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What To Know About The Belize Barrier Reef

When scuba divers are looking for a life-changing experience, they consider the Belize Barrier Reef very high on the list of diving destinations to visit. As the largest coral reef in the Western Hemisphere, and with its beautiful marine life and dreamlike blue waves, anyone can see why diving in Belize is on so many people’s bucket lists. Here are some more fun facts about the gorgeous natural wonder that is the Belize Barrier Reef!

Magnificent Belize Marine Life

Home to over 1,400 species of marine and plant life, when exploring the Belize Barrier Reef you are going to come across an array of creatures that you’ve always wanted to see in person! More than 500 species of fish inhabit the reef, and our guests regularly see manatees, rays, sharks, dolphins, and moray eels during their dives. The massive reef protects these creatures, and many are kept from becoming endangered by the safety of the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System ecosystem.

The World-Famous Great Blue Hole

The Belize Barrier Reef is also where you can find the famous Great Blue Hole, which tourists and divers alike flock to every year. The Great Blue Hole is an incredibly deep and perfectly round formation of limestone that came to be when an ancient cave collapsed under the sea. The hole is over 1,000 feet wide and over 400 feet deep and is a sought-after diving experience for many advanced divers across the globe!

The Second Largest Reef System In The World

This vast reef is by no means a small area, it’s an evolving sanctuary for marine life that stretches more than 300 kilometres. Something that size can be hard to put into perspective, but when you realize that the reef stretches around the entire perimeter of Belize, and can be seen from space, you can understand how enormous it truly is!

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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.

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