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The Great Blue Hole, Belize

A diver marvels at the marine life in the Great Blue Hole | Photo by Richard Whitcombe

You may have walked the ancient hallways of Machu Picchu or watched the sun rise over the Grand Canyon, but have you ever gone diving in Belize’s Great Blue Hole? This extraordinary sinkhole off the coast of Belize is part of the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System and was once called one of the top ten scuba diving destinations in the world by Jacques Cousteau.

Measuring in at a depth of 407 feet and a diameter of 984 feet, the Great Blue Hole is an abyss of deep azure that conceals many underwater caves and an abundance of large marine life. The hole is located in the middle of the Lighthouse Reef, which itself is only a small part of the Belize Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Visitors to the Great Blue Hole are privileged to a paradise of underwater exploration, diving in crystal clear water beside such fantastic species as giant groupers, nurse sharks, and Caribbean reef sharks. There are several different options available for Great Blue Hole diving trips and tours, several of which will also take you diving in nearby sections of the Belize Barrier Reef.

By Erik Keithley