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About the Reef

Hol Chan Marine Reserve

Off the southern tip of Ambergris Caye is Belize's oldest marine reserve,the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Hol Chan is Mayan for "little channel." The entire reserve focuses on a cut through the reef (called a quebrada) which is little more than 25 yards (23 m) wide and 30 feet (9 m) deep about 4 miles southeast of San Pedro.

The reserve was formed primarily as a community-based initiative due to concern over the high level of uncontrolled, often destructive fishing and diving activities in the area. Reserve status was also called for by international organizations such as the New York Zoological Society (NYZS) and Peace Corps, due to the unique formation of the channel, the abundant fishery resources (including conch and lobster) and the feasibility of including an interlinked system of coral reef, seagrass and mangrove habitats in this area.
 

When Adventure Calls, We're Here

We love Belize and the waters surrounding Ambergris Caye are no exception. Filled with wonderous sea life of curious turtles, swaying coral, colorful fish, rays that seem to fly, and caves that hold schools of large shimmering fish. We can't wait to show you why snorkeling and exploring the second largest barrier reef is rated in the top ten snorkeling experiences in the world. 

Our guides have a deep understanding of what the sea holds for all of us and love being able to share their knowledge of the waters, sea life, reef, and memorable experiences we are sure you will want to come back for again.  

Whether it's exploring the vibrant marine reserve Hol Chan, swimming with docile nurse sharks, feeding the tarpon, or relaxing by a beach bbq, you will have be able to soak up the island vibe on our tours. 

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Adventure & Experience

The marine life will amaze you as you swim over their habitat and wonder at the complexity and beauty of the sea and reef.  Explore the seas and watch for sightings of the majestic Eagle sting ray and curious sea turtles. 

Safety First

We put your safety as our number one priority and even the strongest swimmer will wear a life jacket on the snorkeling tour of the marine reserve. 

 

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