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“Amazing diving!”

The Great Blue Hole at Lighthouse Reef
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Owner description: The most famous dive site in Belize was discovered by Jacques Cousteau.
Reviewed June 15, 2011

My husband and I along with my sister and her boyfriend all went to dive/snorkel the blue hole trip. We booked with White sands dive shop and they got us on a boat with Amigos del Mar. At first I saw the size of the boat and all the people and thought it was going to be my first cattle trip but it wasn't that bad. About 1/3 of the people were snorkelers. My husband and I decided we didn't have the advanced skills to go 130 ft deep so we just snorkeled. My sister and her boyfriend did the dive and said it was one of their best dives ever (they have about 75 dives each). Attention snorkelers! Stay in the water as long as you can! Wait for those divers to surface because then you can snorkel with some of the reef sharks! I got out too soon : ( Next we went to dive Half moon caye wall. That was my most spectacular dive to date. It felt like you were in an aquarium. The wall had so much going on from bright corals and tons of small fish. Then they served us lunch on the island near by which was very good. Then we also did one other dive and it was just like any other dive. I was glad I spent the 5 hrs on a boat that day to go.

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Reviewed April 23, 2010

We did a day trip out to The Blue Hole with Amigos Del Mar tour company and also stopped at Half Moon Caye and The Aquarium. The divers were not very impressed with the diving at Blue Hole, however the snorkeling was fantastic!

We snorkeled half the rim of the Blue Hole and saw lots of fish and even a reef shark. I was a little surprised that the Blue Hole looks so different in person than in aerial shots - the coral is so close to the top of the water, in pictures it looks like land, but it's really not. It was a great trip and although a long day & long boat ride (2 hours from San Pedro), it was worth the trip.

5  Thank tiffany000
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Reviewed July 3, 2006

When your dive profile is bottoming out at 130-140 feet, you better know that what you are getting into is worth it - the Blue Hole does not disappoint! Stalactites at 100 feet below the surface seem otherworldly as real sharks [not those dinky nurse sharks everyone is so familiar with] weave in and out acting as sentries for the hole.

If you have the opportunity, you MUST dive the hole.

11  Thank y498yates
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Reviewed October 15, 2004

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! :-)

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Reviewed August 3, 2017
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