Hol Chan Marine Reserve
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- Hol Chan Marine ReserveJun 05, 2013
Best Snorkeling and Dive Reef in the World, as quoted by divers who have been to Great Barrier Reef, Australia. You'll also see Shark Ray Alley, swim with Nurse Shark and Ray. They are most friendly!! Trip includes PRIVATE tour guide, (snorkel rental and $10.00 Park Fee per person extra)
- Hol Chan Marine ReserveMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness Travelers+ 2Jan 03, 2013
My only previous experience snorekling was at the reefs at Hanauma bay in Oahu. Hanauma bay is an appetizer compared to Hol Chan's main course of coral and wildlife. Right when you get off the water, you're greated by fish everywhere, the alternating areas of seagrass beds and coral formations are amazing to look at and provides an environement for more wildlife than I have ever seen in one place. You'll see fan coral, brain coral, fire coral just to start off with and numerous more that I can't name. You'll see barracudas, nurse sharks, sting rays, manta rays, moray eels, most fishes you would see at an aquarium individually and in giant schools and lots and lots of sea turtles. The sea life is second to none and I would come back every year if I could just to visit this place
- Hol Chan Marine ReserveFirst to ReviewAug 29, 2012
Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley is the most popular dive and snorkel spot along the Amebergris Caye. It's a protected reserve and a channel through the reef about 25 yards wide. The shallow channel allows passage of marine life between open ocean and the protection of the reef and the channel itself provides a lot of protection. As such, there is a lot of traffic of marine life that goes through here, including rays and sharks. I did a night dive here and it was quite amazing. TONS of rays trafficking back and forth and the sides of the channel was home to plenty of marine life, including eels, lobsters, and parrot fish. During the day time, sharks use the channel to get in and out of the shallow reefs in high volume. This is definitely a must dive spot if you are near it. There is a marine park fee of I believe 10 dollars on top of the boat charge to go there.