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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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shirl76
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

A must see, fantastic sea life. First thing I saw was a shark though don't let this put off. Booked through the pier at Ramons Village, I'm really sorry but forgot the name of my guide but he was amazing as my friend and I were two English sissies but he was very patient with us and got us snorkelling... More

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Shallow water diving - was hawksbill turtles feeding on sea grass. The on to Shark Ray alley where the site lived up to its name. New boat arrived - nurse sharks and rays swarmed around snorkelers. Fun!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

We had a guided snorkelling tour from our hotel and were lucky enough to see so many different species, the best being sea turtles. We saw dozens of kinds of fish, eels, rays, nurse sharks, the list goes on. The actual reserve is monitored by a sea ranger, and the place was not too crowded and there was plenty of... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Hol Chan is wonderful. You're never more than a couple of meters away from colourful fish, rays, eels, sharks, turtles, or crabs. Boats from town don't have to be too expensive if you chose to just snorkel (although I recommend diving as well). Bring an underwater camera, you'll deff need it.

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Herndon, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Excellent half-day guided trip. Family and first time friendly. Lots to see and experience. Highly recommended.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Not the Great Reef and not the great snorkeling experiences of Hawaii, but well worth either a day snorkeling experience from your sail boat or a night scuba dive. I did both and thought it was worthwhile.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

The guides were well versed and the waters were amazing. The trip was well spent as our daughter got to actually hold a shark!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Both my children took the resort dive course and did their dive at Hol Chan. It is a great place to try scuba diving. It is only 20ft and has tons of marine life. A really great place to snorkel too. I know others said so shallow so not worth diving, just snorkel, but I disagree. We got to hang... More

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Roosevelt, NJ
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Snorkeling, nice snorkeling. Gotta tie up with a lot of other boats in the same area. Could have been a nice, relaxing, slow-moving experience, but the amount of people made it tough.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Okay, maybe these are just nurse sharks and sting rays, but it was a blast. My wife got to rub the belly of a shark and we both swam among them as they came up to our boat. Snorkeling with them is cool and weird at the same time. Our glass bottom boat from Reef Runners also allowed us to... More

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