Gorgeous Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker are right offshore, only a quick boat ride away. Some of the most astounding dives in the Caribbean can be accomplished from Belize City, with its easy access to the Belize Barrier Reef. You will also be able to reach the Blue Hole and Shark Ray Alley within a day trip.
Closer to the city itself, you will find plenty of canyons, walls and reefs to explore. Many dive operators are found in Belize City, so you can afford to pick and choose.
Almost all diving will take place from mid-sized dive boats. While the Blue Hole should only be attempted by advanced divers due to its depth, the vast majority of dives in the cayes are appropriate for beginners. These boast little to no current and crystal clear visibility.
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. 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.
April to June is considered the best time to dive in Belize. These months also coincide with peak season, so you can expect more fellow visitors
Find local PADI dive shops and explore the top dive sites with our map.
Belize City contains the largest airport in the country, Philip SW Goldson International Airport. Flights arrive from around the world every day.
Once you’ve flown into the airport, take taxis or buses to get around. They are cheap and effective. To get to the offshore islands, take the water taxis.