Cap'n Ron regularly receives emails from scuba divers asking questions as they prepare for their trips to Belize. Common questions: "What will I experience while diving the reef in Belize? Which fish and animals are we most likely to see?"
So we thought we'd share a list of our favorite underwater sights on the reef near St. George's Caye. Our island is only a 5-15 minute boat ride to a variety of pristine dive sites, many of them without names (or crowds!) because we are the only dive resort in the area. Many of these fish and creatures can also be seen on our guided snorkel trips over the reef.
- Snapper: many varieties including Gray Snapper, Dog Snapper, Mahogany Snapper, and Yellowtail Snapper
- Stoplight Parrotfish, Rainbow Parrotfish, Queen Parrotfish and others
- Various types of Grouper including Nassau Grouper and Black Grouper
- Angel Fish: Gray, French, Queen
- Puffer Fish
- Green moray eel and Spotted moray eel
- Nurse sharks
- Variety of Jacks including Horse-eye Jacks and Permit
- Spotted eagle rays and Stingrays
- Lionfish (invasive species! we removed over 1,000 from the reef in October during our Lion Fish Dive Tournament)
Octopus (more often seen on Night Dives)
Green sea turtles and Hawksbill turtles
- A variety of Jellyfish
- Fairy basslet
- Blue tang
- Lobster (if you enjoy eating lobster, the season is mid-June to mid-February)
- Coral: stag horn coral, brain coral, elk horn coral...
What will you see diving the Blue Hole? How is it different?
The Great Blue Hole and Lighthouse Reef is about a 90-minute boat ride from our resort and offers spectacular deep-water diving to see cave formations like stalagtites and pelagics like sharks and large grouper. It's highly recommended that you hold your Advance Open Water Certification because you'll be diving to well below 100 feet (we offer this certification course!). Read to learn more about What It's Like to Dive the Great Blue Hole in Belize
Want to know more?
Here's a fantastic website with "dive reports" on the fish species seen while diving in Belize: http://ambergriscaye.com/pages/divereports/
Have other questions about diving in Belize?