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Grab your wetsuit, spit into your mask, and come along with me as I explore the otherworldly Belize Barrier Reef with my friends from Blackbird Caye Resort and PADI. Belize is one of the world’s most remarkable dive destinations, home to pristine coral reef systems, some of the blue planet’s most remarkable marine life, and the Great Blue Hole. The Turneffe Atoll also happens to be the finest place on earth to learn to dive, and a true showcase of what it really means to travel deeper.
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Belize City, Belize
Travelers know that the fastest way to the heart of a destination is through the stomach, and that one good meal, even one tiny bite of a fresh new dish, can set the tone for many culinary adventures to come. After arriving in Belize City and...
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Belize City, Belize
If you time your arrival into Belize just right, you can hop from the international airport to the Maya Island Air strip and catch a puddle jumper out to the Turneffe Atoll. This short flight (roughly 15 minutes) provides a breathtaking view of...
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Turneffe Atoll, Belize
Blackbird Caye Resort is the gateway to the stunning Belize Barrier Reef, but so much more than a stopgap hitching post for scuba nerds. Stretched across two miles of palm-fringed beach on the windward side of the Turneffe Atoll, Blackbird is set...
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Turneffe Atoll, Belize
Kayaking adventures are available in many parts of Belize, but Turneffe Atoll’s protected, shallow waters in particular lend themselves well to being explored by this method. Both novice and advanced kayakers will enjoy seeing the biodiversity of...
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Turneffe Atoll, Belize
My first time sinking into the deep blue sea in my scuba gear happened at Calabash Cut, which just so happens to be one of the most remarkable diving locations in all of Belize. Dom Evans, our brilliant PADI instructor, put us through our training...
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Half Moon Caye, Belize
The famed red-footed boobies of Half Moon Caye are a sight to see. I had no idea just how large the boobie colony was prior to arriving at Half Moon, but on approach the number of birds riding currents in the sky above the tiny island truly...
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Turneffe Atoll, Belize
The lion fish has some kind of racket going. Dressed in its extravagant garland, all bright and flashy, it really is one of the prettiest fish in the sea. It’s also an exceptionally dangerous animal, with venous fin rays, and a voracious appetite....
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Turneffe Atoll, Belize
I’ll tell you that I wasn’t nervous when I came face-to-face with this big toothy fella, but that would probably be a fib. In reality, coming up on big marine life on your second ever PADI dive is nerve-wracking, thrilling, and just plain amazing....
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Turneffe Atoll, Belize
Did you know that diving sites have even better names than thoroughbred race horses? I didn’t. I’ve been out of the loop on this for a long time. The only thing better than dive sites with names like Amberjack Slope, Calabash Cut and Secret Spot...
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Turneffe Atoll, Belize
While heading back to Blackbird Caye with our dive crew, our boat's captain – a 35-year veteran diver, fisherman, and steward of the seas – told us a funny story of the place seen here, listed on maps as “Chinaman's Island” (I kid you not)....
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Turneffe Atoll, Belize
By now it must be clear why I’m such a huge fan of diving in Belize. On my first proper dive I nearly landed on top of a sleeping stingray while trying to achieve neutral buoyancy. On my second dive, I looked into the gaping maw of a barracuda. On...
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Turneffe Atoll, Belize
I’m still stuck on exactly how the Coral Canyons earned the name… Just kidding, of course. The Belize Barrier Reef is known for remarkable stretches of pristine coral, while some are even more remarkable than others – like the famous Coral Canyon...
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Belize City, Belize
And here we go – down into the deep blue sea, at the Great Blue Hole, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most remarkable underwater kingdoms the world has to offer. I didn't get a change to visit the stalagmites and stalactites deep down...