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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 3 square miles, this densely populated aquatic zone is a sanctuary for stingrays, eels and sharks, among other creatures.
The reserve is separated into four parts: the mangroves, the reef, the sea-grass beds and the most recently added Shark Ray Alley. Because of its diversity, the reserve has flourished as a hot spot for scuba divers and snorkelers. Recent travelers said Hol Chan Marine's crystal clear waters and abundant sea life make it a prime spot for snorkeling and diving.
The reserve is located about 4 miles southeast of San Pedro in Ambergris Caye. To get here, you'll need to book a boat and a guide from Caye Caulker. A visitor's center, which can provide more information on the reserve and its inhabitants, is located on Caribena Street in San Pedro and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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