Belize Blue Hole Tour: To dive the Belize Blue hole? It’s it worth the $350 price tag?

Belize Blue Hole Tour: To dive the Belize Blue hole? It’s it worth the $350 price tag?

If you’re in Belize, one way or another you NEED to add a Belize Blue Hole tour to your bucket list. Arguably, Great Blue Hole in Belize is one of the countries top tourist attractions.

The iconic 100-foot-near-perfect-circular reef can be viewed by snorkelling or on one of the Belize Blue Hole diving tours, or with a flight above the Blue Hole for a bird’s eye view. 

The Great Blue Hole is situated approximately 96km (60miles) from Belize City in Lighthouse Reef Atoll. But what is it really like to dive Belize Blue Hole? Or more to the point is it worth the price tag?

The Blue Hole in Belize is a bit of a Marmite attraction. When you ask people if they’d recommend you to ‘Scuba Dive Belize Blue Hole’ or not, you’ll get a mixed response. 

People either rave about how amazing it is to do the Belize Blue Hole Tour or they’ll grumble about how over-rated the diving in the Great Blue Hole is along with the insane price tag. Psssst, if you’re after lots of colourful fish, you won’t find many down here. 

Regardless of people’s opinions, scuba diving in the Great Blue Hole was the top thing on my Belize bucket list. There was no question of should I or shouldn’t I part with a small fortune, don the scuba gear and jump into the World’s biggest sinkhole.

So, what are you waiting for? Grab yourself a brew and let’s find out more about the Belize Blue Hole tour and why it’s oh so worth it.

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Is the Belize Blue Hole tour really worth a $350 price tag? Find out what it's REALLY like to dive the Belize Blue hole. And YES! it's worth every dollar! Everything you need to know about diving the Great Blue hole. One of the top things to do in Belize that needs to be on your Belize Bucket list. #Belize #GreatBlueHole #CentralAmerica
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BELIZE BLUE HOLE TOUR - THE GREAT BLUE HOLE, CAYE CAULKER - A FEW FACTS

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      • Belize is home to the biggest underwater sinkhole in the World, there are other blue hole dive opportunities in Malta, Egypt and Mexico to name a few, but this is the granddaddy of them all. Which is why diving the Belize Blue Hole is one of the top activities to do here.
      • It is situated in an area called Lighthouse Reef just over 60miles from Belize City.
      • Lighthouse Reef is situated in the Caribbean Sea and is approximately 35km long and 8km wide.
      • It’s nearly perfectly circular and with a diameter of 318m and a depth of 125m.
      • Lighthouse Reef contains both The Blue Hole and Half Moon Caye, both boast some of the best dive sites in Belize as well as both having UNESCO world heritage status.

Blue Hole Belize Map

How much does the Belize Blue Hole tour cost?

A $300-350 shaped hole in your pocket is what you’ll be left with after scuba diving the Belize Blue Hole. That’s a big chunk of money just for a single day trip. In a single word YES! It’s totally worth the price tag for the Blue Hole diving experience.

But why does it cost so much to dive Belize Blue Hole?

Belize Blue Hole is situated in Lighthouse Reef, a National park in the middle of the Caribbean. It’s a 2 ½ hour journey by boat to get there. So when you book onto a Belize Blue Hole tour, you’re paying for over 5 hours worth of boat hire.

Belize is also a relatively expensive country, it’s based on the dollar! In addition to that, a portion of your $300-350 goes towards the Park Entry (around $40 of it).

What’s included when you book a Belize Blue Hole tour?

  • A full 12 hours excursion, it’s a long day trip!
  • Pick up and drop off at your hotel
  • Massive buffet breakfast at the dive shop while the crew load the boat
  • Fully equipped and comfortable boat to get you there and back
  • 2 ½ hour journey to get to the reef and then back again – that’s quite a lot of fuel
  • The crew to man the boat
  • All your equipment
  • Small dive groups – 4 people maximum per Dive Master
  • Three dives (just for perspective, a single dive in Belize from Caye Caulker or San Pedro costs around $40 a tank) the first is The Blue Hole, then two neighbouring sites, ‘Half Moon Quay’ and ‘The Aquarium’
  • A decent lunch, and as much tea/coffee/soft drinks/snacks throughout the day
  • Unlimited rum punch at the end of the day for the 2hour journey back to the mainland.
  • A visit to the Nature Reserve to see the Red Footed Boobies
  • Amazing memories of one of the top dive destinations in Belize!

Is it safe to dive the Belize Blue Hole?

The Belize Blue Hole dive is classed as a deep recreational dive; you’ll get to a depth of approximately 130 feet / 40m. Because of the depth of the dive, you will have very little ‘bottom time’. The dive is done with regular air (Nitrox wasn’t an option here).

Make sure you are fully insured for deeper dives (most insurances cover you to dive to a depth of 60feet / 18m,) You’ll probably have to purchase a bolt-on to your standard policy for a deeper dive to make sure you are covered. Get a quote from True Traveller. Their prices are very reasonable as you only pay for the parts of the policy you need, including deep diving!

You will be put into groups with people of a similar ability and buddied up. There is a maximum of 4 divers per Dive Master. Because there is an element of risk with this dive, make sure you are following all instructions from your Dive Master carefully.

This is the first dive your Belize Blue Hole tour. Expect this dive to be done and dusted within about 35 minutes. That’s split into a relatively fast descent, short swim to the perimeter of the Blue Hole at approximately 12m deep at the drop-off, bottom time of about 10 minutes, ascent and safety stop. This is the shortest and deepest dive of the day.

If you have a dive computer it will be going mad on this dive, you’ll hear constant beeping from everyone’s dive computers. Although I’d naturally want to have a longer bottom time, 10 minutes is enough time to see what you go there for– the awesome rock formations!

One thing to be sure of is having a good mask, the dive company will supply you with one but a leaking mask is no fun. To ensure the best fit, you could always purchase your own mask. 

Do I need to be PADI trained to dive the Blue Hole in Belize?

Yes! You need to have passed AT LEAST your Open Water certificate. However, to dive the Blue Hole, you do not need to have passed the Advanced Open Water certificate.

Despite this, it’s always sensible to have a few dives under your (weight) belt – haha see what I did there – so you are 100% comfortable with the fundamentals of Scuba Diving.

As a recommendation, it’s probably sensible to complete either some deeper Adventure Dives or complete the Advanced Open Water certificate prior to booking onto a Belize Blue Hole tour, unless you’re happy to snorkel around the reefs.

Another point to remember, make sure your travel insurance covers you to do a deeper dive. The standard depth you’re insured for is around 60 feet/ 18metres. To ensure you are fully insured, you’ll probably have to purchase a bolt-on to your standard policy to make sure you are covered. Get a quote from True Traveller, their prices are very reasonable as you only pay for the parts of the policy you need, including diving!

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Blue skies and aquamarine seas of Ambergris Caye

What can you see on the Belize Blue Hole Diving tours?

If you’re expecting colourful corals and tons of aquatic life, then think again. The main reason for diving the Belize Blue Hole is to see the awesome rock formations and just the fact that you’re inside the world’s largest sinkhole.

Around the perimeter at the top of the hole, there are few reefs, this is where any snorkellers on the Belize Blue Hole tour will go. You’ll see colourful fish here until the drop-off. As a scuba diver, you’ll get the whole awesomeness of the open beautiful blue abyss before you.

This blue abyss goes down beyond visibility. Deep down into this massive errrr Blue Hole. The sheer straight walls on the decent are a sight to be marvelled at; it’s downright impressive!

You’ll reach your bottom-most point of the dive at the alcove. The alcove is filled with stalactites, columns and rock formations from a bygone time when the Blue Hole was actually above sea-level.

This is nature at its best. I guarantee you’ll be impressed and no picture or video can quite pay justice to how awe-inspiring it is to see first-hand.

What can I expect booking a Great Blue Hole tour?

There are a string of companies offering Great Blue Hole diving on both Caye Caulker and San Pedro. I’m picky with which dive outfitters I choose and after entering several dive shops and reading reviews I chose Neptune’s Cove.

To get the best deals, contact them directly via email by clicking the link above to be sure to ask if they have any deals on, especially if you plan on doing more than one days worth of diving in the region. 

I highly recommend Neptune’s Cove if you’re looking for a top-class Blue hole dive experience. Ask to speak to Steve.

BELIZE BLUE HOLE TOUR - WHAT TO EXPECT

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5.20 am – Pick-up time

Hotel pickups for the Belize Blue Hole tour start early. Depending on where you are staying this will be either by a boat taxi or golf buggy. My accommodation was right on the waterfront, so I was picked up along with a few others, on the closest pier to us. (They will tell you when and where pick-up are when you book).

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Early morning pick up means you'll catch a beautiful sunrise

5.30 am – Breakfast is served!

Whether you’ve been picked up by taxi boat or golf buggy, you’ll get dropped at the main dive shop pier. This is where you’ll have to show your dive card and certificates and also where you’ll do the check for any equipment you’ve hired. It can be a bit chaotic with lots of guests arriving, being checked, equipment moving about and the crew loading the boat. However, while all this is happening, you’ll be fed an amazing buffet breakfast.

6.00 am – 1st leg of the journey

You’ll set off on the 2 ½ hour journey to Lighthouse Reef. A definite highlight with being up before the crack of dawn on the Belize Blue Hole tour is that you’ll get to watch the sunrise from the top deck over this vast expanse of nothing but open sea. Pure bliss!

 

SEASICKNESS

If you get travel sick take the tablets BEFORE you get on the boat. The first few minutes or so were relatively calm while we were protected by the shallow waters of the island but then it gets choppy out in the open sea. We had three pukers hanging off the back of the boat, ‘feeding the fish’ as we went.

 

At some point in the journey, your Dive Master will confirm the group who you’re diving with. They will also double-check your certification, check how much dive experience you have and generally get to know you a bit. You will also have your briefing on the boat on what to expect on the dive.

8.30 am – Dive #1 – The Blue Hole

You’ll get some free time after your initial introduction to your Dive Master, who will tell you when to kit up. There are a lot of groups, so to give everyone space, you’ll kit up at intervals. When you’re kitted up, one dive group at a time were given the go-ahead to descend. I’ve alredy wrote about what to expect in the Blue Hole, so if you skipped that bit, scroll back up.

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Is the Belize Blue Hole tour really worth a $350 price tag? Find out what it's REALLY like to dive the Belize Blue hole. And YES! it's worth every dollar! Everything you need to know about diving the Great Blue hole. One of the top things to do in Belize that needs to be on your Belize Bucket list. #Belize #GreatBlueHole #CentralAmerica
Rock formations in the Blue Hole

9.15 am – Second breakfast & surface ‘tour’!

On the Belize Blue Hole tour, aside from the obvious dive aspect, the other thing you’ll do a lot of is eating! Our interval time is spent on the boat, sailing around the perimeter of the Blue Hole. There are plenty of photo opportunities, but in all honesty, the pictures taken at sea level were not very impressive. For the best view, you’ll want to do a flight over the Great Blue Hole. From sea level, all you’ll see is as a slightly darker or lighter patch where the reef stops and the hole starts.

Is the Belize Blue Hole tour really worth a $350 price tag? Find out what it's REALLY like to dive the Belize Blue hole. And YES! it's worth every dollar! Everything you need to know about diving the Great Blue hole. One of the top things to do in Belize that needs to be on your Belize Bucket list. #Belize #GreatBlueHole #CentralAmerica
That yellowish bit in the background is the top perameter of the Great Blue Hole - Picture of me with my awesome dive buddies, Myron and Danika

10.45 am – Dive site #2 – Half Moon Caye

After the ride around the perimeter of the Blue Hole, you’ll move over to your next dive site; Half Moon Caye.

Half Moon Caye is a colourful dive with corals, rock formations and an abundance of fish to look at. This is also a much more typical dive in terms on bottom time. Some highlights on this dive; Moray Eels and Caribbean Reef Sharks!

Is the Belize Blue Hole tour really worth a $350 price tag? Find out what it's REALLY like to dive the Belize Blue hole. And YES! it's worth every dollar! Everything you need to know about diving the Great Blue hole. One of the top things to do in Belize that needs to be on your Belize Bucket list. #Belize #GreatBlueHole #CentralAmerica
If you're lucky, you might even spot Reef Sharks

12noon – Lunchtime on Half Moon Caye Reserve

After diving Half Moon Caye, lunch is served. This happens on the idyllic tropical paradise of Half Moon Caye Reserve. Overall, your stop here lasts for about an hour.

This Caye was made into Belize’s first designated site for wildlife protection in 1928. It’s home to a huge colony of Red Footed Boobies and Frigate Birds. There is a look-out tower conveniently placed at nesting height where you are pretty much eye-to-eye with the birds. They are noisy and smelly but each with a cute ball of fluff in its nest.

Don’t forget to look down and watch your step! There are hundreds of cute Hermit Crabs wandering about. At first, you don’t notice them, but then the more you look you realise that the ground is crawling beneath you.

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Red Footed Booby and her ball of fluff chick on Half Moon Caye Sanctuary
Is the Belize Blue Hole tour really worth a $350 price tag? Find out what it's REALLY like to dive the Belize Blue hole. And YES! it's worth every dollar! Everything you need to know about diving the Great Blue hole. One of the top things to do in Belize that needs to be on your Belize Bucket list. #Belize #GreatBlueHole #CentralAmerica
Look out for the Hermit Crabs, the ground is litterally crawling with them
Is the Belize Blue Hole tour really worth a $350 price tag? Find out what it's REALLY like to dive the Belize Blue hole. And YES! it's worth every dollar! Everything you need to know about diving the Great Blue hole. One of the top things to do in Belize that needs to be on your Belize Bucket list. #Belize #GreatBlueHole #CentralAmerica
Fridate Birds flying around Half Moon Caye Sanctuary
Is the Belize Blue Hole tour really worth a $350 price tag? Find out what it's REALLY like to dive the Belize Blue hole. And YES! it's worth every dollar! Everything you need to know about diving the Great Blue hole. One of the top things to do in Belize that needs to be on your Belize Bucket list. #Belize #GreatBlueHole #CentralAmerica
Beautiful tropical island of Half Moon Caye Sanctuary

1.30pm – Dive #3 – Aquarium

After lunch, you’ll be back on the boat to head to the next dive site. The Aquarium is the last dive site on the Belize Blue Hole tour. This dive site is similar to the one at Half Moon Caye, there is a ton of stuff to see here. As its name suggests, there will be plenty of pretty corals, rays, eels, along with a plethora of vivid fish, this is certainly the most visually stunning dive with regards to colour!

Is the Belize Blue Hole tour really worth a $350 price tag? Find out what it's REALLY like to dive the Belize Blue hole. And YES! it's worth every dollar! Everything you need to know about diving the Great Blue hole. One of the top things to do in Belize that needs to be on your Belize Bucket list. #Belize #GreatBlueHole #CentralAmerica
So many fish at The Aquarium
Is the Belize Blue Hole tour really worth a $350 price tag? Find out what it's REALLY like to dive the Belize Blue hole. And YES! it's worth every dollar! Everything you need to know about diving the Great Blue hole. One of the top things to do in Belize that needs to be on your Belize Bucket list. #Belize #GreatBlueHole #CentralAmerica
Maybe you'll see turtle chilliing,

2.30 pm – Homeward Bound and Happy Hour

With the third and final site on your Belize Blue Hole tour done and dusted, you’ll start the long journey back to San Pedro. But first off, as if we hadn’t eaten enough during the day, and just in case we were hungry, out come the Snicker bars! My first chocolate since being away! one couple even smuggled out a second one (Myron & Danika, I’m talking to you!).

With the return of the puke-patrol hanging off the back end of the boat like on the mornings ride out, the rest of us to get on with Happy Hour. Rum punch is served, sweet and sticky pineapple and Malibu (or their local equivalent of it) all served with plenty of ice. It’s a much welcome treat to finish the day off with and chat with you fellow dive mates about the most amazing dive experiences you’ve just had.

The cocktails kept flowing, which certainly made the journey back go quick. Despite our cups being constantly refilled, it was questionable as to how much actually made it to our mouths! Trying to get said drink into your mouth while on a boat in choppy seas meant that most of us were covered in sticky rum and juice come the end of the journey. I’m pretty sure the boat deck got the lions share.

Is the Belize Blue Hole tour really worth a $350 price tag? Find out what it's REALLY like to dive the Belize Blue hole. And YES! it's worth every dollar! Everything you need to know about diving the Great Blue hole. One of the top things to do in Belize that needs to be on your Belize Bucket list. #Belize #GreatBlueHole #CentralAmerica
A beautiful sunset to top off a fantastic day

5 pm – Arrive back in San Pedro

As the sun sets, you’ll arrive back at the main dive shop in San Pedro. Don’t forget to your dive stamp to say you did the Blue Hole Belize Dive. You taxi-boat of golf buggy will be there waiting to take you back to your accommodation for the final part of your most epic day.

Is booking on to a Belize Blue Hole tour worth $350?

YES YES YES! And another big fat YES!
The Dive at Belize Blue Hole was one of THE BEST things I did in Belize.

From the professionalism of the crew, the quality of the dives, the sheer awesomeness and grandeur of getting to dive in The Great Blue Hole I couldn’t fault the experience. That twinned with meeting a ton of new friends who I shared this experience with, to seeing some beautiful aquatic life under and above the waves topped off with enough food to last me a week!

Overall a fantastic action-packed day and in my opinion well worthy of the $350 price tag. If you’re in any doubt about it, don’t be. It’s amazing.

This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience that undoubtedly should be on any diver bucket list. If you’re in Belize and love adventure, then I think you’ll also love the Actun Tunichil Muknal caves (ATM Caves) 

The ATM caves are as close to Indiana Jones or Lara Croft adventure as you can get, you’ll be crossing rivers, trekking through the jungle, deep into a river cave to see the stunning (and slightly creepy) calcified Crystal Maiden.

Alternatively, if you’re looking for something more leisurely, then why not check out some of the top things to do in Caye Caulker 

Is the Belize Blue Hole tour really worth a $350 price tag? Find out what it's REALLY like to dive the Belize Blue hole. And YES! it's worth every dollar! Everything you need to know about diving the Great Blue hole. One of the top things to do in Belize that needs to be on your Belize Bucket list. #Belize #GreatBlueHole #CentralAmerica
The beautiful island of Half Moon Caye Sanctuary

Where to stay in San Pedro

    • On a budget: Sandbar Beachfront Hostel & Restaurant is a great option if you’re on a budget. Private rooms and dorm rooms are available. What’s more, it’s right on the beach, so you can literally roll out of bed and into a lunger. I ended up staying here for about 10 days I loved the vibe so much.
    • Mid-Budget: Suite E202 Mara Laguna is light and airy, with a private pool and close to the beaches. The fully equipped suite means this is a home from home option with a fully equipped kitchen, lounge area and onsite parking and a great option if you’re planning a longer stay on San Pedro.
    • Blow the Budget: Victoria House Resort & Spa 5 star resort is a great choice if you’re looking for top-notch service. The onsite spas, outdoor pool and gym is the perfect place to relax and be pampered. Also, the rooms are absolutely huge, some even come with an equally massive balcony. 

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Is the Belize Blue Hole tour really worth a $350 price tag? Find out what it's REALLY like to dive the Belize Blue hole. And YES! it's worth every dollar! Everything you need to know about diving the Great Blue hole. One of the top things to do in Belize that needs to be on your Belize Bucket list. #Belize #GreatBlueHole #CentralAmerica
Is the Belize Blue Hole tour really worth a $350 price tag? Find out what it's REALLY like to dive the Belize Blue hole. And YES! it's worth every dollar! Everything you need to know about diving the Great Blue hole. One of the top things to do in Belize that needs to be on your Belize Bucket list. #Belize #GreatBlueHole #CentralAmerica
Is the Belize Blue Hole tour really worth a $350 price tag? Find out what it's REALLY like to dive the Belize Blue hole. And YES! it's worth every dollar! Everything you need to know about diving the Great Blue hole. One of the top things to do in Belize that needs to be on your Belize Bucket list. #Belize #GreatBlueHole #CentralAmerica

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Adventure travel blogger with a big addiction to the World. An ex-rat-racer who was fed up with sleep-work-eat-repeat materialistic mentality that plagues modern living. I love anything to do with off-beat travel, abandoned places, temples & ruins, street art, wildlife in its natural habitat, adventure sport.....basically anything but the 9-5!

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  1. Scuba Diving is not something I have ever wanted to do. It seems scary. So many things could go wrong! But I must say these pictures are making me change my mind. Your photos are absolutely breathtaking!

  2. I have been wanting to scuba dive for so long now! This looks like a wonderful experience.

  3. It looks awesome! I love doing things in nature when I travel so I will probably end up doing something like this too!

  4. Wow, beautiful. Your photos are very cool, diving is a fun thing, I really want to do that, complete diving gear will make us feel safe while diving. Thank you for sharing Riendewolf.nl

    1. Glad you enjoyed reading the post. The company I used, had top notch equipment, I can highly recommend them. Drop them a message via the link above if you have any questions about it the dive and equipment they hire out.

  5. Hey there! Such an informative blog. You shared a lot of information about “Belize Blue Hole”. Thank you for letting us know about the price tag of the blue hole for the diving experience. Keep posting!

    1. Thank you. I’m glad you found the post informative 🙂 yes, it’s pricey BUT very much worth it. I would do it again in an instant 🙂 happy diving

  6. Oh eek – that looks scary!
    Kind of cool, but still really scary! 😀

    1. It’s a little bit scary but mostly because you can’t see the bottom, but it’s equally an amazing experience.

  7. I’ve never heard of the Blue Hole, but it looks stunning. The price would be too much for me though 😀

  8. What big but amazing day! As a diver, I would love to tick this off my list, but still have so much in Australia to explore first!

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