The Family Dive may be the perfect solution for families looking for outdoor recreational family-fun activities, to help them disconnect from their crazy hectic everyday routines, and reconnect with each other, and they may find the best destination for it in Belize!
Belize offers some of the most spectacular scuba diving in the Caribbean. Placencia is located within just 20 miles by boat from the second largest barrier reef in the world, where wall dives start at 35 feet and drops plunge nearly 300 feet. These dives are up to 100 feet in depth and recommended for advanced divers. Canyon diving is ideal for sighting nurse sharks and string rays. Some of the canyons begin at a depth of about 20 feet and gradually slope to about 80 feet. Shark Hole is a sinkhole inside the main reef 38 miles from Placencia.
During the three migration periods of March, April and May each year, Whale Sharks are observed at the Gladden Split Area. These dates change each year though each month usually guarantees ten to fourteen days of very good sightings. It should be noted that only the highly experienced divers should attempt diving for whale shark viewing due to the required deep-water depths and ocean diving
At last official count there are a minimum of 20 named dive sites in the southern waters of Belize, including Gladden Spit, home to the whale sharks, the Placencia inner reef and Glovers Reef Atoll.
Located on the Turneffe Atoll, the largest and most diverse coral atoll in the Caribbean, Turneffe Flats has been known as one of the Caribbean’s finest saltwater fly fishing, scuba diving and marine ecotourism destinations. With approximately 60 logged dive sites on the Turneffe Atoll alone, diversity and flexibility describe Turneffe Flats diving.
Blue Hole Belize
Long a secret known only to Belizean fisherman, the Belize Blue Hole became famous in 1971 when legendary marine biologist and undersea explorer Jacques Cousteau visited the site. Cousteau and his crew aboard the Calypso explored the depths of the Blue Hole, confirming that it had been created thousands of years ago when rising tides flooded a network of caves. Declared by Cousteau as one of the top 10 best diving spots on the planet, the Belize Blue Hole is located approximately 60 miles (100 km) from the coast of Belize. A nearly perfectly circular body of water, the Belize Blue Hole is surrounded by the Lighthouse Reef Atoll. Divers can use the shallow waters of the atoll’s lagoon to begin their descent to the now-flooded cave that contains stalactites and stalagmites up to 40 feet (12 meters) in length.The coral atoll surrounding the Belize Blue Hole has an inner ring of shallow, lighter colored water that forms a natural ring around the deeper sapphire waters of the flooded cave. Thousands of years ago when the cave flooded, the Belize Blue Hole was formed, a vertical entrance over 980 feet (300 meters) across with a bottom more than 400 feet (125 meters) below the sea’s surface today.As divers descend into the Great Blue Hole, the dark waters start to become more clear, allowing for an impressive view of the flooded cave network that is home to a variety of marine life, including a few elusive hammerhead sharks. Due to the complexity and depth of the dive, only experienced divers are permitted to explore the majestic underwater formations that make the Belize Blue Hole such a unique dive site.The Blue Hole is located along the Belize Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage Site part of the second-largest barrier reef system in the world.
An almost perfectly circular area of dark topaz water encircled by the Lighthouse Atoll on the Belize Barrier reef, the Great Blue Hole is one of the most intriguing and popular places to dive anywhere on Planet Earth.
Belize Whale Shark Dives
Whale Sharks, the largest living fish, congregate near Gladden Spit off Placencia, Belize to feed on plankton and other spawning fish. Slow moving, filter-feeding sharks, these gentle giants typically gather only during the full moon of March – June.
Although Whale Shark diving is extremely limited due to the Whale Sharks relatively brief stay and local protection/conservation efforts, offers a rare opportunity to swim with these amazing aquatic creatures, along the largest barrier reef in the western hemisphere.
Making it even easier and more convenient, boutique resort , Chabil Mar, has put together some affordable Southern Belize dive packages and vacations for families and groups.