Belize

What to see: Blue Hole, colorful reefs, nurse and whale sharks or in more detail:
Lighthouse Reef: The Blue Hole, Carribean reef sharks, colorful coral in crystal clear water, swim-throughs and caverns, grouper and turtles
Turneffe Reef: Walls, soft and hard corals, schooling fish and some small critters
Belize Barrier Reef (from Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker): Caverns, tunnels and swim-throughs, loads of nurse sharks and rays, groupers and turtles
Placencia: Whale Sharks at Gladden Spit from March till June

Diving: Boat diving, mostly quiet conditions and little current, can be a bit wavy further away from the Cayes

Level: From entry-level to experienced diver, there is sites suitable for all levels

Who should go there: Divers who want to tick off the Blue Hole from the bucket list and those who like nurse and whale sharks. Entry-level to intermediate divers who want to dive colorful reefs, swim-throughs and tunnels

How to get there: Flight to Belize City and from there to Ambergris Caye: Flight (15 min) or ferry (3 hours), Caye Caulker: Ferry (1 1/2 hours), Placencia: Bus (3 hours). Resorts offer transfer services from the International Airport

Where to dive:
Ambergis Caye: There is a massive amount of dive shops around, just choose one you feel comfortable with and that meets your budget best
Caye Caulker: Belize Diving Services or Frenchies Diving
Placencia: Seahorse Dive Shop or Splash Dive Center
Resorts in the middle of nowhere: Huracan Diving, Turnette Flats or Off the Wall Resort
Liveaboard: Belize Aggressor III and IV

Rates: In general local diving costs around USD 100 for two dives and at sites further away USD 150 to 200. Three dives at the Blue Hole and Lighthouse Reef are between USD 260 and 320.
One week all-inclusive in one of the resorts costs USD 2000 – 3000, on a liveaboard from USD 1800.

Where to stay: A variety of accommodation types are available in Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker and Placencia

Climate: 25-27°C in winter, 27-30°C in summer, rainy season June to October

Water temperature: down to 26°C in winter, up to 30°C in summer

Visibility: Mostly amazing, 10 to over 40 m

Season: All year round, whale shark season March to June

Favorite dive sites: Shark and Ray Alley, Caye Caulker for all the nurse sharks / Turneffe Elbow for schooling fish, rays, stunning walls and coral

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