The appeal of Ambergris Caye as the main diving destination in Belize is that it lies close to the world’s largest blue hole and the Belize Barrier Reef System, a 186-mile (300km) portion of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System.
While the Blue Hole should only be dived by those with an advanced certification due to its depth, the Belize Barrier Reef is perfect for beginners. Little to no current passes over the bright coral reefs, ensuring stress-free diving.
October and November is grouper mating season. Thousands of these fish descend on the cayes to mate and give birth to their young.
August to October is considered low season for tourism and diving in Belize. However, the diving is only slightly impacted by the rain and many would argue that this is the best time to dive in Belize. You’ll find fewer crowds and the best deals during these months.
The drier of the two seasons is from November to July. These months bring slightly cooler temperatures above and below the water. However, temperatures will only drop by a couple of degrees and most divers are still comfortable in a shorty. From November to July, you can expect little to no rain and excellent visibility.
Find local PADI dive shops and explore the top dive sites with our map.
Fly to San Pedro Airport on a short 15 minute flight from Belize on Maya Island Air or Tropic Air. There are also water taxis available from Belize City.
Once on the island, you can use the ever-present golf carts to get around or the power of your own two feet. Boats are always available to ferry you to nearby reefs.