scuba diving in belize

1. The 2nd biggest barrier reef in the world and the biggest barrier reef in the northern hemisphere. The majority of tourists visit the Northern cayes. Visit Southern Belize and you can dive some of the best dive sites in the world and there are NO other divers!

2. Whale sharks! The Whale sharks migrate via the Sapodilla cayes to Gladden spit where they feed on the spawning Snappers. The season for Whale sharks at Gladden spit is March through till June. If you visit the Sapodilla cayes, you get the opportunity to swim with Whale sharks for at 6-8 months of the year!!!

3. Idyllic island locations. Southern Belize is scattered with paradise islands and coral cayes, surrounded by pristine coral reefs.

4. It’s an adventure! You get to spear the invasive Lionfish! The Lionfish are not indigenous to the Caribbean. They are feeding on key species and spell potential disaster to the health of the coral reefs in the area. If you visit Southern Belize, choose a dive operator that gives you the chance to help remove these invasive fish and have lots of fun at the same time!

5. It’s different! Divers are always looking for that new, unique location where the diving is excellent. Visit Southern Belize and go home and tell tales of a place that your friends have yet to visit?

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6. Never share a dive site!!! Are you tired of ‘diver soup’! Diving amazing dive sites that are ruined by other divers kicking up the reef, sand, silt and you! The roaring of boat engines, ruining your peaceful dive! Coming up under the wrong boat! If you visit the Sapodilla cayes marine reserve, situated at the foot of the barrier reef, you will NEVER share a dive site! There is one operator in the area, Reef Conservation International Ltd (ReefCI) they run unique scuba trips, for further information visit: www.reefci.com

7. A focus on conservation! Want to help preserve the coral reefs that you love? Learn about marine life. Complete reef surveys and commercial species surveys. Help spear and remove the invasive Lionfish. You can do all of this while staying on Tom Owens caye with ReefCI.

8. Southern Belize is not just about the diving! There are an abundant of other activities including Mayan ruins, waterfalls, swimming in caves, visit cacao farms and see how chocolate is made, learn to play the Garifuna drums, jungle tours or spend you weekend at a jungle lodge or staying in a real Mayan village.

9. They speak English!

10. The people! Southern Belize has yet to be spoilt by tourism, people are genuinely friendly and helpful. Belize is a melting pot of different cultures. Get to know the Garifuna, Creole, Mayan, East Indian or the Mennonites and learn about the way they live, the food they eat and their incredible music.

Source: http://reefci.com/

scubadivinginBelizeScuba diving in Belize is a unique experience. With the longest Barrier Reef in the western hemisphere and second longest in the world, Belize is consider a top scuba diving destination. It also boasts three of the four true atolls in the hemisphere which are, Lighthouse Reef, Turneffe Islands and Glover’s Reef.

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The whale shark is the largest shark that has it’s mouth at the very front of its head and is known to be the largest fish in the ocean. It has a wide and flat head, a rounded snout and small eyes and it’s color includes light yellow stripes and large white dots on a dark gray skin.

They have 2 dorsal fins, 2 pectoral fins and 5 large gill slots. Although this fish is not a part of the whale family, it has a size that resembles many whale species. Whale sharks grow up to 50 feet in length and can weigh up to 15 tons. They have a mouth that can stretch to 4 feet wide and a jaw lined with over 3,000 teeth. Despite its intimidating presence, this creature is completely harmless to humans and it is estimated that they can live up to 150 years.

The whale shark favors tropical and warm temperate waters all over the world and can be generally seen alone, but pairs are seen occasionally.

The whale sharks feed by straining small animals from the water (filter feeding). They do this by swimming with their mouth open to obtain large masses of water filled with organisms, and then closes its mouth, the gill rakers are then used to filter the food from the water, whatever organisms do not pass through the gills are eaten. The organisms that serves as nourishment are plankton, krill, small fish, thimble jellies and squids. Whale sharks are common in March, April and May near Placencia Belize.

They appear like clockwork during those months at Gladden Split, where large groups of grouper and snapper gather to spawn with the full moon on each of those months. The large amounts of released eggs and sperm from the spawning provide a plentiful source of protein rich food for the whale sharks. They do not have to travel quickly through the water to filter food, most often they travel less than 3 miles per hour.

The whale sharks reach sexual maturity at age 30 then they are able to mate and reproduce. Researchers are mixed as to whether these sharks lay eggs or give birth to live young. New born whale sharks are generally 2 feet in length.

Want to learn more about Belize Whale Sharks? Come, and join us as we go in search for the biggest fish in the sea.

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