Cooperation and information sharing among nations that rely upon tourism to keep their economies afloat was recently spotlighted when, “A trailblazing approach to marine conservation piloted by Seychelles found new success in Belize,” according to Nature magazine journalist Julian Smith.
The focus of this effort? Scuba diving heaven: the Hol Chan Marine Reserve where sea turtles, eagle rays, nurse sharks, and rainbow parrotfish share space in what Smith calls, “an Oscar-worthy underwater nature documentary.” As part of the Belize Barrier Reef, this area is the objective of many conservation projects, not the least of which was its UNESCO World Heritage Site designation.
When this island nation, off Africa’s coast, needed underwriting help to restore the integrity of its waters so scuba divers could keep returning, The Nature Conservatory (TNC) created a Blue Bonds for Conservation Program designed to return offshore waters to excellent health.
“Belize was a natural choice for the next Blue Bond,” said TNC program director Julie Robinson, who is passionate about keeping Belize’s reef healthy and hospitable. Thanks to the launch of the Seychelles initiative, not only will scuba divers of all ages and skill levels find a healthy playground around the Belize reef, but as more travelers fall in love with scuba diving, the reef will be in great shape to host them.
If you’re eager to try scuba diving or you’d like to improve your performance, wouldn’t you rather fly a few hours south to Belize rather than a long flight to the African coast? Get scuba dive certified close to home on a Belize island that offers you everything you desire: Ray Caye Island Resort.
Ray Caye Island Resort offers a private, lush environment that gives you the time and space you need to master the art of scuba diving. Choose the property’s all-inclusive diving package and among perks you’ll enjoy are ground transfer to/from Placencia Airport to Orchid Ray Marina, a lovely oceanfront cabana, delicious meals, local beers and rums, the use of kayaks, paddle boards and Hobie Cat. Even the gear you need is included.
Guests can jump in at any stage of their education since all levels of PADI instruction are available, including these diversified classes:
•Open Water Certification
•Advanced Open Water Certification
Best of all, every aspect of your scuba diving adventure is completely covered so you’ll be taken care of for the duration of your stay while exploring areas covered by the Blue Bond initiative that now benefits Belize. Pursuing your aquatic sports goals and sojourning at the scuba diving capital of Belize offers you the best souvenirs any aquatic sporting enthusiast could ask for: An idyllic, relaxing sojourn and the coveted PADI certification card that shows the world that you’re an underwater rock star!
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