The Great Blue Hole in Belize is an underwater sinkhole which is large and situated off the coast. It is exactly situated in the middle of Lighthouse Reef, a small island. Diving in Belize Blue Hole is an exhilarating experience.This atoll, the Lighthouse Reef, is 70 kilometers from Belize City and the mainland. The appearance of this Belize Blue Hole is in a circle form, 124 meters deep and spread across in 300 meters. This was formed several years ago by the natural causes such as quaternary glaciations. But now, it is considered one of the World Heritage Site declared by the UNESCO. It is also a major part of the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System.
Enjoying the Blue HoleIncidentally this place became famous, once Jacques-Yves Cousteau affirmed it as one among the top ten scuba diving places. Then on, it remained as one of the favorite spot for scuba divers due to its crystal clear water and the marine species present. There are varied types of fishes, nurse sharks and giant groupers present. There is also reef sharks present that includes the Blacktip shark and Caribbean reef shark. You can rarely spot Hammerheads and bull sharks.
Blue Hole TripMost of the times, the trip to the blue hole would take a complete day or even more. There will be a fixed plan like a dive in the Blue Hole and other dives in close by reefs. Two types of dives are offered: south side and north side.
The temperature in air at Belize is mostly warm and the water temperature around 24°C. Since it is mostly warm, you can dive into the great blue hole at any time, so there is not a specific ideal time for a dive in the Blue Hole. But, Belize has a rainy season, though it does not affect the diving, it might affect other activities. The rainy season is from June to August. The drier months are from February to May. From November to February you can experience the coldest. The average visibility whenever you go diving in the Blue Hole can range between 15 meters and 30 meters.