If you want to plan a dive trip to the famous Great Blue Hole, we have put together a spectacular assortment of travel choices to consider on your dive vacation.
Belize as a whole is definitely a dive worthy destination. Spy a Caribbean reef shark, enjoy the fascination of schools of fish as they pass an arm lengths away from you, enjoy the vibrant colors of the ocean life, and so much more. The natural phenomenon of The Blue Hole has translated into a one for scuba divers. We have a few suggestions to make this a trip never to forget. From stunning hotels to laid back places to eat, read on to get the scoop on this famous phenomenon.
As the center of this dive vacation, The Blue Hole is sure to be the highlight. A few facts about the depths of this incredible ocean peculiarity is that it's about 60 miles off the coast of Belize City, on Lighthouse Reed. The Blue Hole measures 1/4 mile (.4 km) in diameter, and reaches 480 feet in depth. It is the depth that creates the dark blue circle picture above. It wouldn't be a hole if the edges weren't more shallow, right?
It saddens me to say that some believe the Blue Hole of Belize is the type of dive you absolutely must get off your list but really don’t care if you ever visit again. There’s hope however, for I think false assumptions and expectations are one of the main causes of disappointment. This dive site is different, it is the sort of novelty dive that, given the right conditions, can be enjoyed if approached with the right mind-set and expectations. Check out our complete overview to find out what exactly you can expect from, what we consider, a really cool dive site!
There are several tour companies offering dives here that will truly show
you all the amazing things about the Great Blue Hole. Our recommended
Chuck & Robbies (011-501-610-4424) and
Belize Pro Dive Center (501-226-2092)
Aside from the impressive underwater expectations, on land there are tons of unique sites to spy. The Mayan ruins are some of the largest re-habbed in the world, a special cave is home to skeletons from the Mayan era, known as Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM), or for a night of fun, check outJaguar's Temple Nightclub. Ziplinging, the Lamanai Jungle River Tour, beach BBQ's, and tons more activities are available through the reputable tour company Suya Tours.
After a day of diving Xanadu is a refuge to relax and recuperate. Make sure to save some energy in your evenings to lounge around in the heated outdoor pool.
Voted #1 resort in Belize by our Social Media Director in 2014, Xanadu offers a luxury retreat that feels like a home away from home. Located on the beautiful Ambergris Caye Island, you will find endless miles of white sand beaches hugging warm sapphire waters. It is a tropical setting that truly represents idyllic Caribbean getaways.
The resort itself is absolutely innovative, as it offers the highly sought after monolithic (one-piece) dome. Self catered condominium apartments are fully equipped with everything you will need and more. Features include central air conditioning, ceiling fans, cable television, telephones, Wi-Fi, Ipod docking stations, private safes for valuables, hair dryers, and beach towels. The Resort offers fun in the sun or total relaxation with an exotic, freshwater heated swimming pool and complimentary bicycles and kayaks for you to explore the island, or you can enjoy bird watching in Xanadu’s private nature reserve. - See our complete overview at MyVacationPages
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Ambergris Caye is one of the few destinations to offer value at their restaurants. It seems that the more affordable the place, the more great the options. Seafood weighs into the menu immensely. The quality and freshness of ingredients are what stand out above all else. Must try: Coco's Loco Beach Bar
As we said, The Blue Hole is a world-known dive site, and a plunge on most bucket lists. Belize has tons of other diving opportunity, allowing you take take full advantage of the surrounding ocean waters, while still hitting up one of the most famous dive sites in the world. Coupled with the great land tours, amazing hotels, and affordable (but delicious) cuisine, this will be a fun destination to check off that must-do.