Friday, June 26, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
There are four true atolls in the Western Hemisphere and one of them is the Lighthouse Reef, approximately 60 miles (100 kilometers) from Belize City. The Blue Hole is just there, with more than 100 yards in diameter and 400 feet (123 meters) deep. Nobody less than Captain Jacques Cousteau called the Great Blue Hole "one of the four 'must-dive' locations on this blue planet".
"The hole is the opening to what was a dry cave system during the Ice Age. When the ice melted and the sea level rose, the caves were flooded, creating what is now a magnet for intrepid divers. Today the Blue Hole is famed for its sponges, barracuda, corals, angelfish—and a school of sharks often seen patrolling the hole’s edge." (National Geographic)
I've been diving this beauty, where I saw its stalactites at 130-140 feet deep. In this photo you can see a boat exactly where we had ours anchored and if you pay a little bit more attention you will see another little one at noon position inside the hole, exactly where we dive to see the stalactites. Its something really nice.
When we are living the atoll, I took this photo flying over it, now scanned to post to TE. Its a very special place and I hope you'll like to see it.