Discover the Ultimate Scuba Diving Experience in Placencia:
Your Gateway to Underwater Adventure!

At our Placencia Dive Shop, we provide both non-certified and certified scuba diving courses in the breathtaking waters of Belize. Certified divers have the opportunity to embark on up to 3 dives per day, exploring captivating locations around the Barrier Reef or surrounding islands. Choose between exhilarating wall dives or delve into the mesmerizing canyons beneath the surface. For those seeking shallow water exploration, we offer a selection of the best snorkeling spots in southern Belize.

Looking to become a certified scuba diver or advance your skills? Our PADI courses, including Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Rescue Diver, and Divemaster Certification, are tailored to meet your needs and aspirations.

  • Tired of large dive groups holding you back?
  • Want to enhance your diving skills or dive deeper?
  • Perhaps you’re new to diving and prefer a more personalized experience away from crowded classes or boats?

We’ve got you covered!

scuda dive wall site

Included in your Scuba Trip or Course

When you embark on a scuba trip or course with us, you can enjoy the convenience of park fees, lunch, water, sodas or juice, a knowledgeable guide, and all necessary scuba gear included.

Please bring along: Sunscreen, sunglasses, and towels for added comfort.

Departure and travel time: Our departures offer flexibility, allowing you to set your preferred time in most cases. With an approximate one-hour boat ride to the scuba site, you’ll quickly find yourself immersed in an underwater paradise.

Type of dive: Either a Wall or Canyon dive

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We can assist you with all Scuba needs.

High Point Travel, in partnership with Placencia Wildside Adventures, presents a superior way to scuba dive in Belize. Experience the thrill of a private boat trip, guided by a dedicated captain and dive master. Your diving preferences and skills will be expertly catered to, ensuring an unforgettable adventure tailored just for you.

The best part? Our scuba diving trips departures are all private and remarkably affordable. No hassle, no worries – just pure enjoyment of the undersea world at your own pace. 

After the first day, you can join all the diving trips until your vacation concludes. Our typical expedition includes two dives per day, offering ample time to discover the wonders beneath the surface.

Our initial day takes place at Laughing Bird Caye, a specially designed location for these activities. Immerse yourself in crystal-clear waters, perfect for practice, as you explore vibrant coral reefs and swim among a diverse array of colorful fish and captivating sea creatures.

Southern Belize Barrier Reef map
Barrier Reef Map showing the southern islands of Belize including the Placencia peninsula, Glover's Reef, and known dive sites.

Dive Courses

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Non-Certification Diving:

Many individuals desire the experience of scuba diving without pursuing certification. Whether you have limited time or don't anticipate future use, we can help you enjoy the underwater world through our streamlined procedures. With a brief introduction, a Q&A session, quick lessons in shallow water, and guidance from your PADI Dive Instructor, you'll be scuba diving to depths of up to 40 feet in no time.

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Open Water & Advanced Certification:

Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned diver, we offer a departure from the conventional dive group experience. Enjoy the freedom of diving independently as you venture off the beaten path.

Enhance your skills, explore greater depths, or extend your dive time - the choice is yours (within PADI limits, of course). Opt for one, two, or three dives per day, starting early with a dawn dive or venturing into the captivating world of dusk or night diving. We're always ready to accommodate your preferences!

Placencia dive shop

Scuba Instruction Certification:

Dreaming of becoming a certified scuba diver? We're delighted to offer you a dedicated dive boat, an experienced captain, and a skilled dive instructor. Recognizing that some individuals feel intimidated learning alongside certified divers, we've introduced private lessons at nearly the same cost.

Now, you can learn to dive at your own pace and in your own comfort zone. Our range of certifications includes Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Rescue Diver, and Divemaster. No hassle, no headaches - just a seamless journey towards becoming a certified scuba diver. Let us know how we can assist you!"

Ruth, our expert in tours and scuba diving in Placencia, is readily available to address any questions you may have. You can reach out to her via email or chat, and she will provide you with valuable insights and information to enhance your experience. With her extensive knowledge of the area and expertise in scuba diving, Ruth is dedicated to assisting you in making the most of your time in Placencia and ensuring that your tour and diving adventures are unforgettable. Don’t hesitate to contact Ruth for personalized guidance and expert advice.

What is scuba diving?

Scuba diving is an underwater activity that involves using specialized equipment, including a self-contained underwater breathing apparatus (SCUBA), to explore the depths of the ocean or other bodies of water.

Where is Placencia located?

Placencia is located in southern Belize, along the Caribbean coast.

Why is Placencia a popular destination for scuba diving?

Placencia is a popular destination for scuba diving due to its proximity to the Belize Barrier Reef, the second largest barrier reef in the world. The area offers diverse marine life, stunning coral formations, and a range of dive sites suitable for both beginners and experienced divers.

What types of scuba diving courses are offered in Placencia?

Placencia offers a variety of scuba diving courses, including Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Rescue Diver, and Divemaster Certification. These courses cater to different skill levels and allow individuals to enhance their diving abilities or work towards becoming certified divers.

Can non-certified divers go scuba diving in Placencia?

Yes, non-certified divers can also experience scuba diving in Placencia. Dive shops in the area provide opportunities for non-certified divers to participate in introductory dives under the guidance of experienced instructors.

What are the diving terrains in Placencia?

Placencia offers diverse diving terrains, including wall dives and canyon dives. Wall dives allow divers to explore vertical underwater cliffs teeming with marine life, while canyon dives provide opportunities to navigate through underwater canyons and gorges.

Are scuba diving trips in Placencia private?

Yes, scuba diving trips in Placencia can be arranged as private excursions. This allows divers to have a more personalized experience and ensures that the trip is tailored to their preferences and skill levels.

What is included in a scuba trip or course in Placencia?

Scuba trips and courses in Placencia typically include park fees, lunch, water, sodas or juice, a knowledgeable guide, and all necessary scuba gear. Participants are advised to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and towels for added comfort.

How long does it take to travel to the scuba sites from Placencia?

The travel time to the scuba sites from Placencia is approximately one hour by boat, providing divers with convenient access to the stunning underwater locations.

Can scuba diving be enjoyed by both beginners and experienced divers in Placencia?

Yes, scuba diving in Placencia caters to both beginners and experienced divers. There are dive sites suitable for novice divers to hone their skills, as well as challenging dives for those seeking deeper exploration or more advanced experiences.

Is it possible to do a Blue Hole Dive from Placencia?

Diving the renowned Blue Hole from Placencia is indeed an option, although it tends to be on the higher end in terms of cost and is typically conducted in group settings. To secure your spot for this extraordinary dive experience, it is highly recommended to make advanced bookings to ensure availability and smooth arrangements for the trip to the Blue Hole.

Is it possible to scuba dive with whale sharks in Placencia?

While High Point Travel primarily focuses on swimming with whale sharks, catering mainly to snorkelers, we can assist you in arranging a scuba diving trip with a dive shop that offers this incredible experience. Please let us know, and we will be delighted to help you plan a dive adventure where you can encounter majestic whale sharks up close.