For more than 40 years, divers and snorkeling enthusiasts from around the world have been coming to Belize. The lovely coastal waters of the Caribbean Sea and bright sandy sea floor offer unparalleled opportunities to see the rich variety of marine life in the area. Just a few miles offshore is the amazing Belize Barrier Reef, the second-largest coral reef in the world. Shallow waters, atolls, and numerous cut-throughs in the coral are some of the best places anywhere on the planet to see and interact with a kaleidoscope of underwater life.
Many people come to Belize solely to take advantage of the amazing dive sites and snorkeling opportunities. To get the most out of their time in this beautiful Central American country, they choose to charter live-aboard boats, thus maximizing their amount of time in the water. Much like a floating hotel, the boat offers luxury accommodations with the benefit of traveling to each dive spot. With a live-aboard boat charter, you can dive 4-5 times per day and get the chance to perform a spectacular night dive.
One must be certified in order to dive beneath the waves but everyone can enjoy the pleasures of snorkeling. If you can swim, you can learn to breathe through a U-shaped breathing tube called a snorkel. While wearing a mask and using fins on your feet, snorkelers get the opportunity to see firsthand the wildly colorful kaleidoscope of fish, invertebrates, and sea flora that make their home in the waters off of Belize.
From a helicopter, the Belize Barrier Reef looks like one long unbroken coral formation that stretches for hundreds of miles. But closer examination reveals that is is composed of patch reefs (small “islands” of coral), fringing reefs (formed just a few hundred feet offshore), atolls and faroes (a small island with a lagoon in its center). The shallow waters and shelter of the coral are where hundreds of fish species hide, hunt, and mate. They also make for excellent viewing opportunities of all the marine life that thrives in these warm waters.
The lovely Laru Beya Beach Resort is the perfect base for travelers interested in scuba diving and snorkeling in Belize. Located on the beautiful Placencia Peninsula just a few miles from the best diving and snorkeling sites at the Belize Barrier Reef, Laru Beya offers luxury accommodations and a full range of modern amenities. The experienced staff at Laru Beya can arrange for diving and snorkeling equipment as well as diving charters, guided tours of the Belize Barrier Reef, and snorkeling adventures.