Hol Chan Marine Reserve & Shark Ray Alley
Hol Chan Marine Reserve is a large protected area located between Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker. It covers several zones throughout its 21 square miles, each representing a different habitat. Snorkeling at the cut is paired with a stop at Shark Ray Alley where you can swim with nurse sharks and sting rays. Click here for 8 more reasons to snorkel at Hol Chan.
|Snorkel Site||Hol Chan Marine Reserve & Shark Ray Alley|
|Location||South of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye|
|Type of Reef||Channel Cut and Barrier Reef|
|Distance From Shore||25 Minute Boat Ride, 5 Miles|
|Highlights||Sea Turtles, Nurse Sharks, Sting Rays|
Belize’s newest marine protected area is a must-see on your Belize vacation. Mexico Rocks is a unique site just offshore of Ambergris Caye with its large boulder coral formations. Boulder coral can also be found at Glover’s Reef in Southern Belize, making this site one of only two locations on the Belize Barrier Reef with this type of formation.
|Snorkel Site||Mexico Rocks|
|Location||Northern Ambergris Caye|
|Type of Reef||Boulder Coral|
|Distance From Shore||1 Minute Boat Ride|
|Highlights||Sea Turtles, Snapper, Sergeant Major, Eagle Rays|
Glover’s Reef Atoll
One of three atolls in Belize, Glover’s Reef is one of the least-visited sites due to its remote location. The trek to Glover’s Reef is definitely worth it for the rich and healthy reef systems that you will encounter there. With over 700 patch reefs in the atoll, it is an official World Heritage Site, receiving funding through UNESCO.
|Snorkel Site||Glover’s Reef Atoll|
|Type of Reef||Patch Reef and Boulder Coral|
|Distance From Shore||90-120 Minute Boat Ride, 30 Miles|
|Highlights||Goliath Grouper, Seahorses, Fairy Basslet, Pillar Coral|
A bucket list snorkel is to swim alongside the gentle Whale Sharks that congregate each year near Gladden Spit off of Placencia. The best chance to see them is on the days surrounding the full moon from March-June each year. Whale sharks feed at fish spawning aggregation sites and are the size of a school bus. Snorkeling in their presence really is UnBelizeable.
|Snorkel Site||Gladden Spit|
|Type of Reef||Deep Water, Fish Spawning Aggregation Site|
|Distance From Shore||90 Minute Boat Ride, 26 Miles|
|Highlights||Whale Shark Migration, March-June on the full moon|
Tobacco Caye, South Water Caye Marine Reserve
A thirty minute boat ride out of Dangriga Town will find you at the tiny, picturesque island of Tobacco Caye. Just 5 acres in size, there are a handful of small hotels, one bar and one restaurant. The reef is so close that you can swim right to it and enjoy snorkeling amongst the coral at the cut. Boat trips to nearby patch reef and spur & groove formations in front of the island are available as well.
|Snorkel Site||Tobacco Caye, South Water Caye Marine Reserve|
|Type of Reef||Channel Cut, Spur & Groove|
|Distance From Shore||Swimming Distance|
|Highlights||Moray Eels, Octopus, Squid, Blue Tang|