Our pick of the best diving operators in Ambergris Caye, San Pedro and Caye Caulker for diving daytrips to Turneffe Atoll, Belize. Book now!
Turneffe Atoll is the ultimate destination for a diving day trip, whether you start from Ambergris Caye, San Pedro or Caye Caulker. Easily accessed from any of these starting points, Turneffe Atoll features some of Belize’s best scuba dive sites.
Here’s why you need to book a day trip to Turneffe: In contrast to some other coastal spots, Turneffe Atoll remains unspoilt and completely pristine. Get away from the crowd and dive into clear blue waters where all the other fins will belong to the fish.
Turneffe Atoll offers an incredible diversity of dive sites, from coral reefs to drop-offs, seagrass beds, and even the incredible wreck of The Wit. This unique concrete ship was deliberately sunk to form a new reef, and is returning to Nature as it’s colonised by many different species of marine life. Expert local guides can help you discover
Turneffe Atoll also offers plenty of activities to while away the necessary intervals between dives, including the onshore nature trail and Mayan ruins, and the chance to follow the exciting snorkel trail at Calabash Caye. In fact, the only problem with a day trip to Turneffe is that there simply aren’t enough hours in the day to fit everything in!
There are a number of excellent diving companies operating from Ambergris Caye, San Pedro and Caye Caulker. With modern equipment and fully kitted-out boats, they can ensure that when you book a day trip to Turneffe Atoll, it will be one of the highlights of your time in Belize.
Local diving guides and boat captains know all the best dive sites, and which are likely to be the most productive on any given day (looking at the weather and the tides). Here’s our selection of the best companies running day trips to Turneffe – they all have excellent safety records and get rave reviews.
Start your day trip to Turneffe Atoll from Ramon’s Village Divers’ dock and you’ll be in for an exceptional experience. Ramon’s prides itself on only hiring Belize’s best guides – a fact that’s reflected in their PADI 5-Star IDC Resort status.
Ramon’s specialises in sharing the beauty of Belize’s undersea world with visitors from around the world, including the unparalleled Turneffe Atoll. With so many dive sites at one atoll, you’ll almost certainly need to visit Turneffe more than once, but you can chat to Ramon’s about the species or undersea scenery you’re most interested in so that they can tailor your diving day trip to your specific requirements.
Your day trip to Turneffe Atoll will be aboard the stunning 42-foot Miss Gina dive boat, with room for up to 16 divers – perfect for larger groups and families.
Whether you want to learn to dive, refresh your skills or simply dive right in, Frenchie’s Diving Services is another excellent option. They offer full- and half-day diving trips, as well as exciting overnight voyages that let you explore the mysteries of the ocean after dark.
Frenchie’s Diving Services have also been in operation for well over 30 years, so a visit to their offices (at the north end of Caye Caulker, opposite the Caye Reef Condo) is a great way to get answers to all your Belize diving questions – and while you’re there, be sure to book a day trip to Turneffe Atoll on one of their superbly equipped fleet of diving boats.
With safety and excitement delivered in equal measure, Frenchie’s fully deserves their place in our line-up of top dive operators.
Operating from the Belize Pro Dive Center at San Pedro on Ambergris Caye, Belize Pro Divers is a 5-Star PADI company. In addition to scuba diving and PADI training courses, snorkel trips, boat charters, fishing and jungle tours.
They specialise in family activities with their team of certified instructors and dive masters, Belize Pro Divers focus on safe, enjoyable and relaxing diving day trips. Their fleet of new boats have all the diving equipment needed to help you access the very best dive sites at Turneffe Atoll, and ensure that the journey there and back is also a really enjoyable, rewarding part of your excursion.
Whether you want to get up close with reef inhabitants or take the plunge and dive the wreck of The Wit, this operator knows all the best spots – and a few lesser-known dive sites for next-level seclusion and exclusivity.
A long-established dive operator, Amigos Del Mar (Friends of the Sea) has been running day trips from Ambergris Caye to Turneffe Atoll since 1984. That adds up to a wealth of experience in always choosing the most exciting and interesting dive sites, getting you there and back in comfort, and ticking all the safety and adventure boxes along the way. As a family-owned business, Amigos Del Mar has a friendly, welcoming vibe – as well as being an SSI Diamond Dive Center and SDI resort facility. You’ll find them in the heart of the charming San Pedro town, and soon get swept up in their enthusiasm for all things underwater.
Their full-service diving offering (including instruction for novice and intermediate divers) will help you get the very best from your day trip to Turneffe.
Make your diving dreams come true when you book a day trip to Turneffe with Elite Adventures. In common with the other operators we’re recommending here, they have the experience, local expertise and diving equipment needed to give you an unforgettable underwater experience.
Elite Adventures offer diving instruction and snorkelling alongside diving excursions, so whatever your level of experience, you can enjoy the thrill of discovering the coral reefs and atolls of Belize.
An undoubted highpoint will be a day trip to Turneffe Atoll – unlike some other dive sites, it’s never crowded, meaning you can enjoy exclusive, unhurried encounters with rays, groupers, turtles, sharks and even manatees. It’s the most immersive way to appreciate the Turneffe Marine Protected Area – don’t miss out!
Immerse yourself in the fun, educational adventure of Belize’s first snorkel trail.
Try for a Grand Slam when you flyfish in the shallow coastal waters of Turneffe Atoll.
Turneffe Atoll has retained its biodiversity and offers the best scuba diving in Belize.
Walk back in time as you see the mangrove forests of Calabash Caye.
The wreck of the Wit off Turneffe Atoll offers some of the best wreck diving in Belize.