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Hol Chan Marine Reserve

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Address: San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize
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Activities: Scuba diving, Snorkeling
Description: This beautiful nature reserve is in an area world famous for its excellent...
This beautiful nature reserve is in an area world famous for its excellent diving.
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Like swimming in an aquatium

This was such a wonderful place to snorkel that we went out twice! We saw turtles, nurse sharks, barracuda, eel, sting ray, urchin, and so many fish! The area is shallow in some... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

This was such a wonderful place to snorkel that we went out twice! We saw turtles, nurse sharks, barracuda, eel, sting ray, urchin, and so many fish! The area is shallow in some locations and then gets deep and others. The first time we went out it was cloudy so the colors didn't pop as much but the second time... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

I lvoe that it's not commercialized or touristy- the marine life lives in the Reserve, and aren't enclosed (they're free to come and go, but they stay). You'll meet turtles: Michelangelo, Raphael, Donatello, and Leonardo. Raymond the Green Morray Eel, Peter the Nursing Shark, to name a few.

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

The area is beautiful and tour guides are very respectful of the environment and sea life in the park. They all explain the rules and help you see all there is to see.

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FSJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Seen such a wide variety of fish and aquatic life! Everything you can imagine in 45 mins! I went scuba diving the first trip with Arnold from Ambergris. I had to go back a second time snorkelling with the wife who had never snorkelled before. The water is 4 ft deep at the boat and goes up to 30 ft.... More 

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Fort St. John, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

I highly recommend this tour! It a beautifly protected area with so much sea life! Expect to see many species of fish, turtles and even sharks.. Simply amazing and well worth it!

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Super fun to snorkel but there were too many people at the Reserve. They should limit the number allowed at any given time. That said, we had a ball.

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Great snorkeling and swim with the sharks. Lots of fish and coral. We saw manatees, too! Go on a sunny day so you have the best visibility.

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rakishah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

lots of aquatic life, good visability. Sharks, turtles, rays, oh my. We saw a plethora of different species and coral. It was also a good place for training dives as there are shallow parts where you can see lots of things.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

I highly recommend either snorkeling or diving here. Ambundant fish. It was somewhat crowded but it was a great place to see the "aquarium" in the ocean.

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Hancock
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Swam with the sharks, rays and turtles in the beautiful, clear waters. Enjoyed the entire experience, could have spent more time.

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