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Explore Belize’s Barrier Reef and all its seduction and surprise with this one-week scuba diving excursion. Biodiversity dominates the Northern Hemisphere’s longest reef chain to provide incredible scuba diving. Descend the Great Blue Hole, surround yourself with spawning groupers, follow schools of fish, and go in search of the animals that are unique to Belize. Spend nearly a week on a private island in Turneffe Atoll with 15 dives.
Turneffe Atoll – First Impressions
You will land in Belize City, which is on the coast. Your driver will greet and transfer you to the harbor, and it will be a 90-minute speedboat journey to Turneffe Atoll. Turneffe Island is in the heart of Belize’s Barrier Reef. This location is best understood during the last few moments of your speedboat transfer because there is an abundance of life beneath the water. This is coral for exploring with a snorkel, which is something you can do after checking in to the island’s only resort. A snorkel will also give you an indication of the conditions, particularly the warmth of the water and the lack of currents.
Turneffe Atoll – Introductory Boat Dives
Today you will kick off a week of scuba diving. As with most long diving vacations, this first day will concentrate on your skills and the local conditions. Unless you are already a divemaster or have dived in the last six months, your day will begin with a refresher dive. The conditions are almost always calm, and there are no challenging currents to negotiate. 30 meters of visibility is the norm here, and many dive sites offer closer to 40 meters. This is ideal for wildlife sightings and presents an opportunity for your divemaster to follow unusual species. As the week continues, you will soon discover why Turneffe is the most spectacular and biodiverse of Belize’s atolls.
Turneffe Atoll – More Turneffe Dive Sites
After yesterday’s introductory dives, you will begin the day at Turneffe’s best-known site of The Elbow. This is a place where big fish spawn and different species congregate during different months of the year. This abundance of new life attracts even bigger hunters, particularly sharks. This will be a dive that is designed to follow the action. The dive schedule for this week will not be set in stone. With a 15-dive package, you will pick and choose from more than 30 different dive sites, and your divemasters will have the final say based on local conditions. There are so many sites to choose from, so if there is a strong surge from the west, you can easily switch to the eastern side of the atoll.
Turneffe Atoll – Great Blue Hole and Lighthouse Reef
Lighthouse Atoll can provide a great break from days of diving Turneffe. You will experience Belize’s iconic attraction and one of the bucket-list dive sites that Jacques Cousteau helped present to the world. The Great Blue Hole is a surreal gap in the earth’s crust where the water is an eerie hue. Marine life is limited here, and many divers emerge disappointed because they expect a reef-style experience. After two days of reef diving there, you will really appreciate the Great Blue Hole as a subterranean world of caverns, stalactites, and stalagmites. You can take a boat to Lighthouse Reef in the morning and dive the Great Blue Hole.
Day 5 - 7
Turneffe Atoll – Customizing Your Adventure
By now, you will be settled into the island rhythm. Each day you will visit a different part of the atoll to discover the reef chain. During your dives, you will see a wide variety of marine life, such as toadfish, sea turtles, dolphins, manatees, reef sharks, eagle rays, whale sharks, pilot whales, killer whales, and hawksbill turtles. With one dive, you can only see so much, but with a week, you will see more than you could have ever imagined. You will venture to Blackbird Caye for high-quality wall diving. As mentioned before, your dive schedule will be flexible, so you can adjust the final itinerary to your interests and desires. All meals will be included, and your accommodation is designed to maximize space and privacy.
Turneffe Atoll – Departure
Depending on your flight time, you may have the opportunity for a final dive this morning. You will travel back to the mainland by speedboat. Late check-out can be arranged, and there is always a final memory to take away from the island, such as the feeling of soft wet sand between the toes as you sip on a freshly husked coconut. You will transfer to Belize City to connect with your international flight.
- Dive the legendary Great Blue Hole and descend into a mysterious world of stalactites and stalagmites
- Surround yourself with nurse sharks, reef sharks, and the odd sighting of an eagle ray
- Embrace the private island life as you spend a week on a serene part of the Turneffe Atoll
- Enjoy 15 dives throughout the week with more than 30 dive sites to choose from
- Seven days of diving celebrates the biodiversity of Turneffe, from large schools of jacks and snappers to white-spotted toadfish
- Venture to Lighthouse Reef and dive Belize’s most famous sites
- Discover commotion when thousands of groupers come to spawn by diving The Elbow
- Improve your scuba diving ability in relatively calm underwater conditions with divemasters that can assist you
- Snorkel from the shore and explore the coral that surrounds your private island paradise
Many scuba divers know Belize for its incredible Great Blue Hole. This is just one site among hundreds along the Northern Hemisphere’s longest reef system. Here, there are large populations of manatees, whale sharks, and eagle rays, which are rare creatures that divers may be lucky to encounter once in a lifetime. Great schools of groupers, jacks, and snappers spawn around the reefs and attract a commotion of other sharks and wildlife.
Diving the Great Blue Hole and Lighthouse Reef will take a full day, but diving Turneffe Atoll and appreciating the biodiversity requires a week. With this luxury Belize scuba diving vacation, you will have 15 dives over seven days, and the daily itinerary will be based on your interests and experience. At least one of the days will be spent at Lighthouse Atoll and will include the deep-water descent of the Great Blue Hole. The other days will take you past sponge coral, moray eels, horse-eye jacks, blue tangs, nudibranch, and loggerhead turtles.
No diving experience is necessary for this vacation because the conditions are ideal for learning how to scuba dive. Experienced divers also have 15 dives and will explore in small groups of divers with a similar ability. As most divers flock to the Great Blue Hole, 95% of Belize’s dive sites go unnoticed. When there are hundreds of different sites to choose from, it is rare that there will be other divers in the water.
Complementing your scuba excursion is a full week of island escapism. Your luxury resort will be set on its own private island. Low-key and laid-back, the island will help you reconnect with nature. Other than the birds, there is hardly a sound, and apart from your footprints, there is little to alter the white sand. The island is centrally located in the atoll to allow easy access to almost all the Turneffe dive sites. This also means that you will have more time to rest and relax after diving. This handcrafted itinerary provides a week of diving, and it can be combined with other adventures in Belize, particularly the rainforests and Maya cities of the interior.
$2,795 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
The starting price is based on travel during the low season for a minimum of two travelers staying in shared 3-star accommodations. Please inquire for a custom trip quote based on your travel preferences and travel dates.
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