You'll meet your shore excursion guide outside your Belize tender terminal and have a 2-minute short walk to the dock where the boat is. Your guide will then give you your snorkel gear before heading off to the Island of Caye Caulker, about 40 minutes away and the second largest commercial island of Belize.
On your stop here you'll have time to use the restroom, pre-order your lunch (not included), have a briefing on the use of the snorkel gear, and be given important information on the rules and regulations of Hol Chan Marine Reserve. This snorkel and dive site is part of the world's second-largest barrier reef and teeming with marine life. It's a great place to snorkel as it's less crowded with tourists than in other parts of the reef. This reserve covers 18 km² of coral reefs, seagrass beds, and mangrove forests. A 10-minute boat ride will get you there and you'll get into your gear before heading off on a guided snorkel adventure.
The snorkel shore excursion groups have no more than 8 snorkelers per guide, so it's great for beginners and experts alike. The reef is rich with over 160 species of fish, about 40 species of corals, 5 types of sponges, 8 algae, 2 sea grasses, 3 types of marine mammals, moray eels, and 3 species of sea turtles. So in other words, there is a lot to see!
Your second snorkel excursion location is Shark Ray Alley. You'll have a 40 to 45-minute snorkel here with harmless southern stingrays and gentle nurse sharks. This is a very shallow area and if you prefer you can stand and not snorkel and still admire and interact with these fantastic creatures.
The next shore excursion stop is on Caye Caulker Island. This long skinny island is divided in two by a narrow channel. The south has Caye Caulker Village where you'll have an hour to have lunch, do some shopping, or hit the beach. Before leaving the island and with time allowing, the guides will take you to hand feed the protected Tarpon, a fish that can grow to over 300 lbs.
At the end of this fantastic day, you'll take your boat again back to your Belize cruise port with time to catch your tender to the ship.
Your cruise stop in Belize is one to remember with snorkeling Hol Chan, a stop at Shark Ray Alley, and a visit to Caye Caulker Island. This area of the reef is a natural aquarium where you all see and interact with a vast array of marine life on this unique Belize snorkel excursion combo!