Hol Chan Marine Reserve

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Just off the coast of Ambergris Caye is the oldest marine reserve in Belize, the Hol Chan Marine Reserve.

Hol Chan means "little channel" in Maya, which greatly describes the reserve property. The entire reserve consists of a channel between the reef that measures 25 yards wide and go 30 feet deep.

The reserve is divided into four distinct, and well marked zones: the Reef, the Seagrass Beds, the Mangroves, and Shark Ray Alley. In order to full enjoy the marine park, you'll have to hire a boat operator, and signing up for a snorkeling and diving tour is a great way to experience the park as well.


Hol Chan Marine Reserve is found 7.9 miles north of Caye Caulker, in Belize; it's 5.7 miles to the west-southwest of San Pedro.

The reserve is located four miles southeast of San Pedro.

Nearby Restaurants

Guests visiting this wildlife reserve will have no problem finding a meal, since you can find a broad selection of dining options near this attraction. The most convenient eatery to Hol Chan Marine Reserve is Lone Star Grill & Cantina, which offers Tex-Mex dishes. It's only about four and a half miles from Hol Chan Marine Reserve, so stop in and peruse the menu. Also within reach, you will encounter eateries including Black Orchid Restaurant and Hidden Treasure where you and your group should be sure to try a bit of Caribbean food and enjoy the local foods and culture of Belize.

Nearby Attractions

Those interested in seeing a second wildlife reservation, learn more about Shark-Ray Alley Marine Reserve, which is situated four and a half miles to the east of this attraction. Additional nearby activities include Ambergris Museum, which is within traveling distance in San Pedro. Also, you might think about heading to Boca Del Rio Park, which is another attraction not far away.

More Information


The Hol Chan visiting center is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location: Northern Belize, Belize


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