The Great Blue Hole in Belize gives divers who travel there a chance to experience this one of a kind event, that is part of the Lighthouse Reef System. It sits 60 miles outside of the mainland of Belize City. The Belize Blue Hole will give people the most breathtaking site for diving on planet Earth.
1 The Belize Blue hole is know to be one of the most stunning areas located in the Lighthouse Reef and is also considered a diving paradise.
2 The Belize Blue Hole is not only the most unique area in the world, but is also the only blue hole that may be seen from space.
3 This blue hole is almost a perfect circle and is over 1,000 feet or 305 meters wide and 480 feet or 146 meters deep.
4 The Belize Blue Hole is in a cave that was formed above sea level,. This may be proved by the fact that Stalagmites and Stalactites are unable to form underwater, and are only able to be formed due to constant dripping that is seen on stalagmites in many cave systems above ground.
5 The area that holds the Belize Blue Hole is a World Heritage site and is one of many protected areas in Belize. ( Did you know that Almost 1/3 of Belize is part of protected reserves?)
6 The best spot for diving or snorkeling is within the first 40 feet of water above the Belize Blue Hole. Anything that is below that point is for experienced divers only.
7 What people don’t really know is that the Belize Blue Hole only has 2 safe diving areas. You can go to the north side, which is the most popular side for large boats, since it is easier to access from there. The south side only allows small boats access due to specific wind directions. So, in order to dive, it must be done within the holes circumference.
8 The Blue Hole doesn’t create that much circulation, so very little oxygen tends to reach the deepest part of the hole. This causes very few marine creatures the ability to survive there, even though bacteria seems to thrive.
9 What makes the Belize Blue Hole so interesting, is the fact that over 500 rare plants and animals that are located only in this area.
10 Because Jacques Cousteau made his famous dive in 1960’s, a large number of scuba divers have started traveling to the Belize Blue Hole.
11 The blue, deep waters of the Belize Blue Hole are the habitat to many hammerhead and black tip tigers. Although, all that you are likely to come upon is your diving partner during your expedition.
12 More than 200,000 people yearly come and explore the Belize Blue Hole and get a chance to experience this wonder of underwater nature.