Hol Chan And Turtle Garden Snorkeling Tour - Belize City

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Duration: 5 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    09:00 AM Tour departs within walking distance of the cruise port
  • Departure Details :
    FORT STREET TOURISM VILLAGE, Fort Street Tourism Village, Terminal 1, Belize City, Belize
    Traveler pickup is offered
    As you debark from your tender boat, please look for the Diamonds Internation.. read more
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Hol Chan Marine Reserve is located off the southern tip of Ambergris Caye. Mayan for little channel, Hol Chan Marine Reserve is doubtfully one of the most popular dive sites in the Caribbean, and indeed in Belize. The entire reserve focuses on a cut through the reef (called a quebrada) which is little more than 25 yards wide and 30 feet deep about 4 miles southeast of San Pedro. Hol Chan has burgeoned into a unique refuge, with vigorous coral formations and a richness of marine life. We will then head to the neighboring Turtle Garden, where you will snorkel or dive and be able to get up close and personal with ecstatic Sea Turtle and Southern Sting Rays. When you arrive, you will see the surface often boiling with rolling sharks and sting ray as they compete for the scraps. These creatures have a great tolerance for divers and snorkelers.

Know More about this tour

Hol Chan Marine Reserve is located off the southern tip of Ambergris Caye. Mayan for little channel, Hol Chan Marine Reserve is doubtfully one of the most popular dive sites in the Caribbean, and indeed in Belize. The entire reserve focuses on a cut through the reef (called a quebrada) which is little more than 25 yards wide and 30 feet deep about 4 miles southeast of San Pedro. Hol Chan has burgeoned into a unique refuge, with vigorous coral formations and a richness of marine life.

Enjoy a nice cool 35 minutes boat ride from the port of Belize as you will be passing along the mangrove islands to your first stop which is the island of Caye caulker, Belize city second largest island that has a breathtaking view of the barrier reef. Where a 15 minutes stop is being made for you to use the restroom and change of clothing. then off to the Hol Chan that is a 10 minute boat ride away from Caye caulker in front of the Largest island in Belize city San Pedro. A 45 minutes snorkeling with be taking place at the Hol Chan,(in the Channel) where you will be viewing the beautiful Coral reef and fishes, and then a 30 minutes snorkeling with Sea Turtle and Rays. After the Snorkeling is done the Tour Guide on board will being treating you to a snack and some amazing Rum Punch. While heading back to island of Caye caulker where you will be having a beach break and also for you to get a meal. one stop will be made to the back of the island where you will be able to hand feed tarpon as a part of the tour. Then spend a hour on the island, and head back in Belize City where you will be drop-off at the port back.

Inclusions

Bottled water

Snacks

Professional guide

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Port pickup and drop-off

Exclusions

Lunch

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not wheelchair accessible

The duration of transfers are approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions

At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time

Near public transportation

Not recommended for pregnant travelers

No heart problems or other serious medical conditions

Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

Anyone with Covid-19 symptoms will not be allow on tour

This experience requires good weather. If its canceled due to poor weather, youll be offered a different date or a full refund

This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If its canceled because the minimum isnt met, youll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers

Face masks required for travelers in public areas

Face masks required for guides in public areas

Face masks provided for travelers

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas

Gear/equipment sanitized between use

Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Guides required to regularly wash hands

Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required for travelers

COVID-19 vaccination required for guides

Note that all staff members fully vaccinated.

Traveler Reviews

  • 22-Sep-2022

    i booked this tour a week in advance confirmed day before and was canceled minutes before …. no one contacted me i had to call and find out such a scam

  • 04-Apr-2022

    The beginning of the excursion went fine. We were met outside of the cruise terminal as stated in the directions. We were taken to a pier and told that everyone taking an excursion with this company had to come here first. Well, that is when the issues began. This company was highly unorganized and not extremely concerned about the allotted time for our excursion. We waited over an hour for other people to arrive. I finally went inside where all the staff was talking, drinking and eating. I asked what was going on and why hadn't we left yet. She said that we were still waiting on people. She referenced the local time and I said she needs to be concerned with ship time because that was the time the cruisers had to follow. I asked how long were going to wait. A few minutes later and we started boarding our boat. Meanwhile, there was an elderly couple waiting to go on an excursion to the pyramids. They were extremely concerned and asked on multiple occasions if they were in the right place. They were told yes and to just wait. Shortly before we boarded our boat, I heard one of the workers tell them that they were the only 2 and the trip didn't make due to the number. They took them back to the terminal. Don't you think they should have known that before an elderly couple had to sit in the hot sun for over an hour to find out they weren't going on the trip they had paid for? The day was very windy causing the ride to be extremely rough!! Not the tour company's fault I know, but it was so rough that many people were scared and worried about injury. The snorkeling was fine even though there was heavy currents and tough to stay together. The restaurant they took us to on Caye Caulker was quaint and the food was tasty. However, they were so unorganized about checking the group out, we made it back to the cruise terminal only 10 minutes before the last shuttle left! To me, that is way too close for comfort. I would not recommend booking with this company.

  • 14-Feb-2020

    Stacey was our guide and she was incredibly knowledgeable about Belizean culture and marine life. The crew was so friendly, helpful, patient, and genuinely kind. I would book & recommend those tours over and over again. Perfect if you only have a short amount of time in Belize City. It didn’t take the whole day or wear you out but we saw and learned a lot. We went to the Traveller’s Rum Factory & Bar afterwards and still went out that night. Perfect.

  • 11-Nov-2019

    Omg what an experience. This is a must tour to go on. Never in my wildest dreams would I think I’d be swimming among sharks! The crew absolutely fantastic.

  • 09-Nov-2019

    Omg what an experience. This is a must tour to go on. Never in my wildest dreams would I think I’d be swimming among sharks! The crew absolutely fantastic.

  • 03-Jul-2019

    The trip was cancelled without any notification. I had to pay for a shuttle to the take-off point because no one came to pick me up from the hotel, only to find out it was cancelled.

  • 26-May-2019

    The trip was cancelled without any notification. I had to pay for a shuttle to the take-off point because no one came to pick me up from the hotel, only to find out it was cancelled.

  • 28-Mar-2019

    Wonderful fun time with Alex and Jose as only seven of us sped across the water in the twin-outboard boat, a low rooster tail trailing behind us. They said it was the best weather they had had in some time. We stopped at Caye Caulker to put in our lunch order at Fantasy Dining, then headed out to the Coral Gardens to be guided by Jose. They were the largest coral heads I had seen in my prior snorkeling experience, and the water was clear. We saw schools of blue tang, and other individual fish, but it was not as teeming with fish as I thought it would be. They said the best time to really see the reef is in a night snorkel. Then we were off to Shark Ray Alley, where the nurse sharks and manta rays gathered. Alex fed the 15 or so sharks herring, while we got out the other side of the boat into 3-4' of water, with manta rays gliding all around us. I got within 2' of the writhing intertwined sharks, taking pictures with my underwater camera. We hopped back in the boat to eat our lunch at Fantasy Dining. My wife got the special of stone crab claw curry with coconut rice and a garden salad, and I got mild jerk chicken breast with coconut rice and caramelized plantains. We sat at a picnic table under a cover, enjoying the most delicious authentic food we had ever had with our pop in glass bottles. We were in heaven! Caye Caulker is only 3 sand streets deep, so we could not get lost if we wished to explore. We were enjoying real island life! At the end, a baker rolled in his two-wheeled cart with his freshly baked goods - banana cake, pineapple roll, coconut cake, coconut roll, and coconut tarts -- $3 each or 2/$5. I got the coconut cake from the baker, who had been doing it for 29 years, still warm, and oh so good! We boarded the boat to go back to Belize City in time to catch one of the last tenders back to the ship, racing another like-fitted boat, and beating it. Great people, and a great day!

  • 08-Feb-2019

    Booked this tour so we could go to Turtle Garden. Wanted to swim with turtles. Boat was too small for the nwmber of people in these waters.We never were taken to turtle garden. We also were not taken to feed the tarpon as the description says. We were supposed to get bottled water but did not. I was offered rum punch but I do not drink alcohol. I can not recommend this company!!!!

  • 17-Feb-2018

    This tour was amazing!