BLU HOLE BELLIZE (Top 100 Places to visit):-
The great blue hole is a wonderful marine sinkhole. That is positioned off the shore of Belize and lies near the core of Lighthouse Reef. Its water is dark bluish in color.
The hole is circular in shape and has over 300 meters across and 125 meters deep. It is the world’s largest natural formation of its kind and is part of the Belize Barrier Reef System.
Etymology root of this place is also related with scuba diving. The actual name of “The Great Blue Hole” was given by British diver and author Ned Middleton. He lived in Belize for 6 months. He was so impressed with this natural feature that he reasoned in his book “Ten Years Underwater”. Explained that if Australia could have ‘The Great Barrier Reef’ then Belize could equally have ‘The Great Blue Hole’ – thus setting this feature apart from similar, albeit lesser in size, structures.
Most unusual feature of Great Blue Hole is turbid, brownish layer of water at the depth of 90 – 101 m. Enriched with hydrogen sulphide. Water above it and below it is lucid – with the difference that below this layer the water does not contain oxygen. Bottom of Great Blue Hole is lifeless, covered with large pieces of limestone.
This blue sinkhole of Belize was originally formed as a limestone cave during the last glacial period, a time when sea levels were much lower. As the ocean began to rise, the cave system flooded and eventually collapsed, creating a “vertical cave” in the ocean. As such, the site is popular among divers, who gather to the area to see the geological formations that now lie in the ocean’s depths.
How to Reach:-
The Great Blue Hole is not so far from you reach. It takes only two hours from major American cities like Miami, Houston and New Orleans. Firstly you have to reach the Belize International Airport, and then board a short domestic flight to reach the Great Blue Hole. It takes three hour via boat from Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker.