Belize Dive Sites
World Class Belize Scuba Diving
PRISTINE DIVE SITES
* LIGHTHOUSE ATOLL- (17mls)
* The Famous “Blue Hole” (24mls)
Blue Hole – A collapse cave roof from the risen oceans following the ice age has left geological mysteries and a hole 408ft deep in which we go to 130ft to observe sunken stalactites.
Silver Caves – medium dive (20-80ft). Along the shallow wall are caves with schools of silversides usually experienced.
Long Caye Wall – medium dive (20-80ft). The wall starts at 25ft and all the colors are there. Lots of small tunicates and seaslugs and large grouper and jacks.
Majestic Alley – Shallow Dive (30-50ft) with staghorn and elkhorn corals and lots of tropical reef fish.
Soldier Caye – Shallow dive (30ft) Good first dive. Large variety of corals and fishes especially pillar corals and moray eels.
Coral Gardens – Easy shallow dive (maximum 30ft) along sandy coral ridge. On a good day this is one of the most beautiful shallow reef dives with perfect coral formations in good health.
Oasis – Deep dive (60-120ft) Large black corals and sponges growing from vertical cliff, up to sandy stretch with coral path communities.
Turtle Ridge – Medium dive (maximum 70ft) Easily navigated along coral ridges running from 30ft to sheer drop at 65ft. Excellent night, day and twilight dives.
Al’s Hideout – Deep dive (60-120ft) Not only is Blackbirds previous owner called Al, but it’s also the name of a jew fish who lives on this steep wall with crags and overhangs. Expect big barracuda.
Runway – Drift dive along (40-50ft) wall of resort with many spectacular combinations.
BLACKBIRD CAYE RESORT
Blackbirds Cut – Medium dive (20-70ft) Cutting across the reef zonations, from the lagoon to the drop off, seeing clear changes in habitat and inhabitants.
Coliseum – Not the theatre you find in Rome or L.A. but a shallow (20-60ft) dive. Tall towers of boulder corals form guarded pathways down to the wall. Lots of Hamlets.
Stingrays Motel – Shallow dive (35-60ft) Large patch sand frequented by resting Southern Stingrays, Eagle rays and Hawks bill turtles.
Coral Canyon – Shallow dive (35ft) which explores the buttresses of the fore-reef possible in very calm conditions. Huge Coral formations in habited by fishes, crabs, lobsters, and occasional school of tarpoon.
Grouper City – Drift dive along a (50-70ft) wall with plenty of grouper.
The Crabwalk – Drift dive (maximum 130ft) Channel clinging crabs inhabit the many holes in this wall while schools of horse eyed Jack frequent the area.
Little Calabash – Spectacular wall drop at 60ft. Over hang with black corals, abundant reef with lots of tube and barrel sponges. Large loggerhead turtle frequently seen.
Chinamans Wall – Medium dive (30-100ft). The rim along the wall is packed with hard and soft corals. A good dive to watch cleaning stations.
Calabash Cut – Medium dive (40-80ft) Spectacular tube and barrel sponges and brightly colored ropes and encrusting sponges.
CoCo Point – Drift dive along impressive coral heads at (60-80ft) Great steep drop with an abundance of garden eels on sand patches at 30-50ft.
Turneffe Island is the largest of the three atolls and the only one with an extensive color of mangroves.
West Side story – Medium dive (30-80ft). No wall but A gently sloping reef. Enriched by the mangroves, everything here is different.
The Elbow – Deep or medium drift dive and time to see the pelagics. Divers go to Belize just for this one. This is one of the few drift dives along the atolls that is actually a true drift dive-if currents are cooperating. It can only be done in calm conditions, and given the site’s exposure, that isn’t a constant. When it can be dived, divers hope for some solid current action as this attracts the big schools of fish, which in turn attract Caribbean reef sharks, the occasional hammerhead, mantas, schooling eagle rays in groups of up to 40 or 50 and lots of other pelagic life not normally seen in calmer areas. Located where the currents run along both sides of the atoll convene, The Elbow can be a fast drift. The best action is over the edge at 60ft to 120 ft. Look out into the blue water to see cuber snapper schools, horse eye jacks in large numbers, and lots of other pelagic life.
* Dive sites which are likely to be encountered among the seventy or more named sites in and around Blackbird Caye. Enough pristine dive sites for weeks of diving.