Scuba Diving Certification in Belize 101: Get Ready To Discover a Whole New World

Did you know that Belize is home to the second-largest barrier reef on the globe? There’s a whole underwater world here waiting to be explored by you! If scuba diving has always been on your bucket list, there’s no better spot to do it. Stay with us at Mahogany Bay Resort and earn your scuba diving certification in Belize.  

In addition to experiencing Belize scuba diving, there are so many adventures waiting to be had when you stay with us at Mahogany Bay Resort. Discover the best things to see and do in our free Vacation Guide! 

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All About Scuba Diving Certification in Belize 

One of the best parts about staying at Mahogany Bay Resort in San Pedro is the number of amenities we offer. We’re proud to have an onsite PADI Five Star Dive Center where you can receive your scuba diving certification in Belize.  

Onsite Scuba Diving Courses at Mahogany Bay Resort 

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Hands-down, San Pedro on Ambergris Caye is the best spot to stay for divers—the mesmerizing Belize Barrier Reef is right in our backyard! Plus, our tropical climate offers consistently warm temperatures year-round, so most divers don’t even wear set suits.

Here at MBR, our dive shop offers a full range of PADI dive courses, educational programs, equipment selection, and excursion opportunities. The Open Water Certification course costs 487 USD per person. This course includes the academic portion, which can be done online at, or you can go through the diver’s manual and complete the knowledge review section with our certified dive instructors. Then, you’ll be ready to discover scuba diving in a one-of-a-kind location! 

Our top-notch PADI course also includes the practical portion—open water dives. You’ll embark on four dives with our experienced, certified divers. Additional dives are available if a student needs more time to get acquainted and comfortable in the water. This course is performance—there’s no need to rush! 

The instructors here know all the best dive sites in the barrier reef, perfect for beginners. They’ll take you to shallow areas where the water is warm and filled with fascinating marine life.  

Upon completing the open water certification course, the new diver will receive a temporary Open Water Card. PADI will mail the hard copy to their home address, which can take a few weeks.  

Scuba Diving with Tuff E Nuff Tours

When you sign up to get scuba diving certified at Mahogany Bay Resort, you’ll be working with Tuff E Nuff Tours. This highly-rated eco dive shop and tour company offers archeological tours near Belize City, terrestrial tours, island tours, catamaran cruises, and scuba diving certification courses.

Tuff E Nuff Tours takes pride in providing fun-filled experiences while maintaining safety as their number one concern. When it comes to adventure excursions in Belize, you can’t beat Tuff E Nuff!

“We did a scuba diving excursion with Afrie, Carlos, Ernest, and Flo from Tuff E Nuff Tours. The whole experience was amazing and everyone went above and beyond making sure we were safe and had fun. They gave us everything we needed and helped us beginners feel comfortable. I definitely recommend this experience.” – Quentin J.

More Ways to Explore the Belize Barrier Reef at MBR 


Are you seeking more adventures in the open water during your stay in Belize? We offer many more exciting opportunities to get up close and personal with the ocean! 

Stay at the Best Accommodations in San Pedro 

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Book your stay at Mahogany Bay Resort! Our luxurious resort offers an extensive collection of stunning accommodations, including cottages, villas, and townhomes. When you stay with us, you’ll realize what sets us apart from other nearby hotels. From authentic Belizean interior styling to convenient kitchens and kitchenettes, we have everything you need for the ultimate getaway.  

Browse our lodging options and get ready to experience the vacation of a lifetime!  

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