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Belize Hol Chan Marine Reserve & Shark Ray Alley Snorkel Tour - Ambergris Caye

Corozal District, Belize

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  • 3 hours (approx.)
  • Offered in: English


Explore the underwater wonders of Belize’s most popular snorkeling sites on this trip to Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley. Departing from Ambergris Caye, you'll swim with an amazing variety of fish, sea turtles, stingrays, and nurse sharks among the coral formations of the largest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere.
  • Snorkel tour from Ambergris Caye
  • Cruise the clear Caribbean waters and snorkel amid coral formations
  • See colorful reef fish and other aquatic life in Hol Chan Marine Reserve
  • Spot stingrays, sea turtles, and brown nurse sharks in Shark Ray Alley

What's Included

  • Professional guide
  • Bottled water
  • Use of Snorkeling equipment
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from all hotels located north of San Pedro town (you may purchase round-trip transportation upon arrival)

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Ambergris Caye
    Ambergris Caye, Belize


End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Belize is famous for its remarkable snorkeling sites and diverse sea life. With a name that means “Little Channel” in Maya, Hol Chan Marine Reserve was the first such designated reserve in Central America and is located among the second-largest barrier reef in the world. Just a quick ride by motorboat from Ambergris Caye, Hol Chan will be the first stop on your snorkeling adventure.

After donning a snorkeling mask and fins, you'll be ready to splash into the shallow, clear Caribbean waters to explore the amazing coral reef formations below. Thanks to dedicated conservation efforts, this area boasts a wonderfully healthy and diverse population of marine life, including 160 different species of fish. You’re likely to spot large schools of snapper, grouper, and jackfish darting among the impressive coral formations, as well as larger creatures like sea turtles and stingrays.

Hop back aboard your boat for a quick ride over to Shark Ray Alley, a shallow channel in the reef where these two bottom feeders are found in abundance. Swim among gentle stingrays, with wingspans up to 4 feet (1.2 meters), as well as harmless brown nurse sharks that can reach lengths of more than 9 feet (2.75 meters). After getting your fill of these marvelous marine animals, you’ll be transported back to Ambergris Caye and your San Pedro hotel.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 8 years
  • Note: moderate level of difficulty; passengers should be in moderate physical condition to participate
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Amazing snorkel trip
Dana_W, Mar 2023
Our snorkel trip was the highlight of our week. Our guides George (Sr) and George (Jr) were awesome, pointing out all kinds of fish and sea life. The highlight for me was being able to swim with and touch the rays.we also swam with nurse sharks and sea turtles!
Great crew
Randy_B, Jan 2023
Crew was very nice and informative about the area and fish. There was an emergency on another boat and our crew didn’t hesitate to help immediately. Would recommend
1 traveler found this review helpful
Highlight of our trip to Belize
Jose_V, Jan 2023
This was the absolute highlight of our trip in Belize. Greorgito and the crew were great tour guides as well!
Siad was a fantastic tour...
Kara_M, Oct 2022
Siad was a fantastic tour guide! He took his time with explaining how the tour would go and we had a person that wasn't a strong swimmer, and he was patient and made sure we were all doing ok the whole time. We saw a lot more ocean life than expected!
Response from Host, Nov 2022
thank you for sharing and so glad you enjoyed your tour
Great trip to Hol Chan
Kelly_S, Aug 2022
It was a fun trip. We went out to Hol Chan and snorkeled there. The driver of the boat, "Bird Man" did a great job in getting us out there, explaining what was happening and what we are seeing. He did several deep dives to point for us things at the bottom. One of our tour members is not a swimmer, and a little apprehensive about getting in the water. Bird Man, stayed with her and gave her the comfort she needed to get in the water and to enjoy the experience. We went to zone A and D (D is where the sharks are). This one lasted a little under three hours. It was enough time, however, to do what I looked for.
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Thank you for sharing and so glad you enjoyed your tour
Awesome Amazing Must Do!
Dori_B, Jul 2022
This was the most amazing snorkel trip we have ever taken for the multitude of Marine Life we got to see!! By far an amazing experience at Hol Chan Marine Preserve Then going to Shark Ray Alley ALSO a most amazing experience with so many Nurse Sharks at your fingertips. A must for your visit in San Pedro!
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Thank you for sharing and so glad you enjoyed your tour!
Barrier Reef and Sharks
Marla_D, Jun 2022
Amazing company! They offered me a pickup from my area and return. The crew were amazing, and the experience is one to have.
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Thank you for sharing and so glad you enjoyed your tour!
Unfortunately the weather...
KEZIA_S, May 2022
Unfortunately the weather impeaded our trip. However the customer service WAS EXCELLENT to help us rearrange as appropriate thank you Thyra
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Thank you for sharing!
Great trip! The guides...
Ashley_L, May 2022
Great trip! The guides were fun and made it a great experience. They made sure everyone was comfortable and safe
Response from Host, May 2022
Thank you for sharing and so glad you enjoyed your tour!
Fun Experience
Nyasha_M, May 2022
Great experience. The tour guide, Soup was super friendly and cool. There was another tour guide and man I wish I could remember his name because he was awesome. I don’t know how to swim and he was sooo patient and guided me the entire time. From a swimmer’s point of view: My husband is a great swimmer and he said this was the best snorkeling experience he’s ever had!
Response from Host, May 2022
Thank you for sharing and so glad you enjoyed your tour!
Knowledgeable Guides
Bobbi_M, Apr 2022
The tour was fun, the water was crystal clear and there was plenty of fish, turtles, and sharks to see. Our guides ( Chris and Santiago ) were full of information and easy going.
Response from Host, Apr 2022
Thank you for sharing and so glad you enjoyed your tour
Pick this tour!
Sally_S, Mar 2022
This was an amazing experience! Our guides were friendly and very knowledgeable. Our tour group saw nurse sharks, eagle rays, and so many types of fish. Soup and Bird are the best guides available in San Pedro!
Response from Host, Mar 2022
Thanks for sharing and so glad you enjoyed your tour!
Awesome snorkel experience
Regan_W, Mar 2022
Guides were knowledgeable, fun, safe and patient. There was a wide variety of ages in our group and the guides did an excellent job of managing everyone. You could tell the guides were having fun themselves - they enjoy the work they do and are passionate about protecting the reef and the wildlife that lives there. They had fresh fruit and water for us as well!
Response from Host, Mar 2022
Thanks for sharing and so glad you enjoyed your tour.
Swimming with the nurse...
Dirk_V, Mar 2022
Swimming with the nurse sharks was great! Crew was very friendly, professional and entertaining. A little hard to figure out which operator to go to.
Response from Host, Mar 2022
Thank you for sharing your experience with us. We are glad that you had a great time on your tour. We are currently modifying our booking procedures that all necessary information is provided to prevent this issue from happening again.
Amazing snorkeling experience!
Heidi_B, Mar 2022
We had an amazing time snorkeling! Our guides were fantastic and kept us entertained! Hol Chan is beautiful and swimming with sharks is quite an experience.
Response from Host, Mar 2022
Thank you for sharing your experience. So happy you enjoyed your tour.
Snorkeling Nirvana
Gerrid_P, Dec 2021
If you are staying in San Pedro or Caye Caulker you have to book this experience. We did snorkeling in Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray alley and saw an amazing variety of sea life. We saw nurse sharks, manatees, sea turtles, a barracuda and a variety of colorful fish. I highly recommend this experience. Our tour guide Soup was amazing, super knowledgeable and funny. He kept us entertained and ensured we had an amazing experience from beginning to end. If you do this excursion, make sure you book Shark Ray Alley too so that you can have the opportunity to swim with the nurse sharks!!
Response from Host, Dec 2021
So glad you enjoyed your tour, thanks for sharing.
The shark experience was...
Ursin_S, Sep 2021
The shark experience was fun, but still quite expensive compared to other similar tours on the island.
Response from Host, Nov 2021
Glad you had fun on the tour. Will forward the price issue to our management team.
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Barrier Reef tour
John_B, Sep 2021
Swimming with the sharks was exciting. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and the casual swimming along the barrier reef was wonderful.
Response from Host, Nov 2021
So glad you enjoyed your tour, thanks for sharing.
Amazing snorkel
Lauren_W, Aug 2021
What an amazing trip! This was our second snorkel or the trip and Jordan and Danny made it a great experience. The reef is in great shape and Jordan made sure to point out many creatures we would have otherwise missed. We saw turtles, nurse sharks, rays and an octopus and had plenty of time to explore.
Response from Host, Aug 2021
So glad you enjoyed your tour, thanks for sharing.
Best snorkel tour I’ve done!
lyndseysaunders25, Jul 2021
I had the best time on this snorkel trip! CJ, Kyle, and Siede from Amigos Del Mar made the trip memorable and a lot of fun. At the first stop you get a guided snorkel which was awesome. Siede pointed out many types of fish and coral. Additionally we saw sea turtles, manatees, stingrays, and sharks. At the second stop we were able to swim closely with the nurse sharks! Totally worth the money. It was the best 3-4 hours I spent on San Pedro!
Response from Host, Jul 2021
Thanks for sharing and glad you enjoyed your tour.


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