Today, the Blue Hole, also sometimes known as the Belize Blue Hole, is a protected natural monument. Lying approximately 55 miles offshore of northern Belize, the Blue Hole is an almost perfectly circular body of dark blue water in the middle of Lighthouse Reef. The Blue Hole measures some 1,000 feet across and 450 feet deep and is easily visible from outer space.
In an earlier geological age, there was a large series of caves on dry land where the Blue Hole now exists. As the climate changed and global sea waters rose, the caves were submerged. Today, divers can explore a fascinating labyrinth of stone columns, enormous stalactites, and twisting passages that have remained intact for thousands of years.
As the waters rose, a ring of coral began to form, which became the Lighthouse Reef Atoll. The shallow waters around the atoll are also popular with divers, but it is the unique attractions of the Blue Hole that has made this site world famous. Unlike other dive sites in Belize which are primarily shallow water "color" dives teeming with fish and other marine life, the depths of the Blue Hole are murky and only the occasional hammerhead shark can be seen. The appeal for seasoned divers is the unearthly gothic atmosphere and the ability to explore such a large underground labyrinth of cave passages.
Due to the depths of the Blue Hole of Belize and the challenging underwater environment, only experienced divers are allowed to dive in this area. There are three permanent buoys located within the Blue Hole to use for mooring purposes, and all visitors are required to notify Half Moon Caye park rangers before entering the area.
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