Almost 60 miles outside the mainland of Belize City, the Great Blue Hole hosts approximately 2,00,000 tourists yearly. It is considered one of the most stunning sites for diving on Earth.
Located in the Lighthouse Reef and considered a diving paradise, the Belize Blue is also the only blue hole that may be seen from space. It is over 1,000 feet wide and 480 feet deep and is located in a cave that was formed above sea level.
Diving or snorkelling enthusiasts can enjoy the activities within the first 40 feet of water above the Belize Blue Hole. The activities below that point are only for experienced divers. Very few marine creatures are able to survive there as it does not create much circulation because of which very little oxygen tends to reach the deepest part of the hole.
The hole is home to over 500 rare plants and animals and is the habitat to hammerhead and black tip tigers. Jacques Cousteau, a French naval officer made his famous dive in he Great Blue Hole in the 1960s and since then the place has become a tourist hub.