Hol Chan Marine Reserve Snorkeling

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Caye Caulker: 7-Stop Snorkeling in the Belize Barrier Reef

1. Caye Caulker: 7-Stop Snorkeling in the Belize Barrier Reef

Snorkel at the Hol Chan marine reserve and at Ray Alley, the second largest coral reef system in the world, on this day trip from Caye Caulker. Ride in a comfortable speedboat and use high-quality snorkeling equipment. Enjoy a delicious lunch with drinks and get GoPro photos and videos.  Meet your group at 9:00 AM at the local partner's office located on Caye Caulker. Get geared up, listen to a quick briefing on what to do and not to do to ensure the day is fun-filled and safe. Embark on a cruise to the Belize Barrier Reef. Hop in the water to look for wildlife like turtles where the world’s largest population of West Indian manatees live. See corals that have been protected for over 30 years at the Hol Chan marine reserve. Feel the thrill of diving with sharks in the Ray Alley. Stop for lunch onboard at 12:00 PM. After that, take the chance to explore an amazing shipwreck, coral gardens, and more turtles. The tour ends at 3:00 PM with two bonus sightseeing stops to see seahorses.

Caye Caulker: Hol Chan Marine Reserve Small-Group Tour

2. Caye Caulker: Hol Chan Marine Reserve Small-Group Tour

Discover the wide variety of lush marine life in the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Get your heart racing by snorkeling with sharks and stingrays on the second-largest barrier reef in the world. Receive GoPro pictures after your tour to relive your experience with friends and family. Meet your group at the meeting point on Caye Caulker island, then take a 30-minute boat ride along the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef to the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Hol Chan has been a marine reserve since May 2, 1987, and covers almost 7 square miles (18 square kilometers). Some areas are only about 5 feet (around 1.5 meters) deep, while the channel is about 30 feet (just over 9 meters) deep. Once at the reserve, choose whether to observe the abundant marine life from the boat or take the adrenaline rush of jumping in and exploring the amazing underwater world. If snorkeling, keep on the lookout for brain coral, star coral, sharks, stingrays, turtles, pufferfish, eels, parrotfish, angel fish, barracuda, and even the seasonal manatee. Spend around 45 minutes exploring the vast variety of fish species at the first site. Follow this with the opportunity to snorkel with sharks and stingrays in Shark Ray Alley, then enjoy snorkeling with the majestic sea turtle. At the end of the tour, head back to the peaceful island of Caye Caulker where you began.

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What people are saying about Hol Chan Marine Reserve

Checking in was a bit of a scramble as there was only one person working to fit all the travelers for snorkeling equipment. They also didn’t have us registered even though we reserved a month beforehand and had the tickets. They also didn’t ask for my email so I don’t think I’ll be getting the GoPro photos (but that’s fine—we brought our own). Other than the rocky start, the whole experience was incredible! Adiva and Charles were our guides and were such a delight to have leading the tour. It was my partner’s and my first time snorkeling which was very easy to learn and do. We were able to see and swim with nurse sharks, turtles, fishes and an abundance of coral. We were unable to snorkel with a manatee but were able to see it from above. Biggest tip is to reapply sunscreen every single time you return onto the boat and to use SPF 50 if possible.

Our first time snorkeling and we loved it! Saw turtles, manatee, sharks, and so much more! The crew was very friendly and knowledgeable. We would do it again!

The guides were tremendous and the snorkeling was excellent... sharks, turtles, manatees, eagle rays and even a barracuda. Wonderful experience

Great experience . Would definitely recommend! The tour guides made your we had an excellent time

Amazing, we see all the expected animals. Incredible guides!