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Located in the north of the country and just a kilometre from the barrier reef, Ambergris Caye is one of Belize’s top tourist spots.

One of the largest and most developed of the country’s many cayes, its no cars policy ensures that life remains decidedly relaxed, with bikes and golf carts the preferred forms of transport. Being so close to the barrier reef, there are plenty of vibrant dive sites close by with colourful fish, exceptional visibility and opportunities for encounters with turtles, eagle rays and sharks.

Both divers and snorkellers will enjoy the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Established in 1987, this small marine reserve consists of coral reef, seagrass beds, mangroves and ‘Shark Ray Alley’, a shallow cut in the reef where nurse sharks and southern stingrays are daily visitors. This site was known by the Mayans as an exceptional fishing spot and has retained its Mayan name.

About 80 kilometres away is the Blue Hole at Lighthouse Reef. Originally a cathedral-like cave, where the roof fell in some 10,000 years ago, as the land receded into the sea. Almost a perfectly circular hole, it is 300 metres in diameter, and 130 metres deep; at 40 metres one can see stalagmites and stalactites, remnants from when the cave was above water, and swim through the maze of quartz and limestone, while the marine-life swims below. As this is a deep dive, it is only suitable for experienced divers.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: southern stingray, nurse shark, green turtle, spotted eagle ray

Dive trips

This dive location is featured in the following itinerary:

Belize Discovered

Blessed with an amazing variety of diving opportunities and prolific wildlife, there's plenty to discover in Belize. Spend a week diving the barrier reef before exploring the magical and mystical interior.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 13 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,295 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Suggested accommodation options are shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Ramon’s Village Resort

An exotic beachfront sanctuary surrounded by tropical gardens and Mayan sculptures, this locally run resort is just a few minutes' walk from the barrier reef on Ambergris Caye, where diving and snorkelling sites abound.

Mata Rocks Resort

Located south of San Pedro, this intimate resort is a great value option for those looking to dive Ambergris Caye and the Blue Hole. Its rooms and suites all offer ocean view and are uniquely decorated in Caribbean colours.

Victoria House

Victoria House is a charming resort, set in an old plantation on the outskirts of San Pedro, next to a white sandy beach. The ambience is informal and laid-back, and you can be as relaxed or active as you wish