Hol Chan Marine Reserve

Category
Attraction
Type of Attraction
Aquatic Wonder, Nature Reserve
District/Region
Near Ambergris Caye
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)
 
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$
125
/ Person
Departs From:
San Pedro (Ambergris Caye)
Provider:
Enjoy a Fun Day at Sea. Snorkel the Largest Barrier Reef.
$
250
/ 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, soda, fresh fruit snack, water, and licensed guides.

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.
$
583
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$
1,170
/ Person
Provider:
Blue Tang Inn Relax for 5 nights in one of our Garden View Suites at the Blue Tang Inn. The package also includes a ½ day trip to Mexico Rocks and a full day to Hol Chan Marine Park, ... moreShark Ray Alley & Caye Caulker.
$
100
/ Person
$
600
/ Group
Departs From:
San Pedro (Ambergris Caye)
Provider:
Begin your day by sailing to Hol Chan Marine Reserve & Shark Ray Alley. You will enjoy a guided snorkel through the Marine Reserve and neighboring Shark Ray Alley. Once back on ... moreboard 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. Includes Beer, soda, rum punch, bottled water, shrimp cocktail & fresh fruit.
$
60
/ Person
$
350
/ Group
Departs From:
San Pedro (Ambergris Caye)
Provider:
At Hol Chan Marine Reserve, a guide will lead you along the reef, pointing out the many interesting fish and coral formations. This beautiful, small channel contains many different ... moreschools of fish. Large black groupers, horse-eyed jacks, schoolmaster snappers and sergeant majors will escort you through this very scenic tour around the channel. At Shark Ray Alley you can snorkel with friendly Nurse Sharks & southern stingrays next to the boat. Enjoy the Blue Tang Fishes as well.
$
50
/ Person
Departs From:
San Pedro (Ambergris Caye)
Provider:
This snorkeling tour takes approximately 2 1/2 hours to 3 hours. Hol Chan Marine Reserve is a famous snorkeling site that offers plenty of marine life. This trip includes three snorkeling ... morestops. One at the channel, one at the Conch Grave Yard and another at the Shark and Ray Alley. While snorkeling there, you have chances of seeing Sting Rays, Turtles, Moray Eels, Nurse Sharks and a variety of fish species. Cost for this tour is $50.00 USD per person.
$
75
/ Person
Departs From:
San Pedro (Ambergris Caye)
Bring your family to this amazing reserve at the edge of the Barrier Reef. Very easy and fun filled for all ages. Meet new friends like sea turtles, nurse sharks, eagle rays, large ... moregroupers among the hundreds of other species.

Experience uniqueness in every aspect!
The experience starts from the moment we greet you to the moment we say goodbye. Our crew is a group of trained and experience tour guides that will make sure you don’t miss any fun fact while diving & snorkeling at our local reef. Caribbean Breeze Tours can assure you a time to remember forever.

A family and group oriented adventure where everyone can enjoy the marvel of a Marine Reserve on the Belize Barrier Reef. The water is so clear that snorkeling at holchan is so amazing. The deepest areas of Hol-Chan are about 30 feet, making it easy for divers & snorkelers to skin dive down to the white sandy bottoms.

Glide among sea fans, sponges, brain corals and gorgonians as you drift over canyon formations where large groupers, turtles, spotted eagle rays, nurse sharks and various tropical creatures live.
$
45
/ Person
Departs From:
San Pedro (Ambergris Caye)
The experience starts from the moment we greet you to the moment we say goodbye. Our crew members are trained and experienced tour guides that will make sure you don’t miss any fun ... morefact while snorkeling at Hol Chan & shark ray alley. Caribbean Breeze Tours can assure you memories that will last you forever.

Amuse yourself at the must stop Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray alley – snorkeling with the sharks and rays is a once in a lifetime experience. It’s a Home to hundreds of colorful species of fish and corals. Encounter yourself with horse-eyed jacks, trumpet fish, snappers, neon goby, princess parrot-fish, Nassau grouper, creole wrasse, green moray eel, spotted eagle ray & sea turtles just to name some of the fishes. As for the corals, you will see stag-horns, boulder star, Elkhorn, brain coral, grooved fungus, yellow porous, finger corals, sea fans & corky sea fingers.

Shark Ray Alley is the sanctuary for Eagle Rays. Be thrilled by their presence, feel the rush while they glide right beside you. Dozens of tamed eagle rays, just wanting to show off their magnificent habitat. A true experience like no other, unmatched memories.
$
110
/ Person
$
1,500
/ Group
Departs From:
San Pedro (Ambergris Caye)
Come on board our 53-foot long sailing boat to explore the beautiful barrier reef of San Pedro, Belize. We will take you to the best 4 snorkeling stops of the country which includes ... morethe second best in the world. We start our trip from town at 9 am (pick up time at Hotels start at 8:30 am).

The first stop is "Coral Gardens". While you snorkel, my tour guides will jump in the water with you. Some of them will be helping you snorkel, while others will be spearing some fish or lobster for lunch. What we catch is going to be lunch for that day.

Next, we move on to the Manatee Look Out to swim with the Manatees.
Note: Touching the Manatees are not allowed. We cannot guarantee 100% that they are going to be there, because they are not in captivity, but we have a chance of 60% to 70% to see them.

After lunch, we are going to take you to the marine parks. The first one is going to be Shark Ray Ally where you are going to swim with the nurse sharks (not dangerous) and after that stop, we save the best for the last, Hol Chan.

Hol Chan Marine Reserve is rated #2 in the world and is the best snorkeling stop in the country of Belize. Here you are going to swim with over 256 different species of marine life, guaranteed to see big turtles, over 50lbs groupers and more. After our last stop, we relax and sunset cruise our way back to San Pedro Town with all you can drink open bar that starts at 9 am.
$
55
/ Person
Departs From:
San Pedro (Ambergris Caye)
Provider:
THE BEST SNORKELING IN THE WORLD! This Half Day adventure starts at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, where our guides will show you around the spectacular snorkel area. Then head on to Shark ... moreRay Alley, where you will encounter sharks and rays in their natural habitat.

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 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.

For several years, local fishermen often cleaned their catch in Shark Ray Alley, located just inside the reef, to the south of Ambergris Caye. When fishermen noticed that their activity had attracted Nurse Sharks and several Southern Sting Rays, they reported this information to the dive operations in San Pedro, who then dispatched some divers to investigate. What they found was a bonanza, and "Shark-Ray Alley" quickly became a very popular dive site.

As soon as your boat arrives in the area, the guide points out all of the dark shadows in the shallow (eight foot deep) waters. These are the sharks and rays that hear the boat approach and come in search of a few scraps of fish.

Please note, Half Day Trips leave at 9:00 am and 1:00 pm.
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