In addition to numerable Caribbean fish species, reef sharks and turtles, Belize’s barrier reef is home to the endemic whitespotted toadfish.
The most famous of Belize’s dive sites, this strange geological structure welcomes divers inside its circular depths, reaching 400 feet (124m) deep.
With brilliant soft corals, deep canyons, steep walls and lazy drift dives, Caye Caulker Marine Reserve is a wonderland for divers of all abilities.
The wet season falls from August to October. These months tend to be the warmest with average temperatures around 82 or 84°F (28 or 29°C). The wet season also offers the best surface conditions, ensuring that all sites are accessible. Rainfall, while prevalent during these months, will only impact a few hours of the day. This means that most of the day will be sunny rather than rainy. More importantly, visibility may decrease due to runoff from nearby rivers.
October and November is grouper mating season. Thousands of these fish descend on the cayes to mate and give birth to their young.
August to October is considered low season for tourism and diving in Belize. However, the diving is only slightly impacted by the rain and many would argue that this is the best time to dive in Belize. You’ll find fewer crowds and the best deals during these months.
The drier of the two seasons is from November to July. These months bring slightly cooler temperatures above and below the water. However, temperatures will only drop by a couple of degrees and most divers are still comfortable in a shorty. Surface conditions can become choppy at this time, creating limited access to the more exposed sites. With that said, from November to July, you can expect little to no rain and excellent visibility.
April to June is considered the best time to dive in Belize.
These months also coincide with peak season, so you can expect more fellow visitors than during wet season.
Declared a marine reserve in 1998, Caye Caulker is home to a wide variety of life under the sea. You can see manta and eagle rays and the lucky few might encounter a whale shark too. During the summer months, a few species of sea turtle arrive to lay their eggs on Caye Caulker’s sandy beaches. Expect grouper, jacks and barracuda to be intimidating the large variety of colourful reef inhabitants. Lobster are everywhere. You’ll also find crabs and a selection of shrimp too. Snapper schools and bat fish poke their faces in. While hammerhead sharks, lemon sharks and oceanic whitetip sharks are seen, but are quite rare.
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