What’s Unique About the Belize Barrier Reef?
It’s been said that Charles Darwin has referred to the Belize Barrier Reef as the most remarkable reef in the West Indies. Measuring at 180 miles long, it’s the largest reef in the Northern Hemisphere and has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. It’s a spectacular place to dive because of the variety of marine life, the number of different dive spots and the ability to dive all year long.
The Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System is expansive and includes seven marine reserves, 450 cayes and three atolls: Lighthouse Reef, Glover’s Reef and Turneffe Atoll—where Belize Dive Haven is located. The size of the reef means it’s home to a wide variety of marine life including 70 species of hard coral, 36 soft coral species and 500 types of fish. Even with the abundance of sea life, it’s estimated that only 10% of species have been discovered, allowing divers the possibility to experience undiscovered aquatic life.
In addition to the vast marine life, the Belize Barrier Reef is unique because of the number of different dive sites. At Belize Dive Haven, you can dive right off the coast or take a short trip to the Great Big Hole. There are also a number of different sites located just a short boat ride away for every diver and experience level.
Another advantage of diving at the Belize Barrier Reef is that the weather is perfect year-round. Water temperatures can reach up to 29°C during the hottest part of the year, but even in January and February, the temperature rarely goes below 26°C, making for a comfortable dive.
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Belize Dive Haven is located in the pristine Turneffe Atoll, just 30 kilometres offshore from Belize City. As part of the Belize Barrier Reef, the Atoll consists of creeks, lagoons, mangrove islands and cayes. It is home to over 500 species of fish, 70 different species of stony corals as well as birds, turtles, manatees and dolphins.
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