Great Blue Hole
Great Blue Hole
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The most famous dive site in Belize was discovered by Jacques Cousteau.
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Haleiwa, HI2,406 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Couples
Seeing the stalagmites and stalactites 140 feet down is an awesome experience. And you can't see the bottom from there. Our dive lasted about 8 minutes at the Arch. Not much to see- a few fish and perhaps a shark.
The boat trip from San Pedro takes about 2.5 hours. Open seas can get rough. Park fee is $40 per person. It's a worthwhile experience.
The tour includes two additional dive sites where you'll see lots of colorful fish, corals, sharks, rays, turtles, giant groupers, etc. A full day trip that starts at 6:00am and gets back to San Pedro around 5:30pm
Written 26 March 2021
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Dianna K
New Orleans, LA139 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Our family chose to do the flyover rather than a boat tour. We considered the Blue Hole a must do. We also knew that the dive/ snorkel was supposed to not be as good an experience as diving/snorkeling elsewhere in Belize.
The tour was via MAYA airlines from San Pedro. The flight was an hour and you got views of the Blue Hole from both sides of the plane so no one missed out. My son got to sit in co-pilot's seat which he really enjoyed.
The site itself was amazing and worth seeing.
Written 7 January 2020
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hennadesigns
Newark, NJ2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
GBH is quite an experience. Like others said, you won't see much marine life but the snorkeling/diving is a unique experience. I am so glad we did not fly but actually experienced the place. The varied colors of water is breath taking. You can use a drone to experience the aerial view. Amigos del Mar is very organized and really took care of every detail. I would not suggest going with anyone else. Half moon caye is beautiful.
Written 31 March 2024
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NormT956
Clifton, NJ139 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
This "bucket list" item is a "ONE AND DONE". To go diving in Belize and not see it, would be dumb. We went from Ambergris Caye, it was a 2 and 1/2 hour boat ride and was VERY rough. 5 days later, I am still sore from the 5 hour rt boat ride. 25 minute dive, 5 minutes bottom time at 122 feet. Stalagmites/tites were a cool thing. I am glad I went, but will not go there again. The two dives after that - Half Moon Caye, and the Aquarium, were OUTSTANDING - sharks, turtles, grouper. Lunch on Half Moon Caye island made the long boat ride worth it, but this is the last over 30 minutes boat ride I will ever take on a dive venture.
Written 6 February 2022
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Uri
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador467 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Solo
I dive the Great Blue Hole with Amigos del Mar dive shop.
I liked it but it takes a two-hour rough boat ride to arrive.
The Great Blue Hole dive was only a 25-minute dive, with 5 minutes bottom time at 40 m / 130 feet. Stalagmites and stalactites were cool things but too dark for my taste. I am glad I went, but will not go there again.
The two dives after that - Half Moon Caye, and the Aquarium, were quite good. Also, lunch on Half Moon Caye island and the walk around it made the long boat ride worth it.
Written 11 November 2022
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Ellen Musk
3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Couples
This was the main objective of our trip. Dive the blue hole. We decided to take a flight over the hole as you can’t get a sense of it from the boat. We loved the flight.
We chose to hire a private dive master and see the hole our own way. We didn’t go 130’ with the group to see the cave. We dove half way around the rim.
This is not a pretty dive! Don’t expect colour full coral or tropical fish. This is about the experience. This was a bucket list item for us and we enjoyed it.
Written 2 May 2021
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JoeDiver
Houston, TX4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dove the Blue Hole yesterday with Amigos Del Mar here in San Pedro on Ambergris Caye. The dive was spectacular! The boat moored to a bouy about 25 yards from the hole - we entered, tested our bouyancy (1st dive of the day) and swam to the hole. Descended to 45' and met on the sandy ledge - then ascended together into the hole. Our group was 12 divers, including three dive masters. The hole itself is very large - we could not see the other side during the dive - the water was a bit murky but viz was still about 50'. Descended to 130' and investigated the stalagtites and stalagmites left from this collapsed cave - really amazing! Bottom time was limited to eight minutes to avoid a decompression situation - but was plenty to see what we wanted to see. Above us during the entire dive were bull and reef shark - around 5-15 ft. in length - they were beautiful, and seemed as curious about us as we were about them - they never got closer than 40' to us. After our eight (8) minutes of bottom time elapsed we made a slow diagonal ascent along the wall, continuing to "take it all in." We hovered at 45' for about five minutes (a little extra safety margin) while watching the fish and sharks - During the 15' safety stop (for about 10 minutes - a bit extra for extra safety) the boat chummed the waters with fish (this is an OPTION - if everyone on the dive does not want to do this they won't chum) which attracted around 25 sharks of similar size to those mentioned above - they were SPECTACULAR - at NO time did anyone feel in danger - these were not JAWS sharks people :-) Everyone on the dive was PUMPED to have seen the beauty of the blue hole and the magnificent sea life... we boarded, motored to the Half Moon Caye area, and did a wall dive (SIT 1 hr) - then took a two (2) hour break on Half Moon Caye (saw the Boobie birds - neat!) and then did a dive at a sight called "The Aquarium" which had the nicest coral and fish yet... Overall an excellent experience! Will definately make the trip again on our next trip down to Belize.. The Blue Hole is a must-see.. it is an advanced dive due to it's depth, so you'll want a good number of dives under your belt before attempting (I have been waiting two years to make it - wanted some experience before making the dive) - the dive shop operated the trip in a safe and FUN manner (Amigos Del Mar) - their boat is AWESOME and the dive masters / captain were extremely friendly - the fruity rum drinks and snickers on the trip back to San Pedro didn't hurt either! :-) Gear was in very good shape and tanks all started above 3000 psi... Might need to make a stop at Wines DeVine (a MUST-VISIT while on the island) to pickup a bottle for the crew before leaving town- they earned it! :-)
Written 16 October 2004
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Tommy
Calgary, Canada149 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2013 • Friends
Not for the faint of heart! The Great Blue Hole does live up to it hype - it is eerie, ominous, not your typical dive, but a tremendous experience! I absolutely loved having all those mixed emotions while descending to a depth of 130 feet where things just got darker and calmer. You finally reach the breathtaking stalactites that envelope the first ledge and you may be fortunate enough to see several bull and reef sharks circling about. There is also an elusive hammerhead, that we weren't lucky enough to see.
I concur with the rest of the reviewers that this is one of those lifetime experiences. We did this dive with Ecologic Divers, who are an amazing dive outfitter - I'd recommend going with them to get the best experience out of the visit to the Great Blue Hole.
Written 26 November 2013
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michaelcanada
Rome, Italy345 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2012 • Solo
Great Blue Hole - Here’s a great landmark, or should I say watermark, south of Cancun about 5 hours. In 1971 this site was made famous by Jacques-Yves Cousteau, who declared it one of the top ten scuba diving sites in the world.
It’s a great ride by car down the coast from Cancun and well past Tulum.
The ony way to fathon a sight like this is to first expecience a small aircraft flight over this historic blue hole. Charters are avaiaible form Belize City and it takes just over an hour to reach it. Unless you plane on diving, the sight is not that noticeable on the water's surface. But take a flight over it and get your HD camcorders rolling.The Great Blue Hole is a large submarine sinkhole off the coast of Belize. It lies near the center of Lighthouse Reef, a small atoll 70 km (43 mi) from the mainland and Belize City. The hole is circular in shape, over 300 m (984 ft) across and 124 m (407 ft) deep. (We are talking deep!) When sea levels were much lower the hole was formed during several episodes of Quaternary glaciation.
As the ocean began to rise again, the caves were flooded. The Great Blue Hole is a part of the larger Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System, a World Heritage Site of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.
Written 15 July 2012
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akostich_11
Los Angeles, CA553 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Friends
This is a must-do trip for most divers coming to Belize, and understandably it's a highlight given the reputation. However here are a few helpful tips just so you know what you are getting into, as it may influence your decision on whether or not to go. I gave it an average grade because some elements of the day were 5-star, while others were probably closer to 1-star. On average, it ended up being a 3-star experience.

The trip lasts an entire day, starting at like 5:30am. You return about 5:30pm.
The boat ride is 2.5 hours each way.
Lots of people on the boat will get seasick. If you are prone to seasickness, you may want to reconsider.
The dive at the Blue Hole itself is first, and very brief since you go so deep (140'). You are only at that depth, where it is most interesting, for about 7 minutes.
On the day we dove, there was absolutely no sea life near the surface, and you will not encounter any at 140' except for an occasional lionfish on the sea walls.
If you are a certified open water diver, this can be a scary dive. Since you are in a group, if you feel uncertain you will not have lots of support as the dive masters have to attend to those underwater and if you decide to abort the dive you will be on your own (granted this could depend on dive operators, but if you are in a large tour group you will have less attention).

Oddly enough, the best dives were the two that folllowed the Blue Hole at Half Moon Caye and the Aquarium. They were spectacular and had an abundance of fish and wildlife.

You will not 'see' the Blue Hole from a boat. The only way to notice it is from the air, so if that is a priority for you, then you should book the flyover day tour through Tropic Air in Belize City or San Pedro-but this is expensive. The flight lasts about an hour but offers truly breathtaking views of the hole from above.

Divers seem to be polarized on the experience of coming here. Yes, you need to do it if you're in Belize to 'earn your stripes' and be able to talk about the experience, but it's also a bit of a letdown when there are so many other dives and dive sites that are more spectacular (if not as unique).

The most valuable piece of advice I can give on this trip is to know what you are getting into, and to be aware of the challenges that this short dive presents. You do not want to come all the way out to the Blue Hole and abort the dive if you don't think you are ready. If you have any reservations, go with a smaller group, stick with the dive master, or get a few more dives under your belt before descending to these depths. You can't afford to panic here!
Written 6 January 2015
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