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Hol Chan Marine Reserve

#1 of 48 things to do in San Pedro Features Animals
San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize
+501 634-6731
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This beautiful nature reserve is in an area world famous for its excellent diving.
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  • Very good15%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize
+501 634-6731
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Reviewed yesterday

Beautiful reef with tons of species of fish. If there is one thing you want to spend money on to do while in San Pedro, make sure to snorkel the reef. The guides were wonderful and the fish amazing (and I don't like the water)!

Thank larikev
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Loved this - swam with about 30 nurse sharks. Ivor and Miguel were so helpful informative funny and caring.

Thank charslight
Reviewed 2 days ago

Great guide on tour set up by Leroy at our hotel (Corona Del Mar). He prepared us as a group before we got in the water, and he kept track of everyone as he showed us all of the wonders undersea. We saw a so...More

Thank Katheryn K
Reviewed 4 days ago

less marine life than when i was there 8 years ago and the coral was also not as healthy due to the hordes of tourist. hate the baiting of the nurse sharks and fish

Thank Dianne H
Reviewed 4 days ago

I snorkled here three times during my week in San Pedro. Once with Ecological Divers, then with Catamaran Belize, then with Inland and Sea Tours. I highly recommend Inland and Sea Tours. Their Divers/guides were the best for safety AND they took us there an...More

Thank BorneAppetit
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Hol Chan is a MUST SEE when in Belize or when staying in Ambergris Caye. Endless amounts of beautiful protected coral. A snorkelers dream!

Thank RunningAway_24
Reviewed 4 days ago

This is a national park of Belize and in addition to tour guide fees, a park entry fee is required. Although on open water, a ranger in a boat patrols the area to collect the fee. Being near the reef the snorkeling is outstanding! Life...More

Thank onjerrys
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

If You haven't been snorkeling at Ho Chan and Shark Ray Alley.... put it on your list! Amazing time, amazing guides Candyman and Sherry!!! The BEST!!!!

Thank bkayjowers
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Visited Hol Chan with Belize Pro Dive Center. Nice shallow dive with a ton of marine life and coral, then the snorkel trip. Lots of nurse sharks and rays. Weather was great and it was a fun excursion.

Thank Chris S
Reviewed 6 days ago

My husband and I are divers but our kids and grandchildren are not so we booked this trip to have an activity we could all do together and it was well worth it! The kids got to see grandma and grandpa scuba diving with the...More

Thank Kathy R
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I'm planning of going to Belize this August. I would like to know the best snorkeling and dive sites if you may. I plan to spend most of the time in Ambergris Cay. Is this a good spot? My friend went to Palencia (?) and he was not happy with the dive. Which resort can you recommend and which dive tour did you go or can recommend? Thanks.
26 April 2017|
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Response from JRD222 | Reviewed this property |
You will love snorkeling here. Look for any excursion with Lil Alfonse. I have a review on him. We stayed at the Xanadu Island Resort, which was wonderful. If you don't stay there, call them as they will know how to set... More
I get very seasick on a boat OR snorkeling/floating for too long; are there patch reefs where you can stand on the sand now and then? Do you have to cross open water for long on the boat to get to the snorkeling sites?
27 November 2016|
Response from Ross-Newkirk | Reviewed this property |
The boat rides to Hol Chan are inside the reef so the waves aren't bad at all. I take bonine for all boat rides but on this one it's usually about 5-6 minutes on the open water and not very bad. Nothing to stand on once... More
Williams A
What is the best tour company you can recommend to visit the Marine Reserve?
22 November 2016|
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Response from kuips2 | Reviewed this property |
We rented the sailboat La Gaviota with Captain Luis Nunez from the main dock in San Pedro for the whole day. Crew of 3 on board. They took us to 4 snorkel locations through the day and the Captain made us an excellent late... More