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The magnificent Belize Barrier Reef

Tuesday, 26 April 2016
Belize Barrier Reef

Sharing its borders with Mexico in the North, Honduras in the southwest and the bright blue Caribbean Sea in the east, Belize offers an extravagant exhibition of beautiful beaches and fascinating Mayan ruins which are engulfed in lush tropical forests. Belize is most well-known for its ocean activities like scuba diving and fishing, all of which are made even more enticing by the presence of the breath-taking Belize Barrier Reef, the Great Blue Hole and the variety of Cayes in the area.

More about the Belize reef

The Belize Barrier Reef makes up approximately 300km of the whole 900km long Mesoamerican reef system, which makes it the second largest reef in the world, after the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. In 1842, the reef was described by Charles Darwin as, ‘’the most remarkable reef in the West Indies.’’ It’s most famous for its Great Blue Hole, which is an atoll that is 124m deep and roughly 300m wide.

Best diving and snorkelling spots

The Belize Barrier Reef has some of the best scuba diving and snorkelling spots in the world, due to the vast collection of ocean life in the area, which includes hard coral, soft coral and a plethora of fish and invertebrate species. There is no shortage of exciting dives to be had in this exquisite part of the world. You can dive the southern barrier reefs, the blue hole, Glover’s Reef, Shark Hole, South Water Caye and many more.

Belize Barrier Reef Sea life

The Belize Barrier reef has an abundance of ocean life. It’s said that only about 10% of the area has been researched, meaning there is still so much we can learn about the area. Some of the highlights include diving or snorkelling with whale sharks, turtles, dolphins and of course the dynamic coral gardens which add to the beauty and thrill of diving in this area.

The Belize Barrier Reef is home to 7 marine reserves, nearly 500 cayes, and three atolls, making it an ocean lover’s wonderland. The country of Belize has banned bottom trawling and offshore drilling within 1km of the reef in an attempt to protect its natural beauty and splendour. Whether you’re happy to explore the reef from a boat, dive beneath the waves, or are content to simply enjoy its breath-taking cayes, the Belize Barrier Reef is a place you will remember for the rest of your life. Speak to your Cruises International Consultant about cruising to this beautiful part of the world, today!