Belize Diving Vacations
The hardest thing about planning a dive vacation in Belize is deciding where to dive. Belize has such a wealth of dive locations and professional dive operations, that you sometimes have too much to choose from.
Your first step will be to decide if you are going to mix diving with an inland experience. Some of the resorts on the outer atolls require a full week trip (of course you could still dive for a week and travel inland for a week). The dive operations on Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker and the mainland offer single day dive operations up to as long as you want.
Once you have decided on the type of activities you want, your next decision is to decide where in Belize to dive. We have divided Belize into three separate dive destinations, each with its own personality and types of diving to help you decide - The THREE OUTER ATOLLS - Lighthouse Reef, Turneffe Island and Glover's Reef; AMBERGRIS CAYE AND THE NORTHERN BARRIER REEF; the SOUTHERN BARRIER REEF AND PLACENCIA. You can mix and match each of these destinations on a single trip, or you can concentrate on a single destination, saving the others for a future vacation.
Check the DIVE SITES page for information about the sites in the area you are interested. It will give you general information about the site along with depth and recommended dive experience.
Once you've decided on your destination(s), use our ACCOMMODATIONS listing to find a suitable lodge or resort to stay, or contact one of the DIVE OPERATORS for more information about diving in their location. BELIZE TRADEWINDS can handle all your transportation, lodging and diving needs while in Belize as well as your international flight arrangements.
Following the descriptions of the dive destinations, we have provided a DIVE TRAVEL CHECKLIST to help you pack for your dive adventure in Belize. Be sure to check our TRAVEL TIPS page for more planning information.
Three of the four only true atolls in the northern hemisphere - Turneffe Island, Lighthouse Reef and Glover's Reef - lie 30 to 60 miles off the mainland of Belize. These rings of coral are the result of the accumulation of coral growth on top of giant geologic faults streaking across the floor of the Western Caribbean Basin. The movement of the earth along these faults and the growth of coral in the isolated and crystal clear waters of the Caribbean Sea have created spectacular drop-offs, many deeper than 10, 000 ft (3, 000 meters).
The visibility at the outer atolls can not be beat. Though April through June are traditionally the best visibility months, any month is rarely bad. During the winter months, cold fronts called northers sometime blow in reducing visibility. But you can still dive on the leeward sides of the atolls except in rare cases of heavy weather.