Due to the depth of 130 ft, we would have 8-10 minutes of bottom time. The buddy I was assigned drifted to 150 ft having buoyancy problems so I stuck with him. The guide came over, helped my buddy and we ascended to join the others.
The hole is relatively dark and void of sea life. We reached the 35 ft dripstone, which had something of a cavern behind so we circled around behind it. Reaching our safety stop, we hung motionless as reef sharks swam around a distance a way. Apparently as an added attraction some dive operator began feeding to keep them hanging around.
Prior to our dive we were warned that more than likely we would experience some level of nitrogen narcosis. My current dive magazine issue that I had been reading had just mentioned that same thing for anyone diving beyond 100 ft. Although I can’t recall any oddity, aboard the boat some mentioned a euphoric feeling while a couple of others described feeling a difference in their breathing
Results 1-6of 6 Reviews
March 29, 2005
Then there’s the Blue Hole, which is a must for all divers. It’s a deep, and consequently short, dive, but well worth the 2- to 3-hour ride (in some choppy water) to get there. The Amigos website (http://amigosdive.com/bluehole.html) does a good job at walking you through the day.
But I remember the awesome feeling as you descend to over 130 feet and start swimming in between some stalactites and looking at some huge sharks - way cool!!! Lunch is on Half Moon Cay, where I was told I could see some great booby’s… birds as it turns out.
From journal Diving, Drinking & Dancing in Belize
August 1, 2003
From journal Diving with Sharks
December 9, 2002
From journal Rapture of the Deep Blue Hole
Kayaks and beach bikes are for rent at many places for about $5 hourly and $12.50 daily. Golf carts are for rent at a couple of places as well.
San Jose, California
February 16, 2001
The boat ride to the Blue Hole from Ambergris Caye is about 2 hours long and leaves at 6am. The ride can be rough, so I recommend taking a motion sickness pill -- even if you don't usually need to.
You will be fed breakfast and lunch by the boat staff (we went with Amigos Del Mar). We stopped for lunch at Half Moon Caye, where you can see red-footed booby birds as you walk along conche shell-lined paths.
We were taken on two other gorgeous dives after the Blue Hole off of Half Moon Caye. They are drift dives, which means that the boat picks you up wherever you surface. We saw turtles, eagle rays, toadfish, gorgonian trees, and lots of other great stuff.
The cost for the whole day is about $150 US. It's worth it.
From journal Dolphins, and Sharks, and Rays -- Oh My!
by Gil Z
San Rafael, California
November 2, 2000
From journal Out of Air In Belize's Great Blue Hole