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Hol Chan Marine Reserve & Shark Ray Alley Snorkel

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5 ½ Hour Duration
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This tour begins in Belize City and lasts 5 ½ hours from start to finish
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Book with confidence! We guarantee you’ll make it back to your port in time
Wildlife Encounter
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Get to know local wildlife up close and personal with stingray and shark ray encounters
Lunch Included
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An authentic lunch is include to enjoy while out adventuring


Hol Chan is famous for a reason - it offers a pristine reef protected by the government, which provides an amazing variety of sea life including turtles, friendly sharks, spotted eagle rays, and more.

Imagine snorkeling in crystal-clear tropical waters, surrounded by nurse sharks and stingrays all vying for your attention as you decide which ones to feed. Sounds appealing? Then this is the perfect excursion for you in Belize.

You can be picked up from the Tourism Village at the cruise port, or from your hotel in Belize City, and then transported to the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. You can also start this tour from Caye Caulker. This park is located just off the shore of Ambergris Caye - one of the famous Belize Cayes - and is a government-designated nature park.

During your visit, you'll explore an important section of the reserve - a 30-foot-deep channel that cuts through a section of the reef. This area has become one of the most abundant and diverse sections of the barrier reef, supporting a large number of fish, mammals, and coral formations. You'll spend some time snorkeling in Hol Chan Marine Reserve, experiencing its exquisite beauty firsthand.

You'll then head to Shark Ray Alley, another popular part of the reserve, for a thrilling snorkeling adventure. As the name suggests, this section of the reserve is filled with friendly southern stingrays and sharks. You can swim with them and feel your adrenaline racing as nurse sharks approach you, eager to meet their latest visitors. If you're feeling brave, you can even feed them, creating an unforgettable experience and fantastic photo opportunities!

Staying in San Pedro Ambergris Caye?

Take this Hol Chan Snorkeling Tour leaving directly from San Pedro.

Why Book This Tour?

  • Safe way to swim with sharks
  • Lunch Included
  • Stingrays and shark spottings are guaranteed!
  • Great for cruisers or travelers staying in Belize
  • One of our favorite excursions to experience the clear waters of Belize
  • Great staff and top-rated guides!

IMPORTANT NOTE: This tour has a minimum number of persons needed to go out. If for whatever reason this minimum is not met you will be notified 1-3 days in advance of your reservation so you can schedule an alternative tour.

What's Included

Round-trip transportation
Snorkeling Gear
Tour Guide
Bottled Water
Optional gratuities

Frequently Asked Questions

What am I likely to see during the tour?
You’ll see nurse sharks and southern sting rays at Sting Ray Alley. The sharks are typically 4-6 feet long and the rays have a wingspan of 4-6 feet. When you snorkel in the 30-foot channel, you could also see lobsters, sea anemones, moray eels, grouper, and barracuda, as well as a wide variety of coral formations.
What’s included in the tour?
This Hol Chan Marine Reserve tour covers round-trip transportation by air-conditioned vehicle, and by boat. All the required snorkel gear for your shark ray alley snorkel experience is included, as is a tour guide and lunch! The only things not included is an optional gratuity and cash for souvenirs.
Where is Hol Chan Marine Reserve located?
Hol Chan Marine Reserve is off the coast of Belize in the Caribbean sea, just south of San Pedro and north of Caye Caulker.

Know Before You Book

Minimum Age: There is no minimum age to join this tour
Your tour costs are refundable if canceled 24 hours before the tour departure. If booking using the Book Now, Pay Later option, the 5% deposit is non-refundable under all circumstances.

Quick Facts

Belize City

5h 00min


Itinerary • 5h 00min • 7 activities

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Meet your guide and enjoy a short drive to the departure point at the Radisson dock to board your boat.

20 minutes
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Slice through gorgeous Caribbean waters on a 30-40 minute boat ride to Caye Caulker where you'll have a chance to stretch and place a lunch order.

57 minutes
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Boat out to the main destination, Hol Chan Marine Reserve and get your snorkel gear on!

25 minutes
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Explore the incredible underwater life looking for turtles, stingrays, eagle rays, barracuda and more.

1 hour
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Relax on your 5-10 minute boat ride over to Shark Ray Alley. Here, you can hop in with the sharks or simply observe from the boat as you see schools of nurse sharks up close!

45 minutes
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Enjoy a delicious lunch and a short time to hang on the beach or explore Caye Caulker

1 hour
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Cruise back to Belize City and transport to the port or your Belize City hotel.

45 minutes