Blue Hole National Park
One of the easiest and most affordable tours in Western Belize is the Blue Hole National Park and the adjacent St. Hermanís Cave. Both can be accessed by bus between the major cities of Belmopan and Dangriga. It is only $8BZE to enter the parks, and make sure you keep your receipt so you can enter both.
One can hike the short 3/4 of mile nature trail to the Blue Hole. The park is managed by the Belize Audubon Society, and which claims to have identified 200 bird species within park boundaries. If youíre into birding, donít forget your binoculars. If you donít feel like trekking the jungle trail, you can walk along the highway or try and hail a bus, although itís only 1 mile to the Blue Hole from St. Hermanís Cave.
The inland Blue Hole is a sinkhole created by the collapsed remains of the St. Hermanís cave system. The water flows from the 30 foot deep pool for 50 yards before it enters St. Hermanís Cave. It is possible to have a picnic and swim here, but it always seems like the mosquitos are biting, so be sure to bring your repellant. Also, be warned that if it has been raining hard, the Blue Hole can actually be a ďbrown holeĒ so plan your trip accordingly.
Photographs by Lower Dover Field Journal
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