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Belize Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley Snorkel Tour from Ambergris Caye

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    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.
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    Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

    Amazing swimming with sharks! Great guide and was very knowledgeable Lots of fun and laughs Would do again in a heartbeat

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Footprints757614
    KelvinRamnarace, Guest Relations Manager at Discovery Expeditions Belize Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

    Thanks for the review and recommendation.

    Reviewed 4 July 2019 via mobile

    TLDR: Good: guides gave personalized attention and helped with equipment (really helpful for first timers.) Bad: a bit hard to find the meetup spot We booked this the day before through trip advisor and other than a small hiccup with transportation (more detail below,) we...More

    Thank wanderandwallow
    Reviewed 4 June 2019

    Only caveat is the weather...never know what you're gonna get. Guides are excellent and well-versed in marine life, pick up right at apartment/hotel dock, lots of great marine life to see.

    Date of experience: April 2019
    Thank Ron Y
    KelvinRamnarace, Guest Relations Manager at Discovery Expeditions Belize Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 6 June 2019

    Thanks for the review. Our weather can be a challenge but we try to be flexible so you can still get to see Belize.

    Reviewed 15 April 2019

    Great place love all the nature and the beautiful fish are amazing!!! Better on a calm day and get there early

    Date of experience: December 2018
    Thank 9100sunshine
    Reviewed 8 April 2019

    Excellent outing to Hol Chan and Shark Ray Alley. Lots of beautiful sea life to view. Friendly and informative guides.

    Date of experience: April 2019
    Thank NanM426
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    Marie A J
    2 July 2019|
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    Response from jillywilly1137 | Reviewed this property |
    Hi - when we snorkeled (January 2019) we did not see any jelly fish.
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    charlesy827
    20 June 2019|
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    Response from jillywilly1137 | Reviewed this property |
    You can customize the trip. Our trip was 4 hours long which I think is average.
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    O3470IYdavids
    7 April 2019|
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    Response from okstout4 |
    I'm not sure why it wouldn't be. You can check to see if its one of the shore excursions offered on RC or book direct thru this site. They have two departure times. One is 8:30am and the other is 1:30pm. The excursion is... More
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