Thousands of adventurers visit Belize every year to discover the Great Blue Hole. However, what is it that captivates the interests of many?
Is it the fact that the Great Blue Hole can be seen from outer space?
Or the fact that it was made famous by the French Explorer Jacques Cousteau in 1971 when he declared it one of top ten best diving places in world – a destination teeming with myriads of marine life?
Quite frankly, I believe it is the fact that the Great Blue Hole is part of a greater archetype known as the second largest Barrier Reef Reserve System in the world!
The Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System sits roughly 300 meters (980 feet) offshore in the north and 40 kilometers (25 miles) in the south within our country limits. As history has it, the Great Blue Hole was originally a limestone cave which started forming about 150,000 years ago. Progressively, the water level rose as the glacial period ended where the caves were flooded and its roof collapsed thus forming this unique sinkhole. The rich dark blue color of the water illustrates the depth of the sinkhole especially compared to the crystal clear turquoise waters that engulfs the area.
Today, this famous and unique structure is enjoyed by snorkelers, scuba divers, divemasters, researchers and more! The reason is that you can relish in various fun-filled marine activities such as swimming, fishing, snorkeling and scuba diving! The most popular of those activities are snorkeling and scuba diving. Here you have the opportunity to view massive stalactites and stalagmites, hundreds of coral formations, and thousands of aquatic creatures that vary in color, size and specie.
Whether you are visiting the Great Blue Hole for diving, snorkeling or exploring, the fact remains, it continues to attract thousands of visitors to Belize every year!