Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Saint Herman's Blue Hole in Belize is a place of Natural Wonder

By: Will Moreno


Often times you hear about the Belize Blue Hole off the coast of Belize near Belize's Great Barrier Reef. However there is another hole in Belize definitely worth seeing and it's the Saint Herman's Blue Hole located only 12 miles outside of the capital city of Belmopan on the Hummingbird Highway.

The Blue Hole is part of a 575 acre conservation effort by the Belize Audobon Society called the Saint. Herman's Blue Hole National Park whose main attraction is the Saint Herman's Blue Hole and the Saint Herman's Caves which are uniquely interconnected by an underground stream.

This Blue Hole was formed after a natural underground limestone cave collapsed forming this geogological wonder and exposing its true beauty to the world. This depression in the earth measures a amazing 100 feet deep and about 300 feet wide with the actual sapphire pool measuring 25 feet deep. The water that flows through this hole, as it did for many years before, can be seen flowing into an underground cavern again on the other end of the stream.

To get to the exact spot you will have to drive just about a mile further down the road from the main entrance to a second entry and parking lot. Then there is just a short walk along a wooded trail with picnic areas that leads to a set of concrete stairs with rails. These stairs lead down to the crystalline, crisp waters showing its depth through its varying natural shades of blue.

We were amazed by the sheer size and the beauty that this natural phenomenon was presenting to us as we walked closer shaded only by the jungle canopy. The water is very cool and crystal clear. This location is a serene place to relax and listen to nature as you are mesmerized by this Blue Hole in the middle of country of Belize.

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