Larry Hallas is an underwater photographer from West Palm Beach, Florida currently shooting on the Caribbean Island of Ambergris Caye, Belize. Larry uses his underwater imagery to help raise awareness of the beauty of our severely threatened oceans, and the decline of the delicate coral reefs around the Caribbean. Larry has lived in South Florida for 35 years and has been an avid scuba diver since 1995 when he received his PADI Open Water Certification and then the PADI Advanced Open Water Certification a year later. Larry bought his first underwater camera, a GoPro Hero 4, and instantly fell in love with underwater photography and videography. For over 25 years, he has traveled all over South Florida and the Caribbean scuba diving and taking pictures. Today, he shoots with a Nikon Z6 II mirrorless camera in a Nauticam underwater housing.
While scuba diving in South Florida and the Florida Keys, Larry was heartbroken to witness first-hand the decline of the coral reefs. When he started scuba diving in Florida over 25 years ago, the reefs were vibrant, healthy, and home to thousands of species of marine plants and animals. Sadly today, 95% of the hard corals (Staghorn1 and Elkhorn2) in Florida are dead, and many of the once pristine reefs have turned to rubble. Over the years, Larry has volunteered as a scuba diver in ocean cleanups, coral restoration, and other conservation efforts to save the endangered coral reefs of Florida and the Caribbean. Finally, to raise awareness of the plight of the coral reefs, Larry turned to underwater photography to showcase the incredible beauty of the reefs that he loves, and to campaign for their protection.
While diving and photographing in Florida and the Caribbean, Larry discovered the pristine and beautiful reefs along the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef system, the second largest barrier reef in the world, which stretches 700 miles from Cozumel Mexico to Roatan’ Honduras. The tropical island of Ambergris Caye, Belize is located just one-quarter mile from the Belize Barrier Reef, a 190-mile-long section of reef located right in the middle of the larger Mesoamerican Reef. Since he has been shooting in Belize, Larry has dedicated himself to photographing and protecting the Belize Barrier Reef, and the three coral atolls of Belize: Lighthouse Reef Atoll, Turneffe Atoll, and Glover’s Reef Atoll.
The photography and articles presented on this website are a result of Larry’s dedication and work to protect and preserve the coral reefs that he loves for generations to come.
1 Staghorn Coral, https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/species/staghorn-coral
2 Elkhorn Coral, https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/species/elkhorn-coral