If you’re considering retiring to Belize, you’re likely looking forward to a life of relaxation and beauty. There’s also a lot to keep you active in this wonderful country, however, which is certainly a good thing to keep in mind. One thing you might consider in this regard is diving, if you aren’t already interested. Getting certified can take some time, and for some diving takes some getting used to. But if you’re comfortable with it it’s a great way to stay active and to explore the coast of Belize and the surrounding areas in a whole new way.
If that sounds like something you might be interested in, these are some of the dives to keep on your list.
Hol Chan & Shark-Ray Alley
This is an area north of San Pedro Town and requires you take a boat ride out into the sea to Hol Chan, which translates from Mayan to “Little Channel.” It’s actually considered to be the most popular snorkel spot in Belize, which means it’s a great spot for beginners as well. However, a full scuba dive naturally exposes you to even more. In this area you can see everything from sea turtles and nurse sharks to rays and over 150 different kinds of fish. Visibility is considered to be excellent and really, all things considered, it’s just a perfect spot for a fairly casual diving expedition. You won’t see the most spectacular reef formations in the Caribbean, nor is there a wreck to act as the centerpiece of an expedition. But the clear waters and ocean creatures around you will make you want to go back again and again.
Glover’s Reef Atoll
Glover’s Reef Atoll actually makes for an excellent multi-day retreat, even if you’re already living in Belize. It’s home to a renowned eco-resort, and is considered to be one of the highest quality spots for a variety of water activities, including kayaking, snorkeling, and scuba diving. Not to mention the atoll, a narrow strip of land surrounded by see-through turquoise waters, is beautiful to behold. Unless you prefer to dive for wrecks and treasures of the sea (which we’ll touch on momentarily), Glover’s Reef is probably the most spectacular thing you can find underwater in the vicinity of Belize.
St. George’s Caye
The idea of sunken treasure might primarily come from pirate lore, but it’s still one that a lot of people have at least mild interest in. This might be best evidenced by the fact that hunting for treasure on the high seas is still a part of a lot of games. Sea Of Thieves, a major video game out this year, is expected to involve a lot of treasure hunting, and the popular “Beach Life” slot game online mentions a Sunken Treasure bonus feature for players. The games indicate people’s interest in actually participating in the hunt rather than just watching or reading about lost treasures. And at St. George’s Caye, you actually have at least a remote chance of a treasure dive. There have been a few noteworthy wrecks in the area, including the 1787 loss of the HMS Triumvirate, thought to have gone down with a large amount of silver. Actually finding treasure is unlikely, but it makes the dive exciting, and a wreck dive is
Turneffe Island dives off the coast of Belize are usually high on the list of recommended activities in the area, and are particularly worthwhile if your priority is to take in some marine life. Last year a scuba site ranked 10 of the most amazing animals you can encounter on a dive and included, among other creatures, reef sharks and rays – both of which happen to be among the marine animals you will encounter underwater in this area.