Where to Dive in Belize
Belize Dive Sites – Glover’s Reef
If you are serious about scuba diving, you must dive Glover’s Reef. There are 56 linear miles of wall diving at this remote atoll. The wall drops from 35 feet to 3000 feet in less than a mile, and visibility is regularly 100 feet or more. Long Caye Dive Center offers a variety of Belize dive packages. Many of our guests, who dive world-wide, have commented that this is some of the best diving they have experienced. Want to do more than just dive on your vacation? Windsurfing, kayaking, and snorkeling are also available on our private island.
Belize Dive Trip
This page contains information on dive sites near our private island, which is 70 miles from Belize City. Diving at our island is not available without purchasing a Belize vacation package which includes hotels and meals in Belize City before and after the trip, transport to and from the island, accommodations and meals on the island, soda and beer on the island, and kayak, surfing, and windsurfing gear and instruction.We specialize in Belize multisport trips; we aren’t just a dive resort! For a complete summary of all the sea sports we offer, visit our adventure sports page.
Diving is not part of the package, as the dive shop is owned by another couple. Guests dive throughout the week and pay for dives at the end of the week, on site. It is not possible to pay for dives in advance.
[photo credit at top of page: Mark Webster]
Dive Sites at Glover’s Reef
Long Caye Wall
This is our backyard! A five-minute boat ride takes us through a small cut in the atoll, where we leave shallow turquoise waters for the depths of the Caribbean. This dive was rated by Skin Diver magazine as one of the top ten dive sites in the world! Mooring on a buoy, we descend to a pristine white sand floor. This is our orientation dive for all divers, including first-timers. Passing over colonies of garden eels, we leave the white sands behind to hover over towering coral formations along the edge of the 2600 vertical wall. Schools of brilliantly colored fish drift amongst the coral formations; we often see Batfish and huge lobster on this dive.
This site features Lettuce Leaf and Staghorn corals as far as the eye can see. As we descend past the top of the wall at thirty-five feet, we drift over numerous canyons of coral, which provides hideouts for Schoolmaster Snappers and Hawksbill Turtles. It is common to see graceful Spotted Eagle Rays soaring along the gentle currents.
One of our more advanced dives, this vertical cave is entered at forty-five feet and exited between seventy and ninety feet. Sea life abounds in this dark crevice. Frequent sightings have been made of Loggerhead Turtles, Bull Sharks, and some of the largest Nassau Groupers in the atoll. This is the perfect site for underwater photographers.
Middle Caye Wall
A ten-minute boat ride takes us to the shadow of neighboring Middle Caye. We descend to the top of the wall, drifting through schools of bluehead wrasse and horse-eyed jacks. Before ascending, a visit with Mordecai, a five-foot long Green Moray Eel who shares his home with Nurse Sharks and Loggerhead Turtles.
This sheer wall lives up to its name, providing a dramatic backdrop for abundant Black Tip sharks. White sands camouflage Southern Stingrays and over-hanging coral ledges are home to Caribbean Spiny Lobsters. Nearby, Juvenile Spotted Drums flutter beneath a coral head. This is one of our favorite dive sites.
The Wild Side
This spectacular dive is excellent for beginners. A white sandy bottom begins at a 25 foot depth. We then swim to the wall to swim through huge coral formations and giant Barrel Sponges. We fly over a sheer wall drop-off where the ocean floor falls abruptly to 3000 feet deep. Here we often see Blue Parrotfish, Southern Stingray, Nurse Shark, Loggerhead Turtle, Hog Fish, Brittle Stars nestled within Purple Vase sponges, numerous Scorpion Fish, and Black Grouper chasing each other between the vast coral heads.
Sand Dollar Flats
This is where we usually do our night dives. Here we commonly see Caribbean Reef Squid, Common Octopus, huge Basket Stars, Caribbean Spiny Lobsters, sleeping Parrotfish, Squirrelfish out of their daytime hiding places, and Spotted Toadfish!
This is one of our favorite sites, it is often requested for a repeat dive. This dive is a bit deeper than some of our other sites, we generally dive to about 80 feet here. Abundant schooling fish including School Master Snappers, Creole Wrasse, Queen Angelfish, Banded Butterflyfish, Spotted Filefish, Slipper Lobsters, Honeycomb Trunkfish, Trumpetfish and much more.
This is a fabulous shallow dive with the top of the wall only 25 feet deep. We have a Hawksbill Turtle we almost always see here; he must live nearby! Spotted Eagle Rays, Nurse Sharks, schools of Black Durgeons, and Blue Tangs swim by us while we move through lots of Sea Fan Corals and Gorgonians waving in the currents.
There are many soft corals here too. The spur and groove coral canyons have ledges we swim along, searching for hidden critters. The wall is dramatic here with an exceptionally sharp drop off. This is probably the reason why this is a good spot for sighting Black Tip sharks!