Centrally located, Thatch Caye offers diving at the best dive sites in Belize.
The Blue Hole
Jacques Cousteau called the Great Blue Hole one of the top 10 diving sites in the world
If you call yourself a diver, you’ve undoubtedly heard the hype and seen the aerial shots of Belize’s signature dive. And, truth be told, it’s definitely one of those dive-before-you-die sites. At more than 300 metres/1000 feet across and 135 metres/450 feet deep, this spectacular hole-in-the-reef dive is a day-trip away from Thatch Caye Resort resorts. Take the trip and you'll be rewarded with a payoff that includes reef and bull sharks and fascinating stalactite and stalagmite formations.
Charles Darwin described the Atolls as “the most remarkable reef in the West Indies”
Lighthouse Atoll includes the Blue Hole and Half Moon Caye wall, a unique topography of swim-through channels. Immense coral buttresses are decorated with black corals, gorgonia, sea whips and a variety of brightly colored sponges, as well as a profusion of reef fish and cruising pelagics.
Diving the Turneffe Atoll is legendary with vertical walls just beyond the coral reef in front of the Resort. These dramatic walls extend for miles in both directions giving the diver unlimited opportunity to experience large tube sponges, giant basket sponges, purple sea fans, curious reef fish, huge schools of jewfish, permit, snapper and jack and endless varieties of tropical fish. There are over 70 named dive sites around the atoll.
Glover’s is the most remote—and least visited atoll —but has more than 80 kilometres/50 miles of fringing reef. Thatch Caye Resort is centrally located within the triangle formed by these Atolls, making us uniquely able to dive all three!
Southern Barrier Reef
Unexplored and pristine. Thatch Caye Resort is in the heart of the Southwater Caye Marine Reserve.
South Water Caye Marine Park is in our front yard- literally, as our resort is located inside the park boundaries.
Our local dive range includes the area from just north of Tobacco Caye to a cut five miles south of South Water Caye. The trip out to the Barrier Reef is only two miles and it takes 10-15 minutes to get to the first dive site. The pristine southern section of the Barrier Reef sees few divers and is typically a wall dive that is interspersed with sand channels and spur and groove sections. With literally dozens of dive sites, our dive team will show you a wide variety of this area. You will rarely dive the same site twice.
We often see turtles, moray eels, barracuda, king mackerel, eagle rays and southern stingrays, as well as the little things like Pedersen shrimp, colorful gobies cleaning stations, and Spotted Drums. Our divers have seen manta rays, hammerhead sharks, jew fish and dolphins up close. Some of our common dive sites include Jason’s Wall, Elsie’s Aquarium, Carrie Bow, South Water Wall, Trick Ridge, Hell Hole and The Abyss. On these trips we typically at South Water Caye to have a snack during our surface interval.
Whale Shark diving on the Southern Barrier Reef.
Over 25 species of fish gather at Gladden Spit to spawn during the full moon periods in the springtime. It is the spawn of the Cubera snapper that the whale sharks come here to feed on. This is the only spawning aggregation site in the world that allows diving with whale sharks. These gentle giants swim from the deep blue up over a wall s edge that tops at about 150 feet. Here is where the massive schools of snapper stretch across the top of this deep wall occasionally spiraling up to 60 and 80 feet. This is a blue water dive with the bottom far below you and sometimes not visible at all. Whale sharks can be observed below swimming amongst the schooling snappers, and will come up the water column all the way to the surface sifting the water as they feed on the spawn.