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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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Awesome snorkel

We did a trip from our hotel to the reserve in July. What a great time, calm water, crystal clear visibility, and tons and tons of sea life. Fish, coral, sharks (nurse sharks... read more

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Spring Grove, Pa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

We did a trip from our hotel to the reserve in July. What a great time, calm water, crystal clear visibility, and tons and tons of sea life. Fish, coral, sharks (nurse sharks), turtles, rays, eels, all viewed. Probably the best 1/2 snorkel we have ever been on.

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Arlington, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Word to the wise, DO NOT go at pick time of day. It's a great place but way over crowded. Tons of coral and fish and very shallow.

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New Orleans
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We took a private small boat out with a guide from Captain Morgan's...quick and easy trip, so much to see, a great time was had by all!

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Largo, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

There is an abundance of fish, rays, turtles, eels, and lobsters. It is an easy very shallow dive (6-30 feet deep). It is very good for a starter dive for your trip or a night dive for beginners. You may encounter some current, so swimming against it could be challenging. But overall, it is a good, protected area with lots... More 

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Thank Kailuajj
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Saw my only sea turtle on this visit in Hol Chan, beautiful place to snorkel! Make sure you go with a guide or tour group so they can steer you in the direction of the best underwater life.

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Thank Kate P
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We went diving and snorkeling here. Beautiful. Turtles seem total oblivious to divers here. No feeding or harassing the animals. A marine reserve as it should be. Depending on the time of the day you could face a severe current. Ask your guide about it. The Shark Ray Alley you visit afterwards is the opposite. Nurse sharks and stingrays being... More 

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Thank Thijs W
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We went with Seaduced out of Belize, which included Hol Chan plus Shark & Ray Alley and stopping at Caye Caulker. The guides were wonderful, but the reef was the biggest and most beautiful I've ever seen.

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Newburgh, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

They won't bite unless you provoke them. So don't pull their tails or hit them. Our guide was Adolpho from Lil' Alfonse tours. He was great. We had a great time snorkeling at the reef. We saw tons of bigger fish. Eagle Ray, yellow Jack? Sting ray, nurse sharks, sea turtle, etc. Not a lot of your typical "Finding Nemo"... More 

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Scottsboro, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Hol Chan was great diving. We saw sea turtles, nurse sharks and all kinds of fish. There were several species of coral as well. Water was very clear.

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Thank Rebecca R
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a must-see! We saw turtles, moray eels, nurse sharks, and a huge variety of fish mixed in the beautiful coral and plant life. Do yourself a favor and put this location on your list!

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