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.


Located in , always welcomes local residents and vacationers lodging in this section of Belize. Whether or not you're staying in this location, you should consider dropping by to enjoy a great time.

The reserve is located four miles southeast of San Pedro.

Located in Northern Belize, 7.9 miles north of Caye Caulker, Hol Chan Marine Reserve always welcomes travelers rooming in this area of Belize. Whether or not you're staying particularly close, you should consider stopping by to enjoy a great time. San Pedro is five and a half miles (nine kilometers) to the east-northeast.

Nearby Restaurants

And, one of the most enjoyable options while spending an afternoon exploring the area is sharing food at a restaurant within traveling distance of this wildlife reservation. Lone Star Grill & Cantina, which plates up Tex-Mex food, is also the most convenient option for visitors of this nature preserve. It's maybe around four and a half miles from the nature preserve, so stop by and place your order. Also close-by, you will encounter restaurants such as Black Orchid Restaurant and Hidden Treasure where you and your companions should sample Caribbean dishes and experience the culture of Belize.

Nearby Attractions

Those interested in viewing another nature preserve, visit Shark-Ray Alley Marine Reserve, situated 4.4 miles away from this wildlife reservation. Additional nearby activities include Ambergris Museum, which is within driving range in San Pedro. You might also think about checking out Boca Del Rio Park, which is another nearby attraction.

More Information


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


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