SOUTHERN BARRIER REEF
- These 2-dive trips generally depart at around 7 or 8 AM and return around 1 PM. You will explore areas from just north of Tobacco Caye to a cut five
miles south of South Water Caye called Grand Channel. The trip out to the Barrier Reef is ten miles and it takes 30-40 minutes to get to the first dive site. The pristine southern
section of the Barrier Reef sees few divers and is typically a wall dive that is interspersed with sand channels and spur and groove sections.
This area boasts several dive sites so you will rarely dive the same site twice. Turtles, moray eels, barracuda, king mackerel, eagle rays are often spotted and some divers have seen
manta rays, hammerhead sharks and dolphins up close.
Common dive sites include Jason's Wall, Elsie's Aquarium, Carrie Bow, South Water Wall, Trick Ridge, Hell Hole and The Abyss.
GLOVER'S REEF ATOLL
- These 3-tank trips generally depart at 7 AM and return around 4:30 PM. You'll venture towards this remote island group which is a UNESCO world heritage
site. The first site is 16 miles past the barrier reef (about 1 hour). When visibility is good, the first dive is usually at a site called "The Pinnacles", which features big coral
heads rising 40 feet or more from the bottom of the sea.
The second and third dives are on the east side of the atoll, where the water depth quickly drops to more than 2000 feet, with visibility usually over 100 feet. There are several
dive sites on this side of the atoll, and with Long Caye Wall being among the most popular. You'll drop onto a big field of white sand at 40 feet, swimming among stingrays and
spotting garden eels dropping into their holes during your descent.
As you approach the wall running the length of the sandy area it looks like the coral is growing out of the sand bottom in big chunks. Just as you crest the wall, the sand appears
to be running like small rivers down through the coral into mini canyons. With the usual 100+ feet visibility, the view down the wall gives the impression of limitless space. In
reality, the wall is a 2000+ foot drop-off into the deep blue. You'll follow the top of the wall and explore the sand channels exploding with fish and marine life.
TURNEFFE ISLANDS ATOLL
- This 3-tank trip departs at 7 AM and returns around 4:30 PM. You'll begin by cruising past remote fishing camps and idyllic cayes before punching
out of the protective Barrier Reef for a short crossing to Turneffe Islands Atoll.
The day starts with one of Belize's most popular dive sites, "The Elbow." This has a convergence of several ocean currents passing by canyon-type formations. During surface intervals
you'll go into the sheltered lagoon surrounded by mangrove islands.
On the next two dives you'll experience sheer walls for which Turneffe is famous. It is common to see moray eels, turtles, rays, big barrel sponges and large coral formations while
drifting along over the edge of the abyss. This trip often ends with the shipwreck site Sayonara which has a proliferation of fish and big coral formations including swim-throughs.
LIGHTHOUSE REEF ATOLL AND BLUE HOLE
- These 3-tank trips start bright and early at 6 AM and head 50 miles offshore to the Great Blue Hole, which takes approximately 2.5 hours.
Once there you can go down 130 feet to view the largest underwater dripstones on the planet. There are two Blue Hole options - one to 130 feet for experienced divers only and another
to 60 feet.
After diving the Blue Hole, you'll spend some surface time at the Half Moon Caye Bird Sancutary before heading out for your second dive - exploring the Half Caye Wall. This dive features a
unique topography of swim-through channels, coral buttresses, and a profusion of reef fish and pelagics.
Divers then return to Half Moon Caye for a picnic lunch and a relaxing surface interval before heading out to Long Caye for the final dive of the day. This dive starts in only 15 - 20
feet of water before plummeting downward. You'll then depart for our 2-hour journey home to return around 5 PM.
NOTE: The Blue Hole trip is highly dependent on weather and a minimum number of divers signing up. This trip runs approximately once every two weeks. Groups can pre-arrange
this trip if weather allows.
WHALE SHARK TRIPS
- This 2-dive trip departs around 10 AM and returns around 5 PM and is only available during the week of the full moon in April, May, and June. You'll head to
Gladden Spit, on the Southern Barrier Reef which is where you'll find whale sharks, the largest fish in the sea.
During the week of the full moon in April, May, and June, large schools of mutton and Cuberra snapper spawn here, and the giant whale sharks arrive to feed on the spawn. It is common
on this dive to see schools of snapper in the thousands with whale sharks passing through them.
Divers will likely see these majestic creatures very close but they are not allowed to chase, ride, touch or otherwise disturb the Whale Sharks. These dives are very popular, so be sure
to book this dive in advance.
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