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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 atoll's 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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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: spotted eagle ray, green turtle, white-tip reef shark, giant grouper, black-tip reef shark

Dive trips

This dive location is featured in the following itinerary:

Belize Liveaboard

Home to the second longest barrier in the world, Belize makes a fabulous liveaboard destination. Dive the world-famous Blue Hole and Turneffe Atoll, where you can expect to see eagle rays, turtles, large snapper and jacks.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 10 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,295 pp
  • Trip type: Liveaboard trip
Suggested accommodation is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Turneffe Island Resort

This resort sits on its own private island on the southern tip of the Turneffe Atoll, a fantastic base to explore some of Belize’s finest diving. It offers 20 stylish rooms and private cabanas, with unobstructed views of the Caribbean Sea.

Suggested liveaboards are shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Belize Aggressor III

This luxurious liveaboard departs Belize City throughout the year for a seven night diving adventure exploring Turneffe and Lighthouse Reef Atolls. Up to five dives a day are offered and a range of speciality courses are available.

Belize Aggressor IV

Accommodating 20 passengers, this luxury liveaboard caters for adventurous divers. Moving two or three times each day, itinerary highlights include Lighthouse Reef and Turneffe Atolls, and the famous Blue Hole.