Most tourists and scuba divers think of the Blue Hole, Turneffe Atoll or the northern island of Ambergris when they think of Belize. However, there are also hidden, remote treasures in the Caribbean's southern waters off Belize. Begin your trip, like most trips to Belize, by flying into Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport (BZE) in Belize City. Once you have arrived into Belize City, you can either water taxi to the southern cayes or hop on a short flight to the many airstrips on the cayes. Hop flights are significantly cheaper from the Belize City Municipal Airport (TZA) rather than the International airport. Even considering the taxi fare you would be better off flying from the municipal airport. However, most dive resorts and dive expedition do launch from Belize City. The southern town of Dangriga just 70 miles to the south of Belize City is worth the cheap hop-flight from the municipal airport in Belize City.
Dangriga is a popular town to explore Belize's inland rivers, mountains, and Mayan ruins from, and to water taxi from Dangriga frequent Glover's Reef and the many small remote cayes of southern Belize. In Dangriga, there are new dive shops springing up each year to meet the growing demand for day trips to Glover's Reef and the barrier reef dive sites just 10-15 miles offshore from Dangriga. Hopkins Underwater Adventures is a dive shop that offers excursions to Glover's Reef and the barrier reef sights just offshore. Another dive shop in Dangriga well worth setting up a scuba diving day trip with is Hamanasi. Out in the nearby waters offshore from Dangriga is Thatch Caye where divers can stay and play at Thatch Caye Resort. This resort caters to scuba divers and offers short boat ride to the best dive sites along the nearby barrier reef.
The small private island known as Long Caye is on the southeast seaward rim of Glover's Reef. Long Caye is home to the resort known as Slickrock Adventures and the nearby Off the Wall Dive Center & Resort. Both offer accommodations, dive instruction and dive excursions along the nearby wall and other dive sites along Glover's Reef. Off the Wall Dive Center & Resort picks up and drops off guests each Wednesday and Saturday in Belize City with its private speedboat. Glover's Atoll Resort is another small private resort and dive destination on Glover's Reef. Located on Northeast Caye, the resort is a paradise for relaxation, snorkeling, scuba diving, eating, drinking, and soaking in the sun.