Half Moon Caye / Belize

Half Moon Caye

Half Moon Caye is a tropical island and a national park in Belize that is located to the south-east of the country. The island is divided into two parts: a dense forestated bird reserve is located on one part, while another is occupied with several buildings surrounded by coconut trees. Half Moon Caye Wall, located at the southern part of the island, became a part of this park not long ago. Corals created a passage at the very edge of the reef wall. Its width varies between 30-60m/99-196ft. The dive site is separated from the reefs that are located close to the coast with wide steep areas of a sandy bottom. While floating along the wall and descending to 10m/33ft depth it is possible to notice that the wall is cut with multiple deep channels that create the tunnels. They are rather narrow and straight. Precautions should be undertaken to prevent the rise of dredge. The alteration of the coral reef areas and sandy zones explains the abundance of the marine life. The place is recommended for novices, but it will be suitable for experienced divers as well.

Location: north-west of the Caribbean Sea, south-east of Belize

What to see: Here divers can meet sea eels, eagle rays, a variety of scallops, flounders, hermit crabs, mantas, below the overhanging part of the reef there are groupers and sometimes, turtles, spotted rays, sharks and black perches.

Depth: 15-30m/49-99ft

Currents: 1knot

Visibility: 10-30m/33-99ft

Season for diving: All year round. The average water temperature is 27-29C/80-84F. The plankton blooms from August to October.

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