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Hol Chan Marine Reserve

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Address: San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize
Phone Number: 634-6731
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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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So many different species

This is a must do. Our kids 7 and 11 loved it. We saw so many different kids of sea life. We had them wear a life jacket around their waste just to be safe.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a must do. Our kids 7 and 11 loved it. We saw so many different kids of sea life. We had them wear a life jacket around their waste just to be safe.

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Oceanside, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Best snorkeling experience ever! Went on the YOLO and her crew. The sights were just marvelous! We saw 2 eagle rays swim by and I just couldn't believe our luck! The sights and the amount of fish in this area definitely made it a positive snorkel experience! I'd highly recommend a trip there!

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

There was a wide range of fish to see and the coral was close enough to free dive to. I would highly recommend this spot for snorkeling.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We went snorkeling here and never seen such a great variety of fish including sea turtles, sharks, eels, etc. One of my favorite all time snorkel spots.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful reef with a very diverse population of marine life. Easy snorkeling and diving. Lots of Rays and nurse sharks!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We went here through Ramon's diving. We had a great snorkeling guide, Ricky, who described to us what we were seeing. Lots of aquatic life to be seen and enjoyed. Highly recommended!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Saw barracuda, nurse sharks, an eagle Ray, an eel and millions of fish. Wear a lot of sunscreen on your back and back of legs!! We used captain Jerry he was awesome

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Went on an early morning snorkel tour of the reserve. Bull sharks, sting rays, Barracuda, Sun Fish, Sea Stars, the list goes on. Amazing ecological site, a MUST see.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great, easy going snorkeling trip. Well worth a few hours some afternoon- only about 10 minutes from San Pedro. Rays and a lot of different fish to see. We didn't get to meet the turtle that frequents that area but will love to try and see him next trip!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good for snorkeling or diving. Be careful with your thins so not to hurt or break the coral: it takes a year to grow 1cm. The coral sustains all life forms in the reef. Love it.

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