The Great Blue Hole is a large underwater sinkhole near the middle of Lighthouse Reef, 62 miles off the mainland of Belize City. You can visit it by boat to dive or snorkel it, but a flight over it is the best way to truly appreciate this natural wonder.
Taking a flight over the Great Blue Hole has been on our bucket list for a while, ever since our last visit to Belize in 2015 when we wanted to but just didn’t get time. So when the opportunity arose to take a Blue Hole Tour with Tropic Air Belize we immediately jumped at the chance.
The Great Blue Hole
How to Get to The Blue Hole
Our Tropic Air Blue Hole Tour Experience
Tropic Air Belize provided us with a complimentary flights on their Blue Hole Tour from San Pedro on Ambergris Caye, Belize which I’ve reviewed below. Read more in our full Product Review Disclosure.
As advised on booking we turned up at the airport early to check-in for our flight with our passports and booking confirmation. In fact, we were so excited we turned up about an hour early. No matter though as the airport had a nice air-conditioned waiting room where we sat in anticipation of our upcoming experience.
The views of the Great Blue Hole are something else, completely unique. The deep, dark blue centre is circled by a lighter blue ring where the water is shallower. Around that, over the reef, is a myriad of different shades of blues and greens. They spread out to the horizon, resembling a pantone colour palette. The sight was mesmerizing and we were lost for words!
When to Take a Blue Hole Flight
Tropic Air’s Blue Hole flights leave from both San Pedro and Caye Caulker Airports on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 11 am and on Sundays at 1 pm. From Belize City it departs on the same days but at 10 am. One thing to note is that the flights are weather dependent. However, the weather in Belize is nearly always hot and sunny, so it’s unlikely your flight will be affected. If it is delayed or postponed for any reason Tropic Air would inform you as soon as possible.
How to Book a Blue Hole Tour
Booking a Blue Hole Tour with Tropic Air couldn’t be easier. Just complete the online booking form on their website, then wait for one of their agents to get in touch to finalise the booking.
Contact Tropic Air as far in advance as possible before you want to take the tour to ensure there’s space on the flight on the date you want.
Where to Stay Before a Blue Hole Tour
As the flights from both San Pedro and Caye Caulker are in the morning I’d recommend arriving at least a day before so you don’t risk missing your flight. There are plenty of places to stay near either airport, you can read reviews and compare them with a quick search on TripAdvisor.
I’d suggest Sandbar Beachfront Hostel or Portofino Beach Resort on San Pedro they are both good value and have great reviews, if you’d like something a bit more luxury Grand Caribe Belize looks to be a good choice. On Caye Caulker our favourite place to stay is the mid-range Barefoot Beach. A good budget option seems to be Yuma’s House and a good luxury option We’Yu Boutique Hotel.
If you prefer a private rental have a look at some of the great properties on Airbnb.
Our Blue Hole Flight Tour with Tropic Air was definitely a once in a lifetime adventure, the breathtaking views were remarkable. The service we received from Tropic Air and the flight skills of our pilot ensured we had the best experience possible.
If you’re travelling in Belize, this is one experience you should seriously consider adding to your itinerary.
Belize Trip Planning Resources
Planning your trip to Belize? Here are some of our recommended useful resources to help.
● For the best flights we use Skyscanner, I usually find great deals there.
● We use Booking.com or HotelsCombined to find the best hotel prices.
● For self-catering accommodation Airbnb is our go-to.
● We always check accommodation reviews on TripAdvisor before booking.
● Even in the modern days of Google we still like to use guidebooks for ideas.
● If you prefer organised day or multi-day trips Get Your Guide has plenty.
● And most important: DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT TRAVEL INSURANCE.
A new contender for shorter term travel insurance is SafetyWing, where you can pay for on a month by month basis.
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Product Review Disclosure: Tropic Air Belize provided us with a complimentary flights on their Blue Hole Tour from San Pedro on Ambergris Caye, Belize. This did not influence my post in any way and as always I’ve provided a balanced and honest review. Read more in our full Product Review Disclosure.
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