16 Underwater Photos from
the Belize Barrier Reef
Scuba Diving – Southern Belize
Ever since learning how to scuba dive it has been natural to combine with my interest in photography and record what I experience underwater. This is a collection of my favorite underwater photos from my diving trips in Belize this year.
Belize is home to the second largest reef in the world, a designated world heritage site. Every time I’m in the water in Belize I find something I haven’t previously seen before; and that’s part of what makes scuba so exciting. Come with me as dive below the surface into an alien world packed with sea-life!
#1 – Colorful Reef’s
Diving near the atolls and reefs in the Southern area of Belize are some of the most colorful I’ve seen yet.
#2 – Sneaky Pipefish
Attempting to blend in but I found him anyway
#3 Mean Green
Moray eels look meaner than they actually are.
#4 Hovering Grouper
A Nassau grouper hanging out above a large sponge.
#5 The Grumpy Hawksbill
… he must be having a bad day?
Spotted morays are smaller than their green cousins but have just as much attitude!
The first batfish I’ve ever seen! Sure are pretty aren’t they?
Had to add in a profile photo.. hard to beat how weird these guys look!
#9 I’d Bite
But I’m stuck in this rock.
#10 Lizard or Fish?
It’s a blue striped lizardfish! He looks pleasant
That’s one only a mother could love!
#12 Deadly Cuteness
The porcupine puffer fish (Porcupinefish) has an extremely toxic poison called tetrodotoxin that can kill you when eaten, if not prepared properly. But they’re so darn cute!
#13 Hide and Seek
This small sharpnose puffer fish tried to hide in a brightly colored sponge to no avail!
#14 The Little Guys
It’s always fun to watch the little fish hiding close to the coral for protection.
#15 Vibrant Reef
It’s no secret that I dive to sea the wild creatures.. but the reefs here are also easy on the eyes.
Mesmerizing brain coral!
Dive locations included:
- Glover’s Reef Atoll
- South Water Caye
- Silk Cayes
- Laughing Bird Caye
Diving in Belize’s Southern reefs are nothing short of amazing – If these photos don’t make you want to hop in the water right now I don’t know what would! Diving encounters also included enormous rays, small reef sharks, nurse sharks, a variety of sea turtles, a seahorse, toadfish, and lots of other critters! Not to mention swimming with whale sharks.
From Placencia most dive sites are a 1-2 hour boat ride away but definitely worth the extra time. A special thanks to the Splash Dive Shop for the wonderful adventures.