BELIZE'S ATOLLS - What is an Atoll?
An Atoll is a ring-shaped coral island or string of coral islands, consisting of a coral reef that surrounds a lagoon. Belize has three Atoll's located off it's mainland, just outside (or beyond) the Barrier Reef. These make excellent sites for snorkeling and/or diving. Belize offers over a 100 diving sites, not to mention the multiple sites which have yet to be explored and three off shore Atolls, one of which contains the famous Blue Hole (discovered by Jacques Cousteau in 1972).