SCUBA divers from all over the world recognize the iconic aerial photos of the Blue Hole in Belize, a "bucket list" dive for experienced divers and novice divers alike. The Great Blue Hole is part of the Lighthouse Reef and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Located due east from St. George’s Caye, The Blue Hole is relatively easy to get to from here. Our island's location just east of Belize City puts our dive resort much closer to the Blue Hole than many of the busy tourist destinations in the country, including those on Ambergris Caye. The trip from here is about 1-1/2 hours by boat and best of all, we only take small groups of divers from St. George’s – no "cattle car" treatment on huge boats.
WHAT TO EXPECT ON A BLUE HOLE DIVE TRIP
We leave the dock of St. George’s Caye Resort about 7am. Your ride out in the morning is supplemented with delicious freshly-made breakfast burritos – a perfect beginning. After a beautiful ride across turquoise waters, we get to Lighthouse Reef, a small atoll about 60 miles off the mainland and Belize City. The Blue Hole lies near the center of Lighthouse Reef and is over 980 feet (300 meters) across and 350 feet (108 meters) deep.
The first dive is to about 130 feet in depth inside the deep Blue Hole, where you can see amazing limestone formations of stalagmites and stalactites, haunting and worth the trip in themselves. You may also swim with a variety of sharks, giant groupers and other pelagic species. The first dive is followed by a visit to the Booby Bird Sanctuary on a nearby protected caye, where we marvel at the colony of birds and enjoy a delicious lunch.
Two additional wall dives are enjoyed around Lighthouse Reef, reported by some divers to be “the dives of a lifetime.” These dives dependably bring quantities of colorful reef fish and pelagics as the currents along Lighthouse provide oxygenated water and plenty of nutrients.
The ride back to St. George’s is filled with lively conversation recounting the plethora of species and the underwater marvels of the Blue Hole structure. You return to our secluded island with plenty of time to shower and freshen up before happy hour in the Lodge and the sharing of more Blue Hole dive stories around the dinner table that evening.
UNDERWATER PHOTOS FROM BLUE HOLE DIVES
In 2014 we hosted the acclaimed adventure photographer, Stuart Westmorland, at St. George's Caye. Below are some of the awe-inspiring photos he captured while diving in and near the Blue Hole and Lighthouse Reef with our dive masters. Enjoy!