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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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All reviews nurse sharks fish sea turtles great place to snorkel hol chan marine reserve an aquarium shallow dive beautiful reef night dive octopus barrier reef snorkel trip ambergris caye searious adventures an amazing experience lil alphonse
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Reviewed 5 November 2011

It was amazing. The current was very strong though, so if you're not a strong swimmer, use the offered lifejackets as a precaution so you can enjoy the experience and have one less thing to worry about.

Date of experience: October 2011
1  Thank Michelle P
Reviewed 3 November 2011

A nice boat ride but have snorkeled many destinations. Nothing spectacular stands out but it was fun.

Date of experience: October 2011
2  Thank DonnaDancel
Reviewed 3 November 2011

Amazing, worth the trip. We saw sea turtles, nurse shark, eels, alll sorts of fish, beautiful. Great guide too.

Date of experience: October 2011
1  Thank Tom M
Reviewed 2 November 2011

I have snorkeled in in many parts of the world but this just about tops everything for easy access, the corral, the fish, the sharks, the rays... I went with a small group from Portofino Beach Resort, it took about 20 minutes to get to...More

Date of experience: October 2011
1  Thank NigelCoimbra
Reviewed 1 November 2011

Saw so many rays, nurse sharks, tropical fish, gorgeous coral....AMAZING!!

Date of experience: October 2011
1  Thank lavendermoon02
Reviewed 1 November 2011

GEt there early to avoid the crowds. We did but the other operators rolled in and almost ran me down snorkeling.

Date of experience: October 2011
1  Thank travelhoundMaryland
Reviewed 1 November 2011

I've done the tour several times, but this was the best ever - we saw more than I've ever done on any previous visit - just the luck of the draw, I suppose. Good water visibility, sharks, rays, and the usual reef fish, but in...More

Date of experience: October 2011
Thank 291973Karen
Reviewed 31 October 2011

Snorkeling or diving here is fantastic. Have never seen such a variety of coral. Try to visit with Lil' Alphonse - a great guide and terrific personality.

Date of experience: October 2011
Thank MrDoof
Reviewed 31 October 2011

We love Hol Chan and visit every time we go to Belize. It should not be missed. Try to go with a smaller group - its less expensive and we found that you get great attention. We booked through Inland and Sea Adventures and had...More

Date of experience: July 2011
Thank JAX1223
Reviewed 30 October 2011

Loved snorkliing with thenSharks and rays. Our guide Baber was great. He showed us many things as he swam with us.

Date of experience: October 2011
Thank Art H
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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.