Belize is home to some of the best scuba diving and snorkeling spots in Central America, if not the entire world. With more than 400 islands, you can see why it’s such a popular destination to explore by yacht. Year-round diving conditions in the clear warm waters draws novices and more advanced divers keen to explore.
Spanish Bay, otherwise known as Spanish Lookout Caye, is a reef dive site just 8mi (13km) south of Belize City, which has several marinas, including one at the Radisson Fort George Hotel. Spanish Cay is great for beginners due to its location – the nearby Turneffe Islands provide much-needed shelter, helping keep the waters calm. Although there’s plenty of wildlife to spot – including turtles, moray eels, nurse sharks and stingrays – it’s the coral most people come to see, and varieties you’ll spot include brain coral and corallimorpharia, which bears an uncanny resemblance to mushrooms.
A cluster of underwater boulders near the northern tip of Ambergris Caye, Mexico Rocks is a brilliant snorkeling and scuba diving site if you’re keen to spot smaller species. The rocks’ crevices are home to brightly coloured starfish and lobsters, and you’ll see plenty of elkhorn and staghorn coral, too. The fantastic visibility and shallower depths make it one of Belize’s best destinations for snorkelers and beginner scuba divers.
Seek out the top dives sites in Belize on a day trip with boat hire from SamBoat. Alternatively, charter a boat for longer with Dream Yacht Charter.