“No Shirt, no shoes, no problem” Belize welcome slogan does not need to be explained.
Also, when you get Caye Caulker, one of its most important islands, you immediately see the first and most important sign: “Go Slow”. Two slogans that rule the way you are going to spend your vacation time there.
For divers like me, Belize is a paradise on earth. You can find the second most important Reef Barrier after the Australian great Barrier, and an unique underwater sinkhole called The Great Blue Hole, which is part of the larger Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System, an World Heritage Site of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
In Belize, you can dive as many times as you want and you will see different spots, marine life and corals every where. The places I recommend the most are:
Lighthouse Reef with The Blue Hole (deep dive where you can sea stalactites, sharks, and an impressive and unique place); Half Moon Caye Wall (dense and colorful coral wall) and The Aquarium, at Long Caye Wall (great quantity and variety of fish, spectacular coral).
Hol Chan Marine Park Reserve full of wildlife where you can sea lots of Coral canyons in a relatively easy dives. As a protected Hol Chan Marine Reserve, is abundant with fish and marine life, such as large Groupers, Eagle Rays, Nurse Sharks, Loggerhead and Hawksbill turtles.
Turneffe Islands are an outer atoll that covers more than 200 square miles (520 square km). Black Coral Wall, is named for its impressive wall of the treasured black coral, host to thousands of black-capped basslets. Turneffe Atoll is one of three outlying atolls of Belize and it offers exceptional visibility and coral formations. The atoll itself remains undeveloped and protected by Belizean law so during the dives, you can experience calm seas and enjoy one of the most active coral life in the Caribbean Sea.
Some Insider Travel Tips:
- Diving Center: Frenchie's Diving
- Hotel: China Town Hotel (30 USD Private room, private bathroom, air con, TV Cable, fridge, coffee maker, Iron, room service dail, Laundry, deposit box, swimming pool, etc.)??
- Go Caye Caulker: Official Website of the Caye Caulker Branch of the Belize Tourism Industry Asscociation
- Language: English is the official language but most of the people can speak or at least understand Spanish
Written and contributed by gaviotanet