Thursday, March 16, 2017

Read This Important Information About The Blue Hole Dive.

The Blue Hole is a large submarine sinkhole that is 412 feet deep and 1,000 feet wide. It is located forty-three (43) miles from the mainland. The crystal-clear water allows you to see stalactites, stalagmites in this ancient cavern and sharks among other aquatic life.
Recreational Scuba Diving tours to the “Blue Hole” require special skill sets because of its unique environment; therefore, divers are required to be screened for eligibility to perform the recreational scuba diving tour. Based on the information provided, it is left to the discretion of the Scuba Diving Tour Operator to proceed with the Recreational Scuba Diving Tour or additional training prior to the same.
The Blue Hole Trip goes out about 5 times a week and it shouldn’t be any trouble getting you scheduled on one.
The Blue Hole is in the Lighthouse Reef Atoll, two and a half hours by boat from Ambergris Caye and two and one half hours back.
The trip leaves at 5:30 am and returns about 5: 30 pm.  Regardless of lower advertised prices, after taxes, park fees and equipment rentals you'll spend over 300.usd for the trip.
The Blue Hole is an advanced 130foot/40 meters deep dive and done as the first of three dives on the Blue Hole trip. The second dive is Halfmoon Caye Wall and third dive The Aquarium. 
A warm up dive before doing the Blue Hole trip is highly recommended.
I get daily emails from divers who want to schedule this trip as the first dive of their vacation.  They’re excited about diving Belize and  the Blue Hole but don't think about being 130 feet down in a cavern wearing equipment they are unfamiliar with on the first dive of their vacation. Dive operators are screening divers wanting to sign up for the trip and you may be refused if you can't document experience and recent experience.
The new government regulations on diving the Blue Hole are designed to prevent divers visiting that are not prepared.
 What we require is that they do a day of diving on our Barrier Reef allowing them to refresh their skills and check out equipment before the advanced Blue Hole dive of 130 feet.
 Our morning trip on the Barrier Reef departs at 9:am and returns at 12:30ish. We require divers to be at the dive shop at 8:00 in order to prepare for that 9 am departure.
The local Barrier Reef in the front of Ambergris Caye is a world class diving site. You'll see turtles, sharks, eels and rays plus a colorful array of sponge and corals in 80 f. waters with high visibility.  The sites are 15 minutes from your dock because the Barrier Reef runs up and down if front of the island. These local dives will return you to your resort by lunch time. 

1 comment:

PADI Staff Instructor Elbert Greer said...

The pick ups for the Blue Hole Trip are 5:15-5:30 am...but there is coffee :-)