Belize Liveaboard Diving
Liveaboard Diving The Blue Hole And Vibrant Coral Reefs At Turneffe Atoll and Lighthouse Reef
Popular Belize Liveaboards
MV Belize Aggressor III; Liveaboard diving in Belize; 9.1 out of 10 and is rated 'Superb'; from £246, $300, €280/day. Customer Review:
”Could not have been better. It was my first live aboard and I had an absolutely amazing time. Everything from the above and beyond what I expected. The rooms, the food, the equipment, the fun and relaxing atmosphere and people. The crew became fast friends, the dive masters found so many cool things underwater, the video was well made and a great souvenir. Not to mention the option of 26 dives! A really good value for filling up the logbook. Well done, Aggressor.” Recommended for: The crew, the food, and 5 dives a day!
MY Belize Aggressor IV; Liveaboard diving in Belize; 9 out of 10 and is rated 'Superb'; from £310, $378, €353/day. Customer Review:
”Pristine corals, varied marine life and extremely comfortable boat – a good week! Dives in the marine park, especially Chain Wall and Half Moon Caye dive sites, were wonderful. We had not expected the coral to be so colourful and pristine – so much prettier than we anticipated. Also a good mixture of marine life from big reef sharks and eagle rays to plentiful small fish, crustaceans and octopus. The boat was the most spacious we’ve experienced on a liveaboard – very comfortable. And the food was outstanding. The only reason I didn’t give the diving 5 stars above is the lack of dive guiding – it was fine for us as experienced divers in easy conditions, but for less experienced divers in current, I imagine safety could be an issue.” Recommended for: Spacious boat, really excellent food, pristine corals in many sites.
Liveaboard Diving in Belize
Belize liveaboard diving includes exploring the Great Blue Hole, diving on vibrant coral reefs with diverse marine life at Turneffe Atoll Reef and Lighthouse Reef, plus some of the best wall diving in the world at Half Moon Caye. Book a trip with either highly rated Aggressor III or IV liveaboards.
Liveaboard diving in Belize offers the opportunity for divers to dive the largest barrier reef in the northern hemisphere, the Belize Barrier Reef.
The Belize Barrier Reef is 300 kilometres (188 miles) long, and is full of beautiful coral gardens in warm Caribbean waters. But when most divers think of Belize, they think of the Great Blue Hole, which is a giant submerged sinkhole.
The benefit of liveaboard diving Belize means you are less likely to see other divers on your dives, except those also on the same dive liveaboard as you.
Diving Belize Liveaboards offers the chance to see larger marine life such as sharks (which includes whale sharks), manta rays, spotted eagle rays and turtles. Shark species seen in Belize include hammerhead sharks, Caribbean reef sharks, bull sharks, grey reef sharks and the occasional oceanic whitetip shark.
But in addition to great marine life and corals, the underwater scenery is amazing too. Enjoy spectacular wall dives, large coral gardens, swim-throughs, caves and caverns to explore.
The water temperature in Belize is usually around 26°C (78.8°F). The visibility is spectacular and can be as good as 40 metres (131 feet). The currents around Belize are very mild, which means this is the perfect liveaboard destination for all diver certification levels, including beginner divers.
Table of Belize Liveaboards
This list of Belize liveaboards is in descending customer rating order, so the liveaboards with the highest customer rating will be at the top of the list. To filter this table for the features that are important for your Belize liveaboard trip, select from the list of filters below.
|Discover Liveaboard||Customer Reviews||Price Per Day|
|Review: MV Belize Aggressor III; Book: MV Belize Aggressor III||9.1 Superb||from £246; $300; €280|
|Review: MY Belize Aggressor IV; Book: MY Belize Aggressor IV||9 Superb||from £310; $378; €353|
Note: The above “Price Per Day” was correct at the time of producing this article, as was the exchange rate used to convert the GBP cost to US Dollars and Euros. For an up-to-date cost for your chosen liveaboard, please visit the “Book” link above.
Best Time To Dive Belize
The time to dive Belize is all year round, but the best months to dive Belize are from March to June. If you want to see whale sharks in Belize then April to June is whale shark season in Placencia, which is to the south of Belize.
Dive Sites And Areas In Belize
The Great Blue Hole Diving
The Great Blue Hole is a giant submarine sinkhole off the coast of Belize, which is in Lighthouse Reef. This giant sinkhole is 300 metres (984 feet) in diameter and is 124 meters (407 feet) deep. Which means divers are not able to dive to the bottom of this deep hole. But divers can venture inside the Blue Hole and descend to a safe depth according to their certification level.
When you venture over the side of the Blue Hole you may experience vertigo as you disappear over the edge.
At about 30 metres (100 feet) down inside the Blue Hole there are interesting overhangs with stalactites, which formed over thousands of years from dripping water before the sinkhole filled with water. Some of these stalactites are more than 12 metres (40 feet) long.
The Great Blue Hole is home to sharks, such as nurse sharks, Caribbean reef sharks and bull sharks.
With the Great Blue Hole, you are in good company, as the Blue Hole was made famous by Jacques Cousteau who declared it one of the Top Ten Dive Sites in the World.
Turneffe Atoll Reef Diving
Turneffe Atoll Reef is the closest to the mainland of Belize and normally the first stop for the Belize liveaboards. Turneffe Atoll Reef has coral reefs and mangroves to enjoy, but also offers the opportunity of some great drift dives.
Diving Turneffe Atoll Reef offers the chance to see large shoals of trevallies and snappers and the opportunity to see sharks such as black-tip reef sharks and hammerhead sharks.
Blue Hole & Lighthouse Reef Diving
Lighthouse Reef is where the famous Great Blue Hole is found, and is the most easterly of the dive sites in Belize. You will enjoy wall diving, caves and tunnels. You are likely to see moray eels, spiny lobsters and tiny arrow crabs.
Half Moon Caye Diving
Half Moon Caye is found at Lighthouse Reef and offers the chance to enjoy some of the best wall diving in the world. What stands out here are the friendly groupers.
Other marine creatures found here include plenty of turtles, lots of grey reef sharks, spiny lobsters, garden eels, stingrays, spotted eagle rays, hogfish, triggerfish, parrotfish, moray eels and plenty of coral reef fish. The dive itself includes coral reefs, swim-throughs and tunnels, and a great drop-off, which drops to about 25 metres (82 feet).
Glover’s Reef Diving
Glover’s Reef is a reef that is the least visited atoll as it is remote. But the trip is worthwhile, as you are likely to see goliath grouper, large schools of horse-eyed jacks, spotted eagle rays, and plenty of turtles.
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