The Great Blue Hole : Nature in Focus
Located 100km off the coast of Belize City lies one of the most visually epic destinations in the world and one of the most iconic sites in Central America Belize’s Great Blue Hole is an enormous submarine sinkhole near the centre of Lighthouse Reef in the Carribean sea. Not only is it visually stunning but also brimming with large marine life such as bull and hammerhead sharks. It’s this mix of incredible natural features and diverse marine life that caused Jacques Cousteau to declare it one of the top sites to scuba dive in the world (a fact backed up by scuba travel magazine and by the Discovery channel who listed it as one of their top 10 amazing places to dive worldwide).
The blue hole and lighthouse reef also sits within a UNESCO world heritage site – the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System. It was formed by a karst cave system which after thousands of years of erosion of the soft rock inside, collapsed. As surrounding sea levels rose, was filled in with the Carribean sea leaving an almost perfectly round blue hole which possesses crystal clear water and myriad flora and fauna.
The Great Blue hole is the closest you are going to get to a true coral atoll in the Western hemisphere, although you will be very hard pressed to tell the difference between this and the real deal.
To see Belize’s Great Blue Hole and a whole host of other Mayan delights on our Bio-Diversity tour of Belize.