One of the smallest countries in Central America, Belize has one of the largest barrier reefs in the world.
Liveaboard diving in Belize offers divers the chance to visit the amazing Belize Barrier Reef, the largest in the Northern hemisphere and second largest reef system in the world. A dive cruise onboard a Belize liveaboard will take divers to the famous Blue Hole, a giant blue submarine sinkhole that offers a unique dive into its depths. Belize the country is a democratic, English and Spanish speaking nation. Located on the Eastern Coast of Central America, the weather is mild, the topography spectacular, and with the largest barrier reef in the Northern Hemisphere, is reputed as one of the regions best diving destinations.
From shallow coral gardens to plunging walls in warm turquoise waters, the 300 km Belize Barrier Reef has pristine dive sites among hundreds of atolls and cayes and one giant blue hole. Luxury Liveaboards offer dive trips with the benefit of visiting a wider area at your leisure, without hordes of other dive operators visiting the same sites. Comfortable living accommodation onboard provides scuba divers with the perfect base to explore this amazing natural area.
Belize - 2 liveaboards
Discover the best sites of Belize, including the famous Blue Hole, while sailing on the 33m luxury Belize Aggressor III liveaboard. All cabins include individual climate control and private en-suites.
One of the more luxurious liveaboard yachts, the MY Belize Aggressor IV offers divers 5 star diving and service. Up to 20 divers can be comfortably accommodated for in 10 deluxe staterooms.
Liveaboard Diving in Belize
The length of most Belize liveaboard dive trips are 8 days / 7 nights. Itineraries may vary slightly but all seek the best dive sites according to the season. Belize can be dived year round. Generally, the best months to dive Belize are from March to June, with April to June being whale shark season in Placencia (South). While you may experience some rainfall during this time, the 'wet season' is usually August to October. It is, however, during these months that the water temperature is at its warmest of 28/29C. Water temperature rarely goes below 26C and visibility remains good (up to 40m) throughout the year away from the mainland. Average air temperature in Belize is 27C with generally calm surface conditions. Currents vary between destinations but conditions are ideal for all levels of diving from beginners to seasoned divers. Budgets for liveaboards range at around 229 euros per day.
TURNEFFE ATOLL REEF is the closest and the largest of the 3 atolls, forming a series of mangroves offering great drift dives with some of the larger pelagic such as gigantic shoals of trevallies, snappers, black-tip and hammerhead sharks among others.
LIGHTHOUSE REEF is the most easterly of the dive sites in Belize, offering fantastic wall diving and home to the Great Blue Hole.
HALF MOON CAYE easily offers some of the best wall diving in the world. A sandy stretch laden with garden eels, stingrays, and hogfish, then gently slopes towards the reefs numerous swim throughs and tunnels until you reach the drop off at around 25m. To the South West, Painted Wall's spur and groove formations, ranging from 8-40m, is home to species of parrotfish, black durgeon, queen triggerfish. Lookout for white spotted filefish and cowfish in the shallows.
The great BLUE HOLE offers divers the chance to dive a unique dive site in Belize. The Great Blue Hole is a giant submarine sinkhole off the coast of Belize. It lies near the center of Lighthouse Reef, a small atoll 70 km from the mainland and Belize City. The hole is circular in shape, over 300 m across and 124 m deep. Apart from the novelty of diving in a large sinkhole expect clear waters and a variety of flora and fauna as you can see nurse sharks, Caribbean reef sharks, and bull sharks.
Glover's Reef, the most remote and least visited atoll. As such it offers more diversity including goliath grouper, schools of horse-eyed jacks, Atlantic spadefish, eagle rays, and turtles. With more than 80km of fringing reef and walls depths range from 7 meters to 900 meters, this is an exciting dive with many underwater photography opportunities.
Diving Belize Liveaboards offer the chance to see hundreds of unique critters, topography and possibly even the larger species such as the manta ray, spotted eagle ray or even the whale shark at Gladden Spit (during the spring and early summer months). Hammerhead shark, Caribbean reef shark, and even the oceanic whitetip shark have been seen, but these lucky sightings are rare.
Other popular sites in Belize
- Sailing to Glover's Reef, the most remote and least visited atoll. Offering more diversity including goliath grouper, schools of horse-eyed jacks, Atlantic spadefish, eagle rays, and turtles. With more than 80km of fringing reef and walls depths range from 7 meters to 900 meters, this is an exciting dive with many underwater photography opportunities.
- Visit The Elbow, so called because of a dramatic twist in the reef for the chance to see up to 50 spotted eagle rays. Be aware of strong currents.
- Enjoy more wall diving at Long Caye Wall, Grand Bogue, Silver Caves, Tarpon Caves.
- The Aquarium, Black Beauty and The Cathedral provide a stunning underwater landscape of coral formations amidst occasional turtle and eagle ray sightings
- Want to do a wreck dive while you're there? Visit the Wreck of the Sayonara.
Tips for Travellers / Travel Facts
In Belize, additional liveaboards fees usually include gear rental (not covered), up to 175 USD per. person, per 7 day trip or USD 260 per 10 days trip, Nitrox is offered at an additional cost of approx. USD 100 per week - USD 150 per 10 days trip. Every diver needs to purchase their own dive insurance. Alcoholic drinks and special gear such as torches may incur additional charges. A USD 95 port fee is also added to the liveaboard packages, this includes cruising tax and park fee. If you have any questions about extra fees in Belize, please contact us directly. Electricity voltage runs at 110 volts and the standard socket is North American style two-pin plug.
Minimum logged dives of approx. 60 are required for some of the dive sites and check dives on Belize liveaboards are often held on the first day.
The only recompression chamber in Belize is located on the north side of the airstrip in San Pedro. The chamber stands on Radio Frequency 14.4600 twenty-four hours a day.
There are no compulsory vaccinations for travel to Belize, however, we recommend standard protection against tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, polio, influenza, typhoid and hepatitis A. There is an endemic Malaria and Dengue Fever risk, especially during the rainy season. For advice on Malaria and Dengue, and the possible threat of the Zika virus seek professional medical advice before travelling. Foodborne diseases such as salmonella, amoebic and parasitic infections are not uncommon. It is recommended that you drink only purified bottled water.
How to get there
Belize Liveaboards depart from Belize City, 12 miles south of Phillip Goldson International Airport (PGIA) in Ladyville. Dedicated trips include dive sites such as The Lighthouse Reef and Turneffe Atoll Reef. These mid-ocean atoll formations offer endless opportunities for a world-class wall, drift, and coral-garden diving.
International flights to Belize depart regularly from around the world, often with a transfer in Miami, Florida. Flights to Belize are available on multiple airlines, such as American Airlines, British Airways, amongst others. From the UK, expect at least an 11-hour trip. From Germany, the journey can take up to 25 hours. Flight times from the USA vary from 3 to 5 hours.
Most countries do not require a Visa for travel to Belize. We recommend you check with your local embassy prior to departure. Valid Passport, proof of return and sufficient funds are required. Please note, there is a USD 35 departure tax, payable in U.S. dollars only.
Belize Diving Reviews
I loved it. The variety of sea, corral and plant life was exquisite. There was little or no bleaching at all. It is a healthy underwater world.Diving Belize in February on the Belize Aggressor III
Very good although too many lion fish and less abundant marine life than expected.Diving Belize in January on the Belize Aggressor IV
Fantastic! We would love to return!Diving Belize in March on the Belize Aggressor III
Absolutely beautiful!! Wonderful experienceDiving Belize in February on the Belize Aggressor III
Enjoyed the week. Would recommend the trip to friends.Diving Belize in January on the Belize Aggressor III
Fantastic. Would do it again. Again would mention the lion fish population is really very high and needs ti be controlled. It was difficult to get a picture on the reef that didnt have a lion fish in the picture.Diving Belize in November on the Belize Aggressor IV
First liveaboard was an amazing experience. I not only saw so many new thing and met well travelled interesting fellow divers, I tripled my experience level and my skills and confidence as a diver improved exponentially. I was spoiled by the liveaboard experience and will do this again!Diving Belize in October on the Belize Aggressor III
WONDERFUL!!!!!!!! Would highly recommend it!!!!! A crew that loves their job (it shows!) & are so familiar with the Belize area & work so well together was a pleasure! The food was delicious & abundant! We wondered why the crew doesn't participate in the killing of lion fish when this is a common practice in the Caymans & Roatan. We were told a guest had complained about this practice. I could see it if lion fish were indigent to the area but since they aren't, they are predators that are harming the reef. Could this practice be changed perhaps? I've said it before, just gotta say again..... Eddie is an amazing asset on that boat!!!!Diving Belize in October on the Belize Aggressor IV
Very easy - hardly any current, not deep (apart from the Blue Hole). Not amazing in terms of wildlife but definitely worth a visit.Diving Belize in July on the Belize Aggressor III
Diving in Belize was great. The water was consistently 84 - 81 degreesDiving Belize in April on the Belize Aggressor III
Absolutely beautiful. I saw different kinds of sharks, turtles, dolphins, eels, sea snakes, squids, octopi, eagle rays, sting rays, jellyfish, tarpon, barracuda, trunkfish, urchins, corals of all colors and sizes and about 1,000 other things. Not to mention the blue hole. I would recommend any diver to Belize.Diving Belize in March on the Belize Aggressor III
Great reefs in great condition and lots of life. right up thereDiving Belize in November on the Belize Aggressor III
It was a good experience. We were in Belize a few years back for a dive trip, and some inland touring. Enjoyed it!Diving Belize in October on the Belize Aggressor III
It was fine, Caribbean diving, with a bit of weather and murky waters. Fun group of divers and a great staff with top notch service.Diving Belize in October on the Belize Aggressor III
Terrific!! Warm clear water. Great visibility. A vibrant, healthy, colorful reef with abundant coral and creatures. Dolphin , sharks, eels , rays, lobster, crab, squid, lionfish, and all the fish in the aquarium!Diving Belize in October on the Sun Dancer