Liveaboard Diving in Belize Barrier Reef
What to expect on a Belize Barrier Reef Liveaboard
Liveaboard diving to the Belize Barrier Reef means exploring some of this 300km long area, part of the Mesoamerican reef system, and the second largest coral reef system in the world. With 7 UNESCO World Heritage sites, renowned for its marine life, liveaboards to the Belize Barrier Reef offer a vast range of diving possibilities for all skill levels. Its 3 distinct atolls, 7 marine reserves and 450 cayes all provide diverse scuba diving opportunities that include walls interspersed with sand channels, pinnacles and reef flats.
Belize Barrier Reef Underwater
Divers on a Belize Barrier Reef liveaboard will not be disappointed. With a healthy population of reef sharks, common sightings of spotted eagle rays and the rarer, luckier ones of manta rays, hammerhead sharks and even manatees in the shallow seagrass waters, the Barrief Reef is a healthy ecosystem for most marine species. Serving not only as a protective home to underwater wildlife, the reef is a natural break-water protecting the coastlines from erosion. A living wall, designed by millions of coral colonies such as the staghorn, elkhorn and brain coral, these organisms keep the reef alive.
Dive Sites Of Belize Barrier Reef
TURNEFFE ATOLL REEF, is the closest and the largest of the 3 atolls. Great drift dives with some of the larger pelagic such as gigantic shoals of trevallies, snappers, black-tip and hammerhead sharks and the occasional small pod of bottlenose dolphins.
LIGHTHOUSE REEF is the most easterly of atolls of the Belize Barrier Reef. The atoll is oblong around 35km long and 8 km wide. Offering fantastic walls, grooves and channels, caves and colorful reef topography, this atoll is home to a number of notable diving sites and the infamous Blue Hole.
GREAT BLUE HOLE, approximately 60 miles off the mainland out of Belize City, right in the center of Lighthouse Reef is a large, almost perfectly circular limestone sinkhole more than 300m across and 135m deep.
HALF MOON CAYE, sits at the lower southeast corner of Lighthouse Reef. The island is crescent-shaped and a national park. Mixed with diverse wildlife, both above and below the sea, this is known to be one of the most picturesque dive sites in Belize.
AMBERGRIS CAYE makes up 40km of the Belize Barrier Reef, with calm waters dense with coral gardens, deep canyons, sand flats, colourful sponges, a multitude of Caribbean reef fish and water visibility that exceeds 46m.
HOL CHAN MARINE RESERVE is a marine reserve, just south of Ambergris Caye, divided into four zones and covering approximately 18km/sq of coral reefs, seagrass beds and mangrove forests. With great marine biodiversity and spectacular coral formations, this is one of Belize's most popular dive areas.
Top Tips For Divers
Liveaboard diving to the Belize Barrier Reef is available year-round. The water is calmer in the summer months with great visibility and water temperature stays around 80f (27c) throughout the year.
Getting To Belize Barrier Reef
Your Belize Liveaboard will take you there, departing from the Radisson Ft. George dock, located in the heart of downtown Belize City. If you are landing at Belize City International Airport (BZE), transfer is provided to and from the yachts.
Belize Barrier Reef Diving Reviews
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- 10 Verified Reviews
Excellent experience The second largest. We felt we couldn't have enough
Diving Belize Barrier Reef in September on the Belize Aggressor III
very nice, many more soft corals than up by cozumel and some different fish species
Diving Belize Barrier Reef in November on the Belize Aggressor IV
Great! The reef has such an amazing variety of plant & animal life. Our dive masters were quick to point out special fish
Diving Belize Barrier Reef in October on the Belize Aggressor IV
First time at the reef and it was better than expected. Fantastic diving!!
Diving Belize Barrier Reef in June on the Belize Aggressor IV
This reef is very healthy. Coral is the big draw. I have been to the Barrier Reef and have to say some corals rivaled it. Very few fish in most places. More fish are in Florida Keys.
Diving Belize Barrier Reef in May on the Belize Aggressor IV