Some of the world's best diving locations can be found tucked
away in a beautiful but little known island just below Mexico called Belize.
Renowned for its tropical beaches, warm inviting water, and scenic beauty,
Belize is a destination of choice for people who want to get the most out of
their diving experience.
You may recognize the name of Belize from one of its most
famous landmark, the Barrier Reef which extends all along the coast. The reef
is 185 miles long making it one of the longest in the entire world. This
tropical destination is also famous for its incredible luxury resorts, as well
as having one of the deepest diving spots in the world at a staggering 200
feet. For most of the world English is the predominant language and it is also
the main form of communication on the island, but you will also find a large
number of people speaking Spanish and the native creole as well.
Options in Belize
As previously mentioned, the country of Belize is a premiere destination
for divers, boasting dozens of locations for people just starting off to those
who are seasoned veterans of the pastime. One can experience shallow water diving
along the coast, a more
intermediate but still easily navigated course along the barrier reef, or if
feeling very adventurous try your hand (or fin as the case may be) diving deep
into the Great Blue Hole – a naturally occurring and very wide cylinder in
which you can submerse yourself over 200 feet in the beautiful blue to witness
all manner of exotic sea life. You can expect the visibility on a clear and
calm day to be around 100 feet allowing you to take in a wide range of
surroundings, and even on a less than ideal day rarely would vision drop to
less than 50 feet – still quite a respectable distance!
Keep a Few
Things in Mind
Scuba diving is a safe sport that almost anyone can participate in, but
there are a few things you can do to make the experience more enjoyable for
yourself and your guests to ensure that you want to keep
coming back for more.
Videos – Might seems a little silly, but watching amateur videos of someone
else's experience can be calming and help you to prepare for time under the
sea. It also will give you a glimpse of what to expect so that you don't run
into surprises. You can find many resources on YouTube.
Your Body – Anyone of any fitness level can enjoy scuba diving, but being
in shape might mean you get a little more out of the experience. A few days of
jogging or some time spent at the gym is all you need to get your body running.
Take Photos – For some people this may just be another diving notch in the
proverbial belt. For others it is a once in a lifetime experience. Either way,
be sure to bring and underwater camera with you to document all the fun and
excitement you encounter.