Belize Diving Services

Belize Diving Services is located on quaint Caye Caulker, minutes from the Belize Barrier Reef. For 30 years, Belize Diving Services has offered instruction and adventure to divers of all levels.

When you dive Belize, you will be diving on a healthy reef that is teeming with life, a true underwater paradise. Belize Diving Services offers a safe and fun diving experience that builds skills, while minimally impacting the reef. Come dive Belize and see Hol Chan, Turneffe Atoll, Lighthouse Reef, and much more!

We are a TDI/SDI Five Star Dive Center, PADI Dive Resort, and an IANTD Premier Facility, offering 30+ courses. Our staff are certified SDI and PADI Instructors and approved Belize Tour Guides. We train 500+ divers annually, plus Belize Diving Services is the only Technical Training Center in Belize.

About Us

Belize Diving Services is the longest running dive service on Caye Caulker and one of the oldest in Belize. It was founded in 1978 by cave explorer Paul Heinerth and friends. Today, Belize Diving Services is owned by James “Chip” Petersen and his wife, Danielle.

The shop is housed seaside on a half-acre, palm-tree-lined property just two blocks off the island’s main street. It features:

  • 8 staff, including owners, instructors, and guides. Our exceptionally qualified staff certifies more divers than any other shop in Belize.
  • Private pier and easy water access
  • Air-conditioned, indoor classrooms, outdoor class areas on the pier and under the palm trees
  • Gear valet service
  • A brand new Newton 46, custom dive boat, with luxurious space for 20 divers
  • One 27-ft center console boat, 10 people max
  • Fully equipped Mac-based office
  • Insured

Meet the Staff

 

Dives

The Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System is 300 km (186 mi) long, part of the 900 km (560 mi) Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System that extends from Cancun to Guatemala. It’s the second largest coral reef system in the world after the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. This reef system includes seven marine reserves, 450 cays, and three atolls. Because of its natural beauty, natural habitats, and potential for conservation of biological diversity, the Reserve System has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

A key advantage to staying on Caye Caulker and diving with Belize Diving Services is simply this: We are the island closest to the best dive sites. That means less time on the boat and more time diving!

Our proximity allows a 3 to 4-hour barrier reef dive, a 6-hour jaunt to an atoll, or an all-day (9 hour) dive excursion. Our Barrier Reef Dives include dives at Hol Chan (Esmerelda Canyons, Tackle Box, Cypress Tunnels), Caye Caulker Marine Reserve (North Cut, Rock Beauty), Island Queen Canyons, Long Caye, Gallow’s Point and dozens more covering over 50 miles on the barrier reef!

Caye Caulker Marine Reserve

Caye Caulker Marine Reserve offers some of the most natural diving in the region … and it’s only 10 minutes from the shop! If you want to spend more time diving and less time on the boat, then come with us to Rock Beauty, Island Queen Canyons, and North Cut. On these dives you will see a beautiful, healthy reef with copious amounts of live corals and juvenile fishes. Plus, there have been some remarkable encounters with hammerhead and dolphin here.

Nearby, Caye Chapel Reef is home to the exciting technical dive, “Myner’s Gold.” At 160 feet, the wall becomes shear and then inverted. When you reach the bottom of your 330 feet/100 meters profile, you swim south a long a majestic face of the reef until the light begins to be blocked by the overhanging reef. As you ascend, you are treated to several deep-water sponges and corals and larger fish that accompany you towards the surface on your decompression stops.

Hol Chan Area

Hol Chan is an excellent diving area just 30 minutes from Caye Caulker and an absolute favorite for divers. Popular dive sites here include Esmerelda Canyons, Tackle Box, and Cypress Tunnels.

Hol Chan is famous for its friendly Nurse Sharks and large Grouper. The Reserve also has over 160 species of fish and 40 species of corals, sponges, algae, and sea turtles. The topography of the area has a sloping shelf dramatically cut with deep cracks and crevices winding to the reef’s outer edge where a great wall drops to depths beyond 130 feet/40 meters. The site is excellent for the novice to advanced diver.

Spanish Bay

A must for all visitors to Belize. This is wall diving at its finest—beautiful white sand channels resembling ski slopes gently guide you and your dive buddy to a spectacular, colorful coral wall with unlimited visibility. Giant sea fans and sea whips span the waters.

This is a great dive for any day but especially for those days we are prevented from diving elsewhere due to high seas. Looking up to the top of the wall, you spot schools of Horse-eyed Jack, Blue Tangs, and Sergeant Majors. There are also plenty of dolphins and manatees at this dive site.

Depths for this dive range from 60 feet/20 meters to 80 feet/27 meters depending on your dive plan and ability. This dive includes lunch.

Turneffe Atoll – North

Turneffe Atoll is one of three outlying atolls of Belize. Atolls are islands formed by billions of polyps that create the hard exoskeleton that we recognize as corals. As the sea level has risen and fallen in correspondence to past global climate change the polyps have created Turneffe as we see it today. The North Side of Turneffe offers numerous wall dives with exceptional visibility and coral formations.

The atoll itself remains undeveloped and protected by Belizean law. During the dives, divers experience calm seas and a steady boat as the atoll protects the sites from weather. Because of its isolation from development, the coral life here remains some of the healthiest in the Caribbean. Though we have had some complaints that, “there is just too much coral … it’s like diving through forest!”

The Elbow

This world-class dive is a three-tank trip that takes divers to the south, east, and west sides of Turneffe Atoll. Guest gather at the dive shop at 6 am for a breakfast of coffee, cinnamon bread, eggs, juices, and fruit. We then board the boat and begin the hour or so trip to the south end of Turneffe. The trip to the site is a comfortable ride inside of the barrier reef. With only 20 minutes of open seas, this trip is more civilized than going to the Blue Hole and Lighthouse Reef.

Our first dive of the day is “Black Beauty”. This Advanced Dive frequently has strong currents and is done as a drift dive. When the currents are kicking, you will find schools of hundreds of horse-eyed jacks and other pelagic fish such as marlin, sail fish, and tuna, rarely seen on scuba dives.

For the second dive, weather permitting, we head north along the east coast of Turneffe towards Calabash Caye. This rarely visited area of Belize offers an unspoiled look at a fine example of a Caribbean reef dive.

After the second dive, divers are treated to a wonderful lunch prepared by owner, Dani, who uses her skills as a trained chef to prepare safe, healthy fare that all can enjoy. As you eat lunch, we tour through the lagoons and mangroves of Turneffe Atoll for a first hand look at unspoiled nature and abundant bird life.

The third dive of the trip is shallow and on the western part of the island. Here divers will enjoy the calmer waters offered by the leeward side of the atoll and be able to maintain a shallower depth so as to stay within decompression limits. The Elbow is offered weekly and upon request.

Lighthouse Reef

Home of the famous Great Blue Hole, Lighthouse Reef is the most remote of Belize’s three outer atolls. Belize Diving Services strictly adheres to Recreational Scuba Training Council (RSTC) best practices regarding depth. That means, we run trips to the Blue Hole for experienced (25 or more dives with at least 5 dives at 100 ft) dive groups and technical divers. For less experienced divers, we offer dive tours to Lighthouse Reef (near the Blue Hole) at more moderate depths (60-80 ft) which many divers prefer as that allows more diving time.

With stops at Silver Caves, Half Moon Caye Wall, and Aquarium, we are able to show the best of the atoll to our customers at depths that are appropriate to their skill levels. This tour offers divers a way to see this world-class destination while adhering to personal and industry safety standards.

 

Courses

Belize Diving Services is the longest running dive shop on Caye Caulker, founded in 1978. We are known for the quality of our education.

Belize Diving Services is an SDI/TDI Five Star Dive Center, PADI Dive Resort, and IANTD Premier Facility. We offer more than 30 courses approved by these agencies.

As an SDI training shop, we encourage divers to prepare for being in the water by doing as much online learning as you feel comfortable with. SDI was the first certification agency to offer online training and continues to be at the forefront of online diver education. SDI also stands out by requiring open water students to use dive computers as opposed to the traditional dive watch and tables. Technical Diving International (TDI) offers courses to divers who wish to dive beyond the range of traditional recreational diving. Technical diving allows divers to use breathing gas other than air and redundant equipment to safely explore dive areas deeper than 130 feet or penetration in overhead environments.

Course Information

Course Rates

 

Prices

Morning Barrier Reef Dive*

  • 2 Dives
  • Departs at 9:00am
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • US$65.00

Afternoon Barrier Reef Dive*

  • 1 Dive
  • Departs 2:00pm
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • US$45.00

Night Dive

  • 1 Dive
  • Departs 5:00pm
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • US$50.00

Turneffe North

  • 2 Dives
  • Departs 9:30am
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • US$90.00

Spanish Bay

  • 2 Dives
  • Departs 9:30am
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • US$90.00

Lighthouse

  • 3 Dives
  • Departs 6:00am
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • US$125.00

Blue Hole

  • 3 Dives
  • Departs 6:00am
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • US$125.00

Turneffe Elbow

  • 3 Dives
  • Departs 6:30am
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • US$125.00

GEAR RENTAL FEES

BCD
Daily US$10.00
Weekly US$30.00

Regulator
Daily US$10.00
Weekly US$30.00

Mask, Fins and Snorkel
Daily US$10.00
Weekly US$30.00

Wetsuit
Daily US$5.00
Weekly US$15.00

SCUBA Package (above gear)
Daily US$25.00
Weekly US$75.00

Dive Light
Daily US$10.00
Weekly US$30.00

* Our Barrier Reef Dives include dives at Hol Chan (Esmerelda Canyons, Tackle Box, Cypress Tunnels), Caye Caulker Marine Reserve (North Cut, Rock Beauty), Island Queen Canyons, Long Caye, Gallow’s Point and dozens more covering over 50 miles on the barrier reef!

  • Because of our commitment to best diving practices, we are an all-computer dive shop. Dive computers are included in your tour and class prices.
  • Bring your own gear and/or rent what you need from us. A note: We only rent shortie wetsuits.
  • All prices are USD, do not include 12.5% Government Sales Tax, and do not include marine park fees, which range from $5 to $30US.

 
 

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