Central America Belize Snorkeling the Hol Chan Marine Reserve in Belize

Snorkeling the Hol Chan Marine Reserve in Belize


We didn’t really have any expectations or even a real idea of what we would see, all we knew was that we were not going to miss out on snorkeling the second largest barrier reef in the world … AGAIN!

Last year, we only stayed in Caye Caulker for two nights, underestimating how great snorkeling the barrier reef is, we opted to skip it and do the ATM cave on the mainland instead.

Insider Tip: If you are debating about which one to do, do both, they are equally impressive and totally worth the money.

However, after hearing so many backpackers rave about the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, we regretted not going snorkeling. So when we somehow found ourselves back in Caye Caulker last week, we knew what we had to do!

We booked a tour with the well liked tour company, Raggamuffin Tours as it has 5 stars on TripAdvisor which is a rare occurrence. But now we definitely know why it is so popular. From the sarcastic captains, delicious seafood lunch to the beautiful sail back to Caye Caulker we had an unforgettable experience.

And like all our photo essay posts we’ll share our experience with you through our pictures because as you know pictures are worth a thousand words, plus I am known to be a bit verbose sometimes ;).


First Stop: Coral Garden


Second Stop: Shark and Stingray Alley


Third Stop:  Hol Chan Marine Reserve


More Info about Snorkeling Tour

Tour Company: Raggamuffin Tours

Price: $70 USD  (Includes snorkeling gear, entrance fees, lunch, fruits, water & juice, shrimp ceviche and unlimited rum punch)

Duration: Full day (10:30am – 4:30pm)

What to bring: Swim wear, waterproof camera (if you don’t have one Raggamuffin Tours also rents out GoPros for $30 USD) and sunscreen

More Information: For more information on snorkeling in Belize check out this article from our friends over at The World in my Pocket.



  • What an amazing experience this must have been. The water is so crystal clear, and there is SO much marine life.
    Thanks for sharing! :)

  • Fantastic FANTASTIC pictures. I lived on Ambergris Caye for 8 years…and haven’t been there (shamefully) for a few. These make me want to come back.

    Glad you did the ATM Cave (awesome) AND our reef.

    • Thanks Rebecca! We are definitely enjoying our stay here in Caye Caulker! You should come back :)

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