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Belize Included in National Geographic's Top 50 Best Dive Destinations

Posted by Betsy Rosenlund on Jul 31, 2018 2:17:32 PM
Betsy Rosenlund

The secret has gotten out that Belize is one of the world’s top dive destinations! As the largest reef in the Western Hemisphere, Belize’s reef system is truly incomparable. With its wide variety of corals, fish, crustaceans, and mammals, the waters of Belize are alive with diversity.

The Belize Barrier Reef system is home to 70+ species of hard coral, 30+ species of soft coral, 500 species of fish, hundreds of invertebrate species, as well as manatees, dolphins, three types of sea turtles, and countless species that have yet to be identified.

Diving in Belize - courtesy of belizehub.com


National Geographic Writers Carrie Miller and Chris Taylor

National Geographic recently announced they are in the process of creating a National Geographic travel book geared towards divers. Belize will be highlighted in its own chapter, along with 49 other destinations around the world that are known for exceptional diving. National Geographic writers Carrie Miller and Chris Taylor recently came to Belize on a fact-finding mission to Belize to gather information for the Belize chapter of the book.

During their time in Belize, Miller and Taylor traveled to many of Belize’s top tourist destinations to compile information about the best restaurants, hotels, points of interest, and of course, dive locations. Both Miller and Taylor said that they chose to feature Belize as one of the top destinations for divers not only for the amazing diving, but also because of the many conservation and protection efforts that Belize has implemented to keep the reef and marine life healthy and thriving.

Some of the biggest conservation efforts that have been done to protect the reef include the ban on offshore drilling that went into effect mid-2017, as well as the recent proposal to phase out single-use plastic bags, polystyrene containers, and plastic utensils by the year 2019; additionally there are countrywide efforts focused on the reduction and elimination of the lion fish population which is a threat to marine life.


Learn how to dive in Belize - Courtesy of Belizehub.com


The Diving Travel Book Released in 2020

The travel book is set to be released in 2020 after writers Miller and Taylor have had a chance to visit, dive, and experience all 50 sites that they have selected around the world. In addition to being a great resource for divers, Belize’s inclusion in this publication will help to promote Belize as a tourist destination, particularly for eco-conscious travelers and divers. Belize was previously a destination for extremely avid divers and fisherman, but now due to increased awareness and airlift, Belize has become a popular destination for more recreational divers and vacationers alike.

Coming down to Belize and plan to dive, or learn how to dive? Let us know and we can help to connect you with reputable dive operators here in San Pedro to see dive spots like Mexico Rocks, Hol Chan, The Blue Hole, and other local favorites.


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Betsy Rosenlund

Written by Betsy Rosenlund

Betsy Rosenlund graduated from the University of Denver in 2009 with degrees in Spanish and International Relations. Graduating at height of the recession, Betsy took her first sales job with Nordstrom. During her 6 years with Nordstrom, Betsy gained unparalleled sales and customer service training and experience; she was awarded with the Quarterly Pacesetter award several times over and recognized as a Future Nordstrom Leader, an invite-only management training program. A career change led Betsy briefly to Austin, TX, and shortly thereafter, Betsy traded in both her ski boots and cowboy boots for flip-flops and the sunny beaches of Belize to put her hard-earned degrees to work. Betsy joined the ECI Development team in January 2016 as the Business Development Manager and has since taken on the role of Director of Pre-/Post-Sales Customer Service. Outside of work, Betsy is a charter member and secretary of the Rotaract Club of Ambergris Caye Belize. Betsy also enjoys volunteering with the SHINE program for young women and girls, and regularly serves at Colleen’s Kitchen, a program of the San Pedro Food bank. She is the proud dog-mom to Monti, a Belizean rescue dog.