4 – 5 Hours
Duration
2+
Ages
Hol Chan Marine Reserve, San Pedro
Location
7/10
Physicality

Hol Chan is famous for its wide variety of lush marine life. Hol Chan has been a marine reserve since May 2, 1987. It covers about 3 square miles with some areas being about 5 feet deep while the channel is about 30 feet deep. Snorkelers can be on the look out to see brain coral, star coral, sharks, sting rays, turtles, puffer fish, eels, parrot fish, angle fish, barracuda, and even the seasonal manatee. You can observe them from the boat or take the adrenaline rush of jumping in and exploring their amazing underwater world.

At certain times of the year, when the mood is right, the manatees can be seen slumbering on the sea floor. But get out their way because they do need to come up for air and what a magical moment it is to be just 10 feet away from this gentle giant.

There is also the sunken barge, (Belize’s very own titanic). There you will see how nature leaves her mark on this sunken vessel, with beautiful coral formations. The bonus is the large school of tarpons that reside at the entrance to the cave system that runs under the island and spot some real-life seahorses at the seahorse ranch.

This excursion does not fail to amaze.
It’s truly UnBelizeable!!

 

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION San Pedro Belize Express Water Taxi dock, Caye Caulker
DEPARTURE TIME check in at 9:30AM for departure at 10:30AM
RETURN TIME 3:30PM
WEAR Bathing suit, sunblock
INCLUDED
Professional tour guide Transportation
Fruit snacks Water
Snorkeling equipment Entrance fees
Underwater pictures Refreshments
Lunch WiFi on board

 

Things to bring: sun block, towel, change of dry clothes, bathing suit, comfortable beach footwear.

*Child rate applies to anyone under 12 years of age.

*Tour can be cancelled due to bad weather or not enough guests.

*Minimum of 5 guests

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Activity 1

9:30/10:30AM leave the pier and head to Hol Chan Marine Reserve at San Pedro. (25 minutes)
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Activity 2

Snorkel at Hol Chan Marine Reserve (45 minutes)
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Activity 3

Take a 5 minute boat ride to second snorkeling site, shark and ray alley. (Snorkel 30 minutes)
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Activity 4

Take a 15 minute boat ride to the sunken barge snorkeling site. (Snorkel 15 minutes)
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Activity 5

Take a 5 minute boat ride to the coral garden snorkeling site. (Snorkel 30 minutes)
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Activity 6

Take 2 minute boat ride to the manatee snorkeling site. If manatees are there snorkel with the manatees. (Snorkel 20 minutes)
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Activity 8

Take 5 minute boat ride to the seahorse viewing area.
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Activity 9

Head back to the departure/ return point. (10 minute)

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 7 reviews
June 7, 2019

We were unsure about a lot of the tours on the island they always feel like a ripoff and or just a basic jump in look at that fish get in the boat lets go home. These guys took us out, taught us things went in the water with us and showed us around. We got pictures and video they took and sent to us, they gave us plenty of food and drinks and did their best to get us up close and personal with many types of marine life. I have snorkled throughout Indonesia and Mexico and this was some of the best I have experienced.

June 22, 2019

Really amazing snorkeling excursion. Multiple stops with a lot to see and do. The stuff are very helpful and explain a lot of the marine life that you come across. Also, they do their best to give a nice experience for everyone in the group. Food and drinks were more than enough during the trip. I also like that they try to have a minimal impact to the environment. Overall, highly recommended.

June 26, 2019

Five stars to this excellent snorkeling excursion with Captain Philip, Karim, and Ash from Nauti Time Tours! I was on the full day tour at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, and it did not disappoint. We made several stops and swam with sea turtles, rays, dozens of spectacular fish species, and very impressive but harmless nurse sharks – what a thrill! We also snorkeled over a sunken ship, and saw a seahorse nursery. Karim’s enthusiastic knowledge of marine life and conservation was so good, it even impressed several biologists who were on the trip with us. The team’s passion for wildlife conservation in Belize was contagious. I loved the fact that there were no single use plastic water bottles on the boat. We drank our ice cold, filtered water all day out of assigned personal tumblers that were taken back to their facility at the end of the day and washed for the next tour. We had delicious sandwiches for lunch, a ton of cut up fresh fruit at the end of the afternoon, and all of the beverages we could drink. The team made it all a lot of fun, but I was delightfully aware that paramount to these pros was safety of their guests at all times. The next time I am in Belize, I won’t hesitate to book another snorkeling adventure with Nauti Time! Thanks, guys!

June 28, 2019

I researched a variety of snorkel companies and I liked Nauti time’s full day snorkeling trip. Their trip goes to more snorkel stops and gives you more snorkel time than many of the other trips. Some of the others seemed to focus more on the free rum punch.
Karim was great answering all my questions and Randy and Ash did a lot of recon in the water for us. We saw turtles, sting rays, lots of nurse sharks and a moray eel, along with lots of fish. The boat is a small speed boat and we were a small group, so we got lots of personal attention. Would definitely recommend this group.

July 11, 2019

Siamo tornati da pochi giorni in Italia e il vostro tour è stata una delle cose più belle ed emozionanti del nostro viaggio centro-americano! Non dimenticheremo mai i colori e la miriade di pesci visti. L’incontro con il lamantino, con gli squali e la grande tartaruga è stato incredibile. La nostra bimba è stata entusiasta e ha avuto la fortuna di fare il suo primo snorkeling con un professionista meraviglioso e appassionato. Consigliamo a tutti naititimetours per un esperienza indimenticabile!

October 31, 2019

We had an excellent time snorkeling Ho Chan reef with the guides. They were very knowledgeable and took us to different spots to find us a variety of sea life from seahorses to manatees. The boat was comfortable and the lunch was delicious. We are so pleased we got to see so many wonderful animals and got to experience the reef. They also took great photos on their go pro which we received by email a couple days later. I highly recommend this company. Their enthusiasm is infectious! 🙂

November 3, 2019

My husband and I took the Full Day Hol Chan tour (October 2019) with Philip as our guide! He was excellent! We highly recommend this company for the following reasons: Philip knows where the manatees are most of the time, which guaranteed us an opportunity to view them up close, 2) they will try to tailor your excursion to what you’d like to see (we wanted manatees and sea horses!), 3) it was a rain/cloudy day we went out (we were only 1 of 2 tour companies out that day), but Philip was so experienced that we dodged most all of the rain AND still saw incredible things and had an AWESOME day, 4) they take excellent Go Pro pictures/videos and email them directly to you, and 5) the entire staff of this company are polite, respectful, knowledgeable, humorous and just pleasant to be around! We’ll be back soon with our 2 boys, and will chose this company over the other 30+ tour companies on Caye Caulker. You should, too!

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