Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Many say that snorkeling Hol Chan Marine Reserve is as impressive as snorkeling the best spots in the world. Perhaps for this reason Hol Chan is considered the most popular snorkel site in Belize.
Just about 4 miles south of San Pedro Town, or a short 15 minute boat ride, Hol Chan, Mayan for “little channel” and “quebrado” in Spanish, is home to over 160 species of fish, along with nearly 40 species of corals, 5 sponges, 8 algaes, 2 seagrasses, 3 marine mammals and 3 species of sea turtle.
Schools of jacks, groupers & snappers come to greet their new guests, as you are guided off to the channel’s edge where vibrant coral forms crevices and an overhang where green eels and lobsters dwell.
Shark Ray Alley
Your next adventure is at Shark Ray Alley, lying just 3 minutes from Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Here, Nurse Sharks and Southern Stingrays politely greet you as you arrive to visit them. At Shark Ray Alley, not only will you feel the excitement and novelty of swimming with large numbers of nurse sharks and sting rays, you will swim with schools of fish that congregate there to feed.
Perfect for the inexperienced, this tour offers all of the beauty the Caribbean has to show in shallow waters, white sands, and up to 100 feet of visibility.
Mexico Rocks is a superb Patch Reef, which lies half way between the reef and shore. The charm of the site will further be enhanced by the amiable and professional attention by our Snorkel Guides as they not only assist in your comfort and safety, but are also happy to share about the sights making your experience informative, and relaxing.
Mexico Rocks 12ft depth offers excellent visibility of the opulent collection of Boulder Coral dotted by Star, Elk Horn and Stag Horn Coral. The large Boulder Coral rise 10-12 ft high nearly touching the surface and providing refuge to a variety of marine life, including lame scallops, anemones, tube worm shrimp, and eels sheltered in the coral’s nooks and crannies. Sea fans, azure vase sponges, and butterfly fish add life and color as well. Giant Brain Coral formations create miniature under sea habitats and islands for Spiny Lobster and Yellow Tail.
Mexico Rocks is now part of Belize’s newest Marine Protected Area, and as such its marine life and coral formations will continue to flourish.
9:00am – Hol Chan and Shark Ray Alley
2:00pm – Mexico Rocks same day