Snorkeling at Shark Ray Alley and Hol Chan Marine Reserve
San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize
- Hol Chan ("Little Channel"): An underwater current gushing through the reef sweeps in more than 200 species of fish, turtles, sponges, coral, and sea mammals.
- Shark Ray Alley: Attracted by fishermen cleaning their catch, rays and nurse sharks made the Alley a permanent hangout and a Top 7 Caribbean dive.
- San Pedro: After your snorkeling adventure, you'll have time to shop and dine in a charming island village that is also one of the Caribbean's diving capitals.
About this San Pedro, Ambergris Caye tour
Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley are part of the 370 square-mile Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System, a World Heritage Site. Stretching from Mexico to Guatemala, and including seven local interconnected areas, it's the second largest reef system in the world, after Australia's Great Barrier Reef, and one of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet – even though biologists estimate that only 10 percent of the species that live there have been discovered.
Charles Darwin referred to the area "as the most remarkable reef in the West Indies." Today it's the habitat of many threatened marine species: green, hawksbill, and loggerhead turtles, the American crocodile, and the West Indian manatee (doing better lately, with 300 to 700 in the area).
Several predators call the area home as well. Jaguars live on the small islets that dot the system. Fierce ospreys glide through the skies above. And the Great Blue Hole, 50 miles offshore, is the domain of hammerhead sharks.
Like Shark Ray Alley, the Great Blue Hole is exactly what it sounds like: a perfectly circular, indigo-blue sinkhole, 400 feet deep and nearly a thousand feet in diameter. In this jaw-droppingly beautiful part of the world, imaginative names are unnecessary.
La Isla Bonita
The town of San Pedro was lamented in the song La Isla Bonita ("the beautiful island"), written by Patrick Leonard, Bruce Gaitsch, and Madonna. Turned down by Michael Jackson, the song reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in May, 1987. San Pedro has since adopted the song as its nickname.
Please meet in the lobby/reception area of your hotel. Be sure to indicate the name of your hotel at check-out so we know where to meet you. Your guide will be holding a sign with GoBe or your name on it.
Participants must be competent swimmers who are comfortable in water that is too deep to stand in.
Boat Tour, Water Sports, Wilderness/Wildlife, Family Friendly, Beach
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated strenuous. Travelers must consider their physical fitness level and medical history when determining whether this tour is appropriate. Travelers with pre-existing neck, back, knee and/or shoulder injuries, cardiac conditions, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, other heart or respiratory conditions or any other medical condition must take particular caution when selecting a tour categorized as "strenuous". If you have concerns, you must consult with your personal physician before engaging in any activity that may be too strenuous for you.
Travelers must be 8 years of age or older to participate in this tour. Suitable for travelers 8 years of age and older.
Special Medical Restriction
This tour is only suited to travelers in very good physical condition. It is not recommended to you if you suffer from seizures, have heart, back, neck, respiratory, or shoulder problems, recently had surgery, or are pregnant.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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