Belize Featured in Sport Diver Magazine

Belize City, Wednesday, August 11, 2004 - Belize was favorably featured in a 6 -page article in the August 2004 edition of Sport Diver Magazine, which has a circulation of over 220,000 and is the official publication of the PADI Diving Society. The article was written by Doug Perrine, photojournalist of "Sport Diver" Magazine, who was in Belize in April of this year to write on "Unique Scuba Diving and Dive Travel Aspects of Belize."

The title of the issue is Blame It on the Moon- The bounty of Belize: giants, jungles and an endless reef. It contained approximately six colorful photos of Belize, together with descriptive data on Belize's marine attractions. The article showcased Belize as having the second largest Barrier reef and three of the four coral atolls in the Western Hemisphere. It also featured the Maya sites at Xunantunich, Altun Ha and Lamanai and referred to Caracol as one of the three most powerful and important cities of the Mayan civilization. The author alluded to Ambergris Caye as Belize's "vacation capital", the Blue Hole as an excursion into the geological past and the Elbow at Turneffe as famous for large schools of fishes. He also spoke of his experience climbing into the foothills of the Maya Mountains in the Cayo as a step into Belize's cultural past. He then went on to mention his experience to Dangriga in the south, where he paddled the Sittee River as being wonderful and referred to his experience at Glover's Reef Atoll as a swallow soaring over the crenellated ramparts of a medieval fortress. The author culminated by speaking of the final week of his assignment on board the Belize Aggressor. He avowed that being on a live-aboard is the only way to do five dives a day and experience all the wonderful spectacles the sea has to offer.

"Belize has a wealth of natural attractions to offer prospective visitors - and in this case divers," comments Tourism Director, Tracy Taegar-Panton. "We continue to build Belize's image as we create and build key partnerships with the media, providing great exposure for our country's diving industry ", Taegar-Panton noted.

As of recent, Paul Kvinta visit to Belize resulted in a 7 -page article on the Great White Shark in the August 2004 edition of Rodale's Scuba Diving magazine, a diving magazine which has a circulation of 185,000 and publishes travel features, training, and instructional articles on diving and gear reviews of scuba equipment. The magazine is published 11 times a year.