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3 Best Snorkeling Adventures on Ambergris Caye

Posted by Jamie Cain on Jan 29, 2020 12:02:31 PM
Jamie Cain

The Caribbean island of Ambergris Caye is home to some of the greatest water activities on the planet. If you'll be visiting Ambergris Caye for the rest of the North American winter and would like to splash into some incredible water adventures such as snorkeling, here is information on the most popular snorkeling trips on the island.

Shark Ray Alley and the Hol Chan Marine Reserve are two of the most popular snorkeling trips to the south of San Pedro. They offer some of the most outstanding snorkel adventures and are typically combined together in a single trip.

Mexico Rocks & Tres Cocos is another beautiful snorkel adventure to the north of San Pedro. The snorkel boats embark from Ambergris Caye twice per day, once in the morning around 9:00 am and once in the afternoon around 2:00 pm. The adventure guides can either pick you up at your resort or a different location upon request.

Hol Chan Marine Reserve

Hol Chan is located about 4 miles southeast of San Pedro. Once you make it to this snorkel spot, you’ll be swimming in beautiful waters that are bursting and gleaming with gorgeous tropical fish of all colors and spectacular coral formations.

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For those looking for a whole new snorkel experience, come and experience Hol Chan Marine Reserve at night. It's a totally different world when snorkeling in the dark. With underwater lights provided to you, you'll observe creatures like stingrays sleeping on the ocean floor, and endless rainbow parrotfish lodged in teeny coral caverns. Also spotted are lobsters, moray eels, and octopus along with many smaller sea critters like harlequin shrimp and pink clams. 

Shark Ray Alley

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The closest snorkel spot from Ambergris Caye is Shark Ray Alley. It takes only a few minutes by boat to arrive from San Pedro. In these serene waters, hundreds of stingrays of all sizes gather together and mingle with the nurse sharks. The Sandbar, also called Offshore Bar, is a great place to take pictures with a depth of approximately 8 feet.

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Mexico Rocks & Tres Cocos

Sea Creatures at Mexico Rocks Photo Courtesy of San Pedro SunSea Creatures at Mexico Rocks - Photo Courtesy of San Pedro Sun

Located approximately six miles north of San Pedro, Mexico Rocks & Tres Cocos is another beautiful snorkeling site. Here, you’ll snorkel the shallow waters of Mexico Rocks & Tres Cocos and witness a wide range of star coral formations like elk-horn and brain coral, and a large assortment of colorful fish, shrimp, lobsters and crab, and conch shells. This area is protected from ocean swells and currents, so it’s perfect for beginners. The water depth at this site ranges from 6 to 12 feet, and the visibility is approximately 50 feet.

The Caribbean waters of Belize are a snorkeler’s paradise and dream come true. I highly recommend one of these trips, as they are an unforgettable way to spend your morning or afternoon. Read more about Top Reasons to Spend the Holidays on Ambergris Caye here.


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Jamie Cain

Written by Jamie Cain

Jamie Cain is a native Texan. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance, and after graduating college, she began a career in modeling. “This was an incredible experience, as I had the opportunity to work and live in many amazing countries and experience all the different cultures.” After, she started a career in real estate in Dallas. Fast forward to 2017, she had the wonderful opportunity to join ECI Development as a Property Advisor for Nicaragua and Belize. Presently, Jamie lives on the East Coast with her husband and two white cats. She enjoys yoga, blogging, photography, and cooking.