The Blue Hole of Belize is one of the country’s most notable marine attractions. It was made famous in 1970, when Jacque Cousteau explored it. The Blue Hole is a deep, circular and incredibly blue sinkhole in the center of Lighthouse atoll. The Blue Hole has a diameter of approximately 1000 feet and a depth that has been estimated at 400 feet. The site is completely enclosed by living coral, except for two breaks on the eastern and northern edges of the hole. This spectacular formation dates back to approximately 15,000 years ago, resulting from earth movements, and the rising of sea levels. The cave became submerged, and the dome covering the cave collapsed, forming this magnificent attraction. While some shark species have been seen inside the Blue Hole, its marine life mainly consists of algae, sponges and other sessile organisms; and the wall rim consists of scattered growths of stony coral interspread with dead coral skeletons. Outside of the rim wall however, has an abundance of marine life with many coral heads surrounding the Hole.

The Blue Hole is a must see for all serious scuba divers while for non-divers, the magnificence of it is better appreciated from an aerial view. The most diverse and beautiful dive spots, however, are found just off Half Moon Caye and Long Caye.

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Guided Tour, contact your tour desk or dive shop. You can also take aerial helicopter or chartered plane tours.

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