Turneffe Atoll

There are not many actual atolls in the Caribbean and Belize has three of them. Turneffe Atoll is the largest and most visually spectacular of the three.

You’ll see typical Caribbean life like nurse and reef sharks, possible eagle rays, turtles, stingrays, and lots of fish: snapper, angelfish, grunts, parrot fish, and grouper.

Level

Level

  • Beginner
Visibility

Visibility

  • 23 m
Current

Current

  • Light Current
  • No Current
  • Strong Current
DIVE TYPES

DIVE TYPES

  • Night Dive
  • Snorkeling
  • Wall/Drop Off
  • Macro Spot

Temperature & Visibility

Dives

Wildlife Diversity

Affiliated Training Center

Dive sites nearby

Saint George’s Caye

St. George Caye is a private island paradise and sits not far offshore from Belize City.

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Long Caye Aquarium

This is a great little wall dive with the reef starting in just 20 feet of water (good for snorkelers) but then drops off into hundreds of feet deep. The visibility is great, and there is much to see!

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Great Blue Hole

The Great Blue Hole sits just off Lighthouse Reef in Belize and is one of the most famous marine sinkholes in the world. It is 407 feet deep, with many stalactites to be seen. This is an advanced dive due to the depth and seemingly bottomless hole. It is easy to get too deep too fast, so watch your gauges!

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Long Caye Ridge

A beautiful site located in the Lighthouse Reef Atoll accessible only by boat. Beautiful, healthy coral formations with tons of marine life to see.

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Caye Caulker Marine Reserve

This site is a marine protected area just off Caye Caulker with beautiful, healthy reef with copious amounts of live corals and juvenile fishes.

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Long Caye Wall

A beautiful wall dive on Glover’s Reef within the Lighthouse Reef Atoll. The wall does not disappoint with beautiful, healthy coral growth, giant sponges, and tons of marine life to see.

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Half Moon Caye Wall

Many divers consider Half Moon Caye Wall to be the best dive site in all of Belize. With excellent visibility, consistent and diverse wildlife sightings, and beautiful coral this dive never disappoints. Many diver operators choose this dive as the second dive following the Blue Hole.

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Esmeralda Canyon

One of the most beautiful dives off of Ambergris Caye, the Esmeralda Canyons consists of multiple “slot canyon“ like coral reefs making you feel like your swimming up and down rows of bookshelves in a coral library.

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Hol Chan Marine Reserve

Hol Chan is THE most popular dive area in Belize if not all of the Caribbean. This Marine Park sits just offshore from Ambergris Caye and boasts great visibility, beautiful coral formations, and TONS of marine life.

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Tuffy Canyon

Also known as Tuffy Rocks, this site sits adjacent to the more popular ’Tackle Box’ dive site. This reef is fairly shallow and is good for newer divers and snorkeling alike. This site is boat accessible.

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Recommended Training

Marine Ecology

The SSI Marine Ecology Specialty program is the best way to discover the exciting science of marine ecology and become an underwater naturalist. Enhance your dives in a new way. Earn the SSI Marine Ecology specialty certification now!

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Search & Recovery

Make lost items a thing of the past with the SSI Search & Recovery specialty program. You will learn all you need to plan and conduct search and recovery dives, so you can find lost items with ease.

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Open Water Diver

Begin your lifelong adventure as a certified diver with the globally recognized SSI Open Water Diver certification.

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Manta And Ray Ecology

Diving with mantas and other rays is one of the best dive experiences you will have. Learn how to safely interact with rays and recognize different species with the SSI Manta & Ray Ecology Specialty program.

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Fish Identification

Learn how to identify fish with the SSI Fish Identification specialty program and enhance your dives! Discover all you need to identify common families of Caribbean, Indo-Pacific and Red Sea reef fish and earn your SSI Fish Identification specialty certification.

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