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Scuba Diving Belize

including Ambergris Caye, Glover's Atoll, Lighthouse Reef,
St. George's Caye, Southern Belize and Turneffe Atoll

Diving Belize articles, reviews, and reports from Undercurrent

Diving Belize Overview

Inside the world's second-largest barrier reef, English-speaking Belize sports three major atolls. Good diving in Belize is reachable from live aboards or from resorts on the offshore cayes. The deeply-cut, spur-and-groove coral reefs of the rapidly developing Ambergris Caye are interesting but disappointing to many experienced divers. Outer cayes have better diving. While on a Belize diving trip, take a couple days to visit Mayan ruins, the Jaguar Preserve, or take river tours. Belize is about a two-hour fl ight from Houston. Belize lies in the hurricane belt and takes frequent hits.

Belize Seasonal Dive Planner

The dry season runs from March through May. The most predictably good weather for diving is from April through June, when the winds are normally light. Hurricanes hit Belize an average of once every six years. Major hurricanes have hit in 1931, 1961, and 1978. During winter months (mainly December, January, and February), Belize is also subject to northers that blow down and disrupt diving for several days. Water temperature may dip as low as the 70s in the winter and reach as high as 85° in the summer.

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Diving Belize Feature Articles and Reader Reports

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Belize Dive Reviews

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Dive Operation Resort Name Area Reporter Dive Date
Ambergris Divers Review Sun Breeze Hotel Barrier Reef off of Ambergris John A Thich 2017/11
Itza Lodge Review [same] Lighthouse Reef Atoll Clem Clapp 2017/09
Itza Lodge, Long Caye Review Itza Lodge Long Caye Belize Jan Topley 2017/05
Blackbird Resort Review [same] Turnufe Island[N/A] William E Jurney 2017/07
Hamanasi Review [same] [N/A] Fred M Drennan 2017/08
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Diving Belize Articles - Land Based

Ambergris, the Red Sea, Raja Ampat, bad briefings, free flowing regulators, overflowing toilets, 9/17
Worse Things Happen at Sea!, 8/17
Dominica, Fiji, Belize, Costa Rica, Florida, big animals, no head counts, free flowing regulators, 7/17
Itza Resort, Long Caye, Belize, great lodge, great diving, 4/16
Belize, British Virgin Islands, Hawaii, a KKK leaders resort, a dive shops faulty rental gear, 4/15

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Turneffe Island Resort, Belize, concierge diving on a remote private island, 5/13
The Resorts Off-Putting Documents, 5/13
Belize Diving Services, Caye Caulker, Belize, Old Caribbean living, the reality of current Caribbean diving, 4/13
Belize, Hawaii, Cozumel, Palau . . ., Caribbean winter warnings and more trouble with the Siren fleet, 3/13
At Last, Justice in Belize, shoddy operation and its owner fined for divers death, 1/11
Reefs End Lodge, Tobacco Caye, Belize, rustic and remote, but better diving than up north, 5/08
Ambergris Caye, Belize, La Isla Bonita goes upscale, but diving has gone downhill, 2/08
Fire Sinks Amigos Del Mars Dive Boat, 2/08
Cuba, Bonaire, Belize... , and a clever thief in Curacao, 1/07
Isla de Marisol, Belize, among the best, if it werent for..., 9/05
Dive Boats Hassle Utilas Whale Sharks, 9/05
Two on Turneffe Island, Belize, Turneffe Island Lodge and Turneffe Flats, 4/05
Thumbs Down Advanced Diving Placencia, Belize, 4/05
Thumbs Down in Placencia, 2/04
New Whale Shark Preserve in Belize, 1/04
Behemoths in Belize, scheduled whale shark trips in Placencia, 6/00
What's Left After Mitch?, reports on Honduras, Belize, Cayman, and Cozumel, 1/99
Diving the Turneffe Islands of Belize, Ecotouring at Blackbird Caye Resort, 1/98
Jaguar Reef Lodge, Belize, Nice place to visit, but diving is a distance, 7/97
Rum Point Inn, Belize, 4/95

Diving Belize Articles - Liveaboards

Belize, Utila, Palau, Komodo, Bonaire, Caribbean whalesharks, missing hammerheads, 6/17
Belize, Vieques, Indonesia, Molokai Belize, Vieques, Indonesia, Molokai -- Publicly Available, Christmas crowds, lousy food, white tips and mantas, 4/17
Belize, Bonaire, Florida, Philippines . . ., and a Cozumel dive shop with a great refund policy, 7/15

Available to the Public
The Unprofessional Side of Placing Blame, 9/10
Nekton Cruises Shuts Down, 6/10
Great Live-Aboard Living, and our day-boat choice on Ambergris Caye, 9/05
Live-Aboard vs. Land-Based, 1/98
Off Belize on the Rembrandt van Rijn, Sailing and diving with the Dutch masters, 2/97
Wave Dancer vs. Bay Islands Aggressor, 4/94

Belize Dive Reviews

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Land Based Dive Resorts in Belize

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Editor's Book Picks for Scuba Diving Belize
including Ambergris Caye, Glover's Atoll, Lighthouse Reef,
St. George's Caye, Southern Belize and Turneffe Atoll

The books below are my favorites about diving in this part of the world All books are available at a significant discount from; just follow the links. -- BD

Reef Life: A Must Have Guide to Tropical Marine Life Reef Life: A Must Have Guide to Tropical Marine Life
by Brandon Cole and Scott Michael

What? Another fish ID book when you thought Paul Humanns and Ned Deloachs were enough? Yes indeed, and while I rarely say this, Reef Life: A Guide to Tropical Marine Life is a must-have for the library of every traveling diver. And if you only want one ID book, this is it.

Click here to order through Undercurrent and you’ll get Amazon’s best price -- and our profits will go to save coral reefs.

Travel Edition of Reef Fish Identification: Caribbean, Bahamas,
South Florida. Travel Edition of Reef Fish Identification: Caribbean, Bahamas, South Florida
by Paul Humann and Ned DeLoach

Today's airline weight restrictions not only limit the amount of dive gear and cameras you can pack for overseas trips, but also those valuable prized marine life identification books. And with spotty Internet access overseas, it's not like you can look a critter of or fish up easily online. For the divers who still want a book in their hands post-dive to look up the fishes they encounter, Paul Humann and Ned DeLoach are offering "Travel Edition of Reef Fish Identification: Caribbean, Bahamas, South Florida." It's lightweight enough to thrown in your carry-on but rugged enough to withstand frequent saltwater washings on board.

Click here to buy it at Amazon via our website -- our profits go to save the reefs.

Reef Fish ID Reef Creature ID Reef Coral ID

The Reef Set: Reef Fish, Reef Creature and Reef Coral (3 Volumes):
Paul Humann ID Books
by Paul Humann, Ned Deloach

The three set fish, creature and coral ID books by Paul Humann are the unparalleled sources for information on Caribbean sea life and identification. Paul and his partner Ned Deloach recently released updated and expanded editions of each, with scores of new critters, even better photos, and information unavailable anywhere else. Why, the Reef Fish Identification book, at more than 500 pages, is 20 percent larger than the previous volume, which came out in 1994. Whenever I travel to the Caribbean, I tote all three books and spend my down hours figuring out what I saw and where to look to find rare creatures. Paul's splendid Reef Creature book (420 pages), covers sponges, nudibranchs, octopus, crustaceans, Christmas tree worms and plenty more. His Reef Coral ID book (276 pages) helps you identify all the hard and soft corals, spawning, and even the growth on top of corals, as well as algae and other plant life. Beginners may want to ID only fish, but I'd recommend that all three books be part of every diver's library. And, if you have an old set, by all means replace it. You'll be delighted at the additions and improvements. Each book normally retails for $40, but are discounted when you order here. And the boxed 3-volume set is available now at a bigger discount, up to 30%. You'll get the best prices has to offer, speedy delivery, and the knowledge that a large hunk of our profit will go to preserve coral reefs.

* Reef Fish Identification: Florida Caribbean Bahamas,
* Reef Creature Identification: Florida Caribbean Bahamas, and
* Reef Coral Identification: Florida Caribbean Bahamas
* The Boxed Set of all three (you can save up to 30%)

You might find some other books of interest in our Editor's Book Picks section.

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