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Coral Garden Shark and Sting Ray Alley Snorkeling

Belize City, Belize

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  • 5 hours (approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Snorkel among the vibrant coral gardens of the world’s second-largest barrier reef on a day trip from Belize City. Cruise across the cool blue Caribbean to a spot with shallow depths and clear waters, ideal for admiring colorful sea fans, finger coral, and sponges teeming with fish. At a second stop, dive into waters churning with throngs of (harmless) nurse sharks and sting rays, and then reward your bravery with rum punch and a beach break on the laid-back island of Caye Caulker.
  • Swim and snorkel along Belize's famous barrier reef
  • Learn about the formation of old and new coral as you explore intricate undersea gardens
  • Safely swim up close to nurse sharks and sting rays at Shark Alley
  • Check out the beach vibes of nearby Caye Caulker along the way
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What's Included

  • Bottled water
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel/port pickup and drop-off
  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Use of Snorkeling equipment
  • Snacks

    Meeting And Pickup

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    Start time

    09:00 AM

    End point

    This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    Pickup details

    As you debark from your tender boat, please look for the Diamonds International store at Terminal 2. Walk through the store to the gate on Fort Street. At the gate, you’ll be met by a representative of Splash Wave Tours.

    What To Expect

    Additional Info

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
    • The duration of transfers are approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions
    • Near public transportation
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • Anyone with Covid-19 symptoms will not be allow on tour
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 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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    Traveler Tips

    Don't forget to tip, these guys rely on tourism to feed their families!!
    It is a 35 minute boat ride but well worth it!
    112 reviews
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    Legendary tour!!
    Jessica_O, Feb 2023
    Our family had an amazing and memorable time!! The tour guides were very informative and gave us the time of our lives with an experience all of us will treasure the rest of our lives. We recommend this tour to everyone we know!!
    Way to many people, coral garden was breathtaking tho
    Michael_W, Jan 2023
    I had mixed feelings about this experience. The coral was amazing. Logistically getting there was a mess. We met at the checkin point and the tour operators crammed 37 ppl onto a boat. We had two people in our party that didn’t show and it is good that they didn’t. I don’t know where they would’ve sat. We traveled 45 minutes by boat to an island to change and preorder lunch. We stayed there for about 15-20 minutes. The tour operators scrambled to find snorkeling gear for everyone. We boarded the boat again, then traveled another 20 minutes to the coral. Stopping along the way to meet their sister boat to get more snorkeling gear. When we arrived at the snorkeling spot. We snorkeled for about 30-45 minutes. The coral was absolutely beautiful. Then we piled back into the boat and went to see the stingrays and nurse sharks. This was a mess. There were so many people, mixed emotions between fascinated and terrified, that all the sand was being kicked up. My wife, daughter and I finally got out because there wasn’t much to see through the cloudy water and people were simply rude, just crashing into each other. We took a 20 minute ride back to the island and hung out for 20-30 minutes so those who ordered lunch could eat. There was only one restroom at the restaurant. My wife and I sat on the dock and enjoyed the beauty. We loaded back in to the boat for the 45 minute ride back, and the boat ran out of gas about 100 yds from the port. One of their sister boats towed us in to the pier. I’m pretty easy going, and while the coral was beautiful, I’ll opt for another trip next time. The logistics were a mess. The staff was friendly, and did the best they could.
    Rebecca_H, Dec 2022
    This was an absolutely fabulous trip! I would recommend it to anybody. The waters were beautifully clear, warm and perfect to swim and snorkel in. We were able to see many stingrays and sharks at very close quarters! Coral reef was incredible. All of this was made perfect by the guides who not only were witty and good company but also very knowledgeable. Thank you for a great time in Belize. Unbelizable!!
    Thank you for an amazing experience
    Dawn_R, Nov 2022
    Great experience. The tour guides were great and the reef was beautiful! Thank you for an amazing experience!
    FULL REFUND requested
    Tim_G, Jul 2022
    REQUESTING a full refund. The guides never showed up. They never contacted us. the only way we found out is that we pursued them to find that they were not showing. We ended up figuring out how to do it on our own.
    Trip didn't happen :(
    Sara_R, Jul 2022
    The company did not show up, nor notified us of a cancelation. Locals suggested that it may have been because a cruise ship that was supposed to come in did not, and thus the snorkel trip may have been canceled. Poor business practices. We took the ferry to Caye Calker instead, which was also disappointing.
    Amazing Experience!!
    kelli_G, Jun 2022
    Amazing!! We had an awesome experience snorkeling and eating lunch at the island of Caye Caulker. All the people we meet were so friendly and the reef snorkeling was just amazing. Can't wait to return!!
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    Not a pleasant experience
    Gianna_R, May 2022
    We were supposed to go on the snorkeling excursion,, the tour rep never picked us up and sent someone else that wasn't a part of the tour to let us know it was overlooked. We were very disappointed. This was the only thing we planned to do.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    Great excursion
    Taylor_S, Apr 2022
    Super fun excursion!! We were supposed to start at 9 and ended up getting on the boat by 9:45 ish. We drove by boat for 40 min to caye caulker island and ordered lunch for later. We then drove out from that island 5 min away to snorkel the huge reef and I have to say, it was beautiful. I’ve snorkeled a lot, all over the world and this was the best snorkeling I’ve ever done. The reef is HUGE!! The guides are very knowledgeable and will share alot of info about Belize, as well as the wildlife in the water. The first stop for snorkeling was about 45 min. After we saw the reef we drove about 10 min from there and met the nurse sharks and sting rays. They fed them right before we all hopped in the water so they would swarm us. It was amazing and we were there for about 20 min. I would never usually book a snorkeling excursion bc you can do that anywhere for free, but swimming with the sharks made it so worth it. After we snorkeled, we went back to caye caulker and ate lunch (had about 50 min) and walked around a little. There wasn’t much to see in the area where we ate lunch. Overall this was a GREAT excursion hosted by amazing people!!
    Unreliable who cancels at the last minute
    Nora_B, Apr 2022
    Do not use this company!!! They canceled on us at 9pm the night before. We thought it was because of the weather so we rebooked later in the week. They sent us our ticket and confirmed our pick-up spot. They canceled on us at 4am when we were supposed to get picked up at 8:30am. They are unreliable.
    3 travelers found this review helpful
    Our guide was excellent. It took over an hour for us to finally get out. out on our boat.
    Michael_T, Mar 2022
    The entire time out was fun. Totally loved it. Beautiful location and plenty of things to see under water
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    Stacy and crew were...
    Dorothy_S, Feb 2022
    Stacy and crew were great, BUT, we lost time when they waited over an hour for a group. Then they had to pick up a couple that was late again so my wife and I lost a lot of time at the ports. That might stop future recommendations in the future
    Disappointed by last...
    K_S, Jan 2022
    Disappointed by last minute cancellation of my booking. Not able to rebook with such short notice. Next time give longer lead time for cancelling rather than less than 24 hours notice
    Best excursion, by far
    Jose_P, Jan 2022
    We waited for an hour before leaving the dock. However, once we left, everything was more than excellent. From the very friendly and competent Nathalie and crew, the snorkel site was perfect, the sharks and rays were everywhere. Lunch time at a quiet little restaurant and back to shore. Perfect, just perfect
    Great family excursion!...
    Dennis_B, Dec 2021
    Great family excursion! Fantastic time with sharks and rays. People were very friendly and helpful, recommend this excursion to all.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    Not happy
    Beth_H, Dec 2021
    Tour got started 45 minutes late.then an hour to go somewhere to pre order lunch then out to first place to snorkel. It was more than 2 hours before we were actually snorkeling. Very short time in the water before heading to the next spot also short time in water because we had to hurry to get back to the ship. There was supposed to be a shuttle back to the tenders but never showed had to take a taxi back in order to get back in time at our expense. I know we lost 45 minutes of snorkeling time do to late start 90 percent of excursion Time was not snorkeling.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    Highly Recommend!
    LisaReynolds_R, Dec 2021
    We had an amazing day with Stacy as our tour guide. She was very personable and made the boat trip lots of fun. She was in the water with us sharing her knowledge of the various sea creatures. We had some extra time to explore the island and didn't feel rushed to return to Belize City. I would definitely recommend this excursion and would hope that you're lucky enough to have Stacy as your guide!
    5 stars and then some
    Ben_B, Dec 2021
    We had an amazing time on this tour. We snorkeled one of the best reefs in the world, fed/swam with sharks, and get to check out a sweet island. I would recommend this tour vs. booking through a crush. Finding the location was a breeze and they got us back to our ship in time.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    Ruined my day
    Ola_B, Dec 2021
    The driver never turned up. The phone number provided just went to a mailboxI waited for more than an hour
    2 travelers found this review helpful
    Missed our excursion. Don't order from here.
    Joann_M, Nov 2021
    I requested for help to pick us up at cruise ship. Norwegian Breakaway. No one came. Ship explained that we would miss excursions. We did. We called viator . Said I had to call Travelocity for refund. We tried. No connection. Will call when enter usa.sad experience. Do not order from them .
    1 traveler found this review helpful


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