6 Hours
Duration
5+
Ages
Hol Chan Marine Reserve, San Pedro
Location
8/10
Physicality

Hol Chan Cruise Ship Excursion

This cruise ship excursion has been designed specifically for our visitors coming to Belize on the cruise ships. We have worked many years in the cruise industry and are keen on the needs and limitations of our cruise ship guests and have designed an excursion tailored to meet these parameters. Due to constant requests by visitors, we are now proud to also offer our cruise ship guests the best snorkeling experience Belize has to offer.

Hol Chan has been a marine reserve since May 2, 1987 and is famous for its wide variety of lush marine life. It covers about 3 square miles with some areas being about 5 feet deep while the channel is about 30 feet deep. Snorkelers can be on the look out to see sharks, sting rays, turtles, eels, parrot fish, barracuda, and even the seasonal manatee. You can observe them from the boat or take the adrenaline rush of jumping in and exploring their amazing underwater world.

At certain times of the year, when the mood is right, the manatees can be seen slumbering on the sea floor. But get out of their way because they do need to come up for air and what a magical moment it is to be just 10 feet away from this gentle giant.

If time permits we also have a bonus that is sure to get your heart pumping.

This excursion does not fail to amaze you.
It’s truly UnBelizeable!!

 

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Belize City
DEPARTURE TIME 8:00AM or 9:00 AM (depending on tender off the cruise ship)
RETURN TIME 2:30PM
WEAR Rash guard, sunblock, bathing suite
INCLUDED
Professional tour guide Entrance fees
Transportation from Belize City port Snacks
Water Refreshments
Lunch Underwater pictures

 

Things to bring: long sleeve rash guard, sun block, towel, change of dry clothes, bathing suit, comfortable beach footwear, cash for souvenirs.

 

*PRICES ARE IN USD.

*Child rate applies to anyone under 12 years of age.

*Be at the TENDER BOOTH for the TENDER TICKETS to get off the ship at least 30 minutes before they say the booth opens.

*Tour can be cancelled due to bad weather or not enough guests.

*Minimum of 6 persons total for tour to go out.

If you have a large group ask us for your GROUP RATE

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Activity 1

8:30 leave Belize City and head to Caye Caulker. (1 hour)
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Activity 2

Check in at office in Caye Caulker and get fitted with snorkeling gear. (20 minutes)
3

Activity 3

Head to Hol Chan marine reserve. (30 minutes)
4

Activity 4

Snorkel Hol Chan marine reserve. (45 minutes)
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Activity 5

Snorkel with sharks and stingrays. (30 minutes)
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Activity 6

Check for and snorkel with manatees if they are around. (20 minutes)
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Activity 7

Lunch, shopping and restroom break. (1 hour)
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Activity 8

Head back to Belize City. (1 hour)

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 23 reviews
December 22, 2022

This snorkeling trip was amazing! I can fully recommend this trip, we saw sharks, manatees, turtles and huge fishes. The staff was very friendly !

February 20, 2023

This excursion is amazing! The snorkeling was awesome, and our guide was top notch! He made sure to take a route that was easy and enjoyable for us, as we had had issues on a past excursion. Saw amazing marine life! The crew was top notch and the food delicious Would definitely recommend!!

March 17, 2023

What a wonderful experience! I went out with Yeison and Joseph. Both were friendly and knowledgeable. The tour size was small, and everyone in the company called me by name from the beginning of the experience to the end. We saw amazing things – we got to swim with manatees, nurse sharks and sting rays, a sea turtle, a spotted eagle ray, and countless beautiful fish and coral.

What set this trip apart from other snorkeling experiences I’ve had is that Yeison took video and photos at each stop. We got them after the trip and they are a beautiful keepsake of an incredible experience.

March 22, 2023

We went out with Jason and Joseph and had the most amazing day! We managed to see sharks, a turtle, stingrays, lots of fish, and so much more. The guides were amazing and so so kind and knew so much. We even managed to get to the marine reserve at a time where no one else was there which was so unique and special. The food was delicious – especially the coconut rum with pineapple! Couldn’t recommend Nauti Tour more 🙂

April 8, 2023

Excellent snorkeling tour. Very capable and knowledgeable captain and crew. Saw manatees, stingrays, lots of fish and swam with the nurse sharks. The Hol Chan Marine Reserve is a treasure.

April 15, 2023

Highly recommend this tour !
Jason and Joseph Are wonderful guides and provided great information on the boat and under the water. They took and shared really beautiful photos as well!

April 17, 2023

Steady boat!
Nice guides, explaining a lot about sea life, nature&culture, using a lot of humor
They gave us beautiful experience, we saw a lot of animals

April 21, 2023

It was an amazing tour, we were so satisfied with our trip! Both guides were great and so knowledgeable, we have nothing but good to say 🙂 thank you!

July 1, 2023

Janellie and Yeison did a very good job in being our guides. They were very informative and experienced, they took the time to check out everything especially if it was rare to see. If you not experienced n certain events don’t feel discouraged Janellie and Yeison are very good at explaining and teaching. Overall it was a great experience and certainly will not be my last. I highly recommend them. 👌

July 23, 2023

Amazing experience overall. Joseph and Jason were very caring of kids and elders. We were able to see many animals, feeling safe and in good company. I strongly recommend them and will go back again for more adventures.

August 17, 2023

Great tour! Yeison and Joseph really did their upmost to give us an unforgettable experience! Thanks!

November 11, 2023

Our group of 8 had a blast. The crew made us feel like they were not only part of their “crew” but interacted with us in a way where we shared the experience. Once in the water they looked after us in a way that assured all that we were in safe hands. Ahhh and the couple of beers at the end (for us, not the crew) took the salt water taste from our mouths and capped the adventure. The boat and snorkeling gear were first rate as well.

November 26, 2023

I recently had the pleasure of joining Nauti Times Tours for a half-day snorkeling excursion in Belize. As an avid snorkeler who has explored various Caribbean destinations, I can confidently say that this tour stands out as the absolute best.

From the outset, Nauti Times Tours impressed me with their commitment to providing a personalized and intimate experience. Our group consisted of just five people, creating a comfortable and close-knit atmosphere. This intimate setting allowed for a more immersive and enjoyable adventure.

What truly set this tour apart, however, were our phenomenal captains and tour guides, Yeison and Janelle. Their passion for the marine environment was infectious, and their knowledge was nothing short of impressive. Unlike other snorkeling tours I’ve been on, Yeison went above and beyond by joining us in the water. He not only guided us through the stunning underwater world but also pointed out various marine life, offering insights in the moment.

This interactive and educational approach added a whole new dimension to the experience. I found myself learning about the vibrant ecosystem surrounding me while reveling in the beauty of Belize’s underwater wonders. The fact that our guides were not only knowledgeable but also genuinely enthusiastic made the entire adventure even more memorable.

One highlight of the tour was the use of a GoPro to capture stunning underwater moments. The high-quality images they provided were the perfect mementos from a day filled with awe-inspiring marine encounters.

Overall, I cannot recommend Nauti Times Tours enough. The combination of a small group setting, passionate guides, and the added perk of professional GoPro photos made this snorkeling excursion unparalleled in my travel experiences. If you’re seeking a memorable adventure that goes beyond the ordinary, Nauti Times Tours in Belize is the absolute must try. I’m already looking forward to the opportunity to embark on this extraordinary journey again, and I wholeheartedly encourage everyone to add this remarkable tour to their bucket list.

January 11, 2024

The weather wasn’t the greatest, but the snorkeling was spectacular and the hosts were amazing. I will be going again.

January 15, 2024

It was a wonderful time! The reef was good, but the pictures they took were great. All the pictures were free! We saw a manitee, sea horse up by the shore and had a great lunch. The boats do bounce so if you have a sensitive back, this might not be a good choice for you. But we highly recommend it!

January 17, 2024

Best snorkeling experience ever! The tour guides were great, and the photos and videos they took were included in the price. We were on a cruise and booked this separate from the cruise offerings – we felt it was better priced and more personalized. We highly recommend and would definitely use Nauti Time again!

January 18, 2024

We had an amazing time with Karim, Joseph, and Yeison during our Nautitime snorkeling trip. It was my first snorkeling trip and I don’t think it could get much better. We went to multiple dive sites and saw an amazing amount of aquatic life. The crew was incredibly knowledgeable about the area and happy to share their expertise. We had a five year old who decided he didn’t want to go on the longest dive/snorkel, so Joseph was kind enough to stay aboard with him so that my husband and I could both enjoy the Hol Chan reef.

Warm waters, fun and friendly crew, good food and drink and good music – you’re missing out if you don’t schedule a trip with Nautitime!

February 8, 2024

This trip to the reef was amazing! Saw so many different types of marine life, and Yeison and Randy were fantastic guides.

March 4, 2024

This snorkeling trip was the highlight of our whole Princess cruise! (This review is a little late as we had gone in mid December.)

I had been so worried about booking a snorkeling trip in Belize, traveling to the dive sites seemed so complicated. However, booking with Nauti Time Tours made it easy and stress free. I could always contact them with questions and when we got off the ship, Randy was there waiting for us. He was so nice, kind and basically held our hand the whole way. Before getting on the boat they had a bathroom and shower which was a big plus.

Joseph and Yeison were our snorkeling guides. They were great and so calming. They helped a couple people in our group that were a little scared and new to snorkeling. We saw such amazing fish and beautiful reefs.

The day we were in Belize we had bad weather. After talking to everyone on the cruise, we learned that all other snorkeling trips had been canceled that day. We were the only ones who went out! We were worried in the beginning because we had some bad weather, but Nauti Time took us to a different location and it ended up being a beautiful sunny day. We had one of the best times of our lives!!

The highlight of the trip was seeing a manatee. We had spoken with Randy who told us we would not see any manatees as it was not the right season, but we were lucky enough that our guides found one for us. He was so cute, it was definitely magical to see. One of the greatest things of all is that we got pictures and videos afterwards. Nauti Time sent us a list of the fish we saw along with everything from their go-pro. It was fantastic!

Thank you, Randy, Joseph and Yeison. We will never forget this as it was definitely a bucket-list adventure! Whenever we are back in Belize we will definitely book with them again.

March 11, 2024

Thank you so much to all the staff at Nauti Time Tours for a wonderful day at sea and great snorkeling off the Belize coast!! The coral, fish, rays, turtles, and sharks were wonderful to see and experience in their natural habitat. The lunch and drinks hit the spot and the pictures and videos you sent us will leave us with life time memories!! We very highly recommend this tour! Again, thank you so much for a great day! Unbelizeable! Ps. To others out there, don’t bother looking elsewhere for your snorkeling trip in Belize, this is A-1.

March 31, 2024

What an amazing day! I would join Nauti Time again in a heartbeat. Our guides-Yeison, Kenroy and Janellie made sure we had a fantastic time and didn’t miss out on any of the amazing sea creatures. We came home with incredible videos, pictures and memories. I would do this every day if I could! THANK YOU.

April 4, 2024

Highly recommend for a snorkeling tour!! We had a great experience with not just 5 but 7 stops in the end and saw sharks, rays, manatees and more. The guides were great and had a lot to tell about the reef and the wildlife. Dont hestitate to book!

April 11, 2024

The crew that took us were absolutely so kind and fun! It was my first time snorkeling..and no lie…I was a little apprehensive,.but they explained exactly how to do everything..and I was confident to jump in with those stingrays!! Highly educational and fun. Would recommend this crew to anyone that wants to enrich their trip to the coral reefs in Belize!!

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