The second longest barrier reef in the world runs along the coast of Belize. This makes for great snorkeling just about anywhere along the reef you choose. Moreover, the entire reef system in front of Caye Caulker is in the process of being converted into a Marine Reserve. Fishing will only be allowed in certain parts, with the major part of the reef area used in ecological sound practices. Snorkeling spots are usually waist deep to about 6 feet in depts. All tour boats carry life preservers for beginning swimmers. All snorkeling spots are also kid-friendly. So, bring the whole family. Here are a couple of our most popular snorkeling tours:
LOCAL REEF TOUR
One stop is at our very own locally cultivated Shark and Ray Village. This is a smaller version of the much larger Shark and Ray Alley, but overflows with the same mystique and excitement as the larger version. Located only a five minute boat ride from the island, you can snorkel to your heart's content in WAIST DEEP water among these friendly creatures. The tour guide actually holds these creatures and brings them to you to pet. Touch the grainy skin of a nurse shark and live to tell home about it! Feel the friendly sting rays bump into your leg and still live to tell home about it! This is truly an amazing trip. Bring your camera to capture the moment, as no one at home will believe you!
Caught your breath after that snorkel stop yet? The second snorkeling stop is just another few minutes away, a selection made by the guide. There are so many beautiful spots that just about anywhere is a perfect spot. Since this is inside the barrier reef, the water is usually shallow enough to stand in.
Gear is included in the price.
Enjoy your trip!
HOL CHAN MARINE RESERVE SNORKEL TRIP
First stop is at the Hol Chan Marine Park. The Hol Chan Marine Park is an underwater park teeming with marine life. It is not unusual to spot formations of rays or even several sharks. Since this is a protected area, and the guides are keen on feeding the fish, several schools have gone back home to notify their family and friends of the bountiful life here and what we have now is simply nothing short of an amazing wild aquarium. Friendly fishes are everywhere. Accustomed to the bait or "chump" thrown their way by the guides, the fish come clamoring even to the sound of the boat engine. Water depth in the marine park can range anywhere from waist deep to about 15 feet deep, depending on what spot you are. There is a $2.50 U.S. fee for visitors to enter the park area, so please remember to bring that along with you.
Done snorkeling and hungry? Cool! Second stop after the Marine Park is on neighboring Ambergris Caye. Bring your own lunch or you can purchase lunch there. Or let us know in advance and we will arrange for a box lunch for you (for an additional $5 U.S.). Ambergris Caye is the largest and most inhabited island in Belize. Take your time and tour the village. Lag time here is about an hour and a half.
Still in the adventurous mode? Let's head back in the boat then to our third stop (2nd snorkeling stop), the Coral Gardens. The Coral Gardens is as its name says. It is a patch of reef area where the corals form gardens around you. Snorkel among the varied corals in this area and spot some strange looking exotic fish. When you get tired, it's time to continue.
Third snorkeling stop is at the famous Shark and Ray Alley. Shark and Ray Alley is an area of the reef, aptly named because of the large amount of hugely curious sharks and sting rays that inhabit the area. Used to being fed by the guides, they come swarming as soon as the sound of the boat engine is heard. Pet a shark. Your guide will bring it to you. Touch a stingray. Your guide will bring it to you.
And for this trip, be sure to bring your camera. No one at home will believe you!!
Take care and enjoy the trip!
MANATEE WATCHING TRIP
BLUE HOLE SNORKELING TRIP
Cancellation Policy : 45+ Days Notice - 20% Penalty; 44 - 31 Days Notice, 30% Penalty; 30 - 16 Days Notice, 50% Days Penalty, 15 - 0 Days Notice, NO REFUND will be given.
Snorkeling Packages : (Prices are per person, double occupancy. Please ask for our special rate for four or more persons in a group): Park Snorkel Special: 4 day / 3 night
Snorkeling Packages :
(Prices are per person, double occupancy. Please ask for our special rate for four or more persons in a group):
Park Snorkel Special: 4 day / 3 nightpackage
($399 U.S. per person, based on double occupancy. Special rates for groups of 4 or more):
Inland and Island Special: 8 day / 7 nightpackage
($899 U.S. per person, based on double occupancy. Special rates for groups of 4 or more):
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