Whether you’re looking for exotic marine life, colourful coral or decaying shipwreck treasure, these five best dive spots in the Western Caribbean won’t disappoint. The Western Caribbean region has a considerable wealth of world-class dive sites. Mexico, Belize and Honduras are some of the best places to dive, and provide experienced and beginner divers alike with a countless wonders to explore.
1. The Great Blue Hole
The Great Blue Hole is one of the best dive sites in the world, not only the Western Caribbean. Located just 70km from Belize City, near a small atoll called Lighthouse Reef, this vast sinkhole measures 300 metres across and descends into a blue abyss nearly 125 metres deep. This dive is not for the faint-hearted as it is one of the best places to swim with sharks. Diver’s regularly record hammerheads, blacktips, Caribbean reef and nurse sharks around the waters of the Great Blue Hole. Thankfully these species are not renowned for aggression and ignore divers, although experience and caution cannot be overstated. Huge groupers are a typical, and slightly unnerving, fish species to find, as well as the prettier likes of parrotfish, butterfly fish and angelfish. This is one for any serious diver’s bucket list. Don’t just take our word for it… the legendary Jacques Cousteau also considered it one of the best scuba diving sites on the planet.