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The Great Blue Hole is actually a giant sinkhole, an underwater version of the many cenotes scattered throughout the Belize and Yucatan mainland. It’s said to have been formed in stages some 150,000, 66,000, 60,000, and 15,000 years ago years when the oceans began to rise and limestone caves were flooded.
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The recent announcement of direct flights from Los Angeles to Belize has been hailed by Belizean resort owners as a boon for the local tourism industry. According to the Lodge at Chaa Creek’s marketing director Larry Waight, the new service, scheduled to begin December 2013, will encourage more west coast travellers to consider the Caribbean as a viable alternative to destinations like Mexico’s Pacific coast and Hawaii. The direct flights will also make it easier for members of Belize’s large diaspora, many of whom reside in California, to visit family and friends and spend holidays in their country of origin, he added. “It very good news for the entire Belize tourism industry, as it makes a Belize vacation more viable to a larger audience.
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The most easterly of Belize’s three atolls, Lighthouse Reef lies 50 miles southeast of Belize City. The 30-mile-long, 8-mile-wide lagoon is the location of the Blue Hole, a dive spot that was made famous by Jacques Cousteau and that is a favorite destination of dive boats from Belize City, Ambergris Caye, and Caye Caulker.
Kate Walsh, the famous Doctor Addison Montgomery on the hit series, Grey’s Anatomy, was in Belize over the past weekend. But she wasn’t here on vacation, she was here as an Oceana activist. Walsh, whose visit was to raise awareness on Belize’s Barrier Reef and the fragile ecosystem, met with local journalists for a one day visit to the Blue Hole.
Belize’s Blue Hole is featured as a Top Ten Amazing Holes Around The Earth according to ListVerse website, an educational website that serves over 10 million pages a month to more than 2 million readers and whose focus is to list things that intrigue and educate people from around the world. Every day the website presents a new unique list in any one of their fifteen categories from art & literature to science & nature.
What do you do if your family has different dreams and forms of relaxation for a summer vacation? Dad likes snorkeling and anything to do with the sea. Mom likes to be relaxing by the pool with a book and at the aromatherapy spa. The ten year old son likes the outdoors, anything to do with reptiles, animals, birds and plants. The teenage daughter likes horseback riding and cultures.
With the largest barrier reef in the western hemisphere and three of the four major atolls in the Caribbean, including the famous Blue Hole, Belize is a diver’s paradise. The waters are teeming with marine life in all sizes and shapes, including 70 types of hard corals and nearly 500 species of fish.
Like most divers, I’ve heard great things about scuba diving in Belize, but for various reasons first travelled further afield to places like Tonga, the Cook Islands and Australia. They were all superb, but what a surprise to discover that the absolute best diving to be found anywhere, and I do mean anywhere, is in the tiny little Central American country of Belize.
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Visitors to Belize consistently rate marine attractions as the primary reason for visiting. Belize is blessed with rich diversity in its marine habitats, resulting in UNESCO awarding World Heritage Status to the Belize Barrier Reef. The marine attractions are as varied as the natural formations that make up this 185-mile coastal wonder. Explore the barrier reef, atolls, and over 400 islands, white sand beaches, fringing and patch reefs, over 100 species of coral, hundreds of species of fish and an …
Like a giant pupil in a sea of turquoise, the Blue Hole has become the most famous dive site in all of Belize and continues to attract divers from all over the world, vivid of exploring the numerous wonders of this spectacular geographical phenomenon.
The Blue Hole is part of the larger Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System, a World Heritage Site of the UNESCO, it lies approximately 60 miles off the mainland out of Belize City.