On every diver’s bucket list you will likely find the Blue Hole. Along with the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, this epic spot is at the top for many who have learned to dive.
So what’s the hype?
As the largest sinkhole in the world and a dedicated UNESCO World Heritage Site, Jacques Cousteau made it legendary when he declared the Blue Hole to be one of the best diving sites ever.
Since then, tourists and divers from near and far have flocked to explore its hidden depths, eager for a chance to see…well, I’ll be honest, I’m not quite sure exactly.
So where is the Blue Hole anyway?
The Blue Hole is located within the Lighthouse Atoll 40 miles from the second-largest barrier reef in the world.
Simply speaking, it is a 2 1/2 hour boat ride from Ambergris Caye, Belize, where most tours depart.
Belize is a small country in Central America that borders Mexico on the North end and Guatemala on the West.
With many small islands offering tranquil stays as well as tours on the mainland, it is hard to resist Belize if you are in this area of the Caribbean.
From Ambergris Caye, there are only two companies with boats big enough to make it to the Blue Hole.
With Ramon’s Village, the tour includes:
- hotel pickup and dropoff
- coffee and continental breakfast on the boat
- 3 snorkel or dive stops, including the Blue Hole, Half Moon Reef and the Aquarium
- water and snacks between dives
- lunch ashore at Half Moon Caye for a proper washroom break and a quick peek at the Red-Footed Booby Bird sanctuary
- all necessary equipment, including masks, flippers and oxygen
We chose to take the tour with Ramon’s Village and we were extremely satisfied with their performance.
Professional and knowledgeable, the Dive Masters from Ramon’s made sure that we were always safe and well taken care of.
Should you fly over or dive the blue hole?
Of the many blogs that I read before heading to Belize, ALL of them recommended flying over the Blue Hole as opposed to diving it.
What they don’t tell you is that they were gifted flights over the Blue Hole in exchange for promoting it. So much for honest influencers!
The current curated view of travel begs to answer this question…if you didn’t get a picture, did you even see it?
Many (myself included) are eager to fly over the Blue Hole in order to get that perfect shot, hopefully without any boats or swimmers in it!
Thankfully I have learned to live a little more and enjoy the experience first hand. After all, you could buy a digital photo for $10…only 5% of the cost for a plane ticket to snap a picture of the blue hole yourself.
Instead of spending $500USD for both myself and my husband, we chose to spend that money on a whole-day boat trip out to dive the blue hole instead.
We were able to enjoy multiple snorkel stops, a boat ride, lunch on an island and a bird watch.