Great Blue Hole Snorkeling

The 35th most popular snorkel dive spot in Belize.

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East of Belize City and Turneffe in the middle of Lighthouse Reef Atoll, the snorkeling at The Great Blue Hole is popular for the dark water color down in this 400 foot deep sink hole. The hole itself is about 1,000 feet in diameter and is known for its circuling reef sharks. The Great Blue Hole is located 8 miles north of Long Caye, which is about a 20 minute boat ride.

To reach the snorkeling in Belize by air, fly into Belize City International Airport (BZE) which is located west of Belize City. Since there are few hotels near the airport and the airport is pretty far from the sketchy Belize City, you will want to arrive as early in the day as possible to meet your connection. There are two small inter-island airlines that serve many other destinations off-shore of Belize. Note, even if you reserve a specific inter-island flight at a specific time, only after you check-in with the inter-island carrier are you really assigned to an actual flight at an actual time. While there is a ferry service from downtown Belize City to some islands, there are only informal taxis (in personally owned vehicles) from the airport along slow roads thru run-down neighborhoods to the ferry dock, which is located in a very sketchy area. Hence, the ferry service does not tend to be a very popular option with tourists. When you are departing from Belize, the departure tax is included in the airline ticket, but make sure to verify.

The main island in the Lighthouse Atoll is Long Caye, where there are two lodges. The lodges can provide weekly boat service from the mainland out to Lighthouse Atoll.

Overall, Great Blue Hole is the 35th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 44 snorkeling dives in Belize. Several of the better snorkeling spots are nearby Great Blue Hole including Half Moon Caye Wall, Gorgonia Forest, Long Caye Ridge, Que Brada, Elk Horn Forest and Tarpon Cave.

MORE INFORMATION

Recommended Book:  "Snorkeling Belize" from Lonely Planet

Recommended Map:  "Belize Dive Map" from Franko Maps

Best Season:  Dec. - Apr.

Base Camp:  Huracan Diving Lodge (954) 802-5005

GPS:  17.315763, -87.535022

Date Published:  11/29/2017

ID:  25232

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