Great Blue Hole – A Scenic flight with Maya Island Air (Belize)

Categories: Travel reports, Central America & the Caribbean, Belize

Sightseeing flights over cities, landscapes or sights are always something special for us. Whether via Rio de Janeiro, the Iguza Waterfalls, the Victoria Falls in Africa, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia or the Napali Coast in Hawaii – looking at the world from a bird’s eye view fascinates us again and again. One of the places we really wanted to see on our world tour is the Great Blue Hole in Belize.


The Days
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of our Trip around the World

Just be lazy…

Actually, we wanted to make a trip to the Mayan ruins of Lamanai for today. But we would have had to get up at 5.30 am to take a two-hour local bus to Orange Walk first and from there we take another hour by boat to Lamanai. But since we got up quite early the last few days, we just didn’t get out of bed today and just slept the morning… 🙂

We then used the day to plan our world trip a bit further for the next weeks (excursions, dives, car rental, etc.).

Scenic flight “Blue Hole Tour” with Maya Island Air

After a bit of research on the internet, we came across Maya Island Air and found an hour-long “Blue Hole Tour” there. We then wrote about the live chat on the website with an employee and reserved a flight for the next day. In the evening we had a bite to eat with the Chinese. By the way, there are very large numbers of them here – most restaurants, snack and supermarkets in Belize run Chinese.

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The start of our sightseeing flight

The next morning we walked from our hotel about 20 minutes to Belize Municipal Airport. Our flight departed at 10 a.m. and we even had our own flight number: MY9003. After the pilot had given us a short briefing, we started with a small 7-seater propeller engine – a private flight just for both of us 🙂

And after a few minutes we were already in the middle of the first reef. The sight was just fantastic and the weather played along superbly.

Our flight over the Turneffe Atoll

The flight continued over the Turneffe Atoll, where an old wreck age could also be seen.

Great Blue Hole’s company

The Great Blue Hole is a circular submarine sinking cave (doline) off the coast of the Central American state of Belize. It is located about 70 kilometers from the city of Belize City. The Great Blue Hole is approximately circular, measuring over 300 meters in diameter and up to 125 meters deep. According to diving experts, the Blue Hole is one of the ten best diving areas in the world. The Great Blue Hole was declared a national monument in 1996 and has been a UNESCO World HeritageSite since then, along with other parts of the Belize Barrier Reef reef system.

Our flight over the Great Blue Hole

The highlight of our sightseeing flight was the flight over the Lighthouse Reef with the famous Great Blue Hole. It is really overwhelming how beautiful our world and our nature is ❤

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The Great Blue Hole on the Belize Barrier Reef

A video of our flight over the Great Blue Hole

We circled the Blue Hole a total of 6 times.

The flight and what we saw was just fantastic and an unforgettable experience. Luckily we flew back to Belize.