Most famous for its proximity to the Belize Barrier Reef, Caye Caulker is a great base for divers wishing to explore a different section of the reef every day. Diving here is by boat, specifically small to mid-size speedboats.
As the coral reefs are just a mile away, journeys can be quite short. Barely a handful of dive shops operate here. Each offers trips to the famous Blue Hole as well as the many other stunning sites on the barrier reef and slightly further afield atolls. The atolls can take around an hour to get to.
The Blue Hole is popular and sometimes crowded. Note that the trip to get there is 2 hours. In addition, the area offers calm, clear conditions in which to learn or for beginner divers who wish to get more comfortable in the water.
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.
November to July, you can expect little to no rain and excellent visibility. April to June is considered the best time to dive in Belize.
Find local PADI dive shops and explore the top dive sites with our map.
To reach Caye Caulker, you’ll first need to get yourself to Belize City via bus or plane. Small planes and fast water taxis connect Belize City with the island of Caye Caulker. Golf carts and cycles are the only form of transport on the island, but most people walk as the island is so small.