Snorkeling and Scuba Diving in Placencia and The Southern Barrier Reef
Launch Your Exploration of the Barrier Reef from Placencia
The Belize Barrier Reef is one of the greatest ocean wonders in the world. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is the second-largest barrier reef in the world.
If you’re visiting Belize, don’t miss your opportunity to explore the Reef. Teeming with live corals and vivid aquatic life, it is a spectacular destination for any scuba diver, snorkeler or sea kayaker.
Make Placencia Your Base for Reef Exploration
Placencia is a lively area that’s popular with visitors from around the world. You can find beaches, dining, and shopping in the heart of Belize’s vacation area. Placencia has over 16 miles of unspoiled beachfront and it is a great place to start your Belize adventure.
It’s also a great base for launching your explorations of the Belize Barrier Reef. The Placencia shoreline forms its own inner lagoon. Traveling through this lagoon to reach the Reef takes you through a seascape of small cayes, miniature atolls, and water-filled with rays, sea turtles and dolphins.
It’s All About Atolls
Placencia gives you an opportunity to explore the stunning atolls that dot the sea around the reef. Glover’s Reef Atoll which is located nearby is famous for its abundance of live coral and the diverse sea life that feeds there. Do not miss the Lighthouse Atoll, where you’ll find the Great Blue Hole of Belize, a vast underwater sea hole that no diver or snorkeler should miss.
The Cayes Are Key
Placencia is a short distance from some of the most beautiful cayes in Belize. These include the Silk Cayes, a collection of small islands inhabited by birds, fish, waterfowl and sea mammals. The Silk Cayes are part of Silk Cayes Marine Reserve, a 26,000-acre wildlife preserve.
Some of the best dive sites in Belize are in Laughing Caye, a stunning island located in the Laughing Caye National Park. Located close to Placencia, Laughing Caye makes the perfect day trip from your home base.
Have an Authentic Belize Adventure
If you want an authentic Belize adventure, you need to contact our local adventure experts at Adventures in Belize.
Adventures in Belize can arrange snorkeling and scuba tours as well as all inclusive Belize vacation packages.