Scuba diving in Belize is extremely popular with its comfortable water temperatures year-round, high visibility and the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere. Beginners and experienced divers alike can explore underwater worlds and see hundreds of different species of marine life. If you’re planning your first Belize scuba diving trip, make sure to keep the following tips in mind.
The Belize Dollar is used for currency, but US dollars are also accepted throughout the country. While it fluctuates, the current exchange rate has 1 Belize Dollar equal to $0.50 US (or about $0.65 CAD). It’s important to note that there is a departure tax in Belize of $35 that can only be paid in US dollars.
If you’re from the European Union, Caribbean, US, Costa Rica, Chile, Guatemala, Iceland, Mexico, Norway, South Africa, Switzerland, Tunisia, Uruguay or from a Commonwealth country, you do not need a visa to enter Belize. If you’re unsure if you require a visa to enter, always check with your local Belizean or British consulate.
It’s advisable to purchase travel, health and/or dive insurance for a Belize scuba diving trip. It’s important to protect your dive investment and your health, so be sure to purchase the right insurance for your needs.
Plan Your Trip
If you’re excited to see whale sharks, make sure you’re planning on visiting Belize when there’s a good probability of spotting them (March through June). If you’re more interested in seeing manatees, you’ll likely want to plan your trip for April. There’s a variety of marine life to see in Belize, but there are certain times of the year when it’s more likely to spot them.
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Just 30 kilometres offshore from Belize City is the Turneffe Atoll where Belize Dive Haven is located. As part of the Belize Barrier Reef, the Atoll consists of creeks, lagoons, mangrove islands and