Some of the best diving in Belize is just 10 to 30 minutes from Belize Diving Services’ pier! The Belize Barrier Reef is a superb coastal reef system with dozens of dive sites. Every day is different.
The nutrients introduced into the Belize Barrier Reef system by the rivers and mangroves of the mainland make the barrier reef the best place to see marine mammals (dolphins especially) and large reef fish. Because this is a coastal reef system, visibility can be as low as 15 metres (50 ft.) and the seas are frequently rough. Thus, these dives, although closer to Caye Caulker, are more advanced than the atoll dives.
The northern San Pedro area is known for its friendly Nurse Sharks and large grouper. You will also find more than 160 species of fish and 40 species of corals, sponges, algae and sea turtles. The topography of the area has a sloping shelf, dramatically cut with deep canyons and crevices, winding to the reef’s outer edge where the continental shelf begins its plunge into the Caribbean trench.
Caye Caulker Marine Reserve and its surroundings offer some of the most natural diving in the region. It features a beautiful, healthy reef with copious amounts of live corals and juvenile fishes. Plus, there have been some remarkable encounters with hammerhead, turtles, and other shy species.