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All inclusive Snorkeling at Hol Chan

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icon4 hours  (approx.)
Pickup offered
iconOffered in: English and 1 more

Overview

The Hol Chan Marine Reserve is one of the most popular snorkeling and scuba diving sites in Belize and lies just off the coast of Caye Caulker. With this tour, enjoy a full day of snorkeling, stopping at six different sites around the marine reserve. Dive in to snorkel in areas known for nurse sharks, southern sting rays, and manatees; explore a sunken shipwreck, and swim among schools of tropical fish and colorful coral reefs.
  • Snorkel at six different sites in the Hol Chan Marine Reserve
  • Incredible marine life sightings: spot nurse sharks, turtles, and manatees
  • Delicious lunch served on-board the boat
  • Hassle-free hotel pickup and round-trip transport by boat
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Use of Snorkeling equipment
WiFi on board
Lunch
Underwater pictures
Ferry from San Pedro or other locations to the start point in Caye Caulker
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
San Pedro Belize Express , Playa Asuncion, Belize

1 minute from San Pedro Belize express dock in Caye Caulker. When you come off the pier turn right. After you pass "Bambooze" bar and grill we are about 40 seconds walk on the beach. Just look for "La Isla resort". We are on the compound of "La Isla resort" on the right as you enter the gate.

Belize
9:30 AM
This activity will end right where it started.We pick up at some hotels on the island too.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 14 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Nauti Time Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during All inclusive Snorkeling at Hol Chan?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by All inclusive Snorkeling at Hol Chan.
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What is the policy on sanitization during All inclusive Snorkeling at Hol Chan?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by All inclusive Snorkeling at Hol Chan.
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What is the social distancing policy during All inclusive Snorkeling at Hol Chan?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by All inclusive Snorkeling at Hol Chan.

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star-5
Wonderful day, take your camera
April_E
, Jun 2022
Great tour. We had a boat and guides to ourselves as a large group. The guides were worth a nice tip. They made sure everyone had a great day. We arrived back and got an email reminding us exactly what we had seen. In the 2nd largest barrier reef this trip is remarkable. The only part disappointing was I thought we were getting pro pictures and I only have a picture of my youngest so maybe remember your own camera, because they aren't pros. Wonderful day.
star-5
Beyond Expectations!
Paul_P
, May 2022
Every "possible" type of marine life we could have seen, we saw!!! Randy and his co-captain knew all perfect spots and we actually swam with/saw a manatee, nurse sharks, sea turtles, manta rays, eels, and countless species of fish and coral. The guides snorkeled with our group, the co-captain in front...diving down and pointing out to us everything we wanted to see. The captain snorkeled at the back of our group and kept us all together as he navigated and took underwater photos. We had an incredible time and would highly recommend Nauti Time Tours.
star-5
Rewarding experience
gary_p
, May 2022
Captain Kareem and Jason were the best guides. Thoughtful, knowledgeable and true protectors of the reef and the environment. Can't wait to do it again!
star-5
Worth every penny!
Angelica_B
, May 2022
The operator was fantastic! They take more than enough photos for everyone and email at end. Food was great. Waters were warm. Seen more than we honestly expected to see.
star-5
Fantastic tour!
Jessica_C
, Mar 2022
I 100% recommend this tour- the snorkeling was amazing and Randy and Ash were the best guides! If you’re trying to decide on which tour to do, just purchase this one- you won’t regret it!
star-5
Nauti Time Tours was great!
Sandy_W
, Mar 2022
Our guides were excellent and knowledgeable about the sea life. Lunch was provided and good. Our group was only four so we got lots of help. They never take more than 8 on their tours. Hoi Chan was crowded but they tried to get us away from the crowds as much as possible.
star-5
Best part of my vacation
S_W
, Nov 2021
Randy and Corey were amazing. They shared interesting information about the fish, and the island. They took pictures, videos and made sure everyone was comfortable. There were only 4 other people on the boat with me so it felt like we were getting a personal tour. I would recommend them to everyone. They’re great. Oh, and lunch was superb. They should charge more- SW
star-5
Something on your bucket list to check off!
Ariel_M
, Aug 2021
This was an incredible experience and you would hard-pressed to find more kind, responsible, super cool people to help guide you through this marine reserve. You will not go wrong booking this trip with Nauti Tours. Randy was amazing. He was so funny and we had a beautiful day! It was EASY, not stressful and beautiful. Please book these guys!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Knowledgeable guides and great tour
chris_e
, Apr 2021
Lot of background info from guides. Explaining what we will see and describing the wildlife. Was somewhat disappointed in the lack of colorful coral, but that’s not the guides’ fault. Extra add-on feeding tarpon (awesome) and birds(neat). Guides did a good job leading us in the water and pointing out turtles, rays, etc
star-5
Can't wait to do it again!!!!
Christine_O
, Dec 2020
We had a very tiny group so they put us in with another larger group. We were a little hesitant at first but the crew was great! It is very important to read the instructions that they give for the day. It is a long and amazing day. We did take a few snacks with us because I get low blood sugar and I ended up sharing with a few other people because it is a long day and you will be using a lot of energy. I am not a strong swimmer but I was dying to see the reef, the guide pulled me around, himself, while I was also swimming behind him and I did not feel left out at all. He took special care to make sure I got the full experience. He made sure everyone in the group saw everything he saw and gave us so much good information. A few of the people in our group did not get in the water at all but the crew member that stayed on the boat pointed all kinds of interesting things out to them and interacted with the ocean birds to keep them engaged. I was scared to go because I am not a strong swimmer but I had an amazing experience and can't wait to go again. It is a little harder for people with facial hair to get a good seal on their face mask so they may collect water and fog up more frequently. I recommend men shave before going. My husband had facial hair at the time and couldn't get a good seal with the mask and had issues with water coming into the mask. I highly recommend this excursion! It was so awesome. Christine Ownby St. Peters, MO
star-5
A perfect snorkeling day in the Caribbean!
Csl
, Feb 2020
Small group of 9 persons and a fun trip. Saw lots of fish, coral, sharks, and a couple of large turtles. The crew of 3 was great, very willing to help and with a good sense of humor. Definitely recommend this company for a snorkeling trip!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great variety of sea creatures
Bart_T
, Feb 2020
We enjoyed seeing manatees, green sea turtles, nurse sharks, spotted eagle rays and many types of fish. We also stopped to feed some tarpon and visited some sea horses. We had a blast with Captain Phillip and his crew. They balanced out the day perfectly, giving us plenty of time in the water to see as much as we could ever want.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Must do snorkelling tour
Bailey
, Feb 2020
Excellent tour. Everything we were after and more! Saw Manatee’s, turtles, stingrays and sharks. The small group setting is perfect as you get to the different spots faster than the larger sailing boats. Phillip, and his crew Ash and Wilson were very helpful and made sure we were safe and having a good time exploring. They’re also very respectful of the marine life while allowing us to explore their world. 10/10. Great day
star-5
Adjective rollercoaster
superkruger
, Feb 2020
The usual overused adjectives really does apply here: awesome, amazing, fantastic, etc. The reefs are in good condition, and you'll see many species of fish, even turtles and nurse sharks up close (probably).
star-4
Great guides and sights but bad communication
Sabrina I
, Jan 2020
I really enjoyed the tour as such and you get to be in the water a lot during this tour as you go different sites to snorkel around. The guides are fun and like to joke around but they are serious about protecting you and the maritime wild life. The food was good too! The only thing I have to criticise quite a lot is the lack of communication. The mention you can get the ferry tickets through them if you stay outside of Caye Caulker, so I inquired about it and was told it's 15 USD. Fine, so I told them I'd like to have them and how to proceed, where to get them etc. I never got a reply (this was in Dec.) Then the day before I enquired again and haven't received a reply yet again, as I only have a foreign phone the charge it would have been for me to pay a call was too high. So I had to pay double the fare for the ferry in the end as I didn't know if the tickets had been put aside or whatever. Upon arrival I then was told to pay for the tickets, fortunately I didn't have to pay them after I explained that I never heard back but I would have liked to hear that they are sorry for the lack of communication which didn't happen. Then I also found out that we could be dropped at San Pedro, which was nowhere communicated and didn't even seem to be an option. Apparently it is though if you have a min. of 5 people stay there. It would have been great to have this communicated as I wasted money on a) the ferry in general and then b) also on the return, as I obviously bought it as a return trip in order to safe there at least. So make sure to inquire about this beforehand, especially if you are more than 5 people... But that aside it is definitely worth it!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Thanks for your honest review about our guides and their enthusiasm and love for the wild life. We try to keep that same level with all our guides. The ferry tickets are actually just and extra favor we try to help our guests with to try to help them save money as much as possible. Being a operation with a small staff it is actually really difficult for us to do this as the tickets are only valid for a few days, so we need to constantly monitor the requests so we can do them close to the tour date. We do have a lot of other logistics to deal with so sometimes the extra favors get put to one side. Therefore, we mainly offer them to bigger groups that are easier to keep track of. That is probably why your request slipped through the cracks. This in no way means you were any less valuable to us as we try to show ALL our guests the same attention. We do truly offer our sincerest apologies for this and hope you understand our side.
star-5
Hol Chan
Lindsey_V
, Dec 2019
Hol Chan was amazing. Part of the tour was guided and then part you were able to explore the reef solo. Swim with sharks and rays! So much fun! Philip was awesome. They take a go pro and send you pictures and videos at the end of the day.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
We do try to show you why to respect the reef and it's life before we let you explore the reef solo. Our guides do try their best to take the best photos possible so you have great memories to show your friends.
star-5
Fantastic Experience with Phillip and Ash!
KENDRA_L
, Sep 2019
You must do this tour! This was our second Hol Chan tour but this was much better due to the smaller group size and more personalized experiences. Phillip and Ash made the day so much fun, providing lunch, beverages, and lots of laughs and fun. A MUST DO!
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
We have as much fun with our guests, while trying our best to educate them so that you can appreciate why we love what we do sooo much.
star-5
Highlight of our trip! Professional, fun, adventurous, relaxing
B3453UEmark
, Aug 2019
We absolutely LOVED our snorkeling trip with Nauti Times to Hol Chan! We even went for a full day 2 days in a row! The size of the group was perfect, they provided lunch, and they made safety of the participants as well as the marine animals a priority. The guides- Karim, Phillip, and Ash, were welcoming, funny, playful, and extremely knowledgeable. Even though we were gone all day we never got bored and were constantly entertained. If we go back to Caye Caulker this will be #1 on our list. Thanks guys!
star-5
Snorkeling was excellent.
gan1998
, Aug 2019
Had caught the water taxi in Belize City and was expecting a good excursion as I love to snorkel and have snorkeled at a few other places as well. The captain of the boat and first hand knew the best places to snorkel and swimming with the sharks and turtles was a wonderful experience. Seeing the coral reefs and the types of fish swimming around was nice as well. So, if you have never been snorkeling before, go take this excursion as the boat captain and first mate were the best and friendly.
star-5
Highly recommend!! 5-stars!
Bobbi670
, May 2019
I researched a lot of tour companies to do the Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley and so glad I chose Nauti Tours. Those men - Randy, Ash, Kareem (Karim?) - were super amazing and helpful. I don't swim, much less swim with sharks, but my for my first snorkel Ash held my hand the entire time underwater and we were also attached by rope to make sure I never stray far. They also gave me a life vest. By the time we got to our last snorkel spot (6 snorkeling sites), I was confident and didn't need a life vest but Randy and Ash were always nearby. They looked out for me the entire time. Very responsible and safe tour operators. They will not put you in danger. The tour started on time with the maximum number of people (8). It was about 5 hours total. The lunch was amazing! We had choices of chicken/fish/beef burger (even had lettuce and tomatoes), thigh or chicken breast jerk with rice and beans. We had fresh fruit for dessert later (pineapple, banana, orange, watermelon). They gave us fresh watermelon juice or water. And we had rum punch after it was all over. I highly recommend going with Nauti Tours. Professional, safe, affordable tours. You get your money's worth. We got to swim with turtles, nurse sharks, sting rays, all kinds of fishes (including Nemo), fed tarpons, saw seahorses. All kinds of corals, a barracuda, dolphin. It was an amazing day for snorkeling.

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