Green Parrot Dive Opportunities
Location, Location, Location
The Placencia Peninsula, where the Green Parrot is located, is the springboard of the most exciting dive sites in the world. The second longest barrier reef in the world comes south along the coast of Belize, and separates itself further and further from the mainland. The result is a broad expanse of coral reef with channels that go down from 90 to 110 feet, rising abruptly into shoals and cayes, providing many nearby SCUBA locations. At the last official count there are a minimum of 20 named dive sites in the southern waters of Belize, off Placencia, bursing with untouched coral and abundant fish life.
Our local tour operators’ make trips to both Inner and Outer Reef. Most dives are boat drift dives and divers are accompanied by a certified, insured PADI Dive Master or higher rating.
Diving The Inner Reef.
The Inner Reef, or the Lagoon as it’s called, acts as a home for juvenile aquatic animals. Here divers will find most of the Gorgonians, known in the Caribbean as sea fans, sea whips, sea plumes and sea rods, as well as the Pederson Cleaner Chrimp, Yellowline Arrow Crab, Giant hermit Crab and a wide variety of fish such as Spotted Drum(adult and juveniles), Spotted Eagle Ray and Southern Stingray.
The depth range on these inner reef dives is between 60-80 ft. Visibility is between 50-100ft. Among the Cayes we visit in the Inner Reef are French Louis Caye, Crawl Caye, Lagoon Caye, Moho Caye and Tarpon Caye.
Diving the Outer Reef
The Outer Reef, or the Barrier Reef, is home to some of the most spectacular walls in the Caribbean, that start from around 40ft. and drop off to approx. 300ft. Maximum depth for diving is 100ft, and is multi level diving. Turtles, Manta Rays, Moray Eels and Lobsters are just a few of the creatures divers will encounter in the Outer Reef. Outer reef visibility is around 80-120ft. Among the Cayes visited in the Outer Reef are Silk Cayes, Hunting Caye, Ranguana Caye and Gladden Spit.
Daily 2-tank dive trips start at 8am with a comfortable 45 minute to one hour rise, depending on the final destination (there are a maximum of 10 divers per boat). Along the way there are opportunities for seeing and even snorkeling with dolphins, if they are in the mood.
After the first dive, we go to one of our beautiful islands for a surface interval (approx. 1.5 hours), and have a picnic lunch. After lunch we set out for another dive spot and our second dive. The it’s back to the comforts of Green Parrot at around 3:30pm-4:00pm, for a cool drink.
November through March water temperature is 76-79F. We recommend full 3mm wetsuits during these months. April through October, water temperature is 78-81F.
Whale Shark Season
During the months of March through June, Southern Belize offers divers and snorkelers the unique opportunity for spotting the large pelagic feeder known as the Whale Shark. If you are planning a dive trip with Whale Sharks in mind, the best time to do so during these months, would be three days before the full moon to three days after the last quarter moon (it’s during this period that Cubera Snappers spawn, attracting the Whale Sharks). March-June is also spawning season for many other species of fish and mating season for turtles. April and May are the BEST two months for sighting Whale Sharks.
(Amounts in US Dollars -12.5% GST Additional)
Daily 2 Tank Dive (with gear) - $140 pp
Includes tanks & weights, all gear, lunch, chamber insurance, and park fees
Daily 2 Tank Dive (without gear) - $130pp
Includes tanks & weights, lunch, chamber insurance and park fees.
**Whale Shark Dive - $205pp
Includes tanks & weights, all gear, lunch chamber issurance and park fees.
Whale Shark Snorkeling - $105pp
All gear, lunch and park fees
Regular Snorkeling Trip - $80USpp
All gear, lunch and park fees
*Night Dives - $130pp
Includes tanks & weights, all gear, chamber insurance and park fees.
Discounts are available for 4 days and more diving.
*Needs minimum of 4 divers
**Divers Must be advanced open water divers or have a minimum of fifty(50) log dives. This trip is also weather dependant.
Instructions & Certification Courses
(Amounts in US Dollars – 12.5% GST Additional)
Open Water – $450.00pp - Course is 4 days total. One day classroom, one day pool and two days of open water training.
Referral Course - $330.00pp – The last two days to complete full certification consists of four (4) dives over a two-day period.
Resort Curse - $180.00pp – This course offers approximately 45 minutes of academic training & confined water training. If all skills are performed successfully, there is an initial open water dive. Optional second dive. This course can be credited towards an open water dive course.
Advanced Open Water - $350.00pp – A total of five (5) dives over a three day period.
Rescue Dive Course - $350.00pp – A total of 5 days with 2 days of open water rescue training open water training.
Refresher Course - $150.00pp – For divers who haven’t been diving for a year or more.