Diving Turneffe Atoll South Elbow (Full Day)

Experience the ultimate in wall diving!  The “Elbow” at the southern most tip of the Atoll is where this diving trip begins.  Turneffe is one of three atolls (rings of coral reefs and coral islands that encircle a shallow lagoon) in Belize, and Belize has three of only four atolls in the western hemisphere.

The currents here supply a natural concentration of food which accounts for the huge numbers of fish and other marine life found here, also some of the largest gorgonians (sea fans) to be found anywhere.  The current provides a spectacular back drop to the explosion of marine life encountered as you drift along this unique dive site.

Your second dive is Billy Bob’s.  The formations here have created many exciting canyons, tunnels, and swim-throughs.  This area is heavily populated with the many reef fish that inhabit this part of the Caribbean and is well known for its spotted eagle rays and large grouper.

Lunch time is spent basking in the sun and enjoying a delightful picnic before embarking on your third dive.

Next stop – Myrtle’s Turtles – so called because of a large green turtle named Myrtle that appears here almost every spring.  Myrtle’s Turtle features a wall of coral that shelters a fantastic variety of tropical fish and invertebrates.  The growth of deep-water lace coral is especially impressive on coral ridges near the wall. Elegant stands of these deep red soft corals can lend both color and form to the foreground of wide-angle compositions. A little seaward and above the reef, schools of Spanish mackerels, horseeye jacks, cubera snappers and permits commonly feed in midwater. Also present may be small schools of eagle rays, creole mackerels and tuna.

Min. 8 persons

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2 Reviews on “Diving Turneffe Atoll South Elbow (Full Day)”

  1. Jeff Ridenour Says:

    This is one of the top 3 dives in Belize! The reef has a lot of relief with numerous swim-throughs. The wall drops off and you get a feeling of flight as you cruise along the edge. Big pelagics like Spotted Eagle Rays, Tuna, Wahoo, and Sea turtles are common here. The second dive was shallower and didn’t have a wall but wow, what diversity! The reefs out here on the atoll are dived less and it really shows. It is well worth the trip.

  2. Jeff Ridenour Says:
    Spotted Eagle Ray