In its November edition, Leisure Pro magazine printed an article promoting the “Caribbean Paradise” of Belize as an excellent diving haven. Leisure Pro highlighted the fact that Belize is home to the second-largest barrier reef in the world, an ideal location that every diver should have on their to-do list.
The Belize Barrier Reef is a thriving ecosystem home to dozens of species of coral that provide shelter and feeding grounds for a cornucopia of marine life, including hundreds of species of fish, three species of saltwater turtles, dolphins, rays, seahorses, manatees, whale sharks, and jellyfish. Large stands of seagrasses, anemones, and starfish make reef diving in Belize an exploration of an underwater world exploding with color.
The Leisure Pro article also made special mention of the Turneffe Islands. Located beyond the Belize Barrier Reef, these islands measure 30 miles by 10 miles. Although the islands are home to thick stands of mangrove trees that attract anglers for their abundant fishing opportunities, Leisure Pro magazine recommended that divers explore the waters off of the southern tip of the islands.
Another popular diving destination recommended by Leisure Pro magazine include Glover’s Reef and Lighthouse Reef. Although Lighthouse Reef is one of the smallest islands offshore of Belize, it is home to the Belize Blue Hole, a nearly perfectly circular body of deep azure water that was rated by famed marine biologist Jacques Cousteau as one of the top 10 diving spots on the planet. Divers can descend more than 400 feet as they explore a series of underwater canyons created at the end of the last Ice Age more than 10,000 years ago.
One of the reasons why Belize has recently become one of the hottest vacation destinations for scuba diving enthusiasts is that Belize is the only country in the region where English is the official language. Belize is also blessed by year-round air temperatures that rarely exceed the mid-80s Fahrenheit or sink below the low 70s, making the weather and water ideal for scuba diving no matter when you choose to visit.
Located on the sunny sands of Placencia Peninsula just a few miles from the best spots on the Belize Barrier Reef for scuba diving, the luxury resort of Chabil Mar features elegantly-appointed villas, a gourmet restaurant, and a full range of modern conveniences. Chabil Mar offers its guests comprehensive scuba diving and snorkeling packages to all of the best spots along the reef, including the Turneffe Atoll, the Belize Blue Hole, and trips to Gladden Spit Marine Reserve to swim with whale sharks.
Visit our website chabilmarvillas.com for more information on Belize, and don’t hesitate to send us an email, or call US/CAN Toll Free: 1-866-417-2377, Local: (011-501) 523-3606, if you have questions or need help in planning a Belize vacation.