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Belize Shark Ray Alley and Hol Chan Snorkeling by Boat
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Just a short boat ride to some of the most incredible snorkeling ever! Be in the water with the famous sharks and rays as well as experience Hol Chan Reser
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•See Shark Ray Alley and Hol Chan Marine Park!
•2 incredible snorkel sites!
•Beach Break at Caye Caulker!
•Just a short boat ride from Belize City cruise terminal!
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One of the most popular things Belize is known for is its incredible snorkeling. And the two most famous snorkeling sites in Belize are Shark Ray Alley and Hol Chan Marine Reserve. On this excursion you get to snorkel at both! No worrying about catching an airplane as this excursion is done all by boat!
Your friendly English speaking guide will meet you outside the cruise terminal and get the adventure underway. You will be taken to your boat for the 30 minute ride from Belize City over to Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Mayan for "little channel", Hol Chan Marine Reserve is one of the most popular dive sites in the Caribbean. The entire reserve focuses on a cut through the reef. The "cut" is just a little more than 25 yards wide and 30 feet deep.
Hol Chan is now a unique refuge filled with incredible coral formations and a vast variety of marine life. The Government of Belize established the Hol Chan Marine Reserve on May 2, 1987. Your guide will pass out all of the snorkel gear and show you how to use it before leading you on a guided snorkel of the Hol Chan "cut". You will want to bring a waterproof camera to capture the images!
Then the boat will head to the neighboring Shark Ray Alley, name for the nurse sharks and Southern Sting Rays that have been coming to the spot for years. Local fisherman would stop in this area and clean their catch. The scraps that were thrown overboard attracted the resident nurse sharks and rays. As the years passed, the sharks and rays still come to get a free handout.
When you arrive, you will see the surface ripple as the sharks and sting ray come for their fish snack. The rays, which have a 'wing-span' of two to four feet, swim directly towards the divers, mouths often turned up hoping for a handheld fish morsel to be placed near their mouths.The docile Nurse Sharks average 4 to 6 feet in length. Here, you will feel the excitement and novelty of swimming with both species!
Although both species are non-aggressive, you will be instructed by your guide not to try and touch them by yourself. The guides will always be in the water with you and show you the correct way to handle and feed them. If you do not feel comfortable, you may always wait in the boat and watch.
When your snorkeling is completed, you will a beach break on Caye Caulker (1.5hrs) and return to the meeting point.
NOTE: This excursion needs a minimum of 2 participants. It is also available as a private excursion - see pricing on the order form. There are several boats used depending on group size for that day - ranging from 23 feet to 38 feet (15 to 35 passengers) but larger boats available.