As one of the last unspoiled destinations on the Caribbean Sea, Belize has some of the best snorkeling in the world. Compliments of the second largest Barrier Reef in the world.
Hol Chan Marina Reserve is a perfect snorkeling location for visitors since it’s close to the popular islands of Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker. For those staying in San Pedro, companies such as Seaduced by Belize offer a day sail and snorkel tour.
They’ll outfit you in snorkeling gear and then take you to the catamaran where you’ll set sail to the reserve. Fresh fruit, water and juice served on the ride out give you a boost of energy for the first leg of your snorkeling tour.
Expert guides show you the best of Hol Chan, including tropical fish, sea turtles, and stingrays. You’ll spend about an hour in the water at the reserve before boarding the boat once again to continue to Shark Ray Alley.
Those who enjoy a bit of an adrenaline rush will feel right at home in Shark Ray Alley, where you encounter sharks and rays in their natural habitat. Work up the nerve to enter the water, take your underwater camera or GoPro, and capture the sharks and rays up-close and in action. The Seaduced guides are always close so you feel safe. Just be sure to avoid the frenzy when it’s mealtime for the sharks.
Speaking of mealtime… while you were hanging with the marine life, your guides were doing some swimming of their own, diving for conch. On your way to Caye Caulker, they’ll make you fresh conch ceviche, served with tortilla chips, a delicious regional delicacy. What’s the perfect complement to conch ceviche? Belizean rum punch. There tends to be a lot more rum than punch in this local concoction, so pace yourself accordingly!
Once in Caye Caulker, you’re given a few hours to explore, eat lunch and do some shopping before heading back to San Pedro. After an exciting day of snorkeling and exploring, you’ll enjoy just sitting on the deck of the catamaran and relaxing while the sea breeze cools you off on the ride home.
Sound like it’s right up your alley? Chukka Belize can help plan your adventure!