Have you ever wanted to dive into a blue hole to see what’s in there? This one in Belize is perfect to make that dream reality. And to help you make the most out of your diving trip we have a few tips for you.
But first, let’s talk about what a blue hole is exactly. If you look at an aerial photo a blue hole looks like a dark and perfectly shaped large circle in the middle of a teal colored and much more shallow area. It is a large sink hole or cave/cavern which is open to the surface. It has developed in a bank or island which is composed of carbonate bedrock, like coral reef or limestone. Through the years they get more porous due to erosion or carbonate dissolution. This makes that the roof of a cave or cavern will be unable to hold its weight, and collapse when an earthquake occurs.
The Blue Hole In Belize is nothing more than beautiful and in it seems to be a whole other world. While the surroundings of the hole consist of dense coral in which you will find the most beautiful marine life. Inside the Blue Hole it’s a totally different sight because the sheer wall doesn’t let a lot of sunlight in, which creates a dim area.
Because of poor water circulation and therefor lower amounts of nutrients in it, the Blue Hole doesn’t have the same marine life as its surrounding areas. If you’re lucky you will be able to spot a Bull Shark, Hammerhead or even a Caribbean Reef Shark.
To make the most out of your diving trip it’s advised to contact a dive operator in Placencia or Ambergris Cave, who will assist you during a trip to the Lighthouse Reef Atoll and of course the Blue Hole. They will plan the trip for you and will confirm 24 hours before the set departure, because they need to be sure that the weather conditions will be safe enough. Keep in mind that most trips require a minimum amount of divers. Usually this is around 8 to 10 participants.
When booking a diving trip you can expect to get two dives out of it. The tours usually take you to Long Caye Wall for one dive and to Half Moon Caye Wall for lunch on the island and another dive afterwards.