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2301 Central Expy #140

Plano, TX 75075

(972) 423-3483​

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Saturday: 10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

Scuba Dive Belize

Most divers dream of scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef. For many, it is too far and unattainable. Did you know that the 2nd biggest reef system, to the Great Barrier Reef, is only a 3-hour flight from Dallas? It’s time to add Belize scuba diving to your bucket list.

Belize is a beautiful Central American country on the east coast. The country has rich geographical diversity where you can find swamps, hills, jungles, and more! Located off the Caribbean Sea and south of the Yucatán Peninsula, Belize has incredible snorkeling and scuba diving opportunities you don’t want to miss out on.

Its vast coastline stretches 174 miles! Belize is bordered by Mexico, Guatemala, and shares maritime borders with Honduras. Stretching almost 23,000 square miles, Belize is just slightly smaller than the size of Massachusetts. 

This little corner of Central America has rich history, breathtaking views, and crystal clear waters waiting to be explored on your next scuba diving adventure!

The Best Belize Scuba Diving

Belize is home to some of the best scuba diving in the world! The Belize Barrier Reef stretches longer than the country at 190 miles long! It was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.

There are three stunning atolls (ring-shaped coral reefs or islands) in Belize that are a must-see for all divers!

Lighthouse Reef

Lighthouse Reef is the easternmost atoll, stretching 30 miles long and 8 miles wide. It is the only atoll with an airstrip. 

It’s also home to the Great Blue Hole, one of the largest sinkholes ever discovered measuring 1,043 ft wide and 407 ft deep. It lies near the center of the atoll, forming an almost perfect circle. Scuba diving the Belize Blue Hole isn’t known for diverse marine life. Instead, you will enjoy massive stalactite formations. Once you’re off the boat, you’ll head straight down to 130 ft deep, only cruising there for a few moments until you begin your slow and steady surface. Due to the depth of this dive, you must be at least an advanced adventure scuba diver.

Lighthouse Reef is also home to Half Moon Caye Natural Monument, Belize’s first national park. This park is also a great destination for bird-watchers, housing 99 species. 

Turneffe Reef

Turneffe Reef is the closest atoll to the mainland, only 24 miles from Belize City. It is the largest atoll in Belize with numerous islands, resorts, and lighthouses. Because of the large volume of mangrove trees and its overall green ecosystem, you can find a diverse variety of wildlife such as crocodiles, snakes, and even manatees, just to name a few! There are over 70 known dive sites at the atoll, making it a perfect spot for divers of all levels.

Glovers Reef

Glovers Reef is the southernmost and least visited reef, given it takes a two-hour boat ride to get there. This is a great spot for divers looking for a “hidden gem”! It is the least inhabited of the three Belize atolls. The atoll is a protected nature preserve, making commercial fishing illegal. This allows wildlife to flourish and makes for a great diving experience. There are no permanent residents of Glover’s Reef, but there is a Wildlife Conservation Society research station run by marine scientists.

Belize Scuba Diving Conditions

Belize scuba diving is great for all levels of divers with dive sites catering for Open water divers, advanced divers through to tech divers. The water is clear with visibility reaching up to 120ft. The best visibility being during the dry season December – May.

Water temperature ranges from 75 degrees – 84 degrees, making it a comfortable temperature all year round for diving. Many would be brave enough to just grab a swimsuit and go!

What You Can See Above and Underwater

Marine Life

Belize scuba diving gives you the opportunity to see an array of marine life. Here are some of the incredible marine life that you could be lucky to see on your next Belize scuba diving trip.

Whale Sharks Whale sharks are commonly found during the short window from April – June, around the time of the full moon. Whale sharks can grow up to 40ft long and weigh as much as 47,000 lbs. Despite their size, they are gentle giants and can be quite playful.

Reef SharksBoth white and blacktip reef sharks can be found in the Belize Barrier Reef, they are generally found in shallower parts of the reef up to 100ft.

Hammerhead Sharks – Hammerhead sharks are amazing animals to see no matter where you are. Belize scuba diving provides you an excellent opportunity to see them as they travel along the continental shelf to the south of Belize during the months June – September.

Manatee Can you belize you can find manatees on the Belize Barrier Reef? Belize has become a sanctuary for Manatees and provides an excellent chance of seeing the majestic creatures. Your best chance of seeing one is June – September.

Hawksbill Turtle The Hawksbill turtle has ancestors dating back 100 million years. For many years, they were hunted for tortoise shells. At Glovers Reef Atoll in 2007, a long-term sea turtle monitoring project was set up to monitor and generate information on how to best preserve this ancient creature. They’re common to see from March to October.

White-spotted toadfishThe white-spotted toadfish is a species that is only found in the waters of Belize. You might be lucky enough to spot one in caves and hollows or around coral and rocky reefs.

Surface Interval Attractions

When you’re gassing off between some of the best Belize scuba diving, there are a variety of attractions and activities that you can enjoy to get an appreciation for the rich history and culture in Belize.

Belize was first inhabited by the Mayans around 1500 B.C.E. It wasn’t until 1638 that the first European settlement was established – over 1000 years later! Belize became a “Colony of British Honduras” in 1840 and was officially named “Belize” in 1973.

Belize is the only English-speaking country in all of Central America. However, many citizens speak Kriol. There are more than eight cultures throughout the country, each one diverse and unique. 

San Pedro is a great spot to stay and explore. The once sleepy fishing town was granted the status of a town in 1984. Whilst there, visit the Ambergris Museum which houses ancient Mayan civilization artifacts. 

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Customer Reviews

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Customer Reviews

John Worthen July - 2020

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I can’t recommend this place enough. After moving to the area, I read a lot of reviews and emailed several dive shops before going with Scuba Adventures. I choose them because they were the most responsive and helpful. The owners seem to not only be great divers but have business backgrounds. This is the most focus on customer service I have seen in a dive shop. Good inventory with all of the brands I could ask for. On point with their pricing. If you do find a better price they will work with you.

I ended up taking the Rescue Diver course and had a blast! I just got back from a dive trip with them at Lake Travis, very enjoyable. They also have one of the only indoor pools (18 ft.) in the area.

At Scuba ranch they have a big spot that is one of the easiest to get to and a nice pavilion for training. They are right next to the air refill station, which I love! Family and friends are welcome at the ranch. Good community there on weekends and you'll most likely find a dive buddy for a fun dive.

Maddie Womack August - 2020

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Scuba Adventures and their staff are beyond amazing! Their Plano store has a very wide selection of equipment and the pool is 18ft deep! Their Scuba Ranch location is amazing and still growing, with plenty of room and seating. I’m a fairly new diver and all the instructors do an amazing job of making me feel safe and secure deep underwater. Their staff is always very helpful and I can’t wait to continue my diving knowledge and certificates with them.

Jason Domenden March - 2020

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Found a great diving shop for all my gear. Been living here in texas for awhile and this shop has just what I needed. Really recommend scuba adventure for all your gear.

Emily Winnenberg March - 2020

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Went in last week to pick out goggles for an upcoming trip— loved the selection of masks they had available! Ended up picking out a hot pink pair to shamelessly match the other accessories I’d picked out.

Matt K March - 2020

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The new owners are the greatest! Their positive approach towards people and the sport of diving are huge part of the reason I love the sport. When they told me they were going to open a dive shop; I knew without a doubt I was going to be their customer. I have taken several dive adventures with them and other scuba diving misfits, and plan on taking many more.

Martin Garvie February - 2020

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Decided to revisit this shop since it is under new management. Already impressed with the facility improvements - by far the best training pool I have seen. Looking forward to the roll out of the full training curriculum - will be able to go from open water certified through all kinds of technical specialties. Good dive gear selection. Owners really have a great vision for promoting scuba diving and ocean adventures.

Don Champlin July - 2020

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This is the shop with the most experienced and competent personnel in the metroplex. Their commitment to safe, enjoyable and professional instruction is obvious from the first time you enter the store and meet the staff and owners. I have dove with most of them over the years and know first hand the love of diving they have and now share with the community as the new team. They are knowledgeable and up to date with the latest dive info. Don't miss a chance to dive with them.

Julie L February - 2020

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In January 2020, Scuba Adventures was purchased by divers that were affiliated with a different scuba store. These same divers taught me to dive, and got me to fall in love with scuba diving (despite me being pretty scared to start). I trust them, enough that I opted to take a trip with them to Cozumel for diving in 2019. It was one of the best trips of my life, and now I'm already signed up for their Costa Rica dive trip in 2020 with Scuba Adventures. I haven't visited the shop yet, but I can 100% vouch for the new owners--they are knowledgeable divers, good people, and all around amazing.

Jeremiah Perez May - 2020

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Owners and staff are professional, knowledgeable, and friendly. Allowed me to try backplate and wing set up in the pool. They did not pressure me to buy anything, but gave great information on products and financing options. All in all great staff and would recommend them to anyone!!!

Eric Coulombe August - 2020

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Great customer service, from the owners to the employees. Very knowledgeable about everything and anything pertaining to scuba diving. The instructors are highly educated and experienced in scuba diving. They put you through real life scenarios, so you know and understand what to do in the event something happens while you are under water. My family and I learned a lot about scuba diving in a very short amount of time. We will definitely keep taking additional courses with Scuba Adventures as we progress. We definitely reccomend Scuba Adventures to anyone wanting to learn and get scuba diving certified.
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