Location: Close to Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker, Belize
Best Time to Visit: Dry season in April and May. It can become very hot and you are suggested to carry summer wear along.
How to Reach: The Great Blue Hole is only two hours from major American cities like Miami, Houston, and New Orleans. You have to reach the Belize International Airport, and then board a short domestic flight to reach the Great Blue Hole. It takes three hours via boat from Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker.
Nearest International Airport: Philip Goldson International Airport
Diving in Great Blue Hole: This is one dive that beginners better avoid, and experts must do at least once — a dive to the Great Blue Hole. The deeper you go, the clearer the water becomes, opening in front of your very eyes a world inhabited by Carribean Reef sharks, Nurse sharks and the Blacktip shark, and hundreds of other species. They move in and out of a wonder waterscape formed of stalactites and other limestone formations. One dive in this unearthly paradise and you clearly get to understand why the people of Belize think that the Great Blue Hole, the large underwater sinkhole off the coast of Belize, should be enlisted among the Seven Wonders of the World.
Lying near the center of Lighthouse Reef, the Great Blue Hole of Belize was started to develop as a limestone cave system during the last ice age when sea levels were much lower and as the ocean began to go up again the caves flooded and the roof collapsed. A featured attraction of diving in Belize is the opportunity to explore the famous Blue Hole, part of the Lighthouse Reef System. It was declared as a World Heritage Site in the year 1997. This site was made eminent by Jacques-Yves Cousteau who proclaimed it as one of the top ten scuba diving spots in the world. He brought his ship, the Calypso, to the hole to record its depths in 1971.
A featured attraction of diving in Belize is the opportunity to explore the famous Blue Hole, part of the Lighthouse Reef System. This is a mecca amongst the recreational scuba divers. Usually, the memorable dive trips to the Great Blue Hole are full-day trips and they include one dive in the Blue Hole and two further dives in nearby reefs.
Other things to do
The region of Great Blue Hole has no scarcity of hotels, bars, restaurants, nightclubs, shopping hubs and attractions for which the travelers are looking for. With all its natural resources as well as numerous entertainment facilities, the Blue Hole region provides several things to do such as the following:
- Bird watching at Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary
- Canoeing along the Macal River
- Caving into Rio Frio Cave in the Mountain Pine Ridge area, Che Chem Ha Cave in Cayo district and Blue Creek Cave in Toledo
- Fishing in the barrier reef of Belize
- Kayaking at Glover’s Reef Atoll
- Snorkeling in the crystal-clear waters of Hol Chan Marine Reserve
- Windsurfing or sailing off the Cayes
Starting from the luxury hotels, there is plenty of budgets and cheap accommodation within proximity to the Great Blue Hole. They offer comfortable lodging tinged with convenient facilities and an array of services. Some of them are Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza, Bachelor Inn, Caye Chapel Island Resort, Princess Hotel and Casino Belize, Radisson Fort George Hotel and Marina.
Popularized by a Jacques Cousteau television special, the Great Blue Hole is simply worth scheduling your vacation to Belize, to watch this wonderful creation of Nature.