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How ReefCI is Changing Belize Diving…

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Love scuba diving?

Then, you’ve probably heard Belize is the premiere dive destination in The Americas.

But here’s something you might not know…

ReefCI is blazing the trail for marine conservation in Belize while offering world-class scuba diving.

Polly Alford – ReefCI Founder and PADI Open Water Instructor – says “Both Scientists and non-scientists are now recognizing the importance of eco-tourism. And the importance the non-scientist can have by collecting simple data for scientific input!”

So if you want to make a difference while scuba diving, read what Polly and her team are doing for conservation and eco-tourism in Belize…

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Mayan Ruins; Caracol, Belize

Caracol is Belize’s largest and most impressive Mayan site. It’s so big that – during its peak – the ancient city was larger and housed more than twice the current population of modern-day Belize.

It was that big.

And unlike other ruins (most notably Altun Ha) Caracol is mostly left in its original state. As you approach this tangled mass of rock and jungle, you can’t help but feel you’re staring history right in the face.

And perhaps you are.  There are several stone statues facing you as you approach the ruins.

In total, Caracol contains 250 tombs, 53 stone monuments and several reservoirs. But perhaps its most impressive feature is Canaa (“Sky Place”) which looms over the ruins and surrounding jungle. The views from here are staggering.Continue

Diving the Blue Hole; Ambergris Caye, Belize

Blue. It hits you like a freight train. All encompassing at first, then soon back-lit with oranges, pinks, greens, purples and yellows. A multitude of colors lit up by Life itself.

The Blue Hole, located 40 miles off Ambergris Caye, is a welcome addition to the world’s greatest dive sites. Jacques Cousteau explored the area during the late 1960’s, and pioneered a diving route in 1972 still in use by divers today.

It’s since become a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and reportedly attracts close to 20,000 divers each year. The Blue Hole was once a large limestone cave among several underwater tunnels; an earthquake caused the ceiling to collapse, thereby creating one of the largest – and most impressive – sinkholes in the world.

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Caves & Corpses; Actun Tunichil Muknal, Belize

It’s the “kill holes” which get you…

Located outside San Ignacio in Belize’s Cayo District, Actun Tunichil Muknal is a cave which once served as a Maya ceremonial chamber.

But to call the cave’s entrance “dramatic” is an understatement. After a forty minute walk through jungle it hits you: a giant rock wall with a wide mouth which opens up as if ready to swallow trespassers alive.

And once inside… whoa.

Sacrifices. Skeletal remains. And stalactites which drip from the ceilings above.

But back to the “kill holes.” These nefariously named ceramics included several holes in the bottom for… ahem… ceremonial purposes.

Perhaps the most famous of these is the “Crystal Maiden,” the skeleton of a teenage girl whose bones calcified and took on a crystallized sheen.

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Dive Underwater Caves; Belize

If you’re looking for world-class diving, look no further than Belize. Located along the Caribbean coast next to Guatemala and Mexico, Belize – with its deep blue waters, coral reefs and three of the Western Hemisphere’s four atolls – is a playground for scuba diving and snorkeling.

Below are four world-class dive sites in Belize…

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