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Reef Friendly Tours

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Caye Caulker, Belize
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About Reef Friendly Tours
Our philosophy is simple. WE CARE ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT. We take an eco friendly approach to snorkelling by respecting the natural habitat of the reef. Our guides are well informed, educated and passionate about the environment and we encourage both locals and tourists to be aware of the damages that can be caused to the ecosystem by interfering with the animals and by polluting the waters. We do not feed or have any physical contact with the animals. We believe that the experience of snorkeling with sharks and rays in their natural habitat is magical enough.
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Cbrise wrote a review Mar 2020
Allentown, Pennsylvania13 contributions2 helpful votes
I made a list describing a few of the many advantages of choosing Caye Caulker Reef Friendly Tours (CCRFT), so please read that if you read anything!. My kids and their spouses had a fantastic time exploring the reefs with Ian, our guide. In short, the tour was beyond our expectations. We hit the most beautiful locations in and around Hol Chan and we had an amazing guide who clearly enjoys being on the reef. Ian was both knowledgeable and passionate about the barrier reef ecosystem. Why you should choose CCRFT: 1) Opportunity to start early. Beat the crowds with an 8:30 departure. I can't stress how much this improved our overall experience. At nearly every stop we were the first and only ones to swim with the wildlife. The largest crowds tend to be most prominent around 10:00-11:00. 2) They truly practice eco-friendly tourism. Although currently legal, we did not chum the water. However, this did not at all negatively impact our experience. For example, a large school of nurse sharks in Hol Chan will curiously investigate the boat (looking for chum) when you arrive, so you will be able to see them before they lose interest. No feeding required. 3) Guides are great. We were able to interact with a few of the guides at the shop in addition to our main guide. All were kind, respectful, and patient. With 8 people, we were able to fill a motorboat. This was great because we could get around quickly. 4) CCRFT is Belizean-owned and operated. We supported local tourism businesses throughout our trip in Belize (both inland and on Caye Caulker). Foreign investment means that not all profits stay in Belize! Please fully support the local economy if you can.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Milou G wrote a review Mar 2020
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Went on the hol chan tour, it was amazing. The guides are so funny and friendly, they swim with you and give loads of information on the fish and corals. Learned a lot. Swam with about 20 sharks and best part; didn't even have to feed them! Best ecofriendly tour on the island. Would definitely recommend it. Also, the freshly cooked lunch on the sailboat was delicious.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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KellyVentures wrote a review Mar 2020
Bayport, New York11 contributions
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I chose Reef Friendly Tours because of their eco-friendly approach to snorkeling. My friend and I took the full day Hol Chan tour, which was on their giant sailboat instead of a motorboat because we had ~12 people. We saw everything - sharks, rays, giant fish, small fish, even had time to swim around with a sea turtle at the last stop. Lunch was served, along with fruit salad, some sodas and rum punch on the way back. We had an amazing long day out on the water, and we learned so much about the types of coral and fish we were viewing by the guides on the boat, Ian and Ramsey. Thanks everyone, it was a blast!
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Rusty W wrote a review Mar 2020
Caye Caulker, Belize5 contributions1 helpful vote
When selecting snorkel tours, our main criteria were: 1. Speed Boat vs. Sail Boat vs. Catamaran 2. Size of group 3. Do they promote/are eco-friendly 4. Belizean vs. foreign owned 5. Time of day. 6. Price. We had a great experience with Reef Friendly tours. They have a speed boat-faster than a sail boat (obviously louder and less environmentally sensitive) which means more time spent on the reef. A cat is as fast or faster but much bigger; our groups was no more than 8 people. They promoted they care about the reef, and seemed to follow-through: our guide (Eloy) made a point of reminding the group not to touch anything; he particularly urged distance and caution around the turtles; and he talked about his passion for the environment and the marine biology program he'd recently returned from in Israel. He swam in the water with us and was particularly helpful for our 8 yo daughter who's a good swimmer, but he helped pull her along and guide her. He knows the area like it has street signs-he stopped a specific places to see sharks, turtles and other fish, and he somehow found a manatee he'd seen previously that we were able to swim with for a bit. We preferred a company owned by Belizeans rather than foreign investors with the idea that our funds were more likely to stay in the country. Captain Amado is technically a foreign transplant but he's lived in Belize for at least 20 years. Price was similar to others we looked at. Food was lowkey-fruit; others had sandwiches.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Shannon F wrote a review Mar 2020
Bend, Oregon6 contributions2 helpful votes
We had such a great trip with Reef Friendly tours and were so happy with our choice to use their company. They truly are incredibly conscientious of their ocean and their passion for real ecotourism shows. I was so happy to be on a small intimate tour (4 people) and felt bad for those on the large boats with a dozen or more people. Our guide really knew his wildlife and pointed out all that we were seeing, he worked hard to give us a unique experience while still respecting the animals. There are almost countless snorkel companies on Caye Caulker and they all go to mostly the same places so who you go with really makes the trip. Choose Captain Amado's team.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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