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
Turneffe Atoll – More Turneffe Dive Sites
Turneffe Atoll – Great Blue Hole and Lighthouse Reef
Day 5 - 7
Turneffe Atoll – Customizing Your Adventure
Turneffe Atoll – Departure
- 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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