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Belize

Dive the Blue Hole, explore rich rainforests and discover ancient Mayan temples

Belize is located in Central America, bordered by Mexico to the north, and Guatemala to the south and west. The entire eastern side of Belize faces the Caribbean Sea and is fringed by the third largest barrier reef in the world, stretching for more than 185 miles. This is the largest barrier reef in the western hemisphere and is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Beyond the Belize Barrier Reef are over 100 tropical islands – known as ‘cayes’ – and three coral atolls; Turneffe Atoll, Lighthouse Reef and Glovers Reef.  The diving throughout these atolls is fantastic, with healthy reefs with abundant marine life. The Belize waters include seven marine reserves as well as famous dive sites such as The Blue Hole and Elbow.

How to get there
There are a few international airlines servicing Belize from the UK, with one of the best options being with American Airlines via Miami. Usually, you will need to take one night’s accommodation in Miami on the way out. The flight to Belize next morning takes only a couple of hours, which means you will arrive into Belize fresh and ready for your transfer to your chosen hotel or liveaboard. Homeward flights from Belize connect well through either Miami or Dallas, requiring no overnight accommodation in the USA on the way home.

Stay a bit a longer
For those interested in top-side wildlife and culture, mainland Belize is a wonderful place to explore, with exotic rainforests and over 400 ancient Mayan temples. There are archeological sites, National Parks, botanical gardens and butterfly farms and activities can include cave-tubing, hiking, zip lines and hiking.

Belize is home to some incredible wildlife, including native Black Howler Monkeys, Tapirs and Jaguars. For bird enthusiasts there are over 300 different species to spot, including Toucans, Scarlet Macaws, various vultures and birds of prey, plus dozens of species of hummingbirds. Sea birds include Pelicans, Frigate Birds and Red Footed Boobies.

We can put together tailor-made tours throughout mainland Belize depending on your particular interests.

Quick Guide: Belize

  • Location: Central America
  • When to go: All year round but driest Jan – May
  • Average air temp: Tropical 28°C – 32°C
  • Average water temp: 25°C – 27°C
  • Recommended diver level: PADI Open Water (or equivalent) with minimum 20 dives

 Liveaboard diving

Belize Aggressor III

The Belize Aggressor III is a 33m liveaboard that accommodates up to 18 passengers.  Accommodation on board comprises of 7 Deluxe staterooms with double bed and overhead single bunk, one twin bed Deluxe and one Master Stateroom with double bed. All cabins have individual climate control and private en-suite bathrooms. Facilities on board include a spacious air conditioned saloon and dining area, sun deck with hot tub and loungers, shaded wet bar and grill, and a digital photography station with computer. Nitrox is available for certified divers.

Guide priceDeluxe £2455* per person.
Includes: accommodation in an air-conditioned stateroom with en-suite, breakfast (cooked to order), buffet lunch and chef prepared dinner with tables service, fresh mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks, soft drinks, local beer and wine, tanks, weights and weight belts.Package excludes; International flights, equipment rentals, Nitrox USD $100 for 7nts, Port/park fees $110 for 7 nights), 

*Price shown is for guide purposes only and is based on low season travel and for twin share accommodation. Please contact us for a confirmed cost based on your preferred duration and time of travel.

Belize Aggressor IV

The Belize Aggressor IV is a 42m liveaboard that accommodates up to 20 passengers. The liveaboard departs from Radisson Fort George Hotel dock, in Belize City, every Saturday for 7 night itineraries that take in the very best dive sites around Turneffe Atoll and Lighthouse Reef. All dives are from the mother ship and up to five dives per day are offered, except on friday.

Accommodation on board comprises of 8 Deluxe staterooms with twin beds or one queen bed, double bed and overhead single bunk, and two Master Staterooms each with one queen bed. All cabins have individual climate control and private en-suite bathrooms. Facilities on board include a spacious air conditioned saloon and dining area, sun deck with loungers, shaded wet bar and grill, and a digital photography station with computer. Nitrox is available for certified divers.

Guide priceDeluxe £2455* per person.
Includes: accommodation in an air-conditioned stateroom with en-suite, breakfast (cooked to order), buffet lunch and chef prepared dinner with tables service, fresh mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks, soft drinks, local beer and wine, tanks, weights and weight belts.Package excludes; International flights, equipment rentals, Nitrox USD $100 for 7nts, Port/park fees $110 for 7 nights), 

*Price shown is for guide purposes only and is based on low season travel and for twin share accommodation. Please contact us for a confirmed cost based on your preferred duration and time of travel.

Aggressor Diving

Both Belize Aggressor III and belize Aggressor IV depart from Radisson Fort George Hotel dock, in Belize City, every Saturday. All trips are 7 night itineraries that take in the very best dive sites around Turneffe Atoll and Lighthouse Reef. All dives are conducted from the mother ship and up to five dives per day are offered, except on Friday, which is a half day diving.

The dive itinerary will include famous sites, such as Blue Hole, Half Moon Caye and Elbow, with prolific fish life, corals and sponges and lots of pelagic marine life.

 Resort Diving

Blackbird Caye Resort

Located in Turneffe Atoll, Blackbird Caye Resort is a great little resort, set along a quiet stretch of beach and with a large mangrove lagoon to the rear.  Accommodation is in a choice of 20 cabanas, all of which are air-conditioned with en-suite bathrooms with shower and private proch with chairs and hammock.

The Deluxe Rooms have a separate living room with coffee table and sofa, and a bedroom with king size bed. Superior Rooms are open-plan, with a spacious bedroom with a sitting area. Standard Rooms have thatched roofs and feature either twin beds or one king bed. There is also one Honeymoon Suite with kingsize bed that has a large private balcony complete with outdoor jacuzzi.

The fully equipped dive centre has a fleet of four boats and easy access to over 70 sites, including excellent sites around Turneffe Atoll plus full day dive trips to the Blue Hole and other sites around Lighthouse Reef.

Blackbird Caye Resort is reached by boat (around one hour or so) and complimentary transfers from Belize City are offered on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Alternatively, private charter flights are available daily to the airstrip located right by the resort. Flight time is just 10-15 minutes and costs are very reasonable.

Isla Marisol Resort

Situated on the south western side of Glover’s Reef, Isla Marisol Resort is an excellent choice for those looking for rustic comfort, excellent food and superb diving. Set within a palm grove, the resort comprises of just 12 cabanas and beach houses, perched on stilts and aligning the beachfront in two rows. Each room has private bathroom with shower and either twin beds of one double bed and have ceiling and stand-up fans to keep you cool.

Meals are served in the main restuarant, serving local and internatioanl cuisine and the main focus for socialising is in the fantastic, large jetty bar.

On site there is a fully stocked dive centre and three day dives are offered daily from the two dive boats. Glovers Reef Marine Reserve offers incredible wall diving and from March to June it is the spawning site for congragations of groupers that in turn attract large numbers of whale sharks that come in to feast on the wealth of food. Isla Marisol Resort offers regular dive trips to seek out the spawning sites and whale sharks – these are adventurous dives, often in blue water off the reef walls.

Isla Marisol Resort is reached by domestic flight from Belize to Dangriga (approx 20 minutes) plus boat transfer to the resort (approx one hour).

Ramon’s Village Resort

Located by the vibrant small town of San Pedro, Ramon’s Village Resort is an excellent choice for those looking for plenty of things to do by day and night. The resort is set within dense tropcal gardens along a white sandy beach. All rooms are spacious and offer a high level of comfort and style and a range of room types are available, from Standard Garden View through to King Rooms with sea view.

Ramons Village Resort is well known for offering superb food and the large restauarant by the beachfront offers an extensive menu. For those wishing to see San Pedro town, it is just a few minutes walk from Ramon’s and there you can enjoy shops, bars and restaurants.  If the heat is too much for walking, then golf buggies are the vehicle of choice and from Ramons you can hire one on a per hour basis to explore this bustling town.

In front of the resort is a huge jetty complete with gift shop, water sports centre and a large dive centre. There is a fleet of four large dive boats offering daily dives to over 40 dive sites along the Belize Barrier Reef.  There is a range of dive topography to be had, including reef walls, coral gardens and sandy lagoons where manatees can be seen feeding on sea grass. Full day trips to Turneffe Atoll and Lighthouse Reef, including sites such as Blue Hole.

Ready for your next adventure?

Great Escapes Diving Holidays Ltd

Westerfield Business Centre
Main Road
Westerfield
Suffolk
IP6 9AB
United Kingdom

Office hours: Mondays to Fridays 09.00am - 5.00pm
Tel: +44 (0)1473 921888
Email: info@greatescapesdiving.com

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