Why You Should Go Scuba Diving in Belize

by Khaila Gentle

Belize is an ideal destination for an array of marine activities, from snorkeling and sailing to deep sea fishing. And with the world’s second longest barrier reef right at its front door, Belize is also a diver’s paradise. In fact, just this year, the country was named the leading dive destination in the World Travel Awards. Thinking of taking the plunge? Here’s some of what you can expect when scuba diving in the azure waters of this eclectic Caribbean nation.

World-Class Diving Experiences for All

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Whether you’re a curious novice or a seasoned expert, Belize’s diverse marine environments mean that there’s something for everyone here. The Belize Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers beginner divers unforgettable experiences amidst colorful coral gardens. At the Lighthouse Reef Atoll, known for its steep dive walls, exotic reef fish and inquisitive nurse sharks are a feature favorite. And, just a stone’s throw away, one of Belize’s ultimate dive sites, the Great Blue Hole lies waiting to be explored.

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Stalactites of the Great Blue Hole. Photo by Antonio Busiello/WWF

Descend into the depths of this massive underwater sinkhole that boasts giant stalactites and limestone columns. There’s a reason this famed natural monument is on every diver’s bucket list.  What lies below the surface of the water is a world of wonder: dusky cobalt hues that inspire a sense of awe, centuries old formations, and an almost otherworldly experience.

Shades of Blue and Diverse Ecosystems

Photo courtesy Duarte Dellarole

With atolls that boast hundreds of patch reefs and seven marine protected areas, Belize’s waters are teeming with life.  Take South Water Caye, for example — Belize’s largest marine protected area. Here, divers can witness an array of coral, fish, turtles, and even eagle rays at sites like Discovery and Trick Ridge.

Other notable spots for spectacular dives featuring close encounters with wildlife include the popular Half Moon Caye Wall, Esmeralda Canyons inside the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, and Gladden Spit Marine Reserve.

Dive into Belize’s Depths with Ray Caye Island Resort


Spearfishing Lionfish in Belize with Ray Caye Island Resort. Photo courtesy Duarte Dellarole

Wondering who to dive with? Located off the mainland of Placencia, Ray Caye is a private island resort offering an unspoiled environment fit for an authentic and unforgettable Caribbean experience. Whether you’re seeking diving lessons or memorable outings on the reef, the experts at Belize Diving Tours at Ray Caye are fully equipped for the job.

Choose from a long list of dive tours. Options include notable scuba diving hot spots like Glovers Reef and the Blue Hole. Bring your own gear or borrow it from their extensive inventory. Regardless, Ray Caye assures all guests proper guidance, sustenance, and world-class accommodations.

If you have a passion for diving, no matter your skill level, Belize is the place to be.

Featured Photo courtesy Ray Caye Island Resort 

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