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San Pedro, Belize

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Caye Caulker: 7-Stop Snorkeling in the Belize Barrier Reef

1. Caye Caulker: 7-Stop Snorkeling in the Belize Barrier Reef

Meet your group at 9:00 AM at the local partner's office located on Caye Caulker. Get geared up, listen to a quick briefing on what to do and not to do to ensure the day is fun-filled and safe. Belize Barrier Reef is the second-largest coral reef after the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and the largest of its kind in the Northern and Western hemispheres. Several rare and endangered animal species are found in the area, as well as the world’s largest population of West Indian manatees and plenty of sea turtles. The snorkeling begins with manatees and turtles. Then, witness corals that have been protected for over 30 years at the Hol Chan marine reserve. The Hol Chan Marine Reserve was established as a marine protected area in 1987 and offers spectacular coral formations, plus a rich abundance and diversity of marine life.  After Hol Chan, dive with sharks in the Ray Alley. Stop for lunch onboard at 12:00 PM. After that, take the chance to explore an amazing shipwreck, coral gardens, and more turtles. The tour ends at 3:00 PM with two bonus sightseeing stops to see seahorses.

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Belize City: Mayan Temple Exploration, Cave-Tube, & Zipline

2. Belize City: Mayan Temple Exploration, Cave-Tube, & Zipline

Immerse yourself into the Belizean culture and journey back into 1000 years of history of the Mayan world on a guided day tour. Explore the wonders of the Mayans, their cave systems, the local flora, and enjoy cave tubing and ziplining. Begin with a pickup from your hotel in Belize City or by taking the ferry from Caye Caulker/San Pedro to Belize City. After meeting your guide, explore the Mayan Temple Altun ha, hike to the top and hear fascinating facts about the site and the Mayan world from your guide. Head deeper into the jungle towards the cave systems with a 15-20 minutes hike following a trail to the cave entrance. Enjoy a lesson on plant identification, insect identification, and all their medicinal uses and local beliefs throughout history in Belize. Cave tube down a river through several caves and marvel at the stunning surroundings and Mayan artifacts. Lastly, zipline over the jungle canopy before returning to Caye Caulker/San Pedro/ Belize City in the evening after a truly memorable Belizean experience.

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Caye Caulker: Hol Chan Marine Reserve Small-Group Tour

3. Caye Caulker: Hol Chan Marine Reserve Small-Group Tour

Discover the wide variety of lush marine life in the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Get your heart racing by snorkeling with sharks and stingrays on the second-largest barrier reef in the world. Receive GoPro pictures after your tour to relive your experience with friends and family. Meet your group at the meeting point on Caye Caulker island, then take a 30-minute boat ride along the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef to the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Hol Chan has been a marine reserve since May 2, 1987, and covers almost 7 square miles (18 square kilometers). Some areas are only about 5 feet (around 1.5 meters) deep, while the channel is about 30 feet (just over 9 meters) deep. Once at the reserve, choose whether to observe the abundant marine life from the boat or take the adrenaline rush of jumping in and exploring the amazing underwater world. If snorkeling, keep on the lookout for brain coral, star coral, sharks, stingrays, turtles, pufferfish, eels, parrotfish, angel fish, barracuda, and even the seasonal manatee. Spend around 45 minutes exploring the vast variety of fish species at the first site. Follow this with the opportunity to snorkel with sharks and stingrays in Shark Ray Alley, then enjoy snorkeling with the majestic sea turtle. At the end of the tour, head back to the peaceful island of Caye Caulker where you began.

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Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 17 reviews

This was fantastic. We made five snorkeling stops and two additional stops where we viewed tarpons and seahorses, respectively. While snorkeling, we saw a manatee, two ray species, loggerhead turtles, nurse sharks, dolphins, and oodles and oodles of fish! The guides were knowledgeable, helpful, and also a lot of fun—we laughed practically the whole time. One strong word of advice, though—do as our guides did and wear a t-shirt the whole time, even while snorkeling. A full day in this sun is brutal, and sunblock doesn’t cut it. Also, use biodegradable sunblock or rash guard to protect the reef! Have fun!

We had Salam and Raheem as our guides and we honestly had so much fun! They were knowledgeable, fun, and patient. One person in our group was not a strong swimmer and they held on to him the entire time AND made sure he saw everything. There are 6 stops- Swim with Manatees, Hol Chan, Shark and Ray Alley, Coral Reef, Tarpon Viewing, and searching for Sea Horses! The included lunch was so delicious. I highly recommend making this part of your trip to Caye Caulker.

We had a great day with our guide Karim. We lucked out as the other guests did not show up so we had a private tour. Karim knows an amazing amount about the marine life and the Hol Chan National Park. We saw turtles, stingrays, beautiful colorful reef fish and got to swim with nurse sharks. We also got to feed tarpons, which was another experience. Everything was truly excellent. We loved our day.

The tour and guides were great. There is only one but, although it doesn't make it down to 4 stars because they did great: the tour is ONLY in English. The page lets you choose between English or Spanish, but it's actually only in English. They should correct it.

Fantastic experience and one that I would highly recommend. We stayed at San Pedro so it was great to explore another island.