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

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

Belize Hol Chan Marine Reserve & Shark Ray Alley Snorkel Tour - Ambergris Caye
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Tour snapshot
Snorkel at Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley
Duration:
3h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
15
Near public transportation
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    3h
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Group size:
    15
  • Near public transportation
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
See everything from stingrays to nurse sharks while snorkeling through vibrant coral reefs on an excursion to two of the top snorkeling spots off of Ambergris Caye. Traveling by boat from one stop to the next maximizes your time and enables you to see more. Plus, visiting both sites increases the diversity of marine life you can spot on a single tour.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English, Spanish
Highlights
  • A guide and provided snorkeling equipment make the trip accessible to first-timers
  • Swim with harmless nurse sharks and other sea creatures
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off make the trip hassle-free
What to expect
  • 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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • A guide and provided snorkeling equipment make the trip accessible to first-timers
  • Swim with harmless nurse sharks and other sea creatures
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off make the trip hassle-free
What to expect
  • 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.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 4110SPRHS
Call +27 21 426 8204
Important information
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
  • Bottled water
  • Use of Snorkelling equipment
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from all hotels located north of San Pedro town (you may purchase round-trip transportation upon arrival)
Duration
3h
Departure details
  • Amigos Del Mar Dive Shop, Beachfront, Ambergris Caye, San Pedro, Belize We are located on the dock. GUESTS MUST BE AT THE DOCK 30 MINUTES BEFORE DEPARTURE TIME.
Additional information
  • 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
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
  • Bottled water
  • Use of Snorkelling equipment
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from all hotels located north of San Pedro town (you may purchase round-trip transportation upon arrival)
Departure details
  • Amigos Del Mar Dive Shop, Beachfront, Ambergris Caye, San Pedro, Belize We are located on the dock. GUESTS MUST BE AT THE DOCK 30 MINUTES BEFORE DEPARTURE TIME.
Duration
3h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • 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
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
What you can expect during your visit
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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4.5
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Perez J
1 contribution
Dec 2021
I booked their trip at Viator with instant booking confirmation. They later canceled the trip because they overbooked. Even worse, they were still selling the same tour on Viator after canceling my trip. Don't count on them or you will miss our once in a lifetime opportunity!
Written 2 January 2022
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Nicole C
Brooklyn, NY22 contributions
This was truly the best snorkeling experience my friend and I have ever been on!! So much wildlife to see including nursing sharks, sea turtles, spotted rays, and all kinds of fish. Our guide was so knowledgeable and would often point to fish, bring us to the surface and explain what it is and everything about it. We have a wonderful time!
Written 31 August 2021
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Kelvin R
So glad you enjoyed your tour, thanks for sharing.
Written 1 November 2021
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jport
Miami, FL43 contributions
Jul 2021
We had a great time snorkeling with Amigos de Mar.

Our guides were great. I have experience snorkeling but my wife does not. She was a bit nervous at first but the guides were able to help her get adjusted. I recommend using the life vest as the swimming gets tiresome.

The tour of the reef was great. The guides were explained everything and made sure that were were doing well. We got to see sharks, mantas, sting rays, barracudas and sea turtles.

We then went to the shark feeding. We stayed in the boat as the view was great from there.
Written 17 July 2021
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Kelvin R
Thanks for sharing this great snorkel experience!!
Written 19 July 2021
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Danyon S
3 contributions
Jun 2021 • Friends
I very much enjoyed our trip. The captain “Burger” and this crew were very kind and helpful. We stopped at a reef first to practice snorkeling before we saw the sharks. This was perfect for me as I am not experienced at snorkeling. They broke us up into smaller groups and we had our own guide as we went around. He pointed out many different types of fish and we saw a turtle. When we got on the boar they had fruit and water waiting for us to help us stay hydrated. The sharks were fantastic!! At that point I felt very comfortable in the water. I could not believe how many there were! A half day was the perfect amount of time. I felt like we saw a lot and just tired enough but not over tired to keep exploring San Pedro.
Written 2 June 2021
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Kelvin R
Thanks so much for the review and its great to hear you had a great time.
Written 3 June 2021
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Katrina Bernardo
5 contributions
Swimming with the sharks is one of the best travel experiences I have ever had on this planet. I couldn’t have asked for a better tour guide to take us to Hol Chan and Shark Ray Alley than JC! JC is the MAN. His smile and joyful presence will brighten your entire trip in Belize!!

I love how he identified every creature as he was guiding us through the snorkeling tour. It was amazing to be in the home of nurse sharks, turtles, and fishes. He was so nice and offered to take plenty of videos and photos of us while we were in the water. His patience made the tour even more peaceful and enjoyable. Since we were on our own time for the private tour, JC let us stay in the water for much longer than the other snorkeling groups who were there.

He does an excellent, extraordinary job and is humble because he genuinely cares about his guests. I love how much appreciation he showed for us. We even stayed around for at least an extra hour because he truly loves what he does, and he happily took his time to thoroughly answer every question we had about scuba diving, the best local restaurants in town, what to do with our time in Belize, literally any and every thing. It means everything to me when I have the pleasure and honor of supporting the business of someone who goes above and beyond the basic duties as a tour guide and entertains my curious inquiries.

Surely, our time together wasn’t nearly long enough! When I return to Belize, he is the first person I will make sure to call to explore more of the country with.
Written 18 April 2021
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Kelvin R
Thanks so much for your post. Glad you enjoyed your tour.
Written 19 April 2021
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Rachel Gorka Reed
Post Falls, ID7 contributions
Mar 2021 • Couples
We had the best time snorkeling at Amigos Del Mar and the boys and the dive shop! Especially Soup! What a fun day and guide!! We saw turtles feeding, a giant ray gliding on the reef floor, hundreds of exotic fish, and a nurse shark frenzy which was unbelizeable! If you are even thinking about a snorkel adventure while in San Pedro, look NO further. We had the boat to ourselves (by sheer luck of the season) and the experience was worth it ten fold. We will be back. Thanks again for the coolest snorkel adventure Jordan!!
Written 2 April 2021
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Kelvin R
Thanks so much for your review. Glad you had a great time.
Written 3 April 2021
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Jodi Milner
Dallas, TX6 contributions
Mar 2020 • Friends
This was definitely a once in a lifetime experience! Our guides really knew what they were doing and made sure we got the most out of our trip. They supplied all of the equipment and made sure everyone had a good time. Can not recommend this activity enough!
Written 12 March 2020
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Chelle Black
6 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
We had the BEST experience with Sherri and Buddha! They were amazing guides. They were both so knowledgeable, not only about the snorkeling, but about the island life and history as well! They made sure we had an amazing day snorkeling! We saw tons of fish of all types and colors, several large Rays and a bunch of sharks as well! We took the half day tour. Very reasonably priced! I highly recommend this excursion!! Ask for Buddha and Sherrie! You won’t be disappointed!
Written 27 February 2020
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solarpoweredgirl
Chapel Hill4 contributions
Jan 2020
Carlos and his crew were excellent! They were very informative, focused on safety and went above and beyond to make the older part of our our group who had never snorkeled before were very comfortable. I would highly recommend them for any excursions in Belize.
Written 20 February 2020
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donna M
East Northport, NY2 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
A lot of fun!! The staff were amazing . Snorkeling and the sharks were great!! Highly recommend Island Dream
Written 3 February 2020
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