Diving the Blue Hole - 3 Tank
In 2012, the Discovery Channel ranked the Blue Hole as #1 on its list of 10 Most Amazing Places on Earth. It is a top diving destination for many divers.
Duration: Full Day
Departure Time: 5:30 a.m. at Dock
Returning: 5:00-5:30 p.m.
Boat Ride to Blue Hole (3) Hours One Way
Diving Gear: BCD, regulator, wetsuit, fins, mask, snorkel (not included).
Included: Breakfast (coffee, fresh fruit, banana bread) before leaving on boat. Cold bottled water, fresh fruit at dive intervals, lunch, transportation to & from site, licensed guide.
What to Bring: Camera, cell phone, personal medications (for the day), light jacket or windbreaker, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, beach towel, swimsuit, cash for paying the park fees (if applicable) and tipping your guide.
Divers Notation: Be sure to have your PADI card with you. If you plan on diving the blue hole, you will need to provide proof that you have dived in that last six months. If not, then you will need to take a refresher dive (the day before) diving the Blue Hole. Diving computers can be rented, if you do not have yours with you.
Note: The tour & gear rental can be put on a credit card, park fees need to be paid in cash.
Diving the Blue Hole
Description: The Blue Hole is located in the center of Lighthouse Reef Atoll (a circular coral reef), approximately 1,000-feet in diameter, dropping over 400-feet into an incredible cavern. It is filled with giant stalactites and awe inspiring natural formations. Your first dive will take you to the Blue Hole itself, your second dive will be at Half Moon Caye, and your third dive will be at “The Aquarium” (all located within the Lighthouse Reef Atoll). If you are an experienced diver, wishing to scratch something off your “bucket-list”, then this is the tour for you. The Great Blue Hole is one of the most popular dive sites in Belize.
You leave the dock at approximately 6:00-6:30 a.m., the boat ride will take about 2-1/2 to 3 hours, to arrive at your destination. Depending on weather conditions, you will begin the dive either on the north or south side. Staying reasonably close to the wall, will assist with orientation. The site can look imposing to even the most experience divers, so listen carefully to the safety briefing and stick close to your guide.
Diving South Side - If you dive the south side, you will approach the shallowest cave systems at about 100ft. You will notice that the angle of the wall changes, resulting in an overhang burdened with stalactites some of which are more than 3 feet in diameter and up to 20 feet in length. Fallen stalactites litter the lower ledge of the cave some 50ft below where stalagmites grow upwards (like a set of rotten teeth), as if to complete a grotesque subterranean shark's mouth. Below this is an entrance to a cavern system which adds an eerie feel to this already atmospheric dive.
Diving North Side - The north side is similar to the south with stalactite formations at 100-140ft deep but (unlike the south side), there is no lower ledge of stalagmites here, just the upper 'jaw' of stalactites hanging over the sunken karst abyss. The bottom is another 260+ft below and very little exploration has been done down there. Apparently it's just a large mound of sand and other fallen debris that has accumulated over the years.
The Blue Hole Belize is known as one of the best dive sites in Belize, located in the center of Lighthouse Reef Atoll. It is a 1000-foot circular coral reef that drops over 400 feet into an incredible cavern. Giant stalactites, drip stone sheets, and columns can be found inside the Blue Hole at approximately 130ft.
Scientists believe that these structures were formed in a dry cavern above sea level during glacial periods. Half Moon Caye and the Aquarium dive sites are teaming with marine life and numerous varieties of colorful corals like sponges, fans, and gorgonian. These two dive sites are also a part of your package when conducting the Blue Hole Belize dive trip. Rest assured you will be experiencing the best diving in Belize.
Your Blue Hole Belize tour starts off as early as 6:00 am, departing from your dock, and returning later in the evening at 5:30pm. We make sure everything is in place; gear, breakfast, lunch, and refreshments. This will definitely be the experience of a lifetime. Eating local food and experiencing one of the seven wonders of the dive world, the Great Blue Hole.
We prefer small groups (between 4-6) people. Our diving is done on the largest barrier reef in the western hemisphere, the beauty of our reef is unrivaled.