The Truth Behind The Great Blue Hole, A Surprising Marine Abyss In The Caribbean

The Truth Behind The Great Blue Hole, A Surprising Marine Abyss In The Caribbean

Off the coast of Belize, just next to a small atoll, is a remarkable sight.

A blue marine disc that largely contrasts with the turquoise blue waters in the Caribbean Sea: The Great Blue Hole. This almost circular formation is actually a marine abyss, whose diameter surpasses 300 meters and has a depth of around 200 meters. This hole is located off the coast of Belize in Central America, close to a small atoll known as the Lighthouse Reef.

A mythical place

The site was made famous by Jacques-Yves Cousteau who travelled to and explored it with his boat, The Calypso. He declared it one of the top ten diving sites in the world. And even from the sky, the Great Blue Hole looks spectacular.

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Remains of the ice age

These geological formations date back to the last ice age, to a time when the sea level was a lot lower, as well as dry land. Rainwater has since eroded the limestone sheets.

A place to explore in many ways

You can dive into the hole using equipment proved for this purpose. The empty feeling you get there really is staggering! Some professionals even go snorkeling here using different weights, which makes it feel like you’re flying. Treat yourself to a free-falling experience into the ocean, something you need to do at least once in your life!

Check out the video above for more on the Great Blue Hole... 

• Anna Wilkins
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