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Hol Chan Marine Reserve

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This beautiful nature reserve is in an area world famous for its excellent diving.
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San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize
+501 634-6731
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Beautiful reef, wasn’t terribly busy when we went on March 3. Definitely recommend going while you still can see beautiful live corals

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I came to San Pedro for few days and decided to do the Hol Chan tour. Fortunately for me I got the Tuff E Nuff tour guys Birdman and Buddha!! Absolutely amazing! The guys were awesome, funny and explained so much to us! Never been...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We had a tour on the Yolo and our first stop was Hol Chan. Even though it was a windy day, we enjoyed the snorkeling very much. It is a must stop.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank scottjm89
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Spent the morning at Hol Chan as part of our day-long sail with Searious Adventures. It took about 45 minutes to get there by catamaran. Belize is very serious about protecting their reef system, and for good reason, as it’s the largest healthy reef in...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank KathrynC147
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Crystal clear water, an abundance of aquatic life to see! Numerous cruises to get you there. We took CatamaranBelize.com, who were also awesome (see separate review)

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank williambR7296PY
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

You must do this when you come to Belize! The boat ride out there is beautiful and the snorkeling area is some of the best in the world. Perfect for first-time snorkelers, children, and the most advanced. We saw all kinds of fish, giant sea...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Grtchnheart
Reviewed 4 days ago

As we were doing our scuba test in this area a giant 6 foot eel swam right between my legs, and a few feet a way there were several 3 feet wide sting rays and a nurse shark. Super cool experience! Definitely worth visiting to...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank davestack
Reviewed 4 days ago

This stop needs to be on your list of places to snorkel. Very well organized trips here although getting very busy. Went out with Belize Celebrity Tours. Thanks Oscar for making sure I had help from your mate. He was extremely strong and patient!

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank garnerdg
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Belize was an amazing place to visit and having the opportunity to snorkel the reef a couple times was definitely a highlight of our trip. Now I want to get my divers certification. I have traveled the world and the water here was pristine

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 181donnaw
Reviewed 5 days ago

My wife and I did a night dive here with Belize Pro Dive Center, and I highly recommend it. We also did a snorkeling stop here on an all day sailing trip with Catamaran Belize. The night life is so much different than what we...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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6 March 2019|
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Response from Realcouplereviews | Reviewed this property |
It has some signs of bleaching, but overall appears healthy. Many types of healthy coral. Lots of different fish, sharks and even a few spotted eagle rays. We didn’t see large grouper, but still very good snorkeling.
22 February 2019|
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Response from ICTDiner | Reviewed this property |
Not above the surface.
25 November 2018|
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Response from MarkandKim0214 | Reviewed this property |
No. It is required that you have a guide inside the reserve to protect the wildlife and corals.