Divers–both experienced and beginners–from all over the world travel to Belize to explore the Caribbean ocean and all it has to offer. When diving in Belize, it’s not just about exploring the open water, it’s also about the specific dive sites that are plentiful just off the shore of the islands. If you’re interested in diving in Belize, you might want to consider visiting Long Caye Ridge and experiencing all that it has to offer.
What Is The Long Caye Ridge?
Located on the Western side of the Long Caye, Long Caye Ridge is a protruding ridge of reefs that form a small promontory (high land that juts out into a large body of water). Long Caye Ridge is one of the more shallow ridges in Belize, and it’s filled with coral, sponges, and algae, making it a great place to dive for beginners. You can expect to spot many of the sea creatures that make the Caribbean Ocean and Belize one of the most popular places in the world to dive, and you’re bound to have an unforgettable experience every time you visit.
Great For Beginners
The atmosphere and environment surrounding the Long Caye Ridge in Belize are perfect for beginners. With a depth of 40 feet and a visibility of 80, docile marine life, and very minimal currents, beginners can enjoy and feel comfortable diving in this underwater paradise and experience diving in deep areas without the vulnerability of diving in a place like the great blue hole. The Long Caye Ridge is the perfect place for beginners to have a sense of adventure while maintaining comfort.
The Long Caye Ridge Wildlife
The Long Caye Ridge–like every dive site in Belize–is home to some of the most beautiful and extraordinary known sea creatures in the world. Beneath the canopy of coral, divers can expect to see spotted filefish, arrow blennies, crabs, lobster, and damselfish. Make sure to always give any wildlife that you spot the proper distance and respect that they deserve as you are exploring their home!
Just 30 miles 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.