The Hol Chan Marine Reserve is a mecca for snorkelers. This reserve is located on the coast of Ambergris Caye, one of Belize’s most popular islands for visitors. Hol Chan Marine Reserve is known for its sea grass beds, mangrove forests, coral reefs, and a section of reserve known as Shark Ray Alley.
- 9 hrs
- Available Days:
- Every day
- 7:00 AM
- Hotel Transport Included
- Mobile Ticket Included
- Offered in English, Spanish
The marine reserve is named after a break in the channel that is 75 feet (23 m) wide. Hol Chan means “little channel’ in the Maya language. This channel serves as a thoroughfare for large schools of fish. On snorkeling trips here you can see fish like groupers, snappers, and jacks.
Shark Ray Alley is a popular gathering spot for nurse sharks and stingrays. This is one of the top places to snorkel in the world. These animals know they can expect to be fed by visiting boats, and they show up in impressive numbers. It’s easy to observe these carnivores from a respectful distance.
After your snorkeling trip you’ll head back to your tour’s private boat, and sit down to a floating picnic.
The quick ride out to Hol Chan Marine Reserve makes this the most popular half-day tour for visitors staying at Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker. Set aside in 1987, this reserve covers an area of 3 square miles (7.8 sq km) and is found off the southern tip of Ambergris Caye. As a result, this area of the Belize Barrier Reef supports healthy populations of fish and colorful coral. Turtles, nurse sharks, grouper, jacks, reef fish, and barracuda are just a few of the species you might see here. The reef ranges from 10–30 feet (3–9 m) deep and most guides take snorkelers along the outer edge of the reef. While this site is great for beginner snorkelers, as well as divers, swimmers should pay attention to currents which can be strong throughout the reserve.
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