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The Placencia

4 star hotel
Placencia Rd, Placencia, Belize
42 rooms
FREE Internet

Sea Horse Dive Shop

dive center
Offsite (Free pickup) Show address

Placencia, Belize

Package highlights

  • Kayak from one postcard island to the next
  • Tuck into fresh lobster on the beach at one of 4 gourmet restuarants
  • Spelunk in the Great Blue Hole of Belize, the region's biggest cave network
  • Play cards and sip beers, half-submerged in water at the infinity pool's swim-up bar
  • Discover the world's second largest barrier reef - one of the best places to see whale sharks
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Booking process

1. BOOKING

Once we receive your booking, we double check availability with the dive operator and reserve your spot

2. CONFIRMATION

We usually get back to you within 24 hours to confirm that your booking is final

3. 48H FREE CANCELLATION PERIOD

You then have 48 hours to take care of other travel arrangements. Your credit card will only be charged after that period

Payment & cancellation

Payment terms

  • Now: 0%
  • 48 hours after booking confirmation: 25% (downpayment)
  • 75 days before trip start: 75% (balance)

Cancellation fee

Free cancellation for 48h after confirmation

  • 5% of the total booking amount will be charged if you cancel more than 52 days prior to arrival
  • 100% will be charged if you cancel less than 52 days prior to arrival

Explore diving around the The Placencia

Best dive sites in Placencia

Gladden Split is the most famous and perhaps most exciting dive site in Placencia. Most operators only allow snorkeling with the whale sharks found here from April to June. If these gentle giants are your goal, plan your journey from two days before the full moon to ten days after it. The outer section of the reef is home to many advanced, deep sites. Here you’ll find walls that drop to unimaginable depths and strong currents. On the inner reef, there are a few small cayes, perfect for getting certified. These include Robert’s Caye and Laughing Bird Caye National Park, which is well-known for its variety of ray species.

Snorkeling in Placencia

Placencia is a great place to travel with non-divers. Because the whale shark experience occurs mostly from the surface, it’s perfect for snorkelers. And as long as snorkelers stay on the inside of the reef, there is plenty to see with little to no current. Many dive operators in town will be happy to arrange snorkeling tours.

What to see

The main attraction in Placencia are the whale sharks. This happens to be one of the best places in the world for a wild encounter with these gentle giants. But even if you visit outside of whale shark season, there will be plenty to keep your eyes busy.

On the outer reef, you’ll easily spot turtles, rays, pelagic fish, eels and reef sharks among the huge soft and hard corals. On the boat ride out, you might encounter a pod of dolphins or even whales!

The inner reef is also visited by plenty of rays, including the majestic manta ray. This section of the reef is also a photographer’s paradise. The macro in the area ranges from nudibranchs to mantis shrimp and colorful crabs.

Dive Center

Highlights

  • Whale shark diving is a Sea Horse Dive Shop speciality - from March to June, after the full moon these giants can be spotted at the Gladden Split
  • Dive and snorkel the Great Belize Blue Hole - the only sinkhole that can be seen plainly from outer space!
  • Enjoy everything from drop-offs, swim-throughs, spectacular reefs and colorful marine life
  • In between dives, discover the land-based wonders of the Belizean rain forest and sacred Mayan temples

Description

Sea Horse Dive Shop is a fully equipped PADI Dive Shop located in the heart to Placencia, Belize.

Established in 1996, Sea Horse Dive Shop are most established and experienced tour company in Placencia - home to the largest Barrier Reef in the Western Hemisphere and the second largest on the planet! 

Let the experienced dive guides take you to all the best  diving and snorkel spot in the region. The Belize barrier reef offers a wide range of diving and snorkeling, from shallow reef to the Great Blue Hole, with many of the sites suitable for novice and experts alike.

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DIVING SERVICES

Diving Facilities

  • Shop
  • Training Pool
  • Wi-Fi (Free)
  • Fish Id And Diving Books

PADI® Courses Available

  • Refresher Dive
  • Reactivate Program
  • Open Water (Referral)
  • Intro Dives/Discover Scuba Diving
  • Scuba Refresher
  • Open Water Diver
  • Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Rescue Diver
  • Nitrox Certification
  • Deep Diver Certification
  • Drift Diving
  • Boat Diver
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy

Dive boat facilities

  • Ladder
  • Custom Built
  • Drinking Water
  • Shaded Space
  • Seating Area
  • Dry Area
  • Surface Interval Snacks
  • Toilet

Diving gear

  • Tanks With Int (Yoke) Valves
  • 15L Tanks Available
  • Nitrox ($)
  • Rental Equipment (Free)

Languages spoken

  • English

PADI membership level

  • Padi Dive Resort

For your safety

  • Emergency Oxygen Kit
  • Automatic External Defibrillator (Aed)
  • First Aid Kits
  • Vhf Radio

Resort Amenities

Activities

  • Cooking Classes
  • Island Hopping
  • Sunset Cruises
  • Cultural Excursions
  • Dvd Library
  • Live Music
  • Karaoke
  • Hiking

Great for families

  • Board Games
  • Kids Pool

Food & drink

  • Self-Catering
  • A La Carte
  • Snacks All Day
  • Alcohol
  • Vegetarian Food
  • Gluten Free Food
  • Vegan

Facilities

  • Cash Machine/Atm
  • Restaurant
  • Beach Front
  • Swimming Pool(S)
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Garden
  • Lounge/Tv Area
  • Facilities For Disabled Guests
  • Heating

Payments

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Amex
  • Discover
  • Personal Checks
  • Cash (Usd)
  • Cash (Local Currency)

Sports & Watersports

  • Snorkeling
  • Stand-Up Paddling
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Fishing
  • Tennis
  • Horseback Riding
  • Cycling

Amenities & services

  • Wi-Fi (Free)
  • Air-Conditioning

Wellness & Relaxation

  • Hot Tub/Whirlpool/Jacuzzi
  • Massage Services
  • Beauty Treatments
  • Yoga

Resort Description

The Placencia is a 4* resort between a tranquil lagoon and the Caribbean Sea.

Poking out from the mainland, Placencia is a charming, low-key fishing village, bordered on one side by a mangrove-lined lagoon and on the other by the Caribbean Sea. Spend your days exploring the second largest barrier reef in the world - the Meso American Barrier Reef - or kick back with an ice cold beer on the private beach or in your comfortable air-conditioned room. 

The hotel has 4 restaurants, one of which is on the beach itself. Another is by the infinty pool which has a thatched roof swim-up bar. All rooms come with WiFi, flat-screen TVs, minibars and coffeemakers, and can be upgraded with separate living areas, sea view balconies and whirlpool tubs. Pick ups to the nearby 5* PADI dive center are free, where you'll experience mild drift dives along multicolored walls just minutes from the shore. 

How to get there

Arrival

  • The best airport to fly into is Belize City International Airport.
  • Once landed, hop on a commuter flight from Belize City to Placencia.
  • A resort representative will meet you at Placencia Airport and will take you the final leg of the journey to the resort (advance notice required, additional cost).
  • You will travel by air-conditioned van and the journey will last around 15 minutes. 
  • Check in time is 3pm. 

Departure

  • Check out time is 12pm noon. 
  • Having checked out, the resort will arrange for a van to take you back to Placencia Airport (advance notice required, additional cost). 

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