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 Northern Belize, 7.9 miles north of Caye Caulker, Hol Chan Marine Reserve always welcomes residents and travelers who are rooming in this part of Belize. Even if you aren't staying very close, you should feel free to stop by to check it out. From this location, San Pedro is five and a half miles (nine kilometers) to the east-northeast.

The reserve is located four miles southeast of San Pedro.

Nearby Restaurants

And, one of the most delightful options while spending a few hours exploring the area could be having food at a restaurant within traveling distance of Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Lone Star Grill & Cantina, which sells Tex-Mex fare, offers convenient access to this wildlife reservation. The restaurant is maybe about four and a half miles from this nature preserve, so grab a table and dig in! Black Orchid Restaurant and Hidden Treasure are additional dining options close-by. At Hidden Treasure you may test out Caribbean food and enjoy the culture of Belize.

Nearby Attractions

Those interested in seeing a second wildlife reservation, find out more about Shark-Ray Alley Marine Reserve, which is situated four and a half miles to the east of this attraction. There are at least one or two additional places of interest in the area, including Ambergris Museum, which is within driving distance in San Pedro. You might want to also think about visiting Boca Del Rio Park, which is another attraction in the area.

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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