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What Kind of Marine Life Will I See Diving in Belize?

The Belize Barrier Reef is the second-largest reef in the world and is home to a variety of marine life. In addition to schools of fish and different species of coral, you’ll also likely run across manatees, sharksturtles, and dolphins.



Also known as sea cows, these curious creatures can usually be found near the coral reef. Their size and speed mean that you’ll likely be able to snap a good underwater picture should you come across them.

Nurse Sharks

Usually found at shallow depths, these (mostly) harmless sharks measure in at about four meters. Many people travel to Shark Ray Alley to see them, but the right dive guide will know where else they gather.

Eagle Ray and Spotted Eagle Ray

Eagle rays can be found all over the waters in Belize as they prefer to live swimming in the open ocean rather than the ocean floor. The beautiful spotted eagle rays are not as prevalent but are a breathtaking sight if you’re lucky enough to run into them.

Sea Turtles

There are a variety of turtles that make the waters of Belize their home. Green, loggerhead and hawksbill turtles can be spotted paddling in and out of the coral reef.


Belize is a unique place to dive because of the diversity of marine life that you’ll likely encounter. Explore the majestic aquatic life this diverse ecosystem has to offer when you stay at Belize Dive Haven, the newest diving resort on Turneffe Atoll.

Divers are often surprised when they run into dolphins during a dive, but it always ends up being a highlight of the trip.

During one of our recent bookings, divers were greeted by a pod of friendly dolphins that played, swam, and even posed for pictures.

Belize Dive Haven Resort is located in the pristine Turneffe Atoll, just 30 kilometers offshore from Belize City. As part of the Belize Barrier Reef, the Atoll consists of creeks, lagoons, mangrove islands, and cays. It is home to over 500 species of fish, 65 different species of stony corals as well as birds, turtles, manatees, and dolphins.

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