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.

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Wildlife 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.

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Dolphins
Bottlenose Dolphin
Sharks
Great Hammerhead Shark
Whitetip Reef Shark
Blacktip Reef Shark
Nurse Shark
Grey Reef Shark
Rays
Reef Manta
Eagle Ray
Stingrays
Turtles
Green Sea Turtle
Loggerhead Sea Turtle
Hawksbill Turtle
Fishes
Moray Eel
Angelfish
Butterfly Fish
Barracuda
Lionfish
Wrasse
Puffer Fish
Tarpon
Sand Eel
Snake Eel
Crevalle jack
Scorpionfishes
Snapper
Surgeonfish
Sweetlips and Grunts
Parrotfish
Molluscs
Octopus
  Jan - Mar Apr - Jun Jul - Sep Oct - Dec
Dolphins
Bottlenose Dolphin
Sharks
Great Hammerhead Shark
Whitetip Reef Shark
Blacktip Reef Shark
Nurse Shark
Grey Reef Shark
Rays
Reef Manta
Eagle Ray
Stingrays
Turtles
Green Sea Turtle
Loggerhead Sea Turtle
Hawksbill Turtle
Fishes
Moray Eel
Angelfish
Butterfly Fish
Barracuda
Lionfish
Wrasse
Puffer Fish
Tarpon
Sand Eel
Snake Eel
Crevalle jack
Scorpionfishes
Snapper
Surgeonfish
Sweetlips and Grunts
Parrotfish
Molluscs
Octopus

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