The Great Blue Hole, Belize

The Great Blue Hole, Belize is Ranked #1 of 8 in “Blue Hole” - Best diving sites on earth. This is the ultimate site for adventure divers and is list as one of the top tourist attractions in Belize. It is the largest submarine sink hole and gets its name from the sheer size. 

- Great Blue Hole depth: 125 meters
- Great Blue Hole width: A near circular diameter of 300 meters (photo credit)

The Great Blue Hole, Belize

The Great Blue Hole, Belize

Great Blue Hole, Belize Diving

Located in Lighthouse Reef, the Great Blue Hole is part of the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System, a World Heritage Site that is part of a larger ecosystem that extends from Cancun, Mexico all the way to Honduras. You can visit the blue hole of Belize by boat though two narrow openings (as seen in the pic above). Once you are in the blue hole, you can swim to the reef or go diving. Many aquatic species such as  groupers, nurse sharks, a Caribbean reef shark, the Blacktip shark, bull shark and hammerhead sharks can be seen. Though not dangerous, it is recommended to go with trained guides who know the environment well. (photo credit)

Blue Hole Belize, Diving

Blue Hole Belize, Diving

How “The Great Blue Hole” Formed

Interestingly the Great Blue Hole in Belize was formed in land many 1000′s of years ago. Studies show that the sink hole was first formed 150,000 years ago and subsequent formations took place 50,000 and 15,000 years ago. Later when the sea level rose water filled into the sink hole making it a great diving spot.

Great Blue Hole Belize - Aerial View

Great Blue Hole Belize – Aerial View

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