As the saying goes, big things sometimes come in small packages. With Belize – the second smallest and least populated nation in Central America – this couldn’t be any truer, as it packs a hemisphere’s worth of adventure within its borders. Located between Mexico and Guatemala, Belize is the perfect destination for exploration, relaxation and of course scuba diving.
With more than 400 islands, white sandy beaches, and the longest unbroken barrier reef in the western hemisphere with 298 km of coastline, Belize is a world-class scuba diving destination. Placencia in Belize offers you the best gateway to dive the inner and outer reef systems, such as the pristine Glovers Reef and South Water. It is also the closest access to the whale sharks of Gladden Spit. Because this is the highlight of the trip, for obvious reasons, we have chosen to go to Belize during the full moon, which falls right in the middle of our trip.
Even if no whale sharks are seen, the dives at Gladden Split can be quite exciting. Sometimes you can find yourself diving in a school of horse-eye or Carville jacks. You are frequently visited by Dolphins that feed on the fish, as well as other sharks (Caribbean Reef Sharks, Bull Sharks, or Hammerhead Sharks). If you are feeling very lucky, you may even be visited by a pod of pilot whales making their migration further south.
When you’re not diving, you can relax and enjoy the sun on the palmed beaches of the very comfortable Paradise Hotel. You will also have the choice of visiting one of two very adventurous inland tours, the Monkey River or the Jaguar Preserve. Where you are staying is some of the nicest beaches and unspoiled areas Belize has to offer.