Mesoamerican Reef (Belize Barrier Reef), Belize

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The Belize Barrier Reef is a series of coral reefs straddling the coast of Belize, roughly 300m offshore in the north and 40km in the south within the country limits. The Belize Barrier Reef is a 300km long section of the 900km Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, which is continuous from Cancún on the north-eastern tip of the Yucatán Peninsula through the Riviera Maya and up to Honduras, making it the second largest coral reef system in the world after the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. It is Belize's top tourist destination, popular for scuba diving and snorkeling and attracting almost half of its 260,000 visitors. It is also vital to the country's fishing industry.Charles Darwin described it as "the most remarkable reef in the West Indies" in 1842.In addition to its barrier reef, it also boasts three distinct Caribbean atolls: Turneffe Atoll, Glover's Reef and Lighthouse Reef. Lighthouse Reef is the most easterly diving area in Belize, it is home to the Great Blue Hole, made famous by Jacques Cousteau in 1970; Turneffe Atoll lies directly to the east of Belize City and is the nearest of the atolls to the capital. These different reefs provide diverse scuba diving opportunities that include walls, pinnacles and reef flats that are located throughout an enormous area of sea.
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  • September 18, 2016
    Scared the crap out of discarded Tin on a visa at the border ..... ㅜ ㅜ went harder to Belize ... Obesity while swimming and five Navi blue hole is for those of you who have not seen should be necessarily ㅜ
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  • April 4, 2015
    Having visited Belize City from a cruise (don't bother!) my wife returned to the ship whilst me and my twin sons (10 yrs old) paid for a small open boat trip to the little island near the reef by a lo...  more »
  • January 21, 2015
    The barrier reef is near the islands of Caye Caulker and Ambergris, from where excursions. We took the 4-hour trip from the island of Ambergris with immersion at two points: first, the inspection of corals, fishes and turtles and then swimming with sharks at Shark valley. Swimming with sharks-this is of course a nail! Memories for a lifetime!
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