Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve

Hop on a skiff to see Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve, a protected area that you can only reach on a boat. You’ll see interesting sights along the way and eventually arrive at one of Belize’s most off-the-beaten path reserves.

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  • Duration: 7 hrs
  • Available Days: Every day
  • Schedule: 9:00 AM
  • Hotel Transport Included
  • Mobile Ticket Included
  • Offered in English, Spanish

Experience Highlights

Boat Tours
Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve

On the way, you’ll pass by Deer Island and San Pedro Lagoon. Eventually you’ll arrive at the Bacalar Chico Channel, a channel that the Maya dug over 1,500 years ago. During your tour of the channel, you can make your way down a small waterway to see a cluster of sinkholes, another unusual part of the reserve’s marine landscape.

Once you reach the reserve, it’s time to stop for a picnic on the beach. An enormous reef protects the shore of the Bacalar Chico Reserve, keeping the water calm. You can help your guides collect coconut shells that you’ll use to grill the catch of the day. The picnic menu includes fresh conch ceviche, potato salad, coleslaw, chips, and salsa.

After lunch, you can choose to hike the inland trails for the chance to see some of the reserve’s unusual bird life. There are species here that are endemic to the Yucatán Peninsula. You’re also free to spend the rest of your time at the reserve swimming or lounging on the beach.

Attraction Visited

Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve

The Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve is located on the northern tip of Ambergris Caye and is only accessible by boat. This 23-square mile (60-sq km) reserve consists of sinkholes, meandering creeks, inter-island lagoons, coastal mangroves, seagrass beds, and coral reef. Visitors to the coral reef can expect to see manatees, nesting sea turtles, spawning groupers, deep water conch, and reef species. Flourishing bird populations also live throughout the reserve, providing travelers with outstanding birding opportunities.

Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve

What to Bring

Swimsuit, towel, sunscreen, sunglasses, camera, and money for tips.

What's included

Guided tour, boat trip, soft drinks, water, and lunch.


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