Your Guide to Diving Belize
including Ambergris Caye, Glover's Atoll, Lighthouse Reef, St. George's Caye, Southern Belize and Turneffe Atoll
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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 liveaboards or the 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 of days to visit Mayan ruins, the Jaguar Preserve, or take river tours. Belize is about a two-hour flight from Houston. Belize lies in the hurricane belt and takes frequent hits. Read K. Smith's Tropical Ice before you go! Available on the Undercurrent website.
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 roughly every two decades. During winter months (mainly December, January, and February), Belize is also subject to north winds that blow down and may disrupt diving for several days. Water temperature may dip as low as the 70°F (21°C) in the winter and reach as high as 85°F (30°C) in the summer.
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Diving Belize Reader Reports and Feature Articles
Latest Reader Reports from Belize
from the serious divers who read Undercurrent
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Blackbird Caye Resort Report
"Great Diving in Belize"
filed Sep 18, 2023 by Roger K. Marach (Experience: 101-250 dives, 3 reports, Reviewer )
This was a wonderful dive trip to the Blackbird Caye Atoll. Diving was outstanding this time of year (early June '23). Waters were calm... ... Read more
Isla Marisol Resort Report
"Gourmet dining with great diving"
filed Sep 16, 2023 by don buswell-charkow (Experience: 501-1000 dives, 5 reports, Reviewer )
We had been diving at Isla Marisol about 15 years ago. At that time, the diving was spectacular but the resort was in a sorry state. ... ... Read more
Blackbird Resort/Blackbird Caye Report
in Belize/Blackbird Caye
filed Sep 15, 2023 by Peter O'Shaughnessy (Experience: 501-1000 dives, 8 reports, Sr. Reviewer )
We had a group of 8 divers that traveled to Blackbird in June, part of our group flew from Cincinnati through Atlanta to Belize. We too... ... Read more
Belize Aggressor III/N/A Report
in Belize/Turneffe and Lighthouse
"BELIZE AGGRESSOR III REVIEW"
filed Aug 15, 2023 by NEAL LANGERMAN (Experience: Over 1000 dives, 15 reports, Contributor )
The Belize Aggressor III is one of a pair of liveaboard boats operating from Belize City. They dive sites around Turneffe Atoll and Lig... ... Read more
Turneffe Flats Report
"Great Diving With Most Caribbean Critters Spotted, W/Few Exceptions"
filed Aug 13, 2023 by Rik Pavlescak (Experience: 501-1000 dives, 22 reports, Sr. Contributor )
Turneffe Flats was designed for sports fishing (bonefish, tarpon, pilot) but offers scuba diving. On the week of my visit, there were a... ... Read more
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Diving Belize Articles - Liveaboards
|Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, Raja Ampat, Belize, live reefs, dead reefs, liveaboards, shore diving, 3/23|
|Belize Aggressor IV, Belize , Easy concierge diving, with sharks galore, 10/21|
Available to the Public
|MV Belize Aggressor III, Belize, good boat, great crew, easy diving, 6/18|
|Belize, Utila, Palau, Komodo, Bonaire, Caribbean whalesharks, missing hammerheads, 6/17|
|Belize, Vieques, Indonesia, Molokai, 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|
|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||
Diving Belize Articles - Land Based
|Little Cayman, Maui, Raja Ampat, Texas Oil Rigs , thresher sharks, dying reefs, barefoot elegance, 9/23|
|A Unique and Serious Injury at Ramon's in Belize , a tough fight for compensation in another country, 5/23|
|Turneffe Island Resort, Belize, C.A. , private island, plenty of reef sharks, 2/23|
|Itza Resort: Lighthouse Reef, Belize, fine diving at the end of the Maya World, 6/22|
Available to the Public
|Belize, Little Cayman, the Conflict Islands, bedbugs, tiny bunks, and an unknown gem, 2/20|
|Isla Marisol, Glover’s Reef, Belize, where divers are few, but the fish are plentiful, 7/19|
|Want to Buy a Dive Center or Liveaboard?, we found a few, if you’re looking for something new to do, 7/19|
|St. Vincent, Maldives, Roatan, Belize, destinations for everyone, 4/18|
|The Chinchorro Banks, Alor, Belize, Roatan, and how cut-rate trips leave early birds steaming, 2/18|
|Fiji and Belize Protect their Reefs, 2/18|
|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 leader’s resort, a dive shop’s faulty rental gear, 4/15|
|Turneffe Island Resort, Belize, concierge diving on a remote private island, 5/13|
|The Resort’s 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 diver’s death, 1/11|
|Reef’s 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 Mar’s Dive Boat, 2/08|
|Cuba, Bonaire, Belize... , and a clever thief in Curacao, 1/07|
|Isla de Marisol, Belize, among the best, if it weren’t for..., 9/05|
|Dive Boats Hassle Utila’s 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|
|Ambergris, We Hardly Knew Ye., 1/93|
|Lighthouse Reef, Belize, C.A., By Land And By Sea, 10/92|
|Manta Resort, Belize, C.A., And A Second Look At St.George's Lodge, 2/92|
|St. George's Lodge, 2/92|
|Victoria House, Ambergris Caye, Belize, There's Better In Belize, 8/89|
|Belize On The Cheap, 8/89|
|Reports From The Readers: Belize and Ambergris Caye, 8/89|
|Turneffe Island Lodge, Belize, Central America, A Trip Back In Time, 5/89|
|Captain Morgan's, Ambergris Caye, Belize, Central America, 9/86|
|Glover's Reef village, Belize C.A., An Outpost Of Civilization, 2/82|
|Trudy's Hotel, Utila, British Honduras, A bargain of bygone days, 11/80|
|St. George's Lodge, Belize, Total Isolation And Super Diving, 8/80|
|Ambergris Caye, Belize, Runnin' Against The Wind, 7/80|
|The Isla Mia, Belize, At Play With The Porpoises, 6/80|
Belize Sections from Our Travelin'
Reader Reports filed for
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 Amazon.com; just
follow the links. -- BD
Travel Edition of Reef Fish Identification: Caribbean, Bahamas,
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.
World Atlas of Coral Reefs
by Mark D. Spalding, Corinna Ravilious,
Edmund P. Green, United Nations World Conservation Monitoring Center.
If there is one book that belongs in every traveling diver's library, this is
it. The superb World Atlas of Coral Reefs has everything you want to know
about the reefs from Costa Rica and Cuba to the Coral Sea and Cayman. The information
is specific and up to date. The photos, maps and layout superb. And the price,
for this 424 page, full color, hard bound volume, is a steal at $31.50
The Atlas was released in September by the United Nations World
Conservation Monitoring Center to document and conserve the world's coral reefs.
Clearly written with divers in mind, it's an invaluable resource for global
travelers. Here's what you'll find.
- 94 maps, including global maps of biodiversity and reef
stresses, regional maps showing 3-D bathymetry and high resolution maps showing
reefs, mangroves, population centers, dive centers and protected areas.
- 280 color photographs, showing reefs, wildlife, people and
places, Including 84 photographs taken from space by Shuttle astronauts.
- Text explaining the formation, structure and ecology of
coral reefs; their various uses and abuses at the hands of humans; and the
techniques used in coral reef mapping.
- Detailed texts describing the distribution and status of
coral reefs in every country.
- Data tables listing information on biodiversity, human
use, and protected areas. These include statistics on coral reef area, biodiversity,
fish consumption, and threats.
For example, you can learn about pollution damage to the reefs
at Providenciales and the lack of human impact, as well. Or, where extensive
bleaching took place in Honduras 1998. You'll read that Milne Bay in Papua New
Guineas has the most extensive reef system in that country and where, in Fiji,
the bumphead parrotfish and tridachna clams will not be found, thanks to overfishing.
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%. Click below to buy them at Amazon:
* 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%)
A Guide to the Coral Reefs of the Caribbean
by Mark Spalding
This book doubles as a guide to the natural history of the coral reefs and a diver's travel guide. In addition to providing information about some of the most popular diving and snorkeling, it also offers practical suggestions to divers who want to protect these sites. Author Mark Spalding, a coral reef scientist who has worked on coral reefs in over thirty countries, delves into the eco-problems with a focus on what each person can do to protect the reefs. The guide section covers 35 dive destinations with key information on the reefs, marine parks, remote places, and unusual species as well as excellent maps and a photographic field guide of the marine flora and fauna.
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There's a Cockroach in My Regulator
The Best of Undercurrent: Bizarre and Brilliant True Diving Tales from Thirty Years of Undercurrent.
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