One of my favourite places to dive is on Cozumel island, which is part of the Belize Barrier reef. So, when planning this past winter's 2-month dive trip to Belize and Honduras, I was expecting the diving to be as good as in Cozumel. Not so. Diving the Belizean reef off the islands of Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker, Roatan, and Honduras, does not begin to compare to the diving in Cozumel. Generally the fish are small and the coral, while ever-present, is colourless, basically brown except for the mauve coloured fan coral. However, while in Caye Caulker, I dove both the Turneffe (2-tank) and Lighthouse (3-tank) atolls. The diving at both of these atolls is quite excellent (though I still prefer Cozumel). Apparently the Lighthouse atoll is preferred by most, but I enjoyed the diving at both equally. Be prepared for a long boat ride: 1-1/2 hrs to Turneffe and 2-1/2 hrs to Lighthouse from Caye Caulker (longer from Ambergris Caye). With such a long boat ride, it is important to choose a reputable dive operator with a good boat. I used Belize Diving Services in Caye Caulker and was pleased with their level of professionalism, their attention to safety, and the quality of their boat. Even with the excellent boat that BDS uses, I was glad that I brought along a pair of ear plugs.
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