Creating a pupil like circle the Blue Hole of Belize has astonished and amazed researchers for decades. Its beauty has equally impressed tourists and visitors as they visit this breathtaking phenomenon. Once you arrive at the hole you feel like you have reached the shores of another planet. Out of the darkness the shallow rim of the hole lures you in tempting you to test its depths below.

The Great Blue Hole is located about 60 miles off the cost of the country of Belize. By boat it takes approximately 2.5 hours to arrive. It is believed that this hole was created by a cave system thousands of years ago that collapsed when sea levels began to rise after the ice age. As a tourist visiting this location you will be stunned at how beautiful and terrifying it is. Not for novice divers, the blue hole drops to 410 feet below the surface, a depth nearly impossible for most divers to reach. Most dives that take place here only go to around 130 feet because of the dangers presented from the waters.

 

What you can expect to see

Corals of the Great Blue Hole in Belize

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Wildlife in the Blue Hole is limited because of the toxic gases found towards the bottom and the high level of both arsenic and mercury. However, it is not uncommon to see schools of small groupers, angelfish, and butterfly fish on the rim of the hole and possibly a hammerhead or blacktip shark in the hole. If you are looking for exotic wildlife it is best to dive above the hole around its rim.

Within the hole itself you will dive to depth of around 130 feet where you will see the edges of an ancient cave system including stalactites you can swim under and around. You will no doubt feel humbled in the presence of the prehistoric and intimidating cave opening that lies in front of you.

 

The Blue Hole’s Size

The Great Blue Hole in Belize

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From rim to rim the Blue Hole is 984 feet across and is found in the middle of Lighthouse Reef. Although seemingly small in comparison to the rest of the ocean this one spot is humbling and intimidating all at once, and will cause you to reevaluate your outlook as a human being on this ever changing planet.