Diving the outer atolls/islands of Belize

The remote “Outer Islands”, also known as Atolls, are some of the best dive sites in Belize. They are a harder region to get to, but completely worth the adventure. The Outer Islands, which are famous for their amazing biodiversity, have 3 main large atolls: Turneffe Atoll, Lighthouse Reef, and Glovers Reef. The easiest way to reach these islands is by water taxi from the city of Belize; however, you can also access them from Ambergris Caye. Once there, you can stay at one of the many dive resorts on any of the 3 islands. Another great way to explore the area is by liveaboard. Diving in the Outer Atolls is perfect for all types of divers. Beginner divers can swim in the shallow, majestic reef, while the more adventurous divers can go to the deeper wrecks with stronger currents on the eastern edge of the atolls, where they can spot spectacular pelagic animals. From May to October you will find more economical prices; however, beware as it is hurricane season and you will experience hot weather, very warm water, and frequent afternoon thunderstorms. November to May are the best months to visit this place, as you will find warm weather and less rain.

Dive Sites in Outter Atolls/Islands

Featured places to go in Outter Atolls/Islands

Turneffe Atoll

The Turneffe Atoll is the largest and most biodiverse of the three islands with over 200 tiny cayes.

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Lighthouse Reef

Lighthouse Reef Atoll is filled with spectacular dive sites including the most spectacular and largest, the blue hole.

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Glover’s Reef

Glover’s Reef is a unique, idyllic site, with over 700 pristine patch reefs abundant in a wide variety of marine life.

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Aquatic Life in Outter Atolls/Islands

Turneffe Atoll, Lighthouse Reef and Glovers Reef, with countless mangrove islands scattered amongst them, are a perfect breeding ground for a wide variety of exotic reef fish. Before they are large enough to go on open water, mangroves act as nursery habitats for hundreds of fish species. Diving in the Outer Atolls will allow you to see plenty of unique species like the Whitespotted Toadfish, which is endemic to Belize, eagle rays, dolphins, turtles, sharks, and many others. As you dive among the reefs, you will spot their adult versions and many other species like stingrays, huge moray eels, jewfish, reef sharks, grouper, parrot fish, barracuda, and more. Diving deeper in the waters of the Outer Atolls, you will be able to see hammerheads, rays, and even majestic reef sharks.