SOUTHERN BARRIER REEF
Coco Plum Island Resort's dive sites include areas along the Southern Barrier Reef, from slightly north of Tobacco Cay to south of South Water Cay, including the South Water Cay Marine Reserve. This Barrier Reef is a quick 10-minute boat ride from Coco Plum. Most of the dives in this area are drift wall dives interspersed with sand channels where you may spot southern stingrays, spotted eagle rays, moray eels, sea turtles, barracuda, grouper, dolphins, and a wide variety of smaller tropical fish.
There is a wide selection of dive sites in this area of the Barrier Reef to choose from. Dives include The Abyss, Black Beauty, Carrie Bow Ridges, Hell Hole, Little Blue Hole, Paradise Reef, South Water Wall, and Trick Ridge.
WHALE SHARK DIVES
During full moons in the months of April, May and June, you can dive in the Silk Cay Marine Reserve to view whale sharks. During these full moons, dog snapper come to this area of the reef to spawn. Whale sharks follow to feed upon the spawn. The docile, gentle whale shark is the largest of all fish and can weigh up to 15 tons and be up to 45 feet in length. As many as four to five whale sharks can be seen on a dive and this experience should not be missed by divers visiting Belize during these full moons. These dives will require special arrangements and additional costs.
What is the water temperature?
The waters of Belize are temperate and clear, making it ideal for divers and snorkelers. Temperatures range from 77-78 degrees Fahrenheit during the winter months (November through March) to 83-84 degrees during the summer (April through October). We recommend full 3mm wetsuits during the winter months.
What is typical visibility?
The visibility of Belize's waters usually ranges from 60-100 feet. Visibility can be around 60 feet due to changes in weather and water temperature but usually does not fall below this.
Are the currents strong?
The currents along Belize's Barrier Reef are usually slight and most wall dives are drift dives going with the current. Divers may experience slight increases in currents during the dives.
Are dive trips ever cancelled?
We try our best to serve our divers bearing in mind safety. Waters can at times get choppy, especially outside the reef. If the waters are too rough we may be forced to cancel or postpone dive, snorkeling, and fishing trips.
Should I bring my own dive equipment?
Since Coco Plum is a small, intimate resort you may choose to bring your own dive equipment, including BC and regulator, mask, snorkel, and fins, as well as wet suit, and dive computer. You can rent equipment for $25 per day if you do not want to bring your own. We do provide weights and weight belts at no additional charge.
Should I purchase dive insurance prior to my vacation?
Yes, we highly recommend purchasing dive insurance. For more information go to: www.diversalertnetwork.org
What else should I bring on dive trips?
It is recommended that divers also bring along a lightweight, waterproof jacket, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat or cap, and camera. We will provide a brown bag lunch and fluids.
Can I dive alone?
No, all of our dives must be done with a dive master and with another guest. We do not allow single dives. Important: Please bring your current dive cards with you to Coco Plum!