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Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley Snorkeling Tour

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Belize City, Belize
Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley Snorkeling Tour

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icon5 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 3 more

Overview

Splash into one of Belize’s top dive spots on a snorkeling tour to Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley. Swim among colorful coral reefs teeming with fish in this protected channel, and then feel the thrill of snorkeling among a throng of harmless nurse sharks and stingrays during a feeding frenzy. Relax with a rum punch back on board the boat, and spend some time exploring the laid-back island of Caye Caulker on this memorable voyage.
  • Half-day snorkeling tour from Belize City
  • Snorkel in the protected waters of Hol Chan Marine Reserve
  • Safely swim among dozens of nurse sharks and sting rays in Shark Ray Alley
  • Sip a tropical cocktail on board the boat
  • Enjoy free time to relax on the beach and dine on Caye Caulker
  • Excellent way to experience Belize's barrier reef
  • Makes a great shore excursion for cruise ship passengers
  • Includes pickup and drop-off from the Belize City port or hotels
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Bottled water
Professional guide
Port pickup and drop-off
Shared tour
Transport by air-conditioned minivan or Ford E-350 Van
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Lunch
Hotel pickup and drop-off outside of Belize City, Belize

Departure Point

Fort Street Tourism Village, Terminal 1, Belize City, Belize

If arriving by cruise ship: As you debark from your tender boat, please look for the Diamonds International store at Terminal 2. Walk through the store to the gate on Fort Street. At the gate, you’ll be met by a representative of Splash Wave Tours

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • Dress code is casual
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Anyone with Covid-19 symptoms will not be allow on tour
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
  • OPERATED BY splash wave tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley Snorkeling Tour?
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
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley Snorkeling Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley Snorkeling Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley Snorkeling Tour.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley Snorkeling Tour?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley Snorkeling Tour.

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Traveler Tips


  • "The organizer is sensitive to ship arrivals and departures, so do not hesitate just because this isn’t offered as a cruise line excursion." See review
  • "Be aware the shuttle pick up is near the caves, and not in the city." See review

Reviews

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43 Reviews

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star-2
Be sure to quadruple confirm your booking
Russell_D
, Feb 2021
We reserved our snorkeling tour online. Our credit card was charged. We received confirming email. We held tickets in both printed and hard copy form. What could go wrong? We were never picked up at the agreed upon departure point. A Radisson-affiliated taxi driver made phone calls on our behalf. The first calls went to a perpetually busy number listed on our ticket information. This driver knew the owner of this tour company and successfully reached him at a different number The owner stated there was no reservation in his company’s system reflecting our paid tickets. So. If you’d like a review of the marine reserve I cannot offer you one. This trip to Belize was not my first. Anyone with travel experience here would generally agree that in Belize “things work.” In this case things didn’t work. My lesson learned is to contact the tour operator prior to the trip even while in possession of multiple layers of confirming artifacts that prove one holds paid-for tickets. Finally, the only reason I chose to offer this not-so-rosy review is that upon returning from an excellent Belizean cave kayak tour today I was greeted by a text message inviting me to offer a review of my experience yesterday at Hol Chan Marine Reserve with this operator. So that’s what I have done.
star-5
Best Excursion of our Cruise
Sarah_M
, Mar 2020
The crew was excellent. The captain had a keen eye and spotted turtles, manatees and a crocodile for us. It felt like we got the VIP treatment. I couldn't have been happier!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great for all ages
Lyle_P
, Feb 2020
Father daughter trip 02/20. We both really enjoyed this tour. Best money we spent on entire trip, including our scuba and snorkeling excursions. Staff are very friendly, and incredibly knowledgeable. They deliver what they advertise and more. Be aware the shuttle pick up is near the caves, and not in the city. Renting a car was cheaper than another shuttle to the meeting point.
star-1
Snorkeling tour that wasn't.
Susan_S
, Feb 2020
Trip was cancelled the morning that we were supposed to go. I was told that an email was sent but that was not the case. Very disappointing. Do not book on a Sunday, the whole town is shut down.
star-5
Super Fun Snorkeling and Must See Cay Caulker Island
Super2016
, Jan 2020
Our boat driver Emerson took his job as our boat driver very seriously. The 45 minute ride out to the reef on his super 35mph fast with 200hp motor boat was a little choppy on the way out. On the way back after our Wow snorkeling with sharks and stingrays he drove the boat to the back side of the island and showed us how the tarpon fish jump high for fish. We want to go back to Cay Caulker island - the lunch was great and the town is super tropical (no cars - only bicycles and golf carts). Caesar a snorkeling guide was great with our 3 year old grandson which was his 2nd time snorkeling. On the way back to Belize City we spotted a group on dolphins.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Amazing Day
Cindy R
, Dec 2019
The whole experience was amazing! Our snorkel tour guide, Stacy, was patient and incredibly knowledgeable. She pointed out fish and coral and was able to name them. One of the best parts was when Stacy dove down and an Eel followed her out of his cave. Then she took us in the water to watch the Nurse Shark feeding. She was right in the middle petting the sharks and helping us touch them. James was the boat driver and Jose was along to help us. They were both friendly and helped make it a great day!
star-5
Unforgettable day!
Philip A
, Dec 2019
We had a wonderful day exploring the Belize Barrier Reef with Stacy. She was an awesome tour guide - she shared so much with us about her country. It is obvious that she is passionate about Belize and loves to share that passion with people visiting. My husband was excited to snorkel, but I am not a strong swimmer and was very nervous. They made sure I was comfortable, helped me get my bearings in the water and I had the most amazing time watching the wildlife and seeing the reef. Just stunning! Unfortunately, there was a large group of people that booked our tour as well and insisted that it was a private tour and were rude and disrespectful to the staff. They refused to board the boat until Stacy had already tried everything, so we left and then they yelled and forced us to come back. It was really frustrating for us as fellow tourists because these rude people basically took almost an hour of our day. But we were just in awe with how Stacy, Patrick, and the rest of the crew continued to smile and be as kind to them as possible and kept the tour on a positive note. We chose this tour last minute because Royal Caribbean canceled a previously schedule excursion on us at the last minute. I'm so grateful that happened because this day couldn't have been better! Thank you, Stacy! We will look you up when we move to Belize! ;)
star-5
Definitely Worth It
Heather B
, Mar 2019
Unique to the area, you really will experience the sharks and rays. Guides are friendly and informative. I loved that food was not included and I got to choose my lunch. Super tasty. The organizer is sensitive to ship arrivals and departures, so do not hesitate just because this isn’t offered as a cruise line excursion. The locals live by tourism dollars. They will not leave you or allow you to miss your ship. Fantastic snorkeling.
star-5
Nelson and crew took us on an...
Chris H
, Jan 2018
Nelson and crew took us on an amazing snorkeling trip. We were first timers and they took great care of us. We got to pet nurse sharks and see beautiful fish. We are ready to snorkel again! Thank you so much.
star-2
Reality - 30min. of snorkeling, 10 min...
Rasa V
, Jan 2018
Reality - 30min. of snorkeling, 10 min with sharks, no feeding tarpon.
1 traveler found this review helpful

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