Diving & Snorkeling

Dive and Snorkel the Southern Reefs of Belize

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It doesn’t seem fear does it?

That a small country along the Caribbean coast of Central America is home the largest Barrier Reef in the western hemisphere, not to mention three of the four hemisphere’s true atolls, Faro reefs, Whale Sharks, The Great Blue Hole and more corals and marine life than you can name.

Placencia and the Southern Barrier Reef

Placencia is the perfect place to experience the best of Belize scuba diving and Snorkeling.

This is because, down here the mainland pulls away from the Barrier Reef creating an Inner-lagoon or Inner-reef sprinkled with hundreds of Cayes (small islands), coral reefs, and miniature atolls.

And,  Although its several miles away, the Outer-Reef or Barrier Reef is still easily accessible from Placencia, offering some of the best wall and canyon dives in the country.

Many of Belize’s Atoll are accessible from here as well, Glover’s Reef Atoll which is known for its pristine coral’s and abundance of marine like life, and Light house Reef Atoll which is Famously known for the Great Blue Hole.

Also, just about 30 miles from Placencia is the Gladden Split Marine Reserve, which is a spawning ground for many different species of fish and a hotspot for Whale Shark Encounters.

Scuba Diving

When Diving in Placencia, you will notice that down here, dive sites are less crowed and the chances of seeing another dive boat at the same site are pretty slim. Because of this, the dive sites are less impacted from divers and boats making the dives more pristine.

Most dives from Placencia are boat dives and guided by a certified PADI Dive Master. Many of the dive trips are full day, leaving in the morning and returning in the afternoon, and may include 2 to 3 dives. In between dives, we normally go to a nearby Caye to do our surface intervals, have lunch, and relax on the beach.


There is no good snorkeling directly off the shores of Placencia,  boats ferry snorkelers out onto the cayes that spring up from the Inner- Lagoon.

Just a few feet from the cayes are an abundance of coral and marine life which makes for excellent snorkel grounds. Snorkelers snorkel off shore with a snorkel guide, which means that you will not be stuck on the boat the entire trip .

Laughing Bird Caye is a favorite snorkel spot in the Inner-Reef,  However snorkeling at the outer cayes of the Queen Cayes (Silk Cayes), Pompion Caye, and Ranguana Caye are just as good or even better.

Snorkeling is normally combine with the diving for couples or groups that want to be together, and is available on most of the dive trips we offer.

Below are some of the dives and sites offer here at Seahorse Dive Shop. Feel free to contact us if you would like to visit any of the sites below or if you have any questions.

Belize Barrier Reef Dives

Local Barrier Reef

Dive and Snorkel The Southern Barrier Reefs of Belize These dives may include wall dive (drop offs), Canyon dives (swim thru) and Faro dive. We do these dive on the Barrier Reef or the Inner Lagoon (Inner Reef) each with their own characteristics. Dive sites and destination are normally determined by group interest and weather conditions …

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Belize Whale shark Diving and Snorkeling

Whale Sharks

Diving and Snorkeling with Whale Sharks in Belize! In the months of March, April, May, and June, around the full moon,  whale sharks are observed at the Gladden Split Area by divers and snorkelers. This species, despite its enormous size, does not pose any significant danger to humans. It is a frequently cited example when …

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Dive The Belize Blue Hole

Blue Hole

Belize Blue Hole, Now Available from Placencia! The Great Blue Hole is a large underwater sinkhole off of the coast of Belize. It lies near the center of Lighthouse Reef atoll about 65 miles from Placencia. It was formed as a limestone cave system during the last ice age when sea levels were much lower. …

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Arial Shot of Glover's Reef Atoll

Glover’s Reef

Glover’s Reef Atoll is an absolute must do when Diving in the Placencia Area. Named from the English pirate John Glover, how used the atoll as a base to plunder Spanish ships in the 1600’s. It is Belize’s smallest and  southernmost atoll, only 20 miles long and 7.5 miles wide. It is also Belize’s most …

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Shark Hole

Dive this Cavern in the Inner-Reef about 38 miles from Placencia. Known for the sharks that sometimes inhabit the cavern and turtles which circles its entrance the shark hole dive is one you will soon not forget. The sink hole is hidden within a turtle grass bed with boulders of corals surrounding the hole. As …

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Diving South Water Caye

South Water Caye

Discover the Pristine Reefs of South Water Caye Marine Reserve  Located just a little further North of our Local Barrier Reef Dives, South Water Caye is known for good off-the-beaten-reef diving. South Water Caye Marine Reserve (SWCMR) is the largest Marine Reserve in Belize covering an area of 117,878 acres. Divers and Snorkeler will find more pristine …

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