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Scuba Diving in Belize

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Located between Mexico and Guatemala on Central America’s Caribbean coast, Belize is the perfect destination for adventure, relaxation, romance and exploration. With more than 400 islands, white sandy beaches, the longest unbroken barrier reef in the western hemisphere and a 298-kilometers/185-miles of coastline, Belize is a world-class scuba diving destination. When you’re not diving with nurse sharks or exploring ancient temples and caves, you can embrace this mixture of ancient civilizations, African traditions, British colonial influences and Mestizo lifestyles. Explore Belize and you’ll experience something truly amazing.

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Depth: Variable, but typically 60-30 metres/20-100 feet. 

Visibility: Average water visibility reaches 30 metres/100 feet.

Current: Currents are generally calm but check with a local PADI Dive Centers and Resorts before each dive.

Water Temperature: Water temperature is consistently around 26° Celsius/80° Fahrenheit.

Wetsuit: 1.5mm to 3mm.

Dive Season: Year-round, though August to October is hurricane season.

Access: Shore and boat diving are available

Image Copyright 2009 - Tony Rath of Tony Rath Photography www.tonyrath.comSkill level: From beginning to expert divers, Belize offers something for everyone. With shallow reefs, mild currents and colorful marine life, Belize is a great place to learn to dive or to expand your dive skills. 

Weather: Belize is hot and humid, with strong winter storms from October to February. Average annual temperatures range from 16-26° C/60-78° F in the winter and 24-31° C/75-87° F in the summer

Recommended Courses:

Boat Diving
Enriched Air Diver
Digital Underwater Photography
Deep Diver
Night Diver
Peak Performance Buoyancy
Underwater Naturalist

Wreck Diver
Underwater Navigator

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Belize has more than 100 coral species, hundreds of fish species and a plethora of other marine life. Dive Belize and you’ll find Creole wrasse, schools of jack, yellowtail snapper, groupers, stingrays, moray eels, dolphins, hawksbill sea turtles, nurse sharks and more. Plus, if you travel from March thru June, you’ll have a chance to get in the water with whale sharks. You’ll also find a variety of reefs, including barrier reefs, atolls, fringing reefs, patch reefs and faroes.

Featured Dive Sites:

Glover’s Atoll 
Glover’s Atoll - Belize’s most remote atoll is a World Heritage Listed site and a marine reserve that is a perfect dive and fly fishing spot. Covered with white sand, coral and coconut trees topside, underwater adventures include exploring the pristine reef and plunging drops offs starting at 7-12 meters/25-40 feet.

Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Consisting of four zones delineated by buoys, Hol Chan is one of the most often visited areas in the channel:

Turneffe Islands
The Turneffe Islands are easily accessible from the mainland and make up the largest of the three offshore atoll reefs in Belize. With wrecks and a surplus of marine life, the Turneffe Islands are a flexible dive spot that accommodates both novice and more skilled divers.

Plus, no trip to Belize would be complete without a trip to the 26 kilometre/16 mile long Lighthouse Reef Atoll and its famous Great Blue Hole made famous by Jacques-Yves Cousteau in 1971.  For more information on these dive sites - and many more - contact a PADI Dive Center or Resort in Belize.

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  • Go parasailing
  • Take up windsurfing or kite surfing
  • Charter a catamaran
  • Kayak between islands
  • Visit national parks, private nature reserves and botanical gardens
  • Explore Mayan temples and caves
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Related Resources:
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United Nations Environment Programme: 
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