The reserve is very crowded and you have to stay with a guide. There are a lot of fish, but other areas of the island are just as nice
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About Hol Chan Marine Reserve
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Have been to Hol Chan twice now. The first time was 10 years ago and it has not changed. Still world class. I rank it 3rd in snorkeling behind Indonesia and the Philippines. That said, it's much easier to get to from the US! The...More
We did a day and night dive here and saw too many different species of marine life to possibly count. The night dive was probably the best diving experience I've had yet. Highlights included seeing a green sea turtle swim directly over my shoulder, an...More
Teeming with color, coral and fish. Easy access and if you get there early (we did) it was completely deserted for the first hour apart from the reserve ranger. But even when busy it is a snorkeling paradise.
We did a full day 2 stop snorkel trip. It was on a large cat with a great crew. I was disappointed with the first stop at Hol Chan because you had to snorkel in a group with a guide. It was mandatory and I...More
The reserve was decent with some healthy coral and the guides explained that you don't touch the coral in any way which I was happy to hear. What I didn't like was that it was packed with people. Everywhere I tried to swim, there was...More
Big variety of fish, ok coral at Hol Chan. Sharks, rays, and fish vg during feeding at Shark/Ray Alley. All tour boats anchored close to each other to about 14 buoys in Hol Chan making it way to overcrowded. Snorkelers all over the place.
We stopped here as a part of our Catamaran Tour with 'Island Dreams'. Our guide, Mr. Fish, knew exactly the spots to point out to us. The area is monitored to make sure all of the tours are adhering to the safety rules and conservation...More