Popular Belize Dive Destination: Cathedral Reef
Located in Belize’s beautiful lighthouse reef alongside several other fantastic dive sites, Cathedral Reef is one of the many places that make diving in Belize so special. Filled with beautiful marine life, walls and coral to swim among, and diverse levels of depth for all divers, visiting Cathedral Reef is worth the trip to Belize on its own.
What Is Cathedral Reef
Cathedral reef is deeply segmented, starting at a wall cresting at just 30 ft/9 m in depth, divers are greeted with gorgeous spires and formations of coral that glisten in the water, inspiring thoughts of a towering cathedral from which the location gets its name. Divers can explore the top of the reef or descend further among the coral where they can find tunnels and beautiful marine life.
What Makes The Reef So Unique
Cathedral Reef is a unique and frequently visited dive site due to its diversity in both its environment as well as its ecosystem. Set aside the sea creatures that we’ll touch on later, the plant and coral life in The Reef is exquisite and diverse. Just in one dive site, you’ll be able to dive among lush coral gardens, rolling sand, and ocean walls home to hundreds of species of flora, different types of rocks and rock formations, as well as sea sponges nestled softly in greenery. Cathedral Reef is a magnificent place for divers to experience and photograph due to its astounding beauty.
The Marine Life You Can Expect To See At The Reef
Among the gorgeous plant life and coral, divers can also expect to see a variety of deep-sea creatures, some of which are rare due to their timidness, however, Cathedral Reef offers a sense of protection and comfort to them. Creatures like the moray eel, french angelfish, groupers, lobsters, eagle rays, and turtles can be spotted and photographed throughout The Reef.
Just 30 miles/48 km from Belize City, Belize Dive Haven is located in pristine Turneffe Atoll. Consisting of creeks, lagoons, mangrove islands and cays, the atoll is home to over 500 species of fish, 65 different species of stony corals as well as birds, turtles, manatees and dolphins.