Blue Hole Belize is located off the shores of Belize in Central America and is part of the Belize Barrier Reef. This is the second biggest reef in the world behind the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.
It is by far the number one of Belize Attractions. Its form is circular with a diameter of 300 meters and more than 120 meters deep.
It was formed thousands of years ago. This site was brought to world attention by Jacques-Yves Cousteau in 1971 when he brought his ship, the Calypso, in order to investigate the “Blue Hole”.
Blue Hole Belize for Caribbean snorkeling or diving
Blue Hole Belize is a dream for Scuba Divers
It is known that this natural wonders is seen from space. The Great Blue Hole is a great destination for Scuba Divers from all over the world. They come to Belize and start their diving adventure from either Belize City or from Long Caye which is much closer to the site.
What divers look for in such an important site are the crystal clear waters that allow them to go deep and explore the underwater caves full of all class of fish not see in many other places.
There are many species of sharks, like the hammerheads and bull sharks, the Caribbean reef shark and the Black Tip shark. You may see giant groupers and many other species of tropical fish.
Awesome Marine Life in Belize Barrier Reef
Charles Darwin gave credit to this site
In 1836 the famous biologist and evolutionist Charles Darwin paid homage to these remarkable formations when he said the Belize atolls and the Belize Barrier Reef constitute "The richest and most remarkable coral reefs in the entire western Caribbean"
Today it is a popular tourist spot especially for those diving lovers. Once in Belize or any of its islands, make sure you contact a specialist that will take you there.
I would not suggest you do it on your own, since there is a lot to see and understand.If you are a diver and have been to the Blue Hole, our readers would like to read your story.
Belize Inland Blue Hole next to Belmopan the Capital
The Inland Blue Hole
A hole which is less known to the public. It is located inland next to the capital city of Belmopan.
This is like a natural pool and is part of the Herman’s Cave System and administered as a National Park.
This site is available by a few stairs that take you down to the cool blue waters.
The site is very popular with the people of Belize and of course, with the tourist that were lucky enough to discover it.
There are parking facilities but they are limited to working hours. The same applies to the Branch River that feeds the pool.
The area is spectacular in beauty because of its lush vegetation.
Remember the climate is always warm in Belize, so you can swim here any time during the year.
Diving in the Blue Hole is a great experience
Scuba Diving in the Blue Hole Belize
Going back to our actual site the very big hole, there are many opportunities for diving. You may traveled the world all the way to the South Pacific but, places like this one are rare to find.
You will explore the atoll’s diverse ecosystem, characterized by many apex predators and spectacular coral formations.
We usually go to the more pristine and less crowded dive sites such as Sponge Bob, Angel Wall, and Painted Wall. Sponges and other soft coral at these sites are huge.
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Map of the Caribbean zoomed to Belize