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

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

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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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Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off from all hotels located north of San Pedro town (you may purchase round-trip transportation upon arrival)
Ambergris Caye , Ambergris Caye, Belize

We are located on the dock. GUESTS MUST BE AT THE DOCK 30 MINUTES BEFORE DEPARTURE TIME.

8:30 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
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
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.
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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
See all safety measures taken by Belize Hol Chan Marine Reserve & Shark Ray Alley Snorkel Tour - Ambergris Caye.
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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
See all safety measures taken by Belize Hol Chan Marine Reserve & Shark Ray Alley Snorkel Tour - Ambergris Caye.
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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
See all safety measures taken by Belize Hol Chan Marine Reserve & Shark Ray Alley Snorkel Tour - Ambergris Caye.
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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
See all safety measures taken by Belize Hol Chan Marine Reserve & Shark Ray Alley Snorkel Tour - Ambergris Caye.

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Barrier Reef and Sharks
Marla_D
, Jun 2022
Amazing company! They offered me a pickup from my area and return. The crew were amazing, and the experience is one to have.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you for sharing and so glad you enjoyed your tour!
star-5
Unfortunately the weather...
KEZIA_S
, May 2022
Unfortunately the weather impeaded our trip. However the customer service WAS EXCELLENT to help us rearrange as appropriate thank you Thyra
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you for sharing!
star-5
Great trip! The guides...
Ashley_L
, May 2022
Great trip! The guides were fun and made it a great experience. They made sure everyone was comfortable and safe
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you for sharing and so glad you enjoyed your tour!
star-5
Fun Experience
Nyasha_M
, May 2022
Great experience. The tour guide, Soup was super friendly and cool. There was another tour guide and man I wish I could remember his name because he was awesome. I don’t know how to swim and he was sooo patient and guided me the entire time. From a swimmer’s point of view: My husband is a great swimmer and he said this was the best snorkeling experience he’s ever had!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you for sharing and so glad you enjoyed your tour!
star-5
Knowledgeable Guides
Bobbi_M
, Apr 2022
The tour was fun, the water was crystal clear and there was plenty of fish, turtles, and sharks to see. Our guides ( Chris and Santiago ) were full of information and easy going.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you for sharing and so glad you enjoyed your tour
star-5
Pick this tour!
Sally_S
, Mar 2022
This was an amazing experience! Our guides were friendly and very knowledgeable. Our tour group saw nurse sharks, eagle rays, and so many types of fish. Soup and Bird are the best guides available in San Pedro!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Thanks for sharing and so glad you enjoyed your tour!
star-5
Awesome snorkel experience
Regan_W
, Mar 2022
Guides were knowledgeable, fun, safe and patient. There was a wide variety of ages in our group and the guides did an excellent job of managing everyone. You could tell the guides were having fun themselves - they enjoy the work they do and are passionate about protecting the reef and the wildlife that lives there. They had fresh fruit and water for us as well!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Thanks for sharing and so glad you enjoyed your tour.
star-4
Swimming with the nurse...
Dirk_V
, Mar 2022
Swimming with the nurse sharks was great! Crew was very friendly, professional and entertaining. A little hard to figure out which operator to go to.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Thank you for sharing your experience with us. We are glad that you had a great time on your tour. We are currently modifying our booking procedures that all necessary information is provided to prevent this issue from happening again.
star-5
Amazing snorkeling experience!
Heidi_B
, Mar 2022
We had an amazing time snorkeling! Our guides were fantastic and kept us entertained! Hol Chan is beautiful and swimming with sharks is quite an experience.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Thank you for sharing your experience. So happy you enjoyed your tour.
star-5
Snorkeling Nirvana
Gerrid_P
, Dec 2021
If you are staying in San Pedro or Caye Caulker you have to book this experience. We did snorkeling in Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray alley and saw an amazing variety of sea life. We saw nurse sharks, manatees, sea turtles, a barracuda and a variety of colorful fish. I highly recommend this experience. Our tour guide Soup was amazing, super knowledgeable and funny. He kept us entertained and ensured we had an amazing experience from beginning to end. If you do this excursion, make sure you book Shark Ray Alley too so that you can have the opportunity to swim with the nurse sharks!!
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
So glad you enjoyed your tour, thanks for sharing.
star-3
The shark experience was...
Ursin_S
, Sep 2021
The shark experience was fun, but still quite expensive compared to other similar tours on the island.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Glad you had fun on the tour. Will forward the price issue to our management team.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Barrier Reef tour
John_B
, Sep 2021
Swimming with the sharks was exciting. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and the casual swimming along the barrier reef was wonderful.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
So glad you enjoyed your tour, thanks for sharing.
star-5
Amazing snorkel
Lauren_W
, Aug 2021
What an amazing trip! This was our second snorkel or the trip and Jordan and Danny made it a great experience. The reef is in great shape and Jordan made sure to point out many creatures we would have otherwise missed. We saw turtles, nurse sharks, rays and an octopus and had plenty of time to explore.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
So glad you enjoyed your tour, thanks for sharing.
star-5
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.
star-5
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.
star-5
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.
star-5
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.
star-5
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!
star-5
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.
star-5
Under The Sea
Shayna_W
, 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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