My favorite snorkel experience so far in my life was in Belize’s Ambergris Caye at the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. A Mayan word for “little channel”, Hol Chan is named for the break in the reef to connect waters from the caye to the open sea. Because of this channel, it’s a great place to see wild life as they swim back and forth.
My first time out was on a sunny day:
The waters were so clear as we jumped in:
Inside this rock is an octopus – can you see it?
Looking ahead, a sea turtle started swimming towards me:
Schools of fish swimming together:
As you can see, the waters are pretty shallow. So much in fact, you can see dolphins coming up for air as they feed on the grass below:
My second time out, there was a storm brewing:
And while the waves were rough, the currents brought in so much wildlife to see. Like these sting rays swimming along with the fish:
And the blue spotted ray:
A spotted eel hiding out:
A green eel trying to come out to play:
A hermit crab still in the shell:
Schools of fish everywhere:
And big guys up close:
Here comes a nerf shark:
A view from a cave at the bottom:
And then a swim with this guy:
What an experience and being able to snorkel the reserve twice was such a priviledge!