The Blue Hole is a diving attraction in Belize, especially for divers with an appreciation of the geographical phenomenon, this is your chance to explore the famous Blue Hole.
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The Blue Hole is a diving attraction in Belize, especially for divers with an appreciation of the geographical phenomenon, this is your chance to explore the famous Blue Hole. Part of the Lighthouse Reef System approximately 62 miles (100 km) from Belize City, the almost perfect blue circle of the Blue Hole has a radius of more than 1000 feet (305mts).
This is the most amazing dive site found in all the world. Located in the center of the Lighthouse Reef Atoll the Blue Hole is a long water hole 480 feet (145 meters) deep, which gives it the blue color which makes these structures known worldwide as “blue holes '
Coral actually breaks the surface in many sections at low tide. Except for two narrow channels, the reef surrounds the hole. This hole itself is the opening to a system of caves and passages that penetrate its underwater mountain. In several places large calcified stalactites hang from what was once the roof of air-filled caves before the end of the Ice Age.
The hole is the opening to what was a dry cave formation during the Ice Age. When the ice melted and the sea level rose, the caves were flooded creating what is now a magnet for many divers. Today the Blue Hole is celebrated for its sponges, barracuda, corals, angels, and a school of sharks often seen watching the edge of the hole. A stalactite marks the entrance of the Blue Hole underwater cave system. This famous hole in Lighthouse Reef, became an icon of Belize after the renowned researcher Jacques Cousteau, explored it in 1970.
At the top of the thousand-foot-circular circular reef, snorkelers delight in seeing corals, energetic fish and sponges. The edge descends to 90 feet at 60 degrees, then falls vertically to 120 feet. Mammoth caves pierce the walls. The entrance to the cavern cannot be reached without descending more than 110 feet (34 meters) under an inclined stone wall - about 10 feet (3 meters) below the maximum recommended depth for non-professional divers. At this depth, a diver has only a few minutes before the air he breathes becomes dangerous due to its high levels of nitrogen that accumulated in the blood.