Ambergris Caye & Caye Caulkers share the same close proximity to the reef and
the travel time to reach popular dive and snorkel locations are similar.
Local Reef Dives - The Belize Barrier Reef is a superb coastal reef system with dozens of dive sites and some of the best diving is just 10 to 30 minutes from dockside. After a short boat ride, you will experience an underwater world populated by a rich diversity of species including groupers, snappers, four varieties of angel fish, many varieties of parrot fish, eels, barracudas, turtles, stingrays, lobsters, a great number of corals and sponges, and more. Boats normally leave at 9:00 AM and 2-tank dives are completed by 1 PM; Boats leave again in the afternoon at 2:00 PM.
Lighthouse Reef & The Blue Hole - The subject of a documentary by underwater explorer Jacques Cousteau, The Blue Hole continues to be the big draw for scuba divers to Belize. In the lexicon of diving, Belize is synonymous with the Blue Hole, a circular cave system which formed before the last ice age and collapsed when sea levels rose 300 to 400 feet, forming a blue hole more than 400 feet deep and nearly 1,000 feet in diameter.
Dive down to a depth of 130 feet where you will be awed by enormous stalactites the size of trees. This area is a favorite hangout of Hammerhead Sharks and other exotic marine species. The Blue Hole is about 2½ hours by boat from San Pedro and 2 hours from Caye Caulker. This dive is for experienced divers only (Divers with 25 or more dives).
Turneffe Atoll offers spectacular diving at dozens of sites and pleasant sea conditions, making it suitable for divers of all levels. Visibility is excellent, ranging from 30m/100ft to 45./150ft on most days. Enjoy large rays, turtles, eels and schools of snapper, horse-eye jack, and permit. Due to its isolation, coral life flourishes.
The Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley are the most popular diving/snorkeling sites in all of Belize. This is due to the close proximity of San Pedro, and the diversity of marine life encountered throughout the 4 zones of the park, along with the excitement of swimming with large numbers of nurse sharks and sting rays.
The Hol Chan Cut is situated 15 minutes south of San Pedro and about 30 minutes north of Caye Caulker. Trips from San Pedro last about half day, while excursions from Caye Caulker normally last a full day, including a visit to San Pedro.
North Ambergris Caye Snorkeling - The Barrier Reef begins here, which is to say the reef touches the shoreline, which means there is great snorkeling right from the beach .... Snorkel the shallow waters of Mexico Rocks and Tres Locos and see a wide range of coral formations, including flower, elk-horn and giant brain coral. This area is protected from ocean currents and swells, which makes for easy snorkeling. Depth is around 6 to 12 feet, so you can see everything up close.
Caye Caulker Snorkeling - Less than 10 minutes from shore, Caye Caulker Marine Reserve is a prime location to snorkel and dive. See nurse sharks and feed an eagle ray at Shark Ray Village where southern stingrays pass inches below a snorkelers feet in shallow water. Slightly deeper at 15-20 feet is Coral Gardens, where bolder-like coral clusters protect tiny marine life.
Manatee Watch & Snorkel - First stop is Swallow Caye, home to the Manatees; bring your camera and take close up pictures of the Manatees. Next stop is Goffs Caye, an Island which sits right on top of the reef. You can snorkel along the reef here and after snorkeling your guide prepares a BBQ lunch. Next stop is the Aquarium, a snorkel site on the south point of Caye Caulker, where you can snorkel with playful nurse sharks, sting rays and view sea horses. Excursions from Ambergris Caye include a stop at Caye Caulker.
SNUBA and Hookah Diving - If you're looking for an underwater experience and you're not a certified diver, then SNUBA is a good choice. SNUBA diving is a safe and easy way to experience scuba diving with the simplicity of snorkeling. You can SNUBA down to 20 feet with no prior experience; or try Hookah Diving, right off the dock for your first diving experience.
Night Dive or Sunset Snorkel - Hol Chan is a totally different world during the evening hours. It is great fun and you see a different underwater world during this time, as many creatures that are not visible during the day come out of their hiding places.