Snorkeling

Snorkeling Caye Caulker & Catamaran Sail

23Dec

This delightful day begins as we gently sail to Hol Chan Marine Reserve on San Pedro’s first class cruiser, SEAduction, a 38’ Fountaine Pajot Athena Catamaran that combines high performance with style and comfort.

Hol Chan is Mayan for ‘little channel.” The entire reserve focuses on a cut through the reef (called a quebrada) which is little more than 25 yards (23 m) wide and 30 feet (9 m) deep about 4 miles southeast of San Pedro.

Due to its protected status, what was once a depleted fishing area has now been allowed to re-generate, providing an unparalleled diving/snorkeling experience for visitors and an important refuge for marine life along the northern section of the Belize Barrier Reef.

Over 160 species of fish have been identified at Hol Chan & Shark Ray Alley, along with nearly 40 species of corals, 5 sponges, 8 algaes, 2 seagrasses, 3 marine mammals and 3 species of sea turtle.  The large amount of fish life found with the Hol Chan “cut” accessible by snorkelers and beginning divers, the diversity of marine life encountered throughout the 4 zones of the park and the excitement and novelty of swimming with large numbers of nurse sharks and sting rays.

In waters as shallow as 5 feet, large schools of jacks, groupers, snappers and barracuda abound. Along each side of the cut grow healthy stands of corals and seagrass in shallow water, perfect for the beginner snorkeler. The more experienced swimmer 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.

The sharks and rays hear the dive 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. The rays, which have a ‘wing-span’ of two to four feet, swim directly towards you, mouths often turned up hoping for a hand held bit to be placed near their mouths.  You will often find them circling around you, as if performing for food. The docile Nurse Sharks average four to six feet in length and can be a bit more aggressive than the sting rays.

After that spectacular snorkel adventure, you will have worked up an appetite, and Caye Caulker is just the place for delicious local cuisine – and for shopping.  Caye Caulker has local art and clothing stores you will certainly want to take home.

Then you will have the chance to lay back and relax, sail under the sunset and in the refreshing Caribbean breeze back to San Pedro.

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Glass Bottom Boat Tours & Snorkeling (Half Day)

24Jul

With over 80 feet of visibility in the crystal clear blue Belizean waters, you will be surprised at how much sea life you will see while cruising along the waters in a glass bottom boat.  Then, get up close and personal when your boat stops for snorkeling.

Choose one of the following tours:

 

Hol Chan & Shark Ray Alley. See the best variety of ocean splendor at the largest living Barrier Reef in the Northern Hemisphere.  Snorkel with our experienced guide.  Fun for the whole family!

Hol Chan is Mayan for ‘little channel.”

Due to its protected status, what was once a depleted fishing area has now been allowed to re-generate, providing an unparalleled diving/snorkeling experience and an important refuge for marine life along the northern section of the Belize Barrier Reef.

Over 160 species of fish have been identified at Hol Chan & Shark Ray Alley, along with nearly 40 species of corals, 5 sponges, 8 algaes, 2 seagrasses, 3 marine mammals and 3 species of sea turtle.  Most likely, you will enjoy the excitement and novelty of swimming with large numbers of nurse sharks and sting rays.

In waters as shallow as 5 feet, large schools of jacks, groupers, snappers and barracuda abound. Along each side of the cut grows healthy strands of corals and seagrass in shallow water, perfect for the beginner snorkeler. The more experienced swimmer 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.

Tres Cocos & Mexico Rocks. Snorkel the Tres Cocos Reef, a natural break in the Reef with varied formations and a diverse marine life.

Six miles north of San Pedro Town in North Ambergris Caye, you will find one of the most beautiful snorkel sites known as Mexico Rocks & Tres Cocos.  Unlike many of the snorkeling spots in Belize that are right on the barrier reef, Mexico Rocks & Tres Cocos is a star coral patch that is located in the shallow waters midway between the great barrier reef and the island of Ambergris Caye.

Mexico Rocks is known for many conch, banded shrimps, arrow crab, grunts, yellow tail snappers, and an assortment of Butterfly and Angelfish.  Tres Cocos is named after three tall coconut trees on shore used to locate the site. The reef here gets as shallow as four feet.  Here you will find the most beautiful corals, colorful species of both large and small fishes, shrimp, parrotfish, fairy basslet, sea urchins, spider crabs, lobster and many other small critters of the sea.  You will also see magnificent elk horns, sea whips and sea rods that make good protection for the juvenile fishes.  The highlights of this trip are the mountains of brain coral, which grow up to 20 feet.  On the sandy seabed, you might even see stingrays, eagle rays, and peacock flounder.  Nurse shark are common sights as well.

Mexico Rocks & Tres Cocos is protected from ocean swells and currents, so it makes for easier snorkeling, perfect for beginners.  Depth is only about 6 to 12 feet, so you can see everything up close. Water visibility in this area of the crystal clear Caribbean Sea is about 50 feet or more.

Sailing, Mexico Rocks Snorkeling, Beach BBQ (Full Day)

24Jul

In one day you get to experience sailing, snorkeling, and a lovely beach barbeque on the Caribbean Sea.

This tour begins with a catamaran ride on a first class, 38’ Fountaine Pajot Athena Catamaran that combines high performance with style and comfort.  You will sail just six miles north to Mexico Rocks for your first snorkel stop.

Mexico Rocks is known for many conch, banded shrimp, arrow crab, grunts, yellow tail snappers, and an assortment of Butterfly and Angelfish.  The site is protected from ocean swells and currents, so it makes for easier snorkeling, perfect for beginners.  Depth is only about 6 to 12 feet, so you can see everything up close. Water visibility in this area of the crystal clear Caribbean Sea is about 50 feet or more.

Then you will sail to Habaneros, where you can snorkel while your guide prepares a delightful BBQ lunch for you.  Your lunch includes Tandori BBQ chicken, roasted potatoes, Thai Pasta salad, green salad and coconut brownies.  After a leisurely lunch you will head to the Ship Wreck for one last wonderful snorkel stop before we sail back to San Pedro.

Included: Lunch, beer, sodas, rum punch, and snacks. $8.00 US Gear Rental not included

Diving & Snorkeling Hol Chan Shark Ray Alley (Half Day)

21Jul

This trip is where snorkelers and divers are joined in one boat to enjoy Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray alley.  Divers do 1 shallow tank dive at Hol Chan and snorkeling at Shark Ray Alley.

Off the southern tip of Ambergris Caye is Belize’s oldest marine reserve, the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Hol Chan is Mayan for ‘little channel.” The entire reserve focuses on a cut through the reef (called a quebrada) which is little more than 25 yards (23 m) wide and 30 feet (9 m) deep about 4 miles southeast of San Pedro.

Due to its protected status, what was once a depleted fishing area has now been allowed to re-generate, providing an unparalleled diving/snorkeling experience for visitors and an important refuge for marine life along the northern section of the Belize Barrier Reef.

Over 160 species of fish have been identified at Hol Chan & Shark Ray Alley, along with nearly 40 species of corals, 5 sponges, 8 algaes, 2 seagrasses, 3 marine mammals and 3 species of sea turtle.  The large amount of fish life found with the Hol Chan “cut” accessible by snorkelers and beginning divers, the diversity of marine life encountered throughout the 4 zones of the park and the excitement and novelty of swimming with large numbers of nurse sharks and sting rays.

In waters as shallow as 5 feet, large schools of jacks, groupers, snappers and barracuda abound. Along each side of the cut grow healthy stands of corals and seagrass in shallow water, perfect for the beginner snorkeler. The more experienced swimmer 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.

The sharks and rays hear the dive 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. The rays, which have a ‘wing-span’ of two to four feet, swim directly towards you, mouths often turned up hoping for a hand held bit to be placed near their mouths.  You will often find them circling around you, as if performing for food. The docile Nurse Sharks average four to six feet in length and can be a bit more aggressive than the sting rays.

Snorkeling Caye Caulker & Catamaran Sail (Full Day)

18Jul

This delightful day begins as we gently sail to Hol Chan Marine Reserve on San Pedro’s first class cruiser, SEAduction, a 38’ Fountaine Pajot Athena Catamaran that combines high performance with style and comfort.

Hol Chan is Mayan for ‘little channel.” The entire reserve focuses on a cut through the reef (called a quebrada) which is little more than 25 yards (23 m) wide and 30 feet (9 m) deep about 4 miles southeast of San Pedro.

Due to its protected status, what was once a depleted fishing area has now been allowed to re-generate, providing an unparalleled diving/snorkeling experience for visitors and an important refuge for marine life along the northern section of the Belize Barrier Reef.

Over 160 species of fish have been identified at Hol Chan & Shark Ray Alley, along with nearly 40 species of corals, 5 sponges, 8 algaes, 2 seagrasses, 3 marine mammals and 3 species of sea turtle.  The large amount of fish life found with the Hol Chan “cut” accessible by snorkelers and beginning divers, the diversity of marine life encountered throughout the 4 zones of the park and the excitement and novelty of swimming with large numbers of nurse sharks and sting rays.

In waters as shallow as 5 feet, large schools of jacks, groupers, snappers and barracuda abound. Along each side of the cut grow healthy stands of corals and seagrass in shallow water, perfect for the beginner snorkeler. The more experienced swimmer 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.

The sharks and rays hear the dive 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. The rays, which have a ‘wing-span’ of two to four feet, swim directly towards you, mouths often turned up hoping for a hand held bit to be placed near their mouths.  You will often find them circling around you, as if performing for food. The docile Nurse Sharks average four to six feet in length and can be a bit more aggressive than the sting rays.

After that spectacular snorkel adventure, you will have worked up an appetite, and Caye Caulker is just the place for delicious local cuisine – and for shopping.  Caye Caulker has local art and clothing stores you will certainly want to take home.

Then you will have the chance to lay back and relax, sail under the sunset and in the refreshing Caribbean breeze back to San Pedro.

Includes: Beer, sodas, rum punch and snacks. $85.00 US includes tax. $8.00 US Gear Rental not included

Minimum

Snorkeling Bacalar Chico National Park (Full Day)

18Jul

Located 25 miles on the north end of Ambergris Caye, right on the border of Mexico & Belize is Bacalar Chico National Park & Marine Reserve.  60% of the national park is considered as wetland, which includes Cenotes, lagoons & interior Mayan temples, but these are not accessible to visitors yet.  The Mayan dug out canal is the only section accessible, and here is where your journey begins…

Take a boat ride through the canal, where one enjoys the beautiful flora and fauna, birds, orchids, with sightings of barracudas, sting rays, and occasional sighting of crocodiles, dolphins and even Manatees.

The other 40% of the national park is solid and rich vegetation land.  White lipped peccaries, white tailed deer, bats, armadillos, and jaguars are some of the wildlife that roams the land, just as they did when they cohabitated with the ancient Mayans.  San Juan, known as a rich archaeological site is the only section accessible to visitors.  For the Maya, San Juan was a very important trading point center.  Today, most of the remains of the temples are resting three feet under water, now called the Mayan Artificial Reef of San Juan.

The marine reserve is known for its snorkeling, where you will experience sights unlike the typical Caribbean Sea experience.  There are three distinct sites to snorkel: 1.) Bacalar Patches, a shallow white sandy area with 4 large colorful coral patches, which are surrounded with marine life, 2.) Barracuda Patch, a deeper white sandy area with huge coral heads that almost perch out of the water, and 3.) Mexican Reef, a vibrantly colored coral line connected to the reef.

All snorkel sites are inside the reef, which makes snorkeling nice and easy, perfect for beginners.

Includes: all drinks, fish or chicken Bar B-Q and 2/3 snorkel stops (weather permitting).

Minimum 6 persons

Robles Point Snorkel Paradise & Beach Barbecue (Full Day)

18Jul

Basil Jones, Robles Point, Mexico Rocks

This day is a snorkeling dream come true…

You begin the day as you head north to the more secluded part of Ambergris Caye. Your first stop will be the Basil Jones cut for snorkeling. Next you will head on to Robles Point where we stop at our own private piece of paradise. This spot is spectacular because Robles Point is where the Reef begins to meet land. From the beaches at Robles Point you can snorkel out to the Reef amid coral head and tropical fish.

After you have worked up a healthy appetite snorkeling, basking in the sun or exploring the deserted beaches you will get to feast on great Beach BBQ that has been prepared by your boat captain. After the lunch stretch out on the beach or in one of our hammocks, sip a cool drink and enjoy the fabulous view.

Finally as we head back towards San Pedro will make one more amazing snorkel stop at Mexico Rocks. This is a delightful day unlike any other….

Six miles north of San Pedro Town, you will find one of the most beautiful snorkel sites known as Mexico Rocks.  Unlike many of the snorkeling spots in Belize that are right on the barrier reef, Mexico Rocks is a star coral patch that is located in the shallow waters midway between the great barrier reef and the island of Ambergris Caye.

Mexico Rocks is known for many conch, banded shrimps, arrow crab, grunts, yellow tail snappers, and an assortment of Butterfly and Angelfish.  The site is protected from ocean swells and currents, so it makes for easier snorkeling, perfect for beginners.  Depth is only about 6 to 12 feet, so you can see everything up close. Water visibility in this area of the crystal clear Caribbean Sea is about 50 feet or more.

Includes:  Beach BBQ (fish, pasta salad, coconut rice and more), beer, sodas, rum punch, water and snacks.

Minimum: 6 persons

Manatee Watch and Snorkeling at Shark Ray Alley (Full Day)

17Jul

Starting off with a trip to Swallow Caye, you will see the lovable, gentle manatee dancing in the seas.  This endangered species has its greatest population in Belize for any country in its range, and they are often seen somersaulting and swimming upside down.

Then take a ride to Goff’s Caye, a 1.2 acre, uninhabited island sitting right in the edge of the Belize Barrier Reef.   With a white sandy beach and pristine waters, enjoy a barbeque lunch and snorkeling experience, with a remarkable variety of colorful tropical fishes and other marine life such as corals, sea urchins, conch, lobsters and stingrays, to name a few.  At Goff’s Caye, you can bask in the shallow Caribbean waters, calmed by the Reef, and perfect for relaxing.

After snorkeling at Goff’s Caye, the boat will take you to the second snorkel spot at Shark Ray Alley Aquarium in front of Caye Caulker (Ambergris Caye’s sister island), and here you swim with nurse sharks and sting rays.

At Shark Ray Alley in waters as shallow as 5 feet, large schools of jacks, groupers, snappers and barracuda abound. Along each side of the cut grow healthy stands of corals and seagrass in shallow water, perfect for the beginner snorkeler. The more experienced swimmer 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.

The sharks and rays hear the dive 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. The rays, which have a ‘wing-span’ of two to four feet, swim directly towards the divers, mouths often turned up hoping for a hand held bit to be placed near their mouths.  You will often find them circling around you, as if performing for food. The docile Nurse Sharks average four to six feet in length and can be a bit more aggressive than the sting rays.

You will also have an opportunity to stroll around Caye Caulker, shop for local artisan crafts and paintings, or simply enjoy the local cuisine.

Included: Lunch, drinks

Park Fee $15.00 US is not included. $8.00 US Gear Rental not included

Minimum 6 guests

Snorkeling Coral Garden & Hol Chan (Half Day)

16Jul

If you’ve ever wanted to see the rainbow of colors from Caribbean coral with your own eyes, this is the trip for you!  You will certainly be amazed with the color variations of the corals: beautiful brown pencil coral, purple sea fans, bright orange stag horn and Elk horn, finger coral, and yellow tube sponge and beautiful marine life that the corals attract.

Protected by the barrier reef south of Ambergris Caye, Coral Garden is a coveted area of pristine, unique, and fragile coral just like a flower garden underwater.  Hidden in between the coral branches you will also find a spectrum of beautiful reef fish.

The depth is 8 to 12 ft., and Coral Garden is located about five miles south of San Pedro town, right outside of Caye Caulker.

The next stop takes you to Hol Chan, the most popular snorkeling site in all of Belize.  Off the southern tip of Ambergris Caye is Belize’s oldest marine reserve, the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Hol Chan is Mayan for ‘little channel.” The entire reserve focuses on a cut through the reef (called a quebrada) which is little more than 25 yards (23 m) wide and 30 feet (9 m) deep about 4 miles southeast of San Pedro.

Due to its protected status, what was once a depleted fishing area has now been allowed to re-generate, providing an unparalleled diving/snorkeling experience for visitors and an important refuge for marine life along the northern section of the Belize Barrier Reef.

Over 160 species of fish have been identified at Hol Chan & Shark Ray Alley, along with nearly 40 species of corals, 5 sponges, 8 algaes, 2 seagrasses, 3 marine mammals and 3 species of sea turtle.

Equipment not included.

Minimum 2 persons.

Snorkeling Mexico Rocks & Tres Cocos (Half Day)

16Jul

Six miles north of San Pedro Town in North Ambergris Caye, you will find one of the most beautiful snorkel sites known as Mexico Rocks & Tres Cocos.  Unlike many of the snorkeling spots in Belize that are right on the barrier reef, Mexico Rocks & Tres Cocos is a star coral patch that is located in the shallow waters midway between the great barrier reef and the island of Ambergris Caye.

Mexico Rocks is known for many conch, banded shrimps, arrow crab, grunts, yellow tail snappers, and an assortment of Butterfly and Angelfish.  Tres Cocos is named after three tall coconut trees on shore used to locate the site. The reef here gets as shallow as four feet.  Here you will find the most beautiful corals, colorful species of both large and small fishes, shrimp, parrotfish, fairy basslet, sea urchins, spider crabs, lobster and many other small critters of the sea.  You will also see magnificent elk horns, sea whips and sea rods that make good protection for the juvenile fishes.  The highlights of this trip are the mountains of brain coral, which grow up to 20 feet.  On the sandy seabed, you might even see stingrays, eagle rays, and peacock flounder.  Nurse shark are common sites as well.

Mexico Rocks & Tres Cocos is protected from ocean swells and currents, so it makes for easier snorkeling, perfect for beginners.  Depth is only about 6 to 12 feet, so you can see everything up close. Water visibility in this area of the crystal clear Caribbean Sea is about 50 feet or more.