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Hol Chan Marine Reserve

Address: San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize
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Belize Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray...
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Ranked #1 of 7 Attractions in San Pedro
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Reefs, Nature & Parks
Activities: Scuba diving, Snorkeling
Owner description: This beautiful nature reserve is in an area world famous for its...
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Reefs, Nature & Parks
Activities: Scuba diving, Snorkeling
Owner description: This beautiful nature reserve is in an area world famous for its excellent diving.
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Bethesda, Maryland
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Take a guided snorkeling or diving tour here and you will see a special world of coral, fish, spotted eagle rays, turtles, moray eels and other undersea life. The water is incredibly clear and warm enough in January that you don't even need a partial wetsuit to stay in for 90 minutes. A big highlight of our trip to Ambergris... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

we went snorkeling for the first time and went to hol chan and shark ray alley.great place as its mostly under 20 feet with tons of fishes,rays,sharks,and shells,we saw one medium sized turtle.beautiful spot.would pick this one for sure.

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

The reserve was incredible. The water is so clear, it's like you're swimming in an aquarium! our guide did an amazing job of explaining the various species as well. There were so many various types of fish, eel, turtles, etc.. and they were none too shy. The fish would swim right along with you. It was unreal!

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Chetwynd, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

nothing to dislike on this day trip, turtles,stingrays, barracudas, even a spotted eagleray, and hundreds of colourful fish!

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New York City, New York
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22 reviews 22 reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Highly recommend a snorkeling tour. Dive is nice, but not necessary. There are many tours, find one where the guy goes in the water with you!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

if you are in to snorkeling and wildlife, this reserve deserves a look. You won't see all of the exotic nature of the reef but you'll have a great look at the fish.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

We dove Hol Chan with Ecological Divers. The main part of the dive is a notch or pass through the reef connecting the open ocean with the more protected landward side of the reef. Because of the current exchanging nutrients there are tons of fish here, fantastic sponges and corals, and we also saw green sea turtles on this dive.

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Parkersburg, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

There was no dislikes here. Whats not to like on jumping off a boat into shark infested waters. Sting rays everywhere. Go have the time of our life.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

The snorkeling at Hol Chin was the best that I have ever experienced. My family and I witnessed so many types of marine life we talked for days trying to remember everything. We saw barracudas, moray eels, trumpet fish, nurse sharks, turtles, sting rays and more. We booked the trip at the dive shop pier near Banyan Bay Condos. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

This is the place to go, a guide took us and led us through the waters and made sure we saw everything. There was an huge green eel over five feet, tons of colorful fish and the swim through of the reef was extra ordinary. Those images are imprinted in my brain. He also took us over to the nurse... More 

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