Glover’s Reef Atoll Dive and Snorkel With Seahorse Dive Shop
Glover’s Reef Atoll is an absolute must-do when diving in the Placencia area. It is Belize’s Southernmost atoll offering spectacular diving and snorkeling. Glover’s Reef is also Belize’s best-formed coral atoll structure offering a wide abundance of coral and marine life, unmatched by any dive location in Belize.
Glover’s Reef Atoll
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 completely formed coral atoll offering a wide abundance of coral and marine life, unmatched by any dive location in Belize.
Because it is located farthest from the busier diving hub of Ambergris Caye and Belize City, you will soon discover that it is also the least visited of all the atolls which make for real pristine diving.
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Glover’s Reef Atoll Dive Sites
Home to about 700 patch reefs in the lagoon and surrounded by 50 miles of sheer drop-offs, which start from 25 feet and drop straight down to about 2,700 feet, you will find that most of the reefs are virtually uncharted, untouched, and visibility is usually over 100 feet.
It might take you a bit longer to get there but the diving is defiantly worth the long ride. Once there, you will soon realize that there are a countless amount of dive sites to choose from. But, some of the most popular ones we visit are:
Long Caye Wall
Located just about 200 meters from Long Caye, this wall is simply spectacular. You will find every kind of Caribbean coral and colorful sponges on this dive. Mantas are often seen along the wall as well.
The name of this dive site says it all, diving here can sometimes feel like you’re actually in an aquarium. It offers crystal clear waters and huge colorful schools of creole wrasse and yellowtail snappers hanging out at cleaning stations. You might also run into the occasional dolphins and turtles, as well as huge numbers of horse-eye jack and black durgons as you venture off the wall. Most of the activity here is often found early in the morning or late in the day, there we normally make this site our first dive or last before we embark on our journey home.
Named from the nearby Manta Resort, it is known for its swim troughs created by the massive star, boulder star, and mound corals. Here you will find nurse sharks lurking, and huge groupers, almost as big as yourself.
One of the more unique dives you can find at Glover’s Reef Atoll, it features about three dozen or so giant coral pinnacles that rise up from about 100 feet to about 10 feet. The fish life and overall site are comparable to any Glover’s Reef Dive.
Although fishing of any kind is not allowed while scuba diving, we are permitted to spear Lionfish. This species' aggressive tendencies and a large appetite for juvenile fish make them hazardous to our reefs. Because they are not native to our waters and have very few predators, we spear them to keep their population in check. We provide tridents for divers who like to help us with the Lionfish.
- Scuba Divers must be an Open Water Certified from a reputable SCUBA association, in good health, and have dived within the last 12 months. If you have not been diving within 12 months, we recommended that you do a Refresher Course.
- Basic swimming skills are required for snorkeling.
Diving: Easy to Moderate
Snorkeling: Easy to Moderate
What Should I Bring?
- Reef Safe Sunscreen
- Dive and Snorkel Gear (if you have any)
- Underwater Camara
- Insect repellant
What Equipment Will I need?
All the equipment you need for this dive and snorkel tour is provided and includes mask, snorkel, fins and full dive equipment (except dive computers). However, we do strongly recommend getting personalized items such as mask, fin, and snorkel for fit and comfort.
- 2 guided dives or 2 snorkel session
- All Diving and Snorkeling Equipment
- Belizean-Style Lunch
- Bottled Water
- Beach towels
- Marine Reserve Conservation fees
- Hotel Transfer (some restrictions may apply)
- 12.5% Sales Tax
3 Dives - $220 USD
Snorkeling: $150 USD
(minimum 6 Divers)
7:00 am – 4:00 pm
Includes 2 Dives or Snorkel Sessions, Pick-up/drop-off from hotel (restrictions may apply), all diving equipment, Lunch, Conservation Fees,12.5% Sales taxes, and led PADI Divemaster or Snorkel Guide.