Scuba Diving Belize City

Scuba Diving Belize City: The Complete Guide

It’s been a rough ride for Belize City over the years, having to pull itself back together time and time again after a number of tragedies including fires and hurricanes. It speaks volumes about the rich culture and history when you visit here to see just how it’s bounced back and become a thriving city.

Upon arriving in Belize city you’ll realize there are things to do and see catering for all types of visitors. From historic sights such as Mayan ruins to a growing and thriving nightlife.

Belize City also acts as a gateway into the Caribbean, making it a convenient base from which to visit some world-famous dive sites! Scuba diving Belize City promises the best of Carribbean diving including its barrier reef, Blue Hole, and nature reserves to give some variety to your diving.

Scuba Diving Belize City

What’s Good About Belize City Diving?

Since bouncing back from a number of natural disasters, Belize City has been growing stronger and thriving. This also holds true for its diving scene. Here are some of our favorite things about Diving in Belize City.

Location

Right on the doorstep of the Caribbean, Belize City, and its largest island, Ambergris Caye, hold some prime diving real estate and acts as a gateway into some of the best diving in the world. From barrier reefs to canyons to marine reserves. There’s easy access to many incredible sites from Belize City.

Some of the best sites around Belize City are only a short boat ride offshore, meaning you can reach multiple sites in a single day trip.

Swimming With Dolphins!

During a trip out on the water around Belize City you’d struggle not to run into a pod of dolphins. They’re very common in the area and, what’s more, most tour operators will even let you jump in and swim with them!

Belize City offers a great opportunity to get up close and personal and marvel at the beauty of the playful dolphins.

Variety

Due to its location and ease of access to a diverse range of sites, Belize City has something to offer for all divers, novice or advanced. You’ll find a multitude of offerings including vibrant coral gardens, sponges, rays, and reef sharks.

No matter what level your diving is at though, you can’t visit Belize City without a trip to the world-famous Blue Hole!

Belize City Scuba Certification

Scuba Certification

There’s no expressed requirement to be certified to dive in Belize City. Moreover, there are many tour operators that cater to those of all levels of ability, no problem for a first-time diver. Thanks to the favorable conditions that the Caribbean waters offer, there are plenty of beginner-friendly and easily accessible dive sites to get your flippers wet for the first time.

Having said that, it’s always recommended to get scuba certified to give yourself the best, most enjoyable diving experience possible. While you’ll have a great time scuba diving Belize City as a first-time diver, there’s a lot you can miss out on without the extra confidence and diving experience, such as the more challenging reefs and canyons.

In addition, becoming scuba certified will help you feel more comfortable and confident underwater. This leads to maximum enjoyment and safety from your diving experience and something worth considering.

Belize City Scuba Diving Requirements

Scuba Diving Safety

Belize doesn’t have any specific laws or regulations with regards to diving. Though, there is a $40 park fee for those wanting to dive at the Blue Hole. As always, tour operators state that you must be in good physical condition and have some swimming ability. Children must be at least 10 years old to scuba dive with a tour operator.

With that said, it’s always highly recommended to have a dive buddy when you’re out scuba diving in the waters of the Caribbean, as it is anywhere else. This is particularly the case if you’re out diving without a tour operator or guide. In this situation, it’s also good practice to make use of diver down flags.

Best Diving Sites in Belize City

Being a great jump off point for the Caribbean, Belize City offers a rich and divers catalogue of options for all divers. Here are some of our favorite sites.

Belize Barrier Reef

Rio Dive

We can’t be talking about diving in Belize without giving a prompt mention to its Barrier Reef and UNESCO World Heritage Site. A range of sites await all types of diver offering vibrant corals and many species of tropical fish.

You’ll find endemic creatures in Belize’s barrier reef such as the whitespotted toadfish. You’ll also have the chance to spot reef sharks and turtles on this captivating adventure in the underwater world of the Caribbean.

If this sounds ideal to you, be sure to check out our recommended diving package experience below!

The Blue Hole

Belize Reef

We also can’t talk about the Belize Barrier Reef without a special mention to the world famous Blue Hole! This circular geological masterpiece reaches depths of up to 124m and offers a captivating and unique experience for even the most experienced divers.

Due to its depth, this dive should only be attempted by experienced, confident divers. It’s a brilliant spectacle and one of the worlds premier dive sites. Definitely not one to be missed!

If you’re heading to Belize and you’ve just decided you can’t miss out on this world-renowned work of natural art, I don’t blame you! Check out our recommended dive package below!

Silk Cayes Canyon

Underwater Wall

A short trip south of the city you’ll find Silk Cayes Canyon. This is an excellent wall diving experience where you’ll swim with endemic species such as the grey triggerfish while navigating the wall lined with a wide range of coral species to enjoy.

The huge canyon spans north to south and offers the opportunity for multiple dives as there’s so much to explore here. Perfect if you’re getting your first taste of wall diving in Belize.

Check out our recommended experience below for more details.

Best Time to go Diving in Belize City

Belize City has a wet season that runs from August-October. You’ll find an average water temperature of around 83°F. The wet season has the best surface temperatures so you can expect no issues with accessibility to any sites during this time.

The dry season runs from November-July. Water temperatures will cool an insignificant amount, so temperatures are still more than comfortable. However, surface conditions can get a bit choppy, therefore limiting accessibility to some sites at times.

The best time to dive in Belize is also their peak season, so expect to see other visitors at this time, this season runs from April-June.

How Much Does Scuba Diving Cost in Belize City?

If you’re looking at booking a dive package experience through a tour company in Belize, you’ll find prices between $100-$250. The prices generally include gear rental and levys so there are no extra fees.

In addition, a PADI Open Water Certification will set you back around $600, if that’s what you’re looking for.

Scuba Diving Gear in Belize City

Scuba Gear

There are plenty of dive shops situated in Belize City. This means gear rental is always an option.

It’s worth noting, you’re left with one less thing to think about when going with a diving package from a guided tour operator as all equipment and gear are included.

However, buying your own gear might be ideal for you if you’re a more keen and experienced diver!

Be sure to check out our buyer’s guides if you’re looking for scuba gear. There you’ll find all of our top recommendations for a range of scuba gear.

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