During the trip, we spent a few days on Ambergis Caye. While there, I was hoping to visit the Great Blue Hole, part of the Belize Barrier Reef (which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site).
The Great Blue Hole “is a giant marine sinkhole and in 2012, Discovery Channel ranked the Great Blue Hole as number one on its list of “The 10 Most Amazing Places on Earth,” according to Wikipedia.
While people dive the site (Jacques Coustea named it one of the top 5 dive sites in the world), I was looking to take a scenic flight to check it out.
(We took a scenic flight to Mount Everest a few years back and had an amazing time.)
The options to do the one hour scenic tour wasn’t cheap. The flights are also not offered everyday. After looking over my options, I decided to take the Tropic Air Great Blue Hole Tour.
Primarily due to the cost of the trip, I went on the tour by myself. The tour cost $236.34 (with taxes and fees, it came to $268.88), definitely not a cheap activity. I was hoping to sit in the co-pilot seat.
I was told to arrive early and just request the seat. While boarding the plane, I mentioned it to one of the airline employees and the employee, an off-duty pilot said he was coming along and sitting there! Damn, this flight was not off to a good start…Along the way, we flew over some reefs and atolls, we also saw this shipwreck. Pretty cool!Once I spotted the main attraction I was totally impressed! The Great Blue Hole is an amazing sight to see. It’s also crazy to think just how big this sinkhole is. I had to take a selfie! lol The pilot circled around the Great Blue Hole so we could get views of it from every direction. It was hard to pick a favorite photo but I think I’ll go with the one below. On the way back, we passed by Shark Ray Alley and the Hol Chan Marine Reserve.We had visited this area to go snorkeling the day before so it was fun to see it from the air as well.
I bet you’re wondering if I thought the tour was worth the price. The answer is that it’s a tough call. $270 for a one hour scenic flight is definitely a lot of money. While I don’t regret taking the flight, I do wish it was a bit more affordable…
Overall, I really enjoyed the Tropic Air Blue Hole Tour. The Blue Hole was an amazing sight to see and if I didn’t take the trip, I definitely would’ve regretted it!