List of diveshops!
Regional dive related shops can contact us for a listing.


Lars Hemel
Certification Level:
Certification Number:
PADI 471740
Custom Search
, if you would like to give Greatest Dive Sites permission, only by request, to upload dive items to your FaceBook account and visa versa.

Baking Swash Reef is the only cut in the western reef deep enough for boats to exit the central lagoon, making it a dangerous channel.

Name Dive Site:Baking Swash Reef
Depth: 13-98ft (4-30m)
Inserted/Added by: lighthouse_reef

Rated not yet

Send us your images for this dive site[Add Image][Add Movie]

Baking Swash is a narrow cut through the western limb of Glover's atoll. Two weathered tree limbs mark the channel on each side. The cut through the reef is wide and deep enough to accommodate only small, manageable boats with a shallow draft. It is lined with coral and no more than 10 ft deep. Although shallow, narrow and remote, the channel itself can be a dangerous place to dive. Wave and tidal currents are not a problem, but power boats from local resorts use this passage because it is the only cut in the western limb of the atoll. Most captains are familiar with the cut and speed through it with little expectation of divers.

Reef development occurs over a broad, sloping bottom in two zones separated by a sandy flat. The shallow reefs grow up to sea level on either side of Baking Swash channel and extend 30 ft below the sea surface. The deep reefs are seaward of a wide sandy flat that features only a sparse cover of corals. Huge towers of coral form impressive mounds with up to 50 ft (15 meters) of relief.

Considerable variation exists in the marine life found on the two reef zones. Deep reefs are dominated by huge large-cup boulder coral and elegant growths of deep water lace coral. They are usually not nearly as varied and spectacular as the shallow reefs, so unless you simply want to do a deep dive, it is best to stay on the shallow reefs. Because the visibility is low, macro photography is probably the best here. Corals are very healthy and varied with most of the Caribbean species of hard and soft corals present.

Visit our partners! Or become one.


- Green Parrot Beach Houses and Resort, No. 1 Maya Beach, Placencia

Green Parrot Beach Houses and Resort

Green Parrot Beach Houses and ...
 No. 1 Maya Beach

Green Parrot Resort is a small resort located in southern Belize. We have 8 cabanas, restaurant, and bar. We provide a great location for diving the worlds second longest barrier reef. The area is also popular for whale shark dives.

We have been in Belize for 15 years. We have worked with most of the dive companies in the Placencia area and we will make sure that you get connected with the type of company that will best suit your diving needs. We also arrange fishing tours. We have our own bar and restaurant to serve you after dive needs.

[Add Message]Messages from readers:

[Add Divelog]Divelogs from members:

To add a divesite, please login or subscribe.

Take a look at all the pictures!