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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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Noblesville, Indiana, USA
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

This is the first place you should go for snorkeling in Ambergris Caye. The marine life is exceptional and the location is not very far from San Pedro where most of the resorts are in San Pedro. We ended up going there twice because we liked it so much.

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Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

I booked a tour and was not disappointed, we were able to see the sea creature- so many types of fish, the rays, the sharks, the eels, and not to forget the turtle. This reserve is gorgeous and I am glad I was able to go.

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long island, ny
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

Snorkel or dive with experience and knowledgeable crew! Tons of colorful fish, sea turtles, eels, nurse sharks, and swam side by side with a manatee. Tuff E Nuff catamaran ride was great!

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Gilbert, Arizona
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

If you go to San Pedro, go to Hol Chan Marine Reserve (and Shark Ray alley). We took two trips during our stay and both were unique and amazing. The wildlife in such shallow water is incredible. Definitely swim with the sharks, they are friendly and it's an experience you will never forget. Bring an underwater camera or buy an... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

We loved this! We went on a private Catamaran and it was worth every penny. Billy and his crew through Tuff e Nuff tours was excellent and made the entire experience an unforgettable one. We snorkled with eels, giant sea turtles, rays, sharks and so many others! Just a lot of fun!!!!

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Georgia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014 NEW

Alphonse was very helpful and knowledgeable. He encourage my wife and got her past her fears to have a fantastic experience. Loved it!!

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Columbus, Ohio
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Beautiful! This is a great tour to do first to see lots all in one trip. Only a mile or so away from shore... This area has four zones. We spent our time in A to snorkel and see fish and see turtles mostly. Area D hosted lots of nurse sharks who are more like dogs than ferocious creatures. :)... More

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San Rafael, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

We saw turtles, eels, lots of fish. water is very clear. Lots of boats there too. Nice place to snorkle

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Canton Center, Connecticut
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46 reviews 46 reviews
16 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Staying in the north end of the island, we snorkeled every day along the reef, but all the fish were small (except the manatee). The marine reserve gave us a chance to see so much more. And with an experienced guide to tell you all about it. Wish we had more time at the reserve however. Recommend you discuss with... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

We went out in the glass bottom boat. I suggest bring crackers in case it gets a little rough out there. So many, many sharks. Weren't as many rays thsi time but the sharks were plentiful!

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