Of all the activities and corners of Belize I’ve experienced for the past three years, I never made it to the great Blue Hole. Finally, a few days ago, I had the amazing once-in-a-lifetime experience. I actually gasped at 120 feet when I first saw the massive cave formations to my left and passed through them, not to mention the reef sharks. A humbling moment, to say the least–I felt like just a tiny being in the grand spectrum of God’s amazing creations.
Beyond that, the two additional dives – at Half Moon Caye, also part of Lighthouse Reef atoll and a World Heritage Site – and Long Caye Aquarium, were excellent.
I hadn’t gone diving since I was certified last year with Splash Dive Center in Placencia, but I was just fine after a refresher. Even though the Blue Hole is an advanced dive, it wasn’t that difficult and I was less nervous thanks to my divemaster who stayed near >> me and ensured I was fine.
We had a wonderful group of divers — mostly Israelis, New Zealanders, and Italians (including two who were divemasters themselves) and, one Jamaican (Kingstonian to be exact)! Renee is visiting from Toronto and we were both wearing our Jamaica Havaianas — she spotted mine almost immediately and we laughed – Jamaicaholics! She’s in Belize for the first time, how exciting.
The best things about travel (among a few others) — world wonders and people.
I have tons more beautiful shots from our day, including a stop at Half Moon Caye National Monument (the beach and the red-footed booby birds there are a sight to behold) but I’m limited in sharing until I know which I’m using for my guidebook.
Meanwhile, here’s a short clip of my Blue Hole dive using my GoPro (watch your volume), and my first video attempt. It doesn’t quite do justice to the sheer magnitude of the dive site and how it feels when you’re there, but I wanted you to know that it’s not hyped up. It’s really, really worth it.
Many thanks to locally owned Big Fish Dive Center based on Caye Caulker for inviting me to come along and understanding my work. Their guides were 100% professional (not to mention funny and accommodating to each of us) and the dive plans well explained and executed. This review is not influenced in any way and all reviews are entirely mine — as a fellow guidebook author friend of mine says so well, my opinion is never for sale.