Diving in Belize is considered to be amongst the best in the world. Belize is home to the longest stretch of coral in the western hemisphere. In addition to its barrier reef, Belize also boasts 3 distinct Caribbean atolls (Turneffe Reef, Lighthouse Reef, and Glovers Reef). This means that you can enjoy diving a number of different coral reef including walls, pinnacles, and reef flats that are located throughout an enormous area of sea. Ambergris Caye is fortunate enough to have some world class dive sites just steps away from the shore. With over 100 dive sites within 6 miles, you can be assured to have great canyon dives! Most dives are just east of the Meso-American Reef and are canyon dives running east and west.
Enjoy one to four different local amazing dive sites every day of your diving in Belize vacation. You can go on an exploration adventure on each dive. Discover new and exciting marine life with every underwater breath you take! All under the protective eye of your divemaster. Rental gear is available or you can bring your own!
General Scuba Diving in Belize Prices (USD)
Prices vary by dive shop and dive spot, but these are the general prices. Prices include tanks, weights, water, divemaster tour guide and your boat ride.
One Tank Dive
Two Tank Dives
Three Tank Dives
One Tank Night Dive
Great Blue Hole
Three Tank Dives
Three Tank Dives
Instruction courses if you are new to SCUBA or need a refresher course:
One Tank Dive
Two Tank Dives
PADI Scuba Diver Course
PADI Open Water Course
PADI Advanced Course
PADI Rescue Diver Course
PADI Divemaster Course
Belize Diving Season
Belize is a year round scuba destination. February and March represent the driest months. March through June experiences occasional rainfall and August through October, “the wet season”, represents the more likely period for hurricanes. Visibility remains constant year-round away from the mainland shore.
August through October tend to be the months with the warmest water temperatures at around 82 to 84°F (28 or 29°C). Even at the lower end of the annual water temperature range, Belize is very much a warm water destination. The temperature rarely dips below 79°F (26°C) even around the cooler months of January and February. Seldom would you need more than a shortie and many scuba divers choose not to use an exposure suit at all during the warmer months. Air temperatures remain relatively constant around the 80°F (27°C) mark.
The best conditions for diving in Belize are generally considered to be from March through December, although outside this period it is common to still find optimum conditions. The first few months of this period (March through June) are considered by some to represent the very best months. April through June is whale shark season in Placencia, in the south of the country. October and November is when thousands of groupers mate and give birth to their young in the shallows of the Cayes.
Top Dive Spots in Belize
Just offshore from the quaint village of San Pedro is Hol Chan Marine Reserve, one of the coolest dives in Belize. It’s a strictly enforced marine park situated at a deep cut in Belize’s barrier reef. Abundant marine life, healthy corals and throngs of grouper, snapper, barracuda and jacks will surround you here. At nearby Shark Ray Alley, you’ll leave dive gear behind and snorkel with – you guessed it – nurse sharks and stingrays.
The Blue Hole
You’ve probably seen aerial shots of Belize’s signature dive. At more than 300 metres/1000 feet across and 135 metres/450 feet deep, this spectacular hole-in-the-reef dive is a day-trip away from most of Belize’s dive resorts. You’ll be rewarded with a payoff that includes reef and bull sharks and fascinating stalactite and stalagmite formations.
This site has a remote, pristine quality that makes you expect big animal action and stunning reefs. Done as a drift dive, the water movement attracts a variety of schooling fish like crevalle and horse-eye jacks. As you glide along the edge of the blue-water abyss on a sheer wall, look for barracuda, cubera snapper, Atlantic spadefish and several species of sharks.
Long Caye Wall,
A top dive site where you’ll find very lush coral growing in reef gullies that lead to a sheer drop off. Look for deep-water gorgonians, yellow tube sponges and orange elephant ear sponges. Watch for schools of jacks, tarpon and Atlantic spadefish out in the deep blue. In the sandy shallows, you may find southern stingrays and eagle rays along with garden eels.
Silk Cayes Canyon
South of Belize City, there are low patch reefs mixed with small coral outcrops that form interesting reef structures near the edge of the drop-off. There is a large variety of healthy hard corals and gorgonians. Strange gray triggerfish and reef sharks like to cruise this area.
Stann Creek District
This is where the coast starts curving away from the barrier reef. This is also ground zero for whale shark encounters at sites off Gladden Spit. Southwater Caye Marine Reserve contains patch reefs, drop offs and walls with coral formations that are amazingly beautiful spots for diving in Belize.
Visitor Water Safety Tips
Ambergris Caye relies heavily on boats for transportation not only around the island itself but for inter-island travel, mainland travel, transportation of cargo and of course tourism. When Swimming or snorkeling on Ambergris Caye please BEWARE OF BOAT TRAFFIC and follow these safety guidelines:
- Swim/snorkel between docks and in designated swim areas when available
- Do not attempt to swim out to the reef
- Consider not wearing jewelry when snorkeling or swimming
- If any vessel is heading in your direction signal to make yourself visible
- Use a life vest or diver down buoy for visibility when snorkeling or swimming
- Touching coral, plant life and dock posts may cause extreme allergic reactions
- Always have someone watching when snorkeling or swimming at night
- Do not dive from docks as there could be shallow water or obstructions underwater
- Pay attention to the wind speed and direction when kayaking away from shore
- A kayak and/or paddle are useful to make yourself visible while in the water
- Your belongings should not be left unattended on the beach or dock
We want your vacation in Belize to be a memorable and enjoyable one so please be safe while exploring our natural wonders.