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Belize Hol Chan Marine Reserve & Shark Ray Alley Snorkel Tour - Ambergris Caye

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San Pedro, Belize
Belize Hol Chan Marine Reserve & Shark Ray Alley Snorkel Tour - Ambergris Caye
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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English and 1 more
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Overview

Explore the underwater wonders of Belize’s most popular snorkeling sites on this trip to Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley. Departing from Ambergris Caye, you'll swim with an amazing variety of fish, sea turtles, stingrays, and nurse sharks among the coral formations of the largest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere.
  • Snorkel tour from Ambergris Caye
  • Cruise the clear Caribbean waters and snorkel amid coral formations
  • See colorful reef fish and other aquatic life in Hol Chan Marine Reserve
  • Spot stingrays, sea turtles, and brown nurse sharks in Shark Ray Alley
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Professional guide
Bottled water
Use of Snorkeling equipment
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off from all hotels located north of San Pedro town (you may purchase round-trip transportation upon arrival)

Departure Point

Beachfront, Ambergris Caye, San Pedro, Belize

Departure Time

8:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Belize is famous for its remarkable snorkeling sites and diverse sea life. With a name that means “Little Channel” in Maya, Hol Chan Marine Reserve was the first such designated reserve in Central America and is located among the second-largest barrier reef in the world. Just a quick ride by motorboat from Ambergris Caye, Hol Chan will be the first stop on your snorkeling adventure.

After donning a snorkeling mask and fins, you'll be ready to splash into the shallow, clear Caribbean waters to explore the amazing coral reef formations below. Thanks to dedicated conservation efforts, this area boasts a wonderfully healthy and diverse population of marine life, including 160 different species of fish. You’re likely to spot large schools of snapper, grouper, and jackfish darting among the impressive coral formations, as well as larger creatures like sea turtles and stingrays.

Hop back aboard your boat for a quick ride over to Shark Ray Alley, a shallow channel in the reef where these two bottom feeders are found in abundance. Swim among gentle stingrays, with wingspans up to 4 feet (1.2 meters), as well as harmless brown nurse sharks that can reach lengths of more than 9 feet (2.75 meters). After getting your fill of these marvelous marine animals, you’ll be transported back to Ambergris Caye and your San Pedro hotel.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 8 years
  • Note: moderate level of difficulty; passengers should be in moderate physical condition to participate
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Discovery Belize Ltd.

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Belize Hol Chan Marine Reserve & Shark Ray Alley Snorkel Tour - Ambergris Caye?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Belize Hol Chan Marine Reserve & Shark Ray Alley Snorkel Tour - Ambergris Caye?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Belize Hol Chan Marine Reserve & Shark Ray Alley Snorkel Tour - Ambergris Caye?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Belize Hol Chan Marine Reserve & Shark Ray Alley Snorkel Tour - Ambergris Caye?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Best snorkel tour I’ve done!
lyndseysaunders25
, Jul 2021
I had the best time on this snorkel trip! CJ, Kyle, and Siede from Amigos Del Mar made the trip memorable and a lot of fun. At the first stop you get a guided snorkel which was awesome. Siede pointed out many types of fish and coral. Additionally we saw sea turtles, manatees, stingrays, and sharks. At the second stop we were able to swim closely with the nurse sharks! Totally worth the money. It was the best 3-4 hours I spent on San Pedro!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thanks for sharing and glad you enjoyed your tour.
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A Worthwhile Marine Adventure
Kristin
, Jul 2021
One of the most amazing experiences of our lives! We would highly recommend this tour. While snorkeling the Marine Reserve we had the opportunity to see a manatee, sea turtles, sharks, rays, a lobster, a Morey eel, and more fish and corals than we could count!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Glad you have a great time and thanks for sharing.
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Great snorkeling!
Kwame_C
, Jun 2021
Great snorkeling! The guide was very knowledgeable on everything in the water. We saw so many fish, sting ray and nurse sharks.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Thanks for sharing, glad you had a great time on tour.
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Must-do Activity in Ambergris Caye
Patrick_M
, Jun 2021
We had an amazing morning on this tour! Our captain Sydney (a.k.a. The Birdman) was an exceptional guide who made the morning what it was. Even going as far as to helping us get some great footage on our GoPros by diving up close to the turtles and various fish. He shared a lot of interesting information and facts related to everything throughout the morning, I felt like I learned a lot! Swimming around the nurse sharks while they were being fed chum was a great experience too. Thank you Birdman! Highly recommend this tour.
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Highly recommend
Danyon_S
, Jun 2021
I really enjoyed our experience. The captain ‘Burger’ and his Cree were very knowledgeable. They were very helpful in instruction from everything to sunscreen to being in the water. We started a practice snorkel and saw a turtle! They gave everyone fruit and water to help stay hydrated. The sharks were amazing! So many! I couldn’t believe it! Not scary. The sharks are docile. The half day was a perfect amount of time to be out and get a great experience.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Glad you enjoyed your tour!
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Wonderful
Brenda_C
, Apr 2021
Guide showed us all the different kinds of fish. The sharks and stingrays were a highlight to the day. It was amazing
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Thanks so much for the review.
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Under The Sea
UNA
, Apr 2021
Our guides were super friendly s d efficient. They knew what they were doing and we're very informative about the reef, wildlife, and their ecosystems. Swam with fish and nurse sharks as well. Really good time, and next time, we'll check out the night snorkeling!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Thanks for the review.
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Great experience
Laura_K
, Mar 2020
The trip was definitely the best part of my stay in San Pedro. The guides were super nice and knew what they were doing, so we felt safe the entire trip. Would definitely recommend going!!
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Best family snorkeling adventure. Highly recommend.
Scott_G
, Feb 2020
We did the snorkeling adventure through Amigo Del Mar Dive Shop. Our guide Carlos (AKA Meow) was amazing. Made everyone comfortable and very professional. The knowledge and skill this guy has would be hard to beat. I would recommend this company all day long. Thanks for the Awsome experience Carlos. We will be back.
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Saw a variety of marine life!
emg3ny
, Jan 2020
We did a half day tour with Jonathan and it was fantastic! He was able to point out and name all kinds of fish and marine life, including a puffer fish and spotted eagle ray. We spent about 45 min snorkeling at Hol Chan and it was the perfect amount of time. Only complaint is that I wish we stayed at Shark Ray Alley for longer than 15 minutes. We caught the tail-end of another boat feeding the nurse sharks and were able to see them for a few minutes, however once the food was gone the sharks were gone as well. Not sure why our guide didn't bring bait to keep the sharks around and give us time to swim.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Thanks for sharing, will pass on to the guides.
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