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Review of Shark Ray Alley

Shark Ray Alley
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Reviewed March 1, 2013

A great place to see lots of Nurse Sharks and rays we also did this privately when tour boats were gone but again I recommend Seriousadventures or a private tour with less of a crowed

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Reviewed February 28, 2013

Originally I had scheduled to go on this tour a year ago, but it was cancelled because not enough people had signed up. I was so disappointed. I just got back from Belize, and this time I was able to go with Coral Breeze Tours. My review is based on that experience.

Briefly: This was an awesome tour, one I'd highly recommend to anyone looking for a nice boat ride, excellent snorkeling, the ability to see rays VERY close, ditto nurse sharks, and have a nice lunch afterward.

Reservations: Super-easy using their on-line form and PayPal.

Directions: Excellent - the e-mail they send 10 days in advance of the tour are crystal-clear and easy to follow.

Getting on the boat: Please note that you will be divided up into groups based on your method of arrival to Belize City. That is, people arriving on the Carnival Legend were grouped together; people on the Princess and Norwegian boats were grouped together. Simple reason: departure times vary, and they want to make sure you get back to your ship on time.

So....relax and follow these directions:

1. Go to Terminal 4 as directed, walk through to the street, and you will clearly see the Coral Breeze sign being waved about.

2. From there you will be escorted to their office, about 75 yards away, to make your payment, pick out the snorkeling gear you need, and wait until everyone has arrived from your group (i.e. Carnival, Norwegian, etc.) Our wait was around 20 minutes.

3. You will be escorted to the water (another 50 yards away) where you will board your boat for transportation to Caye Caulker.

4. Here's where it got bumpy. Our gracious hosts had a devil of a time making it clear which group was to get on which boat. My advice to Coral Breeze - buy some numbered stickers, hand them out by group, and tell people which group they're in. When putting people on boats, do it by number ("All people with a 1 sticker - board now!").

5. That was the hardest part - from there it was easy. Note that the boats transporting you are small - your ride will be bumpy, you will get sprayed a bit with water, and there's little protection from the sun. The further back you sit in the boat, the smoother the ride you'll have. Sit on a lifejacket to smooth the bumps for your butt, and lean on another to protect your back. If you don't want something to get wet, bring a waterproof bag. Wear lots of sun protection and wear sunglasses. Take motion sickness pills if you are susceptible to bumps.

6. Coral Breeze did an excellent job with safety when in the water. If you're a beginner, they will watch over you carefully. If you're experienced, like me, they will give you some latitude yet make sure you're sticking with the group. You will navigate the reef together regardless of skill level. The snorkeling on the reef is excellent.

7. From the reef you will go a few hundred yards to where the rays and sharks are. Bait fish are smooshed up in a plastic tube with holes in it, which attracts the rays and sharks to the area of the boat. I was AMAZED at how many rays come in. In a way it was freaky - they're everywhere. The nurse sharks are bottom feeders - no threat from them. And the water is about 5 feet deep, so you can practically stand there with your mask on to look around. The water is crystal clear.

8. From the reef we then went to Caye Caulker for lunch at a restaurant located right where the boat docks. We had a nice lunch and still had time to walk around Caye Caulker (no big deal - not much to see).

Overall, a very good trip, highly recommended. I hope the details hope those who want to know them. For those who want the big picture, it was a great day - we loved it.

2  Thank Brian P
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

A great place to snorkel however brief with nurse sharks, rays and groupers. However lots of other boats will also be there.

Thank Jordan16
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Reviewed February 17, 2013

We saw and swam with nurse sharks and large rays. It was a lot of fun.We were only there for about twenty minutes.

1  Thank fishNewjersey
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Reviewed February 15, 2013

there are so many fish here. we love snorkeling here and it is a protected area so people can't actually fish here. it is for the pleasure of divers and snorkelers. cudos to belize for protecting this area. Love it.

Thank Marcy g
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