Belize, a small country on the east coast of Central America, is famous amongst scuba divers for its Great Blue Hole. Less well known is that it is part of the world’s second largest fringing reef at over 300 km long, second only to Ningaloo Reef, which lies off Australia’s west coast.

Flying over the islands and reefs off the Belize coast

Flying over the islands and reefs off the Belize coast.

The Great Blue Hole is a large, circular submarine sinkhole, about 300m across, and 124m deep. It lies around 70km from the mainland Belize coast, close to Lighthouse Reef. The Great Blue Hole was made famous by exploratory diver Jacques Cousteau, and frequently appears on lists of the top ten scuba dive sites of the world.

The Great Blue Hole of Belize

The Great Blue Hole of Belize, a top ten scuba diving site.

When we last dived the Great Blue Hole, we stayed on Long Caye, an island within the Lighthouse Reef system, home to the lodge closest to the Blue Hole. We travelled by boat  from Belize City between deserted islands, through the reef system, and along mangroves inhabited by rare dugongs. It took us two hours on the speedboat to get to the remote island, home to a small, four-roomed diving lodge.

Remote Long Caye island, set within the Lighthouse reef system of Belize's fringing reef.

Remote Long Caye island, set within the Lighthouse reef system of Belize’s fringing reef.

From Long Caye, it was a lazy 15 minute boat ride from the pristine island to the Great Blue Hole, where we descended down the inside wall, and got close up to the giant stalactites in a way that you can only dream about were the cave above water!

Diving the Great Blue Hole of Belize

Scuba diving the Great Blue Hole of Belize.

Join us on a scuba diving safari to the Great Blue Hole & experience Belize’s incredible fringing reef.