The Great Blue Hole in Belize


Miracles and wonders of natural formation like Blue Hole, a large sinkhole in Belize, the largest city located in the Central American country of Belize, attracts the people to visit and enjoy the greatness of nature. Many people attribute these unique formations of nature to one of God’s creations as they are beyond the imagination of the human beings.

Few more Blue Holes

A blue hole is also known as vertical cave because the structure is like cave going deep under ocean. Many such blue holes are located around the world particularly in low-lying oceanic regions like the one in Belize we can find in the Egypt (in the Red Sea), Guam, Australia (in the Great Barrier Reef) and Bahamas. When compared with the other ones, the Great Blue Hole is the largest submarine sinkhole off the coast of Belize.

Where and how of Blue Hole in Belize:

It is located near the center of Reef Lighthouse, a small isle 70 km from Belize City. It is a natural question raised by anyone that what could be the depth and diameter of the hole. More over the curiosity leads to further probe as to how this hole could have formed. The hole is in circular form, bluish in color, more than 124 m deep and 300 m across. It was formed during ice ages after several natural activity cycles of geographical phenomenon of glaciers when sea levels were much lower than what is today. Stalactites (conical shaped natural structure of limestone) of in Great Blue Hole, when analyzed, show that this formation took place 153,000 years back. When ocean began to rise again due to the activity of the glaciers, the cave was over flown and flooded. It is declared as a World Heritage location of the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization).


NASA’s view on Blue Hole:

Beauty of a panoramic view of this location is very colorful. Encircled by dark ocean waters, coral reefs in the blue hole often glow in vibrant tinges of teal, turquoise, aquamarine, or peacock blue. It is very delightful to view the giant circle of deep blue hole, surrounded by a small sea of light blue colors. This feature is known as the Great Blue Hole.

The Great Blue Hole:

The name which we call today “The Great Blue Hole”, a tourist spot, was coined by a British diver and author Ned Middleton. This is a popular tourist spot for amateur scuba divers who are ensnared to dive in crystal-clear water and see several species of fish, like Caribbean reef, Midnight Parrotfish, shark, and other juvenile fish species. Other species like bull shark and hammerheads, reported to have been seen there, but are not a regular one.

Divers’ view:

It is befitting tourists spot for those who seek adventure and sightseeing. It is also a beautiful ecological environment. Blue Hole diving is not for beginners, but anyone can complete a shallow dive and be proud to say that they have dived into this marvelous wonder of nature. Diving deeper is for specialists and that too cave diving, in case of the Blue Hole, requires skill training with the use of appropriate equipment. A tourist can really capture the colorful panoramic view of the world’s wonder spot the Blue Hole and enjoy the experience.


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