to inspire awe.”
– Carolee Chanona, excerpt from “Diving the Doorstep of the Western Caribbean”
In addition to the Great Blue Hole, a composite of Belize’s UNESCO World Heritage Site, the country boasts a wealth of top dive spots. Not to mention, world class dive resorts to explore all the best dive sites in the country. Complete with on-site dive shops, expert guides and special scuba packages, these are a few of the best Belize hotels for divers.
Ray Caye Island Resort
Located on the edge of the Gladden Spit and Silk Cayes Marine Reserve in Belize, Ray Caye is literally a stone’s throw away from the Belize Barrier Reef. This private island resort is what you imagine the Caribbean to be before it got crowded. With nearly a mile of private shoreline and a limited number of guests at any time, it is easy to play, explore and relax in the Belize island lifestyle any way you want. The resort boasts its own onsite dive shop – Pirate Reef Divers. Here, guests can do any and every thing scuba – from getting PADI certified to seasonally diving with whale sharks. The resort also offer a 6 night diving package designed to experience the very best dive spots surrounding Ray Caye.
For more information on their dive packages, visit their website.
Blue Marlin Beach Resort
Located on the beautiful island of South Water Caye, a 15-acre semi-private island, Blue Marlin Lodge is a diver’s paradise off-the-beaten path. Locally-owned, the island resort sits atop Belize’s Barrier Reef with all-inclusive diving, snorkeling, and fly-fishing adventures. Not to mention, South Water Caye Marine Reserve (SWCMR) is one of the top places to snorkel and dive. Guests spend their days diving into some of the most spectacular wall dives and ocean drop-offs, before retiring to their choice of comfortable and laid-back accommodations. The resort also has a specially designed dive package and offers all-inclusive options too.
Here is all you need to know on this remote island escape before you book.
Ramon’s Village Resort
For those seeking a bit more hustle and bustle alongside their diving, Ambergris Caye is a great option to consider. The island boasts some of the best hotels, restaurants and bars in the country. In addition, some of the best dive sites, including Hol Chan and Shark & Sting Ray Alley, are just off the island.
Ramon’s Village Resort is home to the oldest and most respected dive shop in all of Belize. Moreover, Ramon’s is also PADI 5 Star IDC Resort since 2008, and a Certified Autism Center™. From the moment you set foot on the 400′ long dock until the time you say goodbye, you’ll know exactly why this dive resort is a jewel of the Caribbean. Tahitian style cabanas, beachside lounging and excellent dining options only add to the dive experience.
For more information on the resort and their diving packages, visit their website.
Another gem in the heart of San Pedro Town is Sunbreeze Hotel. The central hotel has been a firm favorite for divers, and it’s easy to see why. The on-site dive shop and close proximity to the Belize Barrier Reef makes exploring to diving a seamless transition. In addition, rooms are clean, spacious and comfortable. 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.
And to celebrate their resort reopening and show how much they appreciate the diving community, Sunbreeze Hotel is currently giving one lucky winner the chance to win a dive trip of a lifetime to Belize!
For more information on the hotel and their diving packages, visit their website.
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