Located near the central region of the Lighthouse Reef, approximately over 40 miles off Belize’s mainland, lies a beautiful worldwide mystery known as The Great Blue Hole; basically, a huge sinkhole of water, which also happens to be the home to many interesting sea life and fish species.
Travel and Leisure reported that the ginormous circle is approximately 407 feet deep and 1,043 feet wide, and formed after some glacial events occurred during a time when sea levels weren’t quite the height they are currently.
While its existed for a while now, a spotlight was placed on the hole when the famous Jacques Cousteau profiled it and estimated how deep it really was. He also proclaimed The Great Blue Hole to be one of the best five worldwide scuba diving sites. In fact, annually, divers head to the reef to see the hole’s unspoiled waters and witness, first-hand, the wide variety of sea creatures and tropic fish that live in and around the area, which includes the Caribbean reef shark. The hole is also a popular attraction site for visitors of Belize, and makes for a perfect day trip.
If you are in the area and want to attempt a dive, it’s important to note that the Great Blue Hole is advised for those divers with a good deal of experience. In fact, it is not an easy dive and is not recommended for those who don’t have many dives under their belt. The hole is said to be rather dark and more of an excursion for those who have scuba dived quite a bit over time.
The Great Blue Hole falls under the Barrier Reef Reserve System in Belize, and has also been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, thanks to the historic and scientific significance of the area.