One of the best places in the Caribbean to scuba dive is the country of Belize. Nestled on the eastern Yucatan peninsula, it lies on the Great MesoAmerican Reef – second largest in the world. I prefer to stay on “liveaboard” ships when I go. I’m not the kind of person who enjoys “quiet walks on the beach” or local dishes for dinner. I want to dive. Liveaboards provide up to five daily dives with meals as you sail the seas. With this many daily dives, you need a dive computer to keep track of you cumulative depths, bottom times, surface intervals, etc. I avoid decompression dives at all costs. It’s a long way to a recompression chamber.
The town of Belize City gets hit by a hurricane more often than my wife changes her hair style. Avoid the fall months if possible. Candidly, its pretty run down.
On a recent dive, I experienced a rare phenomena. While slowly cruising the bottom at about 40 feet, I saw many huge barrel sponges. One dive, as I approached a 6-footer, it started to spew out what looked like tissue paper. It resembled a volcano with white “stuff” flowing out and over. What was going on was a “spawning” process where the animal reproduces by sending its seed into the water, hoping to be mated and then anchored to create more sponges. It is indeed a rare find. Enjoy!