The marine reserve around the island has expanded over the years from its initial size at the southern part of the island to also include the area up north known as Mexico Rocks.
Two separate trips are offered.
-Hol Chan Channel with Shark and Sting Ray Alley.
-Mexico Rocks with Tres Cocos
We have daily adventures that depart the dock at 9 am and 2 pm. Since either Marine Reserve is a short, quick boat ride, a scenic 15 minute boat ride delivers you into either section of the reserve where our experienced and enthusiastic snorkel guides introduce you to the their underwater world. Depths you'll experience while in the water can range from 5 ft to 29 ft and there is plenty of time and opportunity to enjoy the marine life and views.
Off the southern tip of Ambergris Caye is Belize's oldest marine reserve, the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. This sanctuary was officially established in 1987, and since then the fish and coral formations have been protected leading to a great density of marine life.
Hol Chan is Mayan for "little channel". The first snorkel spot is at a cut through the reef which is little more than 23m (85ft) wide and 9m (29ft) deep.
Once you've had your fill of remarkable interaction with the marine life it will take no more than ten minutes to get you to Shark Ray Alley for the unforgettable heart-pounding adventure of "swimming with the sharks". Here our snorkel guide will rally the sharks and invite the stingrays over for a visit. After another 45 minutes of thrill we'll have light refreshments and head back to the dive shop.
Total trip time is about 2- 2 1/2 hours.
Just a quick boat ride from the shop up the coast of north Ambergris Caye is Mexico Rocks. A lavish collection of boulder coral, home to puffer and parrot fish, lobsters, eels, and colorful juvenile fish scurrying about awaits you.
Shallow and protected by the barrier reef from ocean swells, this site is great for any experience snorkelers. At this site you will see boulder coral up to 3.5 m (12 ft) tall nearly reaching the surface and providing refuge to a variety of marine life sheltered in the coral’s nooks and crannies. Sea fans, azure vase sponges, and butterfly fish add life and color as well.
Followed by a second stop on the reef to snorkel more the total trip time is also about 2- 2 1/2 hours.