Diving in Ambergris Caye

The most important dive region in Belize is Ambergris Caye. Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Lighthouse Reef, and the world-famous Blue Hole are some of the dive spots you can access from this island. Ambergris Caye, the largest of Belize’s islands with 25 miles (40 kms) of length, has most of the hotels and resorts located in the main town of San Pedro. To arrive, fly into Belize City International Airport and from there take a water taxi or the island ferry to San Pedro. As an alternative route, you can take a short flight from Belize to San Pedro on Maya Island Air or Tropic Air. The largest amount of dive sites can be found here. You won’t find any shore diving in this place, as the reef is too far offshore, and the inside is too shallow, which makes it difficult for any shore dive. The many dive shops on the island make it possible for every adventurer to book a daily scuba charter easily. Hurricane season is from May to October, with hot weather and very warm water, so avoid traveling during these months, even if it’s slightly cheaper. The best time to travel to Ambergris Caye is from November to May. During these months you will find warm and delightful weather.

Dive Sites in Ambergris Caye

Featured places to go in Ambergris Caye

Hol Chan Marine Reserve

Some of the best diving in Belize can be done in Hol Chan, a protected marine reserve located off the coasts of Ambergris Caye Caulker.

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Ambergris Eastern Shore

Over 40 dive sites are located along the 25-mile (40 km) coast of Ambergris Caye on the eastern side.

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Aquatic Life in Ambergris Caye

Marine life in Ambergris Caye is diverse and includes different Caribbean reef fish species including queen, gray and french angelfish, trumpet fish, parrot fish, barracuda, filefish, grouper and many more. While diving in Ambergris Caye, you will also find abundant marine life including sharks, manta rays, sting rays, spotted eagle rays, dolphins, manatees, and beautiful turtles. The reefs are home to an array of fascinating creatures. Plenty of nurse shark and fish species can be spotted in the region, along with colorful nudibranchs, queen conchs, juvenile lobsters and eels.