Scuba Dive Turneffe Atoll in Belize

Scuba Dive Turneffe Atoll in Belize

One of just three coral atolls located off the coast of Belize, Turneffe Atoll is one of the most beautiful natural locations in the country and a diverse marine habitat home to more than 500 species of fish, 65 species of corals, and hundreds of species of sea birds, mammals, and invertebrates.

The atoll is a protected marine area consisting of more than 150 mangrove islands as well as larger cayes (islands) that have a forest or savanna landscape. The shallow waters and huge areas of seagrasses make the atoll a popular spawning aggregation site for fish and amphibious species.

Why You Have to Scuba Dive the Turneffe Atoll

Turneffe Atoll is the name for an area measuring more than 300 square miles that encompasses dozens of tiny islands known as the Turneffe Islands. The unique marine environment play a critical role in the health of the reef, used by lobster, conch, crocodiles, fish, and turtle species as a nesting and breeding site.

The crystal clear waters and stunning diversity of marine flora and fauna make the Turneffe Atoll one of the best places on the planet to enjoy scuba diving and snorkeling. The infamous pirate Blackbeard once used the Turneffe Atoll as a base of operations as he harassed ships traveling between Mexico and the Bay of Honduras.

Where in Belize Is It Located?

The Turneffe Atoll is located approximately 20 miles offshore of Belize City, directly southeast of Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker. The Turneffe Atoll is part of the larger Belize Barrier Reef, the second-largest barrier reef in the world and the largest in the Western Hemisphere.

When Is the Best Time to Visit 

Thanks to consistently balmy weather and warm sea temperatures, the Turneffe Atoll can be enjoyed all year round.

Best Way to Get to Turneffe Atoll

As the Turneffe Atoll is a protected area and has no commercial air strips, therefore getting to the atoll requires boat transportation. A number of tour and charter operators offer service to the atoll.

Best Way to Experience Turneffe Atoll

Bring your camera, sunscreen, and swim suit to enjoy the incredibly gorgeous scenery of the area. Whether you’re a first-time snorkeler or experienced diver, there is plenty of amazing wildlife on display throughout the entirety of the Turneffe Atoll.

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