Monday, 5 May 2014

Beach Time in Placencia | Belize

An authentic Caribbean fishing village and some of the country’s best beaches, 
fishing and diving attract visitors to this southern windswept peninsula. Summer in 
Placencia is a must do experience for you and your family. 

Summer in Placencia is certainly an exciting adventure. Experience an island feel 
at the southern most point of the Peninsula; a village with tons of adventure just 
waiting to be explored. Placencia is easily accessible by road and is blessed with 
white sandy beach. 

If you are visiting Placencia this summer be sure to bring along your swimsuit and 
be ready to get your tan on. Although Placencia is a popular tourism destination, it is 
a quiet, safe and relaxing community. 

Nearby Placencia is the Seine Bight village, a small predominantly Garifuna village. 
The Garifunas make up a hard working culturally enriched community. The people 
in this community may not have luxury but they are humble and content to have 
everything they need. The land is their home and the drums are the rhythmic tools 
to their souls. Most residents from Seine Bight are fishermen by nature and enjoy 
spending days out at sea. 

While staying in Placencia, be sure to explore the Mayan temples, the mysterious 
hidden caves, and the mountainous rainforest. Southern Belize is known worldwide 
for its many marine protected islands and atolls located only a few miles away 
from the Placencia shore. Book your diving and snorkeling tour with the most 
professional tour operator in Placenica, Splash Dive Center. 

This summer explore Placencia, Belize! Make your reservations with us via email at

Friday, 11 April 2014

5 Tips To Sharpen your Scuba Skills in Belize

Diving in Belize is like no other! Belize is considered a diving mecca, as it offers a variety of dive sites including wall dives, reef dives, cave dives, drift dives, and coral-garden diving, to name a few. Dive within the Belize Barrier Reef, the second largest Barrier Reef glistened with a variety of natural corals and populated with marine habitats. If diving is your passion, diving in Belize must be on the top of your bucket-list. Sharpen your scuba skills in Belize and enjoy learning new ones as you witness amazing sea life and a chance to explore mid-ocean atolls. The following are 5 of our very own diving tips:

 Tip 1: Know your Weight Settings

Having a constant add and vent air on your BCD is a sign of being overweighed. Making it difficult to become streamlined. Knowing what is your adequate weight to dive makes you more or less streamlined.

Tip 2:  Distributing Weights

When distributing weights, place an equal amount on both sides of a weighted-integrated BCD or weight belt. Sure you may say….’well weight is relevant and constant’, but underwater it is of much importance. Think about the way a boat glides through the water. Many times a captain may say…can I get two people on the left or right side? Ever wondered why?  He is trying to balance the boat, not only for a smoother ride, but to ensure that the boat is streamlined and can glide through the water with as less resistance as possible. The same happens when you scuba dive.

Tip 3 Proper Trim

A streamlined diver is horizontal in the water. This is an entry-level scuba diver skill but like many others it is one that you continue to practice and perfect beyond your certification.

Tip 4-Streamlined Importance

Divers who swim with a diagonal orientation push a wave of water in front, resulting in the use of more air and you as the diver to become tired. This can be compare to vehicles being tested in an air vent. The more push upwards the less streamlined you become resulting in more resistance and usage of air.  

TIP 5 Secure all your Gear

Be sure to secure all accessory gear close to your body. Again, this reduces drag and resistance, making your dive a more pleasant and enjoyable one.

If you are planning on visiting Belize, be sure to dive with Splash Dive Center in Placencia, Belize for an ultimate diving experience. Our certified guides will provide you with tips before, during, and after your dives, so as to enhance your diving skills.

Splash Dive Center is a PADI Resort Facility and an Instructor Development Center. To learn more about diving in Belize contact me at

Sunday, 23 March 2014

The Quiet Village of Placencia| Events and Festivals

The Placencia peninsula, a once quiet fishing village is today a charming preferred tourism destination. This tiny village located in Southern Belize is known to offer a wide range of water sports including: snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing, kayaking and fishing. 

The ambiance of Placencia is a laid-back relaxing atmosphere combined with a multicultural experience embedded in its people, food, and music. Choose to relax on the sandy secluded beach of Placencia or take a day tour scuba diving or snorkeling out in the Belize Barrier Reef a World Heritage Site.  After a long day of activities visit downtown Placencia and choose from only the finest array of restaurants, bars, and coffee shops.

Placencia celebrates its people and its culture all-year round with its yearly scheduled festivals such as:

Placencia Sidewalk Arts and Music Festival

The Sidewalk Arts and Music Festival celebrated in February, truly brings forth the artistic cultural experience found in its people. Artist from all over Belize and abroad gather on the village beach sidewalk to boast of their art and music.

The Placencia Lobster Fest

Each year in June in celebration of the opening of the Lobster season Placencia hosts a grand festival where everything is made of lobster. The music, games, contests, lobster competition, beers, and food, are all part of the weekend beach party – The Placencia Lobster Fest.

The Placencia Lionfish Tournament

A fairly new tradition in an effort to save our reef the Placencia community now holds a Lionfish Tournament each year. The Lionfish tournament kicks off with a fishing competition and ends with a Lionfish cook-off!

Splash Dive Center Environmental Day

In celebration of Earth Day everyone is invited to Laughing Bird Caye National Park with the aim to collect as much trash as possible – CLEANUP DAY! The Splash Kids Club along with others from Placencia village volunteer on this day to cleanup the trash found on the island that are hazardous to our reef.

The quiet village of Placencia has grown into a tourism destination: it has become to many their home away from home!

Contact me at to find out more about the quiet village of Placencia and to book your next Placencia adventure.

Friday, 7 March 2014

Plan Your Next Scuba Dive Trip to Belize

If you have been to Belize before you probably know what to expect, and where to head to experience the natural beauty of Belize and the Caribbean Sea. However, if this is your first trip to Belize here are a few “need to knows” to help you get started and plan your next scuba dive trip to Belize:

1. Official Language in Belize: English

Belize is a tiny country located between Mexico and Guatemala and is known as the ONLY country in Central America whose official language is English.

2. Belize Currency Exchange 

U.S Dollars are generally accepted but the currency of Belize is Belize Dollars (BZD), which exchange rate is steady at $1USD=$2BZD.

3. Entry Requirements to Belize

Visas are not required for citizens of:  the United States, Canada, Caribbean Countries, Australia, Hong Kong, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, or Venezuela.

4. Belize Accommodations

            Belize offers a wide array of accommodations from


5. Best Known Scuba Diving Spots 

            Belize is not only home to the second largest Barrier Reef in the world,(second only to              
            Australia’s Barrier Reef) and the Belize’s well-known Blue Hole but is also     comprised of hundreds 
            of Cayes, and Atolls. Belize is known as a Diving Mecca,          which   only makes it harder to choose 
            where to go Scuba Diving. Following are the most   visited sites:

6. Take advantage of new scuba dive courses

Splash Dive Center is not only a PADI Resort Facility but is also an Instructor Development Center located in Placencia, Belize. Contact Splash Dive Center to find out more about E-learning Dive courses that are also available.

Start planning your next Belize dive trip, contact Patty at for more information.

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Pompion Wall A Diving Adventure | Placencia Outer Reef Site

Pompion Wall Dive Site is a secluded diving area that gets its name from a privately own island named Pompion Caye, located just 50 minutes from Placencia, Belize. I often hear that the best dive sites are those “unknown” and after diving at the Pompion Wall I have to agree.

This dive leaves Splash Dive Center in Placencia at 9:00 am and is a two tank multilevel dive. Although Pompion Wall is not within the protected Barrier Reef Reserve System it is one of the most pristine reef in the area.

Full speed ahead we headed out in the mystical blue: Our Dive Master, Kingsley gave us the dive briefing. As he eagerly spoke about the unique formation of the Pompion area, it wasn’t a surprise to know it was one of his personal favorites.  The entire group was intrigued carefully listening as he spoke:

“It is a multilevel dive starting with a slow descend. The wall begins at around 30 feet and drops down to the deep blue. Once at 80 feet we will have a slow steady dive at that depth for 5 minutes before we start ascending slowly. Look out for moray eels, lobsters, spider crabs, and feeding Hawksbill turtles to name a few.”
He said, as he formed the hand gestures for each of the marine species.

As we arrived in the area my dive buddy Max and I were ready to start our underwater diving adventure. Max, having dived in the area was a bit more familiar with the dive, which only helped me to focus on the abundance of marine life I was about to see.

I entered the water "giant stride style" there was no stopping at this point. Visibility at this dive was amazing. The top of the wall is loaded with colorful schools of fish. Any wall combined with the reef is the perfect ecosystem for most marine life and we were all in for a treat the further down we went.

Our Dive Master made a clicking sound to gather our attention as he pointed ahead. Max and I nodded and move swiftly. We immediately caught glimpse of the giant moray eel moving in and out of its tiny crevice, as it restlessly tried to snap on a school of yellow tail Snapper. This was the first of many more surprises to come. We glided ahead as the surge moved us north of the wall. By now we were nearing 55 feet and I felt the water temperature getting warmer.

35 Minutes into the dive and at 40 feet, Max and I noticed a couple of medium sized Angelfish following our dive. It was my first time leading a school of fish and it felt pretty amazing. We approached a large Spiny lobster and by the looks of its demeanor it seemed very friendly, if I may say so. Spiny lobsters can easily be distinguished from true lobsters by their very long, thick, spiny antenna. This type of lobster is very common in Belize waters and can be easily spotted in the reef.

As our dive neared the end we drifted forward along the reef where we were able to spot many more species of fish.

We headed back to “home base” at Splash Dive Center and were greeted with Splash’s very own “jungle juice” (fruit punch) and cookies. I was still in a pleasant shock as the colorful, vivid images of the diverse marine life I had experienced just 50 minutes ago lingered in my mind.

I can't wait to dive into my next adventure!

Plan your Belize diving adventure with Splash Dive Center, a 5 Star PADI resort. Visit or email Patty at for more information.