Instead of its roaring waves and scary storms, the calm ocean often offers amazing natural wonders below its otherwise uncertain surface. The Great Blue Hole of Belize, which is located off the coast of Belize, on the eastern coast of Central America, is one of such existing wonders. Researchers say this giant underwater sinkhole was made by the collapse of a cavern formed during the glacial ages tens of thousands of years ago. Located less than hundred kilometers away from the city of Belize, this swallow hole is one of the world’s most famous diving zones now.
The Hole forms a perfect circle in the midst of a coral reef, known as the Lighthouse Reef and also a section of the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System, which is one of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) World Heritage Sites. The Great Blue Hole off Belize features more than 300 meters (984 ft) across and 125 meters (410 ft) deep. Researchers consider Great Blue Hole is the largest of its kind and discovered huge stalactites, dripstone sheets as well as columns inside the blue hole. Water levels in the surrounding areas of the sinkhole are so shallow, where the coral often breaks the surface at low tide. The water color of the swallow hole is deep blue in contrast with the aquamarine color of the water neighboring it.
The Hole has got a great fan following in the world and the Belize locals have a keen desire to have the Hole anointed with the title of being one of the world’ seven wonders. The Discovery Channel, in 2012, announced the Great Blue Hole as number one on its list of “The 10 Most Amazing Places on Earth”