Hol Chan Marine Reserve

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Hol Chan Marine Reserve
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This beautiful nature reserve is in an area world famous for its excellent diving.
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MAsunny12
Salt Lake City, UT23 contributions
Jun 2022
I just got back from Hol Chan with my family including 11 year old and 7 year old. Snorkeling was amazing! We took a private boat with a guide that I highly recommend doing, they know the water and currents and were able to take us away from the crowd and find other areas to snorkel. Even when you are in the main area of Hol Chan with other people it was totally fine, not overly crowded. Shark Ray Alley was my favorite, felt like you were in an aquarium!
Written June 17, 2022
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Cole
Mulberry, FL12 contributions
Feb 2021
Lewis was an awesome guide on our snorkel trip. We had a great time exploring the reserve with Lewis, we saw SO MANY fish and cool Marine wildlife that he was able to spot and point out to us. It was worth every penny to snorkel the most beautiful and largest living reef in the world, and Lewis made sure we had a great time. I would HIGHLY recommend taking the time to check out a snorkel trip with Chuck and Robbie’s.
Written February 11, 2021
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Lisa C
Lee, NH14 contributions
Apr 2022
It has good snorkeling but when we went it was so crowded. The tour didn't last very long visiting and felt rushed cause there was so many people. We also went to mexico rocks and I liked it a lot better. There was no on there and we were not forced to stay and a close knit bunch.
Written May 2, 2022
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Anish S
Chicago, IL749 contributions
Jan 2020
While in Belize, this is certainly one of the must do considering the 2nd largest barrier reef is there. You will also find a lot of tour options but the unfortunate part is that all tours take you to the same spot. So when you get to the first stop where you snorkel, you are surrounded by many other tour boats and lots of people. To be fair, it doesn't feel crowded when you are snorkeling and looking around, but you certainly do see the people and have to be careful where you are going as you could run in to others.
I was also underwhelmed by the underwater scenery. While it's certainly cool to see fishes living in their natural habitat and the colors of the corals, we saw a lot more variety of fishes and corals when we did a similar tour in bora bora. unfortunately for us, having done snorkeling there, we compared our experience to that, hence the 3 stars as this did not blow us away.
After spending about 30 minutes snorkeling, you are then taken to the shark valley where you can see a lot of sharks in water. Unfortunately, this is a man made 'exhibit', meaning the sharks are now used to being fed in the area, hence they are always there. Every tour boat carries shark food and they dump that in a bucket full of holes so that they can drag the bucket in the water, thus allowing the sharks to smell and crowd the boat. You are given the option to 'swim' with the sharks, meaning you can snorkel on the other side of the boat, approximately 10 to 20 feet away. if you are scared, you can stay on the boat and watch the sharks. If you have a good tour guide, he/she will also show you how you can touch the shark w/o risking your hand/life. While it's cool to see the sharks up close, it's a bit bothersome that this is man made and the sharks have now become dependent on being fed by humans. Again, you will find other tour guides here but the boats do stay a bit further away to allow sharks to concentrate on one boat. You hang out in the area for 30 minutes and then are taken back to dock. The whole tour lasts about hour and halfish with those two stops.
Overall it was fun but i wish there were less tour guides/boats as the # of boats obviously creates more pollution, thus destroying the corals. I would recommend you take the tour if you don't plan on visiting places like bora bora where you there isn't such a high tour crowd.
Written February 29, 2020
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Erin
7 contributions
Dec 2021
The snorkeling at Hol Chan is very pretty, but due to being among the most popular tour sites, is also crowded. It seems that many tours take the "guided tour" route which makes for a less than leisurely snorkeling experience where you have to keep up with your guide and not get mixed into other groups. If you have the chance to go during off hours or with a private tour, I would recommend it. The snorkeling is still beautiful, but there are many other places around the island, as well.
Written February 19, 2022
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Kenneth R
Johnstown39 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
Amazing!!! So helpful with masks , getting in and out of boat, he would swim, point out fish and coral, pop his head up to tell us what we were seeing. Shark Alley, can’t believe it until you go. Best day of vacation so far, Mexico rocks tomorrow!
Written March 12, 2020
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Tylerca4
Chicago, IL25 contributions
May 2021 • Couples
Hol Chan lived up to all of the hype. We snorkeled here on one of our days while staying on Ambergris Caye. It is so close to any resort, only a 5-15 min boat ride depending on where you are staying. You get to see all kinds of wildlife as well as coral. Whether you have never been snorkeling or are a diver this is worth checking out.
Written May 19, 2021
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cmbuck2016
Victoria, TX22 contributions
Mar 2022
This place was a total blast. Best snorkeling ever! Swimming with the sharks was a blast! Lots of groups in the water, got lost from my group but was easily guided back. Great 25 foot free dives
Written March 6, 2022
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Wtravelers2120
Wisconsin Dells, WI229 contributions
Feb 2022
We took a private boat snorkeling excursion here. Well worth it. It was a beautiful area to snorkel. It can be very crowded but our guide took us away from the crowds.
We saw some new fish we have never seen.
Written June 22, 2022
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First Aboard
New York City, NY41 contributions
May 2021 • Solo
As part of my snorkeling tour to the reserve, I saw turtles, different types of fish- snappers, barracudas, eels, spotted eagle rays, and many others. It was amazing to see the rich marine life and biodiversity of the area. Both the soft and hard corals were beautiful and plentiful. The area is not too deep for beginners and the tide is manageable. A well-kept and protected area. There are reserve rangers/agents that monitor entry to the area to maintain its protection from fishing and other harmful activities that can affect the corals and sea life. A great place to visit.
Written May 24, 2021
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