Hol Chan Marine Reserve
(Full day snorkeling on a sailing boat including fresh fruits, lunch, seviche and beverages – water, juice, rum punch, park fees and snorkeling gear.)
The Hol Chan Marine Reserve is the oldest reserve on the Belizean barier 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, breath taking images of corals and coral fish and novelty of swimming in close proximity with many nurse sharks, sting rays and sea turtles. The trip includes three snorkeling stops within the Hol Chan Marine Reserve – Shark & Ray Alley, Swash and Holchan Cutl.
1 – Shark & Ray Alley – Zone D: For years, local fishermen cleaned their catch just inside the reef, to the south of Hol Chan Cut and Ambergris Caye. The fishermen soon noticed that the offal from cleaning fish was attracting Nurse Sharks and several Southern Sting Rays.
The sharks and rays hear the snorkeling boats approaching and begin to school in anticipation of bait being thrown into the water. When you arrive, you will see the surface often boiling with rolling sharks and sting ray wings as they vie for the scraps.
These creatures have a great tolerance for divers and snorkelers. Both the docile Nurse Sharks (average four to six feet in length) and the rays, which have a ‘wing-span’ of two to four feet, are not aggressive and usually swim directly towards the snorkelers.
2 – Swash: This snorkeling site offers incredible experience of snorkeling with the large Loggerhead sea turtles. Like Shark & Raye 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.
3 – Hol Chan Cut – Zone A: This stop includes a guided tour above 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, turtles and also spotted eagle rays and moray eels.
Local reef – Caye Caulker Reserve
(Half day snorkeling trip including fresh fruits, water, park fees and snorkeling gear from 10 am or 2 pm.) 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, sting rays, 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.
Sunset Cruise: Sailing around Caye Caulker from 5:30 pm – 7pm. You can enjoy the beautiful sunset while listening to reggae, drinking rum punch 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 (accommodation in tents) on the island with dinner (usually the catch of the day is prepared on a gril – conch, lobster, fish). The second day after a full breakfast we sail back to Caye Caulker with snorkeling on the way.
The trip includes: all food (lunch, dinner, snacks, seviche, fruits, breakfast, water, juice, rum drinks), gears, fishing equipment, park fees and tents with sleeping bags.
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. Lunch is served on the boat. Overnight stay (accommodation in tents) and dinner on the island (usually the catch of the day is prepared on a gril – conch, lobster, fish).
Day # 2: after breakfast sailing to English Caye. During the whole day the guests can enjoy swimming, snorkeling, hand line fishing and spear fishing. Lunch and dinner will be served on the island (usually the catch of the day is prepared on a gril – conch, lobster, fish). Overnight accommodation in tents.
Day # 3: after breakfast sailing back to Caye Caulker.
The trip includes: all food (lunch, dinner, snacks, seviche, fruits, breakfast, water, juice, rum drinks), gears, fishing equipment, park fees, tents and sleeping bags.
Charters: Basically any trip could be arranged based on your personal wishes. For more information, call us, send us an e-mail or come and see “big” Steve.