Facts 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.
Shark Ray Alley
Belize's Shark Ray Alley isn't just a thrilling swim; it's a classroom beneath the waves. Here, docile nurse sharks, some reaching 10 feet, glide through the crystal-clear waters, their bodies adorned with mesmerizing patterns. As you snorkel alongside them, observe their whiskery snouts, a vital tool for sensing prey in the sandy bottom. Witness stingrays, their wingspans like living sails, gracefully navigating the coral reefs. This isn't a feeding frenzy; these gentle giants filter plankton, reminding us of their crucial role in the ecosystem's delicate balance. Shark Ray Alley isn't just a tourist spot; it's a portal to appreciate the ocean's hidden wonders and the importance of responsible tourism in protecting these magnificent creatures.
Adventure & Experience
At Sur-REAL Adventures, we offer unforgettable experiences that take you into the heart of nature. Our tours provide the perfect platform to observe wildlife in action while being surrounded by breathtaking scenery. Our Tarpon feeding tour takes you on a magical journey as you experience these majestic creatures up close and personal. Our boat tours are a great way for friends and family to get together and enjoy an amazing adventure together.
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.