Snorkelling The Beautiful Belize Barrier Reef and With Nurse Sharks
The Belize Barrier Reef is filled with beautiful coral and wildlife, including Nurse Sharks! After a half day snorkelling in the Caye Caulker Marine Reserve, we were dying to see the Hol Chan Marine Reserve and more nurse sharks!
How Much Does It Cost To Snorkel?
A tour to snorkel in the Belize Barrier Reef is a must during your stay in Belize. As we arrived in Ambergris Caye we found Jose at Mundo Maya, a company running various tours. We always try to do as much as we can without a tour, but for this, there is no other way. Mundo Maya’s price to visit Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark and Ray Alley (different then Shark-Ray Alley near Caye Caulker) is $70BZD ($35USD) and it includes the fee to enter the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Some other companies will charge that price with the entrance fee NOT included. This tour also includes an extra snorkel spot, as well as two bonus stops to see some sea horse and tarpon fish.
Hol Chan Marine Reserve:
The Hol Chan Marine Reserve is one of the most beautiful snorkel spots along the Barrier Reef. It was once a popular fishing spot until the fisherman found out they could make more money bringing people out to see the reef. It is the most narrow channel along the reef meaning the ocean current brings through lots of nutrients allowing the coral and wildlife to flourish. The channel reaches approximately 10 meters deep so if you like a little freedive, this is an awesome spot for you to enjoy, but if you like to hang by the surface, you won’t be missing out either! Out of all the snorkelling we have done along our travels, this is arguably the most beautiful reef we have seen! This is a popular snorkel spot, but don’t worry, the ocean is a large place and you never feel like your in a crowd of people here!
Shark and Ray Alley:
Shark and Ray Alley is your chance to swim with Nurse Sharks! This place used to be where fisherman would clean their days catch and throw the waste in the water for the nurse sharks and sting rays. Now this area along the Belize Barrier Reef is a popular snorkel spot as the nurse sharks and sting rays still hangout in this area. You may also get a glimpse of a turtle and a moray eel that often hang out in the area, as well as some more beautiful coral and fish. Make note that this is different than Shark-Ray Alley by Caye Caulker (and in our opinion better).
How To Get To Ambergris Caye?
In order to get to Ambergris Caye, you will want to make your way to the San Pedro Belize Express Water Taxi terminal in Belize City. Here you can buy a ticket for to be on the next boat out to Ambergris Caye! If you are coming from the airport, your best option will be to grab a taxi and negotiate a price.