Turneffe Atoll's Scuba Diving

Turneffe is the largest coral atoll of the Belize Barrier Reef. It is located in the south-east of Ambergris Caye in Belize. It's a perfect place for diving, remarkable for the pristine marine nature, living corals and large populations of fish, molluscs and mammals.
The diverse and distinctive underwater world makes Turneffe a truly unique place. People here are actively engaged in scuba diving, wreck diving and snorkelling. There are more than 70 dive sites where divers will be given an opportunity to experience unforgettable emotions and beautiful sceneries. You will definitely meet turtles, sea cows, sharks and other marine creatures.

Getting There

Start your journey to the atoll from Belize International Airport. Nearly all hotels offer airport shuttle services. The travel time is 1 hour 30 minutes. Turneffe has a flight strip that receives charter flights from Belize.


Climate in Turneffe is subtropical, and diving is available all year round. Water temperature varies from +26 to +29 °C, and visibility reaches 25 meters. March to May is the dry season, and July to December is the rainy season. However, the weather does not affect diving. Rains are intermittent, and you can always find a good time for diving.

Dive Spots near Turneffe Atoll

Elbow dive site sits away from main shipping routes and is inhabited by large marine animals like sharks and turtles. Drifting with the current, you will meet big-eyed caranx, barracudas, cubera snappers and Atlantic spadefish.
Crawl Cay is a dive site with coral gardens and tarpons. Local sandy areas are home to whiptail stingrays, eagle rays and moray eels.