Belize is a small country in Central America. Few people come here so the low number of tourists is part of Belize's great charm. It is one of the best destinations in the world if you want to avoid huge crowds and long lines. Many Mayan archaeological sites are in Belize. Belize also has the Belize Barrier Reef, which is the longest in the Western hemisphere and second-largest barrier reef in the world after the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. The obscurity of this small country brings a feeling of unspoiled beauty that tourists who come here can experience.
Belize liveaboard trips and scuba diving in general are famous for the Belize Barrier Reef, with its unsurpassed natural beauty. The reef is home to more than 600 species of subtropical fish, including the West Indian manatee, which you can see on Belize liveaboard trips. Besides manatees, you can also see majestic whale sharks, schools of hammerheads, and big groups of nurse sharks, reef sharks, and lemon sharks. Belize is also famous for having an amazing variety of sponges.
A few words about dive sites in Belize
The main attractions for scuba divers in Belize are the cayes (pronounced “keys”), offshore atolls, and the barrier reef. The cayes are coral sand and mangrove islands located between the mainland and the barrier reef, and shelter many marine species.
Most boats in Belize follow the same routes, so you will see the most amazing spots, no matter which you choose. The main dive sites in Belize are located between the mainland and Turneffe Atoll and Lighthouse Reef Atoll. One of the must-see places here is Great Blue Hole, which is suitable and exciting for both intermediate and advanced divers. Belize liveaboards also offer such great places as the Sayonara wreck and two caves accessible by intermediate divers.
Liveaboard trips in Belize
Belize has a very small land area and consequently a short shoreline, so most of the best dive sites in Belize are located far from the shore and can only be reached by boats. Liveaboard diving is the best option for seeing world-famous locations such as Great Blue Hole, Angel Fish Wall, Silver Caves, and Eagle Ray Wall.
Belize liveaboard trips are very similar in terms of their itineraries and the main difference is length. You can choose an 8-day/7-night safari or an extended trip (11 days/10 nights). Boats offer 25 to 28 dives depending on the trip length and your personal capabilities. Itineraries will please any diver regardless of preferences. You will visit deeper dive sites such as Blue Hole, perfect spots for macro photography like Painted Wall, and also Eagle Ray Wall, which is good for wide-angle photos. Those who like cave diving will love the wonderful fauna in Silver Caves and Tarpon Caves. Wreck lovers can enjoy the amazing Sayonara wreck (15 m/49 ft deep), which is easily accessible for intermediate and advanced-level scuba divers.