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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 2014
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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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Syracuse
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Plenty of fish to be seen + turtles, eels, etc. etc. We were surprised that we really didn't need life jackets to float about, although they were available if we needed them. We went with Belize Master Tours, booked through Xanadu Island Resort.

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Great trip out to the reef. The water is some of the clearest water I have snorkeled in. Lots of fish, turtles, sharks, rays. It can get crowded and I would hate to see it during high season but it would still be worth the trip.

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Austin, TX
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12 reviews 12 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Belize Pro divers? not sure name of shop at banyan bay, but very good, swam w/sharks! very easy even for us old folks

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Krum, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Must do if you snorkel or dive! Our master diver was knowledgable and web went out of his way to make sure we had a great experience and was respectful of the ecosystem. The reef contains more species of marine life than I expected! Hard to top this experience.

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Ballwin, Missouri
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Beautiful, but crowded. Our guide was well-versed and was interested in making sure we were safe and that we saw everything that was available.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

We signed up for a local trip, and it was the most active sealife and coral experience of the trip, including a close and personal experience with a turtle.

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League City, Texas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

The reserve is truly a unique experience due to the abundance of reef life. Much of the sanctuary is around 10 foot of depth, with a maximum depth of about 35 feet. Consequently, it is great for people of all skill levels from novice to experienced.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Want to see a huge grouper, a sea turtle, schools of grunts, rays, maybe a nurse shark, and all the glamorous little fish that adorn the Belize reef? If you can only go snorkeling once, this is your place! Hol Chan can get crowded, so early morning is an ideal time to snorkel here. Keep an eye on the tide,... More

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Hands down the best quantity and variety of wildlife and coral in the Caribbean. I have snorkeled Cozumel and St. Thomas but much prefer Hol Chan. We did two separate tours. One was a Catamaran with Seaduce which was very fun. The other was with a father and son duo who spent much more time with us in the water... More

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Diving was beautiful - this is a shallow dive but we used it to check our equipment and to spend our first outing with our snorkeling friends. The first-time snorkelers were amazed.

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