Northern Cayes

belize-Northern-cayes-Barrier-reefThe two major hubs for diving the Northern Cayes are Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker, where the barrier reef lies moments from the shoreline. Highlights include

Mexico Rocks, a unique patch reef  inside the barrier reef, ideal for novice divers and those who like to do underwater photography.

Boca del Rio, is named after the statue of Christ that can be found there at around 60 feet, Tackle Box Canyons for swim-throughs and tunnels (keep a look out for sleeping nurse sharks, moray eels and lobsters who like to make this terrain their home).

Esmarelda has spur and groove formations that are shallower than most and the fish life is prolific, with blue tangs, squirrel fish and schoolmasters among many.

Hol Chan Cut is the most popular site in the Northern Cayes for snorkelers and novice divers and the sheer variety of fish that congregate here is mind blowing. Expect to see bluestripped grunts, schoolmasters,  jacks, southern stingrays, eagle rays, green moray eels, nurse sharks and even tarpon. Large groupers and turtles often hang out in this protected area and seem to like having their picture taken.