Hol Chan is famous for its wide variety of lush marine life. Hol Chan has been a marine reserve since May 2, 1987. 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 lookout to see corals, sharks, stingrays, turtles, puffer fish, eels, parrotfish, angelfish, 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 seafloor. But get out 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 these gentle giants.
There is also the sunken barge, (Belize’s very own titanic). There you will see how nature leaves her mark on this sunken vessel, with beautiful coral formations. The bonus is the large school of tarpons that reside at the entrance to the cave system that runs under the island and spot some real-life seahorses at the seahorse ranch.
This excursion does not fail to amaze.
It’s truly UnBelizeable!!
We have special rates for GROUPS. If you have a group let us know so we can apply the group rate.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||La Isla Resort dock, Caye Caulker|
|DEPARTURE TIME||check in at 9:30AM for departure at 10:30AM|
|WEAR||Bathing suit, sunblock|
Things to bring: sun block, towel, change of dry clothes, bathing suit, comfortable beach footwear.
*PRICES ARE IN USD.
*Child rate applies to anyone under 12 years of age.
*Tour can be cancelled due to bad weather or not enough guests.
*Minimum of 5 guests
We were unsure about a lot of the tours on the island they always feel like a ripoff and or just a basic jump in look at that fish get in the boat lets go home. These guys took us out, taught us things went in the water with us and showed us around. We got pictures and video they took and sent to us, they gave us plenty of food and drinks and did their best to get us up close and personal with many types of marine life. I have snorkled throughout Indonesia and Mexico and this was some of the best I have experienced.
Really amazing snorkeling excursion. Multiple stops with a lot to see and do. The stuff are very helpful and explain a lot of the marine life that you come across. Also, they do their best to give a nice experience for everyone in the group. Food and drinks were more than enough during the trip. I also like that they try to have a minimal impact to the environment. Overall, highly recommended.
Five stars to this excellent snorkeling excursion with Captain Philip, Karim, and Ash from Nauti Time Tours! I was on the full day tour at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, and it did not disappoint. We made several stops and swam with sea turtles, rays, dozens of spectacular fish species, and very impressive but harmless nurse sharks – what a thrill! We also snorkeled over a sunken ship, and saw a seahorse nursery. Karim’s enthusiastic knowledge of marine life and conservation was so good, it even impressed several biologists who were on the trip with us. The team’s passion for wildlife conservation in Belize was contagious. I loved the fact that there were no single use plastic water bottles on the boat. We drank our ice cold, filtered water all day out of assigned personal tumblers that were taken back to their facility at the end of the day and washed for the next tour. We had delicious sandwiches for lunch, a ton of cut up fresh fruit at the end of the afternoon, and all of the beverages we could drink. The team made it all a lot of fun, but I was delightfully aware that paramount to these pros was safety of their guests at all times. The next time I am in Belize, I won’t hesitate to book another snorkeling adventure with Nauti Time! Thanks, guys!
I researched a variety of snorkel companies and I liked Nauti time’s full day snorkeling trip. Their trip goes to more snorkel stops and gives you more snorkel time than many of the other trips. Some of the others seemed to focus more on the free rum punch.
Karim was great answering all my questions and Randy and Ash did a lot of recon in the water for us. We saw turtles, sting rays, lots of nurse sharks and a moray eel, along with lots of fish. The boat is a small speed boat and we were a small group, so we got lots of personal attention. Would definitely recommend this group.
I researched a variety of snorkel companies and I liked Nautitime’s full day snorkeling trip. Their trip goes to more snorkel stops and gives you more snorkel time than many of the other trips. Some of the others seemed to focus more on the free rum punch.
Karim was great answering all my questions and Randy and Ash did a lot of recon in the water for us. We saw turtles, string rays, lots of nurse sharks and a moray eel, along with lots of fish. The boat is a small speed boat and we were a small group, so we got lots of personal attention. Would definitely recommend this group. Added plus, is they provide lots of pictures and videos of your trip.
Siamo tornati da pochi giorni in Italia e il vostro tour è stata una delle cose più belle ed emozionanti del nostro viaggio centro-americano! Non dimenticheremo mai i colori e la miriade di pesci visti. L’incontro con il lamantino, con gli squali e la grande tartaruga è stato incredibile. La nostra bimba è stata entusiasta e ha avuto la fortuna di fare il suo primo snorkeling con un professionista meraviglioso e appassionato. Consigliamo a tutti naititimetours per un esperienza indimenticabile!
We had an excellent time snorkeling Ho Chan reef with the guides. They were very knowledgeable and took us to different spots to find us a variety of sea life from seahorses to manatees. The boat was comfortable and the lunch was delicious. We are so pleased we got to see so many wonderful animals and got to experience the reef. They also took great photos on their go pro which we received by email a couple days later. I highly recommend this company. Their enthusiasm is infectious! 🙂
My husband and I took the Full Day Hol Chan tour (October 2019) with Philip as our guide! He was excellent! We highly recommend this company for the following reasons: Philip knows where the manatees are most of the time, which guaranteed us an opportunity to view them up close, 2) they will try to tailor your excursion to what you’d like to see (we wanted manatees and sea horses!), 3) it was a rain/cloudy day we went out (we were only 1 of 2 tour companies out that day), but Philip was so experienced that we dodged most all of the rain AND still saw incredible things and had an AWESOME day, 4) they take excellent Go Pro pictures/videos and email them directly to you, and 5) the entire staff of this company are polite, respectful, knowledgeable, humorous and just pleasant to be around! We’ll be back soon with our 2 boys, and will chose this company over the other 30+ tour companies on Caye Caulker. You should, too!
Nautitime tours over exceeded every other tour that we went on in Belize we went snorkeling five days with five different tours and Nauti time tours was definitely number one snorkeling tour. Had a great day with them they knew exactly where to go for the best snorkeling spots in viewing. We saw more that day than what we saw on all the other four tours total I highly recommend them and when I go to Belize again I will definitely be booking them again.
We dived 5 times in one day with each one different from others in terms of marine life, diving technique, and location. Tour guides Phillp, Randy, and Ash are some of the most hospitable people that I’ve ever met. They know a lot about the region and the marine lifes therein, and they are always enthusiastic in sharing their passion towards marine exploration and preservation to us. Lunch was decent, and they even prepared watermelons and pineapples at the conclusion of the tour, which is a really nice gesture. This is my first time snorkeling in the open sea and I absolutely love it!
Nautitours is a class act. Phillip, Randy and Ash were our crew on a 6hr trip off Caye Caulker, Belize. This small company is to be commended and hired as much as possible. Efficient, reasonably priced, knowledgable, engaging and fun! We will definitely use Nautitours in the future.
What an awesome experience. Randy and Ash are amazing guides. We felt safe and had a blast. They are so knowledgeable….and all the extras😀😀I recommend Nauti tours and I will definitely use them in the future. 5 out of 5 stars for sure*****
Philip & Ash were our guides and they did a great job. They were so pleasant, knowledgeable and friendly it made the whole day really special. The company as a whole really went out of their way to cater to our needs. The weather on our original planned day was going to be questionable so they moved our tour to a different day with no hassle at all. As far as the tour itself…fabulous! The reef and marine life were great! First time ever swimming with the sharks. Wow! Use this company if at all possible.
We had an amazing experience with these guys. The wildlife they showed us was incredible. We swam with turtles, sharks and stingrays.
But the guys made the trip, they were excellent guides, they sorted out our gear, they knew where to find the best wildlife and how to preserve it.
They took some incredible pics too.
Thanks again for an amazing day.
Had the time of my life, highly recommend putting your visit in these guys hands. They knew everything and showed us a great time. Highly recommend.
We only had a short time to be on Caye Caulker the tour was very informative. I loved that they take pictures for you on all you see. We did 5 snorkeling sites. We
saw a Mantees, lots of beautiful fish, sea turtles , sting rays , the swimming with the nurse sharks was incredible.
They fed us a delicious typical Belizian dish. Would highly recommend the tour
We recommend this snorkel tour, 110%!! We went out for an entire day with Yeison, Janellie, and Joseph. They were incredible. Yeison’s knowledge, enthusiasm, and humor were refreshing and highly entertaining.
They took us to four different spots, finding and pointing out all the marine life. Yieson took Go Pro photos and videos which he emailed to us within 24 hours. Joseph and Janellie made sure to find and point out anything they saw as well. We saw a green sea turtle, sting rays, eagle rays, angelfish, coral, spiny lobster, parrotfish, moray eel and I could go on and on but they will email you a list of all the things you see!
We got to swim with nurse sharks and big schools of fish. They fed us lunch and fresh fruit and beer for snack. The last spot was a free for all, we could snorkel and swim on our own looking for critters. The trip was affordable and if you stay at La Isla Resort, they will give you a little discount. I highly recommend La Isla but I’ll review that later. Bottom line, you can’t go wrong with these guys. It was one of the best days we have had in a long time! Thank you so much!!
This is the second review we are writing because we want everyone to know how great our day was with Joseph and Yeison. These guys worked hard to make sure we had the best possible experience. We snorkeled at a variety of places, seeing all sorts of life beneath the sea. For me the highlight of the day was swimming with the Nurse Sharks at Shark Ray Alley.
Not only was the snorkeling great but we had a blast feeding the Tarpon and Frigates before retuning home. The huge Tarpon fish would leap out of the water and take the bait right from your hand. Likewise, Yeison held sardines high above his head and the Frigates would swoop down and take the bait right from his hand. It was awesome! As an extra bonus to a great day Yeison emailed us the picture that he took throughout the day.
I I would highly recommend this tour to anyone who would like to have a memorable day on the water!
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