Belize is for the diver as well as for the eco-minded traveler (often the same person). Belize boasts the second largest barrier reef in the world, which is interrupted only by some of the most beautiful islands imaginable. From Ambergris Caye, just 35 miles from mainland Belize, you’ll explore the stunning reef and enjoy excursions to Lighthouse Reef Atoll (home of the world famous Blue Hole) and Turneffe Atoll. You may also choose to stay at one of the private island resorts of Turneffe Atoll. Glover’s Atoll is more readily accessible from accommodations on mainland Belize.
Words cannot adequately describe the wondrous, ever-changing world of underwater Belize, the languorous, sometimes breathless silence and the extraordinarily colorful nature of its inhabitants: the living corals, lobster, the conch in its elegant shell and fishes in unending shapes and sizes. One of the richest ecosystems on the planet, Belize’s reef is punctuated by scores of beautiful islands, sand bores, patch reefs, and various underwater structures that are home to hundreds of animal and plant species, including 220 types of fish and untold hundreds of invertebrates.
The best time of year to see whale sharks is during the few days around full and new moons in April and May. The Elbow at Gladden Spit off the coast of Placencia is where they congregate to feed on larvae from thousands of spawning snapper.