Belize Diving Services

Exploration Diving in Belize

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Exploration divers can experience the ocean from a new and pristine perspective. At Belize Diving Services, we offer technical training plus exciting advanced diving tour opportunities. Our exploration diver course is the perfect opportunity to use the skills you’ve learned in a natural environment.

Dive Deeper at the Great Blue Hole

The Great Blue Hole, Belize is a coveted destination for exploration divers. Belize Diving Services offers scheduled dive tours to The Great Blue Hole which feature three dive profiles, including a new, technical profile:

  • 24 metres (79 ft.) for recreational divers or those who want a longer dive profile
  • 40 metres (130 ft.) for experienced divers (25 or more divers), the limits of recreational scuba diving
  • 48 metres (150 ft.) for tech qualified divers to the fossilized water line of The Great Blue Hole

Exploring the Great Blue Hole as an Exploration Diver

Completing the technical dive requires divers to meet the 60-minute gate time set by the captain and also to skip the second dive of the day on Half Moon Caye. After lunch on Half Moon Caye, however, you likely will have met the two-hour minimum surface interval. So based on your training, equipment and risk threshold, you can choose to do a second dive at Long Caye Aquarium. Maximum run time for that dive is about 70 minutes. You can do it as a shallow deco dive or an easy no-stop dive.

If you’re hypoxic-qualified exploration diver, Belize Diving Services also offers custom dive tours that let you fully explore the bottom of The Great Blue Hole where depths average 110 meters/360 ft. Often a three- or four-hour dive, this dive can only be completed by chartering one of our 46’ Newtons. Prices for boat charter vary depending on the season, starting at $4,000.

Exploring the Belize Barrier Reef

The stepped slopes of The Belize Barrier Reef offer dramatic and enjoyable wall diving. The first wall begins at 18 metres/60 ft. and levels out at 45 metres/159 ft. In this high-nutrient and bright section, deep air and normoxic technical divers will enjoy large sponges, brain, coral and other exotic marine life. Most exploration divers choose to do a multilevel dive for about an hour that allows them to do most of their decompression at reef depth, leaving a final stop of about 15 minutes at 6 metres/20 ft.

A hundred meters to the east, the true majesty of the Belize Barrier Reef is reveled to normoxic and hypoxic technical divers. From about 60 metres/197 ft. descending to 100 metres/328 ft., an inverted cliff face provides an opportunity to effortlessly glide alongside the wall. As an exploration diver, you can study the geologic record of the tectonic forces that created the Barrier Reef. The cooler water here often attracts reef and hammerhead sharks.

Deep Wall Diving at Turneffe Atoll

Turneffe Atoll is Belize’s largest marine protected area. With calm, protected waters and 6 metres/20 ft. top of the wall, this is the place for relaxed and long wall dives. Technical exploration divers are able to enjoy three-hour dives at their qualified depth limit. Great for shakedowns and handshakes with new dive buddies or equipment, Turneffe Atoll rounds off the exquisite offerings for the deep wall diver that Belize Diving Services offers.

Register to Become an Exploration Diver!

We require you contact us in advance if you’re interested in registering for technical diving instruction. Our team will assess your experience-level and develop a custom diving package built around your unique skillset. For more information about joining our exploration divers, please fill out our contact form or send an email to info@belizedivingservices.com. We look forward to enhancing your technical diving skills!

Great dives with BDS at Turneffe Atoll

I researched several different dive companies in Caye Caulker and decided on BDS based on the professionalism of the operation. The entire operation seems to be well laid out, clean and all equipment well maintained. The staff were friendly, relaxed, knowledgable and accommodating. As an operation, they have access to multiple dive sites and if weather is uncooperative are able to shift the dives to better locations. BDS also has enough staff to keep the dive groups small, on our boat were a group of technical divers, an open water certification, and everyone else was already certified. BDS had enough staff that the already certified divers could dive as two small groups so there was no crowding and the OWC course did their instructor led dives on different sections of the same sites. It made for a professional and personal feeling dive trip. 
A quick note, BDS has two large boats that smooth the ride out to the dive sites. The lunch during the dive was excellent (if you have dietary restrictions bring your own food). All of the staff on our trip had a great sense of humor, were quick to point out interesting sea life, and in conversation you could tell they cared about the environment. I look forward to returning to Caye Caulker and diving with BDS again.

-TripAdvisor Review, January 2016, Squirrel of Adventure