Hol Chan Marine Reserve
(Full day snorkeling trip on a sailing boat including fresh fruits, lunch, seviche and beverages – water, juice, rum & coke or rum & sprite, park fees and snorkeling gear.)
The Hol Chan Marine Reserve is the oldest reserve on the Belizean barrier reef (established in 1987) and is the best that Belize can offer to snorkelers/divers. Located 12 miles from Caye Caulker it offers large variety of marine life, breathtaking images of corals and coral fish and novelty of swimming in close proximity with nurse sharks, stingrays, sea turtles and manatees. The trip includes three-five snorkeling stops (depending on the season) – North Channel, Shark & Ray Alley, Swash, Hol Chan Cut and Coral Gardens.
1 – North Channel: this area is not part of the marine reserve, but we do a stop here to snorkel with the manatees (sea cows). These gentle creatures can be seen here on and off the whole year. It’s a fascinating experience to be able to snorkel with these animals. However we cannot guarantee that we will see them everytime.
2- Shark & Ray Alley (zone D of the marine reserve): Here you will be able to snorkel with the friendly nurse sharks and southern stingrays. Both the docile nurse sharks and stingrays have a great tolerance of snorkelers and divers and are not aggressive. Usually they swim directly towards you.
For years, local fishermen cleaned their catch just inside the reef and that is what started to attract the nurse sharks and stingrays to this area. After this place was turned into a reserve, the authorities still let tour companies to throw the bait to the animals, because it became their second nature. The sharks and rays hear the snorkeling boats approaching and begin to school in anticipation of bait being thrown into the water.
3 – Swash (optional stop based on the appearance of the turtles): This snorkeling site offers incredible experience of snorkeling with the large Loggerhead sea turtles. Like Shark & Ray Alley this site used to be the place where the local fishermen used to clean their catch and here particularly Conch. The whole sea floor is covered by hundreds of old conch shells giving this site a mysterious impression.
4 – Hol Chan Cut – (zone A of the marine reserve): This stop includes a guided tourabove the corals, into the cut in the reef and the more experienced swimmers can swim from one side of the cut to the other, experiencing shallow reef, drop offs over the steep sides of the “cut”, and seagrass and sand beds in the middle of the channel. Different types of fish and corals will be pointed out to you during the guided tour. Due to the protected status of the area, this site offers magnificent marine life. You’ll be able to see large schools of jacks, groupers, snappers, barracuda, variety of coral fish and more nurse sharks, stingrays, green sea turtles and also spotted eagle rays and green moray eels.
5 – Coral Gardens: This snorkeling stops offers large area of beautiful corals, small coral fish, more nurse sharks and small oxbill turtles. This area is free for all, so you can explore the marine life on your own. On this stop we can also do 45 minutes of fishing. you can keep your catch.
Local reef – Caye Caulker Reserve
The trip includes three snorkeling stops within the Caye Caulker Marine Reserve that lies directly in front of Caye Caulker (0,75 miles). The snorkeling sites are: Shark & Ray Alley, Coral Gardens and South Channel. On this trip you’ll be able to see nurse sharks, stingrays, lots of different fish and corals. Same like during the full day trip, the trip includes a guided tour this time in the South Channel.
Sailing around Caye Caulker from 5:30 pm – 7pm. You can enjoy the beautiful sunset while listening to reggae, drinking rum drinks and eating freshly made seviche.
Goff’s or English Caye – two day trip, one night on an island.
The trip includes a whole day sailing to an island with snorkeling and fishing on the way, overnight stay (camping in tents) on the island with dinner (usually the catch of the day is prepared on a grill – conch, lobster, fish). The second day after a full breakfast we sail back to Caye Caulker with a snorkeling stop on Shark & Ray Alley within the Caye Caulker Marine reserve. Estimated arrival back to Caye Caulker around 2pm on the second day.
The trip includes: all food (lunch, dinner, snacks, seviche, fruits, breakfast, water, juice, rum drinks), snorkeling gears, fishing equipment, park fees and all the camping equipment (tents, sleeping bags, mats and flesh lights).
Goff’s Caye, English Caye back to Caye Caulker – three day trip, 2 nights on an island
Day # 1: sailing to Goff’s Caye with snorkeling and fishing on the way and possibility of snorkeling around the island. Lunch is served on the boat. Overnight stay (camping in tents) and dinner on the island (usually the catch of the day is prepared on a grill – conch, lobster, fish).
Day # 2: after breakfast sailing to English Caye (approx one hour). During the whole day the guests can enjoy swimming, snorkeling, hand line fishing and spearfishing. Lunch and dinner will be served on the island (usually the catch of the day is prepared on a grill – conch, lobster, fish). Overnight camping in tents.
Day # 3: after breakfast sailing back to Caye Caulker. Estimated arrival back to Caye Caulker around 4pm on the third day.
The trip includes: all food (lunch, dinner, snacks, seviche, fruits, breakfast, water, juice, rum drinks), snorkeling gears, fishing equipment, park fees and camping equipment (tents, sleeping bags, mats and flashlights).
CHARTERS: Basically any trip could be arranged based on your personal wishes (weddings, birthday parties, family trips). For more information, call us, send us an e-mail or come and see “big” Steve.