Belize’s three outer atolls offer some of the county’s finest diving opportunities and can be reached by day boats or liveaboard.
The world-famous Blue Hole forms part of Lighthouse Reef, the northernmost of the three atolls. Originally a cathedral-like cave, the roof fell in 10,000 years ago, leaving a perfectly circular hole. At 40 metres one can see stalagmites and stalactites and swim through the maze of quartz and limestone while marine life swims below.
Turneffe Atoll is the largest of the three atolls and the closest to Belize’s coastline. It has large mangrove areas providing a haven for juvenile marine life and is famed for excellent wall diving and sea gardens. Divers can expect to see eagle rays, turtles, large snapper and jacks on the atolls healthy reefs.
Glover’s Reef is the southernmost and most remote of Belize’s atolls. Its stunning oval shaped coral formation has over 700 patch reefs and it is surrounded by over 80 kilometres of coral drop-offs. Designated a World Heritage Site in 1997, the atoll is also home to a large grouper spawning site.
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