12 Amazing Facts about the Great Blue Hole in Belize

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12 Facts about Great Blue Hole in Belize

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.

[dropcap type=”1″]1[/dropcap] 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.

Aerial view of the Great Blue Hole of the coast of Belize
Aerial view of the Great Blue Hole of the coast of Belize
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[dropcap type=”1″]2[/dropcap] 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.

Lighthouse Reef as seen from space
Lighthouse Reef as seen from space. The Great Blue Hole is near the center of the photograph.
Photo Credit: By Jesse Allen (NASA Earth Observatory) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
[dropcap type=”1″]3[/dropcap] 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.

Deep dive in the Belize Blue Hole
Deep dive in the Belize Blue Hole
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[dropcap type=”1″]4[/dropcap] 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.

Scuba diver swims through tunnel in Blue Hole, Caribbean Sea, Belize
Scuba diver swims through tunnel in Blue Hole, Caribbean Sea, Belize
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[dropcap type=”1″]5[/dropcap] 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?)

Caribbean Sea, Belize, view of the Blue Hole border
Caribbean Sea, Belize, view of the Blue Hole border
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[dropcap type=”1″]6[/dropcap] 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.

Divers descend into Blue Hole at Lighthouse Reef in Caribbean Sea off coast of Belize
Divers descend into Blue Hole at Lighthouse Reef in Caribbean Sea off coast of Belize
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[dropcap type=”1″]7[/dropcap] 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.

Scuba diver displays large sea urchin on hand while diving at coral reef in Blue Hole, Belize
Scuba diver displays large sea urchin on hand while diving at coral reef in Blue Hole, Belize
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[dropcap type=”1″]8[/dropcap] 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.

[dropcap type=”1″]9[/dropcap] 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.

[dropcap type=”1″]10[/dropcap] Because Jacques Cousteau made his famous dive in 1960’s, a large number of scuba divers have started traveling to the Belize Blue Hole.

[dropcap type=”1″]11[/dropcap] 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.

Sharks swimming in turquoise ocean water of Blue hole, Belize
Sharks swimming in turquoise ocean water of Blue hole, Belize

[dropcap type=”1″]12[/dropcap] More than 200,000 people yearly come and explore the Belize Blue Hole and get a chance to experience this wonder of underwater nature.

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