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Blue Hole

Lighthouse Reef Atoll, the Blue Hole | Belize
Blue Hole Photo info
U.S. Geological Survey/Wikimedia Commons
  • Type: Sightseeing
  • Time to Spend: Half Day to Full Day
Overall Rating: 4.5 (4.4)
Value: 4.0 (4.0)
Facilities: 0.0 (N/A)
Atmosphere: 4.5 (4.5)
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Plunge into this deep blue hole and you'll discover imposing ancient stalactites (calcium deposits resembling icicles) and coral fringe. Declared UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996—along with six other areas surrounding Belize's barrier reef—the Blue Hole remains one of the world's most distinguished scuba sites. Created approximately 10,000 years ago after a cave roof crumbled in, this blue channel contains underwater tunnels, caverns, and rock formations.

You'll likely spot marine life lining the coral wall at the surface of the hole. As you descend about 130 feet below sea level, you'll discover the stalactites, but it's unlikely you'll encounter many underwater creatures (except the occasional shark!). One TripAdvisor user has a tip for coral and marine life seekers: "Attention snorkelers! Stay in the water as long as you can! Wait for those divers to surface because then you can snorkel with some of the reef sharks!" Note: You must be a certified diver before descending into the Blue Hole.

The Blue Hole is located roughly 55 miles east of Belize City along the Lighthouse Reef Atoll. You can visit the Blue Hole with a number of dive services that operate out of Belize City, San Pedro, and Caye Caulker. The Blue Hole welcomes visitors every day from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and entrance costs $60 BZD (about $30 USD).

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