Going Deep into the Blue Hole
The Great Blue Hole in Belize is high up on any diver’s bucket list – and how could it not be with that deep blue ring surrounded by limestone reef? In reality, many divers who surface after the Blue Hole dive are very disappointed having laid down some serious cash to go diving in one of the most famous dive sites in the world. Your expectations would be pretty high right?
That’s where a lot of people go wrong. You can’t expect much in terms of coral, colour or even sea life on this dive because that’s not what it’s about! You’re here to dive in a massive sink hole, 318m in diameter and 124m deep.
The boat ride out from Caye Caulker was very smooth, I had picked a perfect day for it! At some point the Captain killed the engines and announced that we had arrived. Looking out at the horizon I expected to see the light blue ring of the reef but saw nothing but blue!
In the video below you will see what I mean as the drone takes off from the bow of the boat, getting that perfect shot of the Blue Hole was easy with the Mavic and I was so glad I had it with me!
The dive itself is very short – only 25 minutes but you will be dropping down to about 40m in order to see the massive stalactite and cave formations. Naturally, light at this level is very low so any footage I had was pretty useless. That teaches me for getting my dive lights stolen in El Salvador! There was also a huge thermocline at 15m, dropping through it was horrible but coming back up was like being in a hot bath!
The following two dives were at Half Moon bay and were the polar opposite of the Blue Hole. Warm, coral everywhere and some amazing sea life! We had eagle rays, Caribbean reef sharks, southern rays, lobsters and nurse sharks grace us with their presence – what a dive!
Apparently we also came very close to a hammerhead shark, we dropped in off one side of the boat and commenced the dive and the hammerhead was reportedly swimming around on the other side! So close yet so far!
After a solid day’s diving we went to Half Moon Caye for lunch before returning back to Caye Caulker. To top off a perfect day, the Captain pulled up just a few 100m off the coast, turned the music up and passed around some rum punch with only one rule – we couldn’t go back to shore until it was all gone!
If you’re looking to dive the Blue Hole I would highly recommend Frenchie’s Divers. They were very professional but also knew how to have a good time and the price was one of the cheaper options on the island.