Scuba Diving & Snorkeling
- Visibility: 30-60m/100-200ft
Season: Year-Round Diving
Water Temperature: 26-29 °C / 77-84 °F
Home to many of the best dive sites in the world, including the famous geological wonder of the Great Blue Hole, Belize is a world-class destination for those in search of real adventure.
From the deep and fascinating architectural cave dive into the Great Blue Hole, to dozens of shallow coral gardens that will fascinate first-timers and veterans alike, Lighthouse Reef Atoll provides an extraordinary experience for snorkelers and scuba divers of every level. The atoll is lined by walls of coral that drop straight down for thousands of miles, revealing new species of brilliant fish and coral with every foot of your descent. The warm, calm water allows incredible visibility — buoyancy has never been so sublime as in the underwater paradise of the Belize reef. Inside the atoll you’ll find some of the best places to snorkel among the shallow lagoons bursting with coral heads that can be reached straight from Zophora's shores. Whether your goal is to float among the stalactites in the Great Blue Hole (15 minutes away) or explore every inch of the reef wall, including fascinating wrecks and large ocean mammal habitats (5-15 minutes away) our PADI-certified instructors are passionate about connecting you to the best diving in the world, located just minutes from your luxury accommodations at Zophora.
210-Acre Nature Preserve
You won’t wonder what to do in Belize for long, with an unspoiled wilderness just beyond your doorstep offering inexhaustible opportunities for exploration. Adjacent to Zophora is a 210-acre nature preserve, home to mangrove ecosystems essential to the health of the surrounding coral reef. Whether on foot or by kayak, you can explore the giant mangrove roots to glimpse rare and exotic bird species and discover the meaning of true Caribbean wilderness.
If you’ve come to simply relax, our luxury camping suites open up to both the mangroves and the sea offering exclusive wildlife sightings from the comfort of your room.
Nearby flats and lagoons offer prime fly fishing opportunities — reel in tarpon, permit and bonefish just a few feet offshore. Thanks to sustainable fishing practices, Belize enjoys thriving populations of game fish, giving you a sporting chance at catching a Grand Slam. Beyond the reef wall, sport fishing opportunities abound — healthy numbers of snapper, grouper, jacks, barracuda, marlin, and sailfish make Belize a thrilling place to cast your rod.
Hiking & Nature Walks
As the intricate web of coastal mangroves climbs over itself to move inland, the roots become stronger, taller, and more varied. Weave through our miles of island boardwalk to understand the complexity of the ecosystem — pretty soon, you'll be spotting expertly-camouflaged iguanas and identifying tropical bird species like a seasoned pro. Where the ground is dry, hop off the boardwalk and indulge your inner child by carefully navigating the roots in nature’s jungle gym.
LEARN MORE ON THE AMBLER:The Great Blue Hole - Advanced Dive
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Zophora is a birdwatcher’s paradise, and each season provides its own delight. Our nesting residents include Red-Footed Boobies, frigates, egrets, herons, and brown pelicans, and winter brings a bevy of beautiful migratory birds including over a dozen warblers, terns, and kingfishers. Our nature sanctuary provides an ideal winter home to hundreds of species, some returning annually and others once in a lifetime. With habitats in Caribbean stopovers becoming fewer and farther between for our feathered friends, we take pride in preserving our migratory oasis.
Half Moon Caye
Our tiny island neighbor welcomes you to its wildlife sanctuary. Half Moon Caye, a Belize National Monument maintained by the Audubon Society, is famous for providing Great Blue Hole divers with a sandy white shore ideal for a rest between dives and picnicking. Climb an observation platform to view Red-Footed Boobies, admire the historic lighthouse, and learn about the rare littoral forest ecosystem.