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Hol Chan Marine Reserve

San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize
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Ranked #1 of 7 attractions in San Pedro
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Reefs
Activities: Snorkeling, Scuba diving
Description: This beautiful nature reserve is in an area world famous for its excellent diving.
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Camarillo, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

We saw all kinds of fish, turtles, nurse sharks, barracuda, beautiful coral, fish, turtles, sharks, over and over!

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alexandria, virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

the must do tour! saw many big fish and gorgeous coral! the snorkel trip was just perfect! no need to dive to see Everything!

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Seattle, Washington
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

I have been snorkling and SCUBA diving all over the world, and found the reef at the Hol Chan Marine Reserve to rival anything I've seen anywhere. On this trip I just snorkled, and was completely satisfied in doing so... the water was crystal clear, the reefs healthy and varied, lots of fish and nurse sharks and rays... it was... More

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Florida
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8 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

Hol Chan is one of those non-negotiable activities...outside of the Blue Hole, which is really just for divers, Hol Chan works well for snorkeling. Our tour guide pushed for directing our attention to the bigger fish, but for me, the little angels, butterflies, wrasses and other fish nestled into the reef face were my joy.

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Richardson, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

Went to Belize and went to Hol Chan and Shark and Ray alley. Incredible as always. tons of sharks, rays, fish and my son and I even saw a large turtle and got to swim with it for a while. Great stuff.

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Scotch Plains, New Jersey
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

We had an amazing experience at Hol Chan. It was not too crowded and we got to really explore. From the moment you arrive marine life is visible and when you enter the water it doesn't disappoint. It's like swimming in a fish tank! We saw rays, nurse sharks, moray eel, permit, jacks, turtles, snappers, and so much beautiful coral.... More

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annandale, va
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9 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

Moderate winds the day we went, so I didn't think the visibility was anything spectacular, but the array, size and quantity of fish swimming through the cut was amazing. Lots and lots of schools of 40-100 fish sitting in the current. Many sharks. A pod of dolphins. A neat place to snorkel with lots of action. Just give your fellow... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

Wonderful place to snorkel. Yes, it gets crowded with boats and other snorkelers and divers, but it is worth it. We saw sea turtles, moray eels, nurse sharks, stingrays and more kinds of colorful fish than I can mention here. If you can get there for a night snorkel, so much the better and so much less crowded!

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

I had snorkeled here 25 years ago and we were the only ones there then. This time we counted 20 tour boats of snorklers and divers. Fortunately, the area is large and the water and marine life are spectacular. My family who had never been here before were quite happy with the experience though I understandably was nostalgic about my... More

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Bangkok, Thailand
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

What's not to like about sailing on the Caribbean in a catamaran? The reserve was good in that we saw turtles, morey eels, sand sharks, stingray, and a variety of tropical fish, but there were so many people that we were literally running into each other and breathing divers bubbles. There seems to be a path that all the guides... More

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