Hol Chan Marine Reserve

Category
Attraction
Type of Attraction
Aquatic Wonder, Marine Reserve, Nature Reserve
District/Region
Near Ambergris Caye
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Description
Highlights
  • Snorkeling & Swimming
  • Corals, Sharks, & Other Marine Life
  • National Park

About Location
Off the southern tip of Ambergris Caye is Belize's oldest marine reserve,the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Hol Chan is Mayan for "little channel." The entire reserve focuses on a cut through the reef (called a quebrada) which is little more than 25 yards (23 m) wide and 30 feet (9 m) deep about 4 miles southeast of San Pedro.

The reserve was formed primarily as a community-based initiative due to concern over the high level of uncontrolled, often destructive fishing and diving activities in the area. Reserve status was also called for by international organizations such as the New York Zoological Society (NYZS) and Peace Corps, due to the unique formation of the channel, the abundant fishery resources (including conch and lobster) and the feasibility of including an interlinked system of coral reef, seagrass and mangrove habitats in this area.

The entire reserve covers approximately three square miles (7.8 sq km)
 
Whats Nearby
Recommended Hotels
Recommended
On San Pedro’s north edge, experience a private paradise at Blue Tang Inn, one of the town’s most charming beachfront inns. Fourteen exquisite suites each offer full kitchens and air ... moreconditioning. Relax by the private pool or rejoice on the third floor sundeck with inspiring panoramas of the ocean and reef. Set your own schedule for amazing daily activities such as sailing & snorkeling, kayaking, scuba diving, fishing and numerous inland tours to visit ancient Mayan Ruins and waterfalls.

Each suite has a fully equipped kitchen for your convenience. There is a grocery store 1/2 block away that will deliver! Complimentary Continental breakfast is included daily. 

Our staff is super friendly and will help you book your daily activities. Just ask!
Gold Certified:
Yes
Phone Number:
+501 226 2326
Area:
San Pedro
Region:
Northern Islands
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Most Popular Tours
$
70
/ Person
Departs From:
San Pedro (Ambergris Caye)
 (7)
Provider:
Tuff E Nuff offers the best snorkeling experience at Hol Chan and Shark Ray Alley. Come and explore the beauty of Belize's healthy barrier reef ecosystem (no touching), which is also ... morethe world's second largest living barrier reef! At Hol Chan Marine Reserve, there is excellent coral formation with a variety of friendly sea creature including, of course, nurse sharks and stingrays.
Tours & Shuttles
$
152
/ Person
Departs From:
San Pedro (Ambergris Caye)
This combo trip includes Diving at Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Snorkeling at Shark Ray Alley. Scuba Dive Hol Chan Marine Reserve And Shark Ray Alley... more
Hol Chan is Belize’s oldest marine reserve, Hol Chan is Mayan for “little channel.” The entire reserve focuses on a cut through the reef (called a Quebrada) which is little more than 25 yards wide and 30 feet deep about 4 miles southeast of San Pedro.

The Reserve was formed primarily as a community-based initiative due to the concern over the high level of uncontrolled, often destructive fishing and diving activities in the area.

Hol Chan is also the habitat of a large moray eel population. With 5 different morays, the Green Moray is the largest, up to 6 ft long.

Discover Yourself In The Ocean
It is the single most popular day trip from San Pedro, perfect for snorkeling or diving.

Hol Chan, from the Mayan word ”Little Channel,” is a MUST DO trip on the Island and it’s combined with Shark Ray Alley. It’s located just four miles southeast of San Pedro Town.

The reserve is home to several hard corals, sponges, seagrass turtle, and several different fishes like grouper, snapper, blue tang, and much more.

We leave every day at 9:00 am or at 2 pm. The total time for the snorkel tour is 2 ½hrs.

*dive gear can be rented for an additional cost 
$
140
/ Person
Departs From:
Caye Caulker
Provider:
Snorkeling sites: Hol Chan Channel  Shark Ray alley  Chato Turtle area  Manatee Area  Sunken Barge  Viewing Site: Tarpon Hole  Sea Horse
$
75
/ Person
$
75
/ Adult
Departs From:
Caye Caulker
Includes: Free GoPro photos/videos, lunch, fruit, lunch, drinks, guide and all park fees This tour is one to remember and will definitely be your most memorable experience in Belize. ... moreIt starts on Caye Caulker at our tour office at 9:00 with a quick briefing on how we'll conduct the tour to keep it eco-friendly and fun, then we load up in the boat and go to a marine reserve that's 32+ years old. Here we will see a wide array of marine life including sharks, rays, beautiful fish and corals. We go to 4 different zones inside the reserve then we go to the shipwreck to look for lost treasure but mostly just sightseeing. Then we go look for the most majestic creature in the area, a manatee/sea cow! We know their favorite hangout areas so we'll go to three different locations in search of them and If we find them, you'll get to snorkel with them and observe their relaxed behavior. The last stops are bonus stops to do some fun sightseeing around the island. The tour ends around 3:00
$
70
/ Adult
Departs From:
Caye Caulker
 (2)
Provider:
Hol Chan is one of the oldest marine reserves in Belize. The marine life is healthy and abundant. You will be surrounded by numerous colorful fish and corals, eagle rays, turtles, ... moreeels, barracuda and many more.

We also stop to explore ( Belize's own version of the Titanic) the sunken barge. Nearby when the water temperature is just right you can swim just 10 feet away from a manatee. Stare in amazement as these gentle giants come up for air and look into your eyes with curiosity. 

Once back at Caye Caulker we visit the seahorses and the tarpons that reside on the west side of the island. We also visit an extra surprise resident, but you have to be there to know what it is.

**Price of the ferry from Belize City or San Pedro to tour starting point can be a lot less if guests opt for us to purchase the ferry tickets for them.**
$
75
/ Adult
Departs From:
San Pedro (Ambergris Caye)
Are you interested in experiencing the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, but do not want to get wet? We have a tour just right for you. The entire family will love this trip. Enjoy our Glass ... moreBottom Boat Tour to Hol Chan Marine Reserve & Shark Ray Alley (Just hope on board, relax and enjoy).

After a 20-minute ride to Hol Chan Marine Reserve, you will see lots of things to see on the way. Once you arrive, you will enjoy all the wonders of the reef such are marine life, coral, sharks, rays and much more. Swimming and Snorkeling are optional at the reserve, which you can enjoy the tropical marine life and coral first hand. Next, the glass bottom boat will take you to the amazing Shark Ray Alley where you can observe sharks and rays from the safety of your glass bottom boat or again you have the option to swim or snorkel with them. But, it’s against the law to touch or hold any marine life while swimming or snorkeling.

Trips depart at the tour dock at 9:00 AM or 2:00 PM and last about 2 1/2 Hours. Requires a minimum of 2 persons or you can pay an additional fee and go with less than the minimum. Bottled Water and Soft Drinks included. Snorkel Gear is optional on this tour.
$
125
/ Person
Departs From:
San Pedro (Ambergris Caye)
Enjoy a Fun Day at Sea. Snorkel the Largest Barrier Reef.
$
140
/ Person
Departs From:
San Pedro (Ambergris Caye)
Located 4 miles southeast of San Pedro, 7 minutes from our dock. It’s like snorkeling or diving in your own aquarium. The depth is 30 feet, so both divers and snorkelers can be together ... moreto enjoy colorful tropical fish of all sizes and types along with beautiful coral formation.

Shark ray alley dozens of stingrays and nurse sharks. Be sure to bring your camera along or rent a GoPro in our shop, the natural light makes for epic photos.
$
275
/ Group
Departs From:
San Pedro (Ambergris Caye)
The best snorkel guides are excited to share their underwater world with you. They will ask questions about your swimming and snorkeling experience to ensure you are comfortable in ... morethe water. They will explain the site, what you might see, and ensure you understand the route you will be taking. They look for unusual coral, hard to spot fish, and invertebrates just to see you get excited–they want to talk about what you saw when you’re back on the boat. You will find these guides on our small group tours. Each of our tours is for 1-8 people–we want to give you personalized service and the best experience possible.

Each of our private snorkel tours includes all park fees, taxes, equipment, rum punch, soda, fresh fruit snack, water, and licensed guides.

Our comfortable pontoon boat is expecially suited for older guests, young children, and people with mobility issues. 

Where We Snorkel!
Hol Chan/Shark Ray Alley

Enjoy the sights of the barrier reef during this snorkel tour. During your stop at Hol Chan, you will experience abundant marine life. At Shark Ray Alley you will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with nurse sharks, rays, and jacks as they swim around the boat.

Mexico Rocks

A short boat ride north takes you to Mexico Rocks where you will snorkel in a protected area with abundant marine life. Great for beginners but with enough to see to keep the experienced snorkeler engaged.

Tres Cocos

During this tour, you will get the opportunity to snorkel at two sites–Tres Cocos and Tuffy. At Tres Cocos, you will encounter large brain coral, sea fans, and much marine fish. At Tuffy, the marine life is the star of the site.
$
110
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$
148
/ Person
Provider:
Blue Tang Inn Relax at Blue Tang Inn in one of our Garden View Suites. This package also includes a ½ day sail and snorkel trip to Hol Chan Marine Reserve & Shark Ray Alley ... moreon the 40 foot Sirena Azul Sailboat.
$
100
/ Person
$
700
/ Group
Departs From:
San Pedro (Ambergris Caye)
Provider:
Depart Blue Tang Inn on the Sirena Azul Sailboat at 8:30am. Sail, relax and enjoy the aqua blue Caribbean for about 45 minutes to Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Here, a guide will lead you ... morealong the reef, pointing out the many interesting fish and coral formations. This beautiful, small channel contains many different schools of fish. Turtles, stingrays, groupers, horse-eyed jacks, snappers, and sergeant majors will escort you through this very scenic tour around the channel. Next stop is Shark Ray Alley, where you can snorkel with friendly Nurse sharks & southern stingrays next to the boat. Once back on board you can rinse off with fresh water and settle in for the sail to Caye Caulker. When you reach Caye Caulker you will have time to have lunch on your own & explore our quaint sister island. After lunch, enjoy a leisurely sail back to San Pedro to return by 5pm. Includes Beer, soda, rum punch, bottled water and fresh fruit. Bring a towell, sunscreen, hat and a light sweater along. Snorkel gear is available at the Blue Tang Inn office.
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