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The Blue Hole

There are two Blue Holes in Belize. One is located offshore and the other is a circular swimming hole located approximately 15 miles (25km) south of Belmopan. The waters at this hole come in from an underground river, hence the water is unusually cool.

The other more famous Blue Hole is located about 7 miles (11km) north of Half Moon Caye. The Blue Hole is the largest ocean sinkhole in the world, created by a collapsed underground cavern, hence giving the appearance of a dark blue circle amidst the turquoise sea. The Blue Hole is over 1000ft (300 meters) in diameter and 450ft (135 meters) deep. Below the shallop lip is a cavern filled with hugh stalactites and stalagmites. Diving the Blue Hole is usually reserved of experienced divers accompanied by a dive master.

The Blue Hole became famous in 1972 when Jacques Cousteau sailed his ship Calypso to the Blue Hole to film inside.

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