Let us help you count the ways to spend your days on Ambergris Caye! From underwater adventure swimming with turtles to late night dancing under the stars to sailing the crystal blue Caribbean Sea to spotting the glowing eyes of crocodiles in the night, you will be hard pressed to be bored on La Isla. Of course lazy days on the beach are in order too, perhaps on a Sunday while enjoying live music and a friendly game of horseshoes? Whatever your idea of fun (or relaxation) may be, rest assured we have you covered!

Snorkel Hol Chan & Shark Ray Alley

Officially established in 1897, and by far the most popular site in the area, the Hol Chan Marine Reserve is located off the southern tip of Ambergris Caye, just a short 15-20 minute boat ride from San Pedro Town. Hol Chan means “little channel” in Mayan, and it is the dramatic coral walls that border this narrow, 30 foot-deepchannel,as well as the coral and sea grass perimeter that offers spectacular snorkeling and diving. Imagine marvelous creature encounters with turtles, eels, eagle and southern rays, trunk fish, trumpet fish, butterfly fish, squirrel fish, tangs, barracudas, crabs, parrot fish, wrasses, star fish, squid, damsels, groupers large and small, grunts, jacks, conch and perhaps a nurse shark or two!

If that isn’t enough marine life, jump in and surround yourself with the nurse sharks and southern stingrays at nearby Shark Ray Alley. Blue Tangs are plentiful in this area as well, adding bright flashes of blue to the dense browns and grays of the rays and sharks that happily swim nearby as you snorkel in awe of the creatures. There is nothing as exciting as sharing the water with these creatures! As long as you are in the company of a good guide (Belize Diving Adventures are some of the best) the encounter is quite safe. So prep those swimming muscles, get yourself a good set of snorkel/mask and fins, and jump in for a once in a lifetime experience!

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About the Author: Tamara Sniffin

I’m a sucker for a fuzzy face, a feathered face, a face with fins or even one with scales! I am in love with the creatures and the flora that are synonymous with Belize and every opportunity I have to learn more about them and explore their wild habitats I am there! I’m the happiest when I’m snorkeling the reef and swimming with turtles, however my passion is not just limited to critters! Laced throughout this compact jungle gem of a country live the Kriol, Maya, Garifuna, Mestizo and Spanish people, and experiencing each culture, especially their celebrations is one of my favorite pastimes.


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