It’s a hole. And it’s blue. But really, it’s so much more.
After getting glimpses of this amazing oceanic formation from afar, we knew that we could not go to Belize without exploring this natural wonder. The Blue Hole, otherwise known as the Great Blue Hole, is a large submarine sinkhole off the coast of Belize.
This site was made famous by Jacques Cousteau (French oceanographer, researcher, filmmaker, and undersea explorer) who declared it to be one of the top 10 dives in the world, and diving enthusiasts have been flocking here ever since. If you’re not certified to for diving, seeing it by air is the next best thing.
While in route to the Blue Hole, you’ll fly over the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere. The Belize Barrier Reef, Lighthouse Reef Atoll and Turneffe Atoll are other beautiful sites that you’ll fly over. If you’re lucky, you’ll spot manatees, rays, sharks and dolphins.
We went with Tropic Air from San Pedro on the island of Ambergris Caye.
There are 2 ways to see the Blue Hole with Tropic Air: A private charter or a scheduled tour. We did the private charter, as we wanted more flexibility with our days and times.
As of press time, scheduled tours are as follows:
TIME: 11 AM DEPARTURE FLYING TIME: 1 HOUR DEPARTS: SAN PEDRO AND CAYE CAULKER DAYS: TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS ONLY PASSENGERS: 2-13
For private charters:
TIME: 10AM TO 2PM (SUGGESTED DEPARTURES) TOUR TIME: 1.5 HOURS DEPARTS: ALL STATIONS PASSENGERS: 3, 6 & 13 SEAT AIRCRAFT AVAILABLE
The Blue Hole is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of many protected areas in Belize. This underwater paradise is an absolutely amazing site from the sky and such a unique experience. Any trip to Belize would not be complete without seeing this natural wonder.