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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 today

Amazing time snorkeling with Inland and Sea Adventures great crew! I did Hol Chan and Shark Ray Alley...fantastic sea life. Stingrays and Nurse Sharks are abundant, but we also saw a beautiful sea turtle, Moray Eel, a Barracuda smiled big for us and the fire...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Franky F
Reviewed today

One of the better snorkeling trips we have taken. Great coral and fish; especially when the feed the fish and sharks. Yes, I said sharks. There were at least 10 in the water with us. Fabulous. One recommendation is to take a speed/power boat to...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Huskertraveler1
Reviewed today

If you ever wondered what it would be like to dive in an aquarium, this is your opportunity. We went on a boat with snorkelers. I wanted to dive so there was no issue to accommodate this was well. The reserve has a current and...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Zorba0032
Reviewed today

My wife & I as brand-new PADI certfied divers went here as our first full-fledged "fun-dive". It was amazing! We saw two different types of turtles, so, so, so many schools of colorful fish, very interesting coral formations, a few rays, and even a manatee!...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Brad N
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

great day on the reef. truly some of the clearest water and amazing marine life on the planet. i could spend hours exploring this reef system. We use Tuff E Nuff for this tour and would highly recommend them. our group was small compared to...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank mikewC1707GH
Reviewed 2 days ago

The second largest Barrier Reef in the world has an incredible wealth of flora and fauna!It is a must-see experience!

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank chassauer1
Reviewed 2 days ago

Tons of sharks and rays, a big sea turtle. A Moray eel. And all the lesser species that inhabit the reef. Well worth it!

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Elwood2012
Reviewed 2 days ago

The views were amazing and we got some awesome pictures. We also "met" a HUGE turtle who seemed almost too friendly. Despite the beauty, the massive crowds made venturing farther almost impossible.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank ABroner
Reviewed 3 days ago

We spent a couple of days of our time in Belize out in the waters of the Hol Chan Reserve doing scuba and snorkeling. Both were great experiences getting to see and swim with sharks, rays, and lots of varieties of fish. It is great...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank IsaacTravels
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Definitely worth a visit. It is less crowded as a diver. There is a strong current. I would recommend this for beginners. The more experienced will have better divers on the reef outside of the reserve.

Date of experience: February 2019
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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.
Debra R
5 November 2018|
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Response from Inspire777241 | Reviewed this property |
Searious Adventures; Eddie and Junior were our guides; highly recommend both of them;
Matvei F
23 August 2018|
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Response from SkipandCandy | Reviewed this property |
Hi. We stayed at the Portofino Beach Resort on Ambergris Caye. Great casual resort. Staff was great. Our full day tour which included Hol Chan and Shark Ray Alley and 2 hours on Caulker Cay. Sea Adventures was the best... More