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Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Belize

Hol Chan Marine Reserve is a marine reserve close to Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker, off the coast of Belize. It covers approximately 18 km² (4,448 acres) of coral reefs, seagrass beds, and mangrove forest. Hol Chan is Mayan for "little channel".

Hol Chan Cut is open to the sea beyond the reef, so allows marine creatures to travel from the outside of the reef to the inside and vice versa. Over 160 species of fish have been recorded in the reserve, along with forty types of coral, five species of sponge, two sea grasses, three species of sea turtle and three marine mammals: the short-beaked common dolphin, pantropical spotted dolphin and West Indian manatee. Spotted eagle rays and southern stingrays are common at the bottom of the channel. Lobsters, moray eels and sea anemones live among the rocky outcrops, and some of the many corals include brain coral, elkhorn coral, and finger coral. Jacks, groupers, snappers and barracuda are all common.

The mangrove forests act as nurseries for many fish species. Adult blue striped grunts, French grunts, white grunts, gray snappers, French angelfish, gray angelfish, and seahorses may also be found among the mangroves. The seagrass beds have parrotfish, hogfish, and occasional turtles. Manatees are rare visitors. Shark Ray Alley has nurse sharks, rays, and occasionally other fish. Read more...

Night diving is something all divers should try. If you haven't logged one yet, then our night dives are not to be missed. In particular, some of the most interesting marine life only comes out a night. Observe the Nocturnal reef critters go about their business under the cover of darkness. Our night dives are very easy with a maximum depth of 28ft and sheltered by the barrier reef. The night dive tour is done at HolChan Marine Reserve. Because of its protected area this dive site holds the best nocturnal marine life. With frequent octopus and invertebrates surrounding you, this is truly a 60 minute night dive adding an unforgettable dive to your diving experience.

Night dives are schedule everyday- leaves at 6:00 pm (Except Sundays) with a minimum of 2 divers to confirm. Depending on weather condition or upon requests night dives are also done outside the reef.

Amigos del Mar Hol Chan Marine Reserve Dive and Snorkel Shark Ray Alley

Diving at Hol Chan Marine Reserve & Snorkeling at Shark Ray Alley (Combo)

Hol Chan Marine Reserve is a must-do if you're in Belize!

USD$65

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At 28 feet in depth, it is a great dive for experienced and novice divers as it is full of diverse marine life and coral formations. We combine it with a snorkel at Shark Ray Alley where you can see schools of fish and to stay true to its name – many stingrays and nurse sharks.

Our local dives depart daily at 9am for a first dive and return to our dock for an hour of surface interval where we provide fresh fruit, drinking water, coffee and tea.

We head out for the second dive at 11am and we should be back between 12:00pm -12:30 pm.

A third dive can be arranged during the course of the day which would leave at 1:30pm.

Complimentary Pick Up: via boat between 8am depending on where you are staying

Food: fruits and water on board


Boat Ride: 15 Minutes (approx.)

Morning Dive: 9:00 AM - 12:00

Afternoon Dive: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Amigos del Mar Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley Snorkeling

Hol Chan Marine Reserve & Shark Alley Snorkeling

Hol Chan is must see full of marine life!

USD$45

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Boat Ride: 5-10 Minutes (approx.)

Duration: 2 1/2 hours (approx.)

Food: ......................

Departure Times: 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM

Amigos del Mar Night Dive

Hol Chan Night Dive

Hol Chan is must see dive site at night full of nocturnal marine life!

USD$60

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Night diving is something all divers should try. Our night dives are very easy with a maximum depth of 28ft and sheltered by the barrier reef. Because of its protected area this dive site holds the best nocturnal marine life. With frequent octopus and invertebrates surrounding you, this is truly a 60 minute night dive adding an unforgettable dive to your diving experience.

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Park Fees are to be paid in cash and are as follow;

  • Blue Hole $40USD,
  • Hol Chan Marine Reserve $10USD and
  • Mexico Rocks $10USD

Taxes

All Rates are in USD and are subject to 12.5% General Sales Tax (GST).

Divers and Snorkelers Tour Cancellation Policy

Divers/Snorkelers are required to cancel before 3PM the day prior to their tour date to avoid any charges.
Cancelation after 3pm will result in FULL CHARGES.

Package Cancellation Policy

Packages must be canceled 3 days prior to the tour.
Failure to cancel 3 days prior will result in a 50% charge.

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North Pick Up –

  • Solaria,
  • Las Terrazas,
  • Blue Dolphin,
  • Seascape,
  • Belizean Shores,
  • Captain Morgan's,
  • Cocotal Inn,
  • White Sands Cove,
  • Ocean Air,
  • Grad Caribe,
  • Akbol,
  • Cloisters,
  • Bermuda Landings,
  • Twisted Palms,
  • Tres Cocos,
  • Mara Laguna (Dive Bar),
  • PUR,
  • (Tiki Maya House dock),
  • (Park Place,
  • Caye Casa,
  • Hotel Del Rio,
  • Oasis,
  • Seven Seas,
  • Aqua Vista and Casa en La Playa pick up at Island Diver's dock),
  • and Ocean Tide Beach Resort.

South Pick up-

  • Holiday Hotel,
  • Sun breeze Hotel,
  • Belizean Reef,
  • The Palms Ocean Front,
  • Ramon's Village,
  • Changes In Latitude,
  • (Pedro's Inn,
  • Belize Yacht Club pick up at Belize Diving Adventures Dock),
  • Grand Baymen pick up at Exotic Caye,
  • Corona Del Mar,
  • Coral Bay Villas,
  • Caribbean Villas,
  • Xanadu,
  • Banyan Bay,
  • Grand Colony,
  • Banana Beach,
  • Mata Rocks,
  • Victoria House,
  • Pick up for Mahogany Bay is done at Royal Caribbean dock.

The above is all our complimentary pick up for our local activities. For our offshore ( Blue Hole and Turneffe ) we pick up further North and South.

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DIVING REQUIREMENTS:

Local Reef Diving:

Must have a Junior Open Water Certification or a higher level certification
Must have done a dive within the last year
Divers without logged dives of over 2 years require a mandatory refresher course

Blue Hole Trip:

Must meet requirements stated above
All snorkelers and certified divers are welcome
*Junior Open Water Divers (please see below)

Junior Open Water Divers:

Will be able to snorkel Blue Hole and dive the 2 other sites at Lighthouse Reef
If parents' consent to the Blue Hole, they will be able to go to a maximum depth of approximately 50 feet with a Private Dive Master (separate fee)

Open Water Divers:

Must have proof of logged dives within 6 months

Advanced Open Water Divers & Higher Level Certifications:

Must have proof of logged dives within a year