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Hol Chan Marine Reserve

Ambergris Caye | Hol Chan Marine Reserve
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Raggamuffin Tours
  • Type: Swimming/Pools
  • Time to Spend: Half Day to Full Day
Overall Rating: 4.0 (4.1)
Value: 4.0 (4.0)
Facilities: 0.0 (N/A)
Atmosphere: 4.5 (4.5)
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Facing the southern edge of Ambergris Caye, Hol Chan Marine Reserve is the oldest reserve in Belize. Its name translates to "Little Channel," in reference to a coral-filled gap in Belize's immense barrier reef. Encompassing three square miles, this densely populated aquatic zone is a sanctuary for stingrays, eels, and sharks, among other creatures. Separated into four parts—the mangroves, the reef, the sea-grass beds, and Shark Ray Alley—the reserve has flourished as a hot spot for scuba divers and snorkelers.

Recent travelers highlight Hol Chan Marine's abundant sea life and crystal clear waters. "Wonderful snorkeling and swimming with the sharks! The water and reef were clear and we saw turtles, eels, octopus, and lots of fish," raves one TripAdvisor user.

To reach Hol Chan, you'll need to book a boat and a guide in Ambergris Caye (specifically San Pedro) or Caye Caulker. Travelers recommend Raggamuffin Tours, which boasts full-day sailing and snorkeling expeditions. Excursions cost $50 USD per person and depart at 10:30 a.m., returning around 5 p.m. You can also book a cheaper tour for about $12.50 USD.

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