Spotted file fishAre you wondering where to dive in Belize? Do you want to do it all in one trip? Have you heard about Blue Hole Belize and are you wondering whether you can access it from Glover’s Reef?

We have an eco-resort on Long Caye, which is on Glover’s Reef. And we have many incredible dives within 10 minutes from our island. Because we are right on the reef, we never do 2 tank dives. We ride the boat 5 minutes, get to the reef, dive, and ride back. You can do another long dive later in the day, after you catch a few runs on our private wave.

We have a lot of different dive sites this close to our shore: Long Caye Wall, Bev’s Garden, The Abyss, Middle Caye Wall, The Crack, and The Aquarium just to name a few. We dive these sites every week.

No one else is out there, we have the whole place to ourselves.

Blue Hole Belize

You would never, however, access Lighthouse Reef, where Blue Hole Belize is located, from Glover’s Reef. To visualize this you need to look at a Belize map. Lighthouse Reef is always accessed from due west because the tradewinds blow from the east. In that way, coming from Belize City, you would first ‘hide’ behind the Barrier Reef, then hide behind Turneffe Islands, then hide behind Lighthouse Reef itself to avoid a rough boat ride. If you went from Glover’s to Lighthouse it would be 100% in the open ocean, fighting the wind the whole way. By the time you got there, you would never feel like diving.

Blue Hole Belize has ray and sharksSo come to Glover’s Reef for the pristine uncrowded diving. Then return to Belize City and head out to Ambergris Caye or Caye Caulker for a day of diving the Blue Hole.

I predict you will prefer having the whole ocean, just you, your dive buddy and the Dive Master! There are not many places in the world this seldom-visited. Come check it out this winter!

One month ago tomorrow I turned 55. Somehow, the double number made a bigger impression on my psyche than even the big five-o did. That, combined with the fact that in the past year I’ve developed a few chronic aches and pains, got me thinking that maybe this was it – life was beginning to leave me behind, whatever new and exciting experiences I’d had in my life were now becoming things of the past.

Then I stumbled across this article in the Poughkeepsie Journal about this guy, James Curran, who discovered the sport of scuba diving as he turned 60 and in the three years since has made 167 dives. The article featured a picture of him diving off the coast of Belize.

James Curran dives off the coast of Belize, Central America on a recent trip. / Courtesy photo

That brought back memories of my last dive. It was eight years ago off Long Caye in Belize during a week’s stay at Adventure Island. We took a five minute boat ride from the rustic, island resort, out to a site they call “The Wall,” one of the top-rated Belize dive sites. We flipped over the side of the boat and suddenly, 40 feet below loomed one of the most amazing sights I’ve ever seen — an underwater cliff dropping 2600 feet into the depths. We cruised along the rim of the cliff exploring the extravagant corral formations and gazing out into the abyss as huge sea turtles swam into view. It was the dive of a lifetime.

Recalling that adventure reminds me that despite my age, new experiences still await if only I remain open to them. It’s never too late.