Snorkeling Around Ambergris Caye

With the Great Belize Barrier Reef being located just a short one mile off the coast of Ambergris Caye, it should come as no surprise that some of the top snorkeling in the world can be done from this island's beaches – and without a guide to take you there, no less.

Even between the beach and the reef, there is much to be seen in these calm, cool waters.  From the small, colorful fish zipping about to the mangroves, you'll be enthralled as you swim towards the reef, and when you finally get there, mesmerized by the intricate system that has been built up of coral, sponges, gorgonians, sea fans, and so much more.

Make sure to bring a waterproof camera to record your memories.  Typical sightings include everything from the tiniest rainbow colored reef fish to grouper, angelfish, stone crab, eels, nurse sharks, reef sharks, manta rays, loggerhead turtles, and sometimes even whale sharks. 

Snorkeling Sites

If you'd like to see below the water's surface you might enjoy Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Part of the national park, this is a natural wonderland for snorkelers looking to explore an authentic underwater habitat. The cut is a channel that acts as a highway for fish swimming from one side of the reef to the other. This snorkeling site is found in southwestern Ambergris Caye.

Mexico Rocks is another snorkeling spot you might enjoy. The shallow reef that makes up this site is home to a number of fish, lobster, as well as the occasional nurse shark and sea turtle. With the calmer waters, and density of marine life, this is one of the best spots for beginners.

Take a minute to read the table just below to learn more about 10 of the best places to enjoy snorkeling in this area.

Snorkeling Sites Near Ambergris Caye
Site Location
Hol Chan Marine Reserve 5.7 mi. West-Southwest of Central San Pedro
San Pedro Reef 0.8 mi. East of Central San Pedro
San Pedro Reef 1.3 mi. East-Northeast of Central San Pedro
San Pedro Reef 2.1 mi. Northeast of Central San Pedro
Mexico Rocks Central Ambergris Caye
San Pedro Reef 0.7 mi. East of Central San Pedro
San Pedro Reef 13.1 mi. North-Northeast of Central San Pedro
San Pedro Reef 0.8 mi. East of Central San Pedro
San Pedro Reef 4.6 mi. Northeast of Central San Pedro
San Pedro Reef 12.4 mi. Northeast of Central San Pedro

Snorkeling Boat Trips

For some people, the most enjoyable snorkeling is accessed away from the shore.

If you're ready to go snorkeling during a boating adventure, you can check with Blue Tang Tours. Half and full day snorkel trips to Hol Chan Marine Park, Shark Ray Alley, Mexico Rocks, and Caye Caulker are available along with nightly sunset sails. Snacks, soda, water, rum punch, beer, and lunch are sometimes offered.

Another option to consider is Tanisha Tours. Tour options include a trip down the Belize Rive for manatee watching, an Altun Ha Wildlife tour and trip to the Baboon Sanctuary, a visit to the Lamanai Ruins, cave tubing and a trip to the zoo, zip lining, cave tubing, and so much more. If there is an adventure in nature you seek, they can make it happen for you. They're located in San Pedro.

A third option is Cari'Bean Tours. Explore the wonders just off Ambergris Caye with a local guide that knows all the hotspots. Whether your plans include fishing, snorkeling, diving, or just cruising the waters, Captain Oliver Stuart of Cari'Bean Tours will ensure you have a great time.

Take a moment to look through the chart below for a list of day sails and boat trips that offer snorkeling opportunities.

Day Sails and Boat Trips On Ambergris Caye
Name Phone Location
Blue Tang Tours (507) 519-6000 0.9 mi. Northeast of Central San Pedro
Cari'Bean Tours (501) 601-8586 0.2 mi. East-Northeast of Central San Pedro
El Gato (501) 226-2264 San Pedro
Reef Runner (501) 226-2172 San Pedro
Tanisha Tours (501) 226-2314 San Pedro

Snorkeling Services

If you looking for a business that offers snorkeling excursions, rentals, or other services, you might want to check with Seven Seas Resort Dive Shop & Pier. Thanks to its easy access to the Belize Barrier Reef, snorkeling is a very popular pastime here. In addition to daily dive excursions, this dive shop also has several different packages for those who feel more comfortable snorkeling. They are found in San Pedro, in the southern part of Ambergris Caye.

Another company catering to snorkelers is Searious Adventures. Make the most of your trip to San Pedro by seeing all of the most important sites both on land and in the water. This center offers these guided tours, some of which include snorkeling.

A third company worth contacting is Portofino Snorkeling. Located at {% link_to 50020 %}, Prortofino snorkeling is in amazing location because of the cllear, warm waters of the Caribbean. They're situated in the central part of Ambergris Caye.

Information with regard to 13 companies that provide snorkeling services are provided in the table below.

Snorkeling Services On Ambergris Caye
Name Type Phone Location
Adventures in Watersports Snorkeling Tour Operator (501) 226-3706 San Pedro, Southern part of Ambergris Caye
Amigos del Mar Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service (501) 225-2706 0.8 mi. Northeast of Central San Pedro
Aqua Scuba Snorkeling Tour Operator (501) 226-4775 0.6 mi. Northeast of Central San Pedro
Aqua Scuba Center Snorkeling Tour Operator (501) 670-4775 San Pedro, Southern part of Ambergris Caye
Aquatic Sports Belize Watersports Equipment Shop (501) 226-4601 San Pedro, Southern part of Ambergris Caye
Belize Diving Adventures Snorkeling Snorkeling Tour Operator (501) 226-3082 0.1 mi. East-Northeast of Central San Pedro
Ecologic Divers Snorkeling Snorkeling Tour Operator (501) 226-4118 0.8 mi. Northeast of Central San Pedro
Patojo's Scuba Center Snorkeling Tour Operator (501) 226-2283 San Pedro, Southern part of Ambergris Caye
Portofino Snorkeling Snorkeling Tour Operator (501) 226-5096 Central Ambergris Caye
Reef Adventures Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service (971) 506-5242 1.0 mi. Northeast of Central San Pedro
Searious Adventures Snorkeling Tour Operator (501) 226-4202 San Pedro, Southern part of Ambergris Caye
Seven Seas Resort Dive Shop & Pier Snorkeling Tour Operator (501) 226-2382 San Pedro, Southern part of Ambergris Caye
White Sands Shop Snorkeling Tour Operator (501) 226-2405 0.8 mi. Northeast of Central San Pedro

For more information about snorkeling, including useful tips and suggestions for both "old pros" and beginners, read our extensive guide to snorkeling in the Caribbean.

It is essential that you make plans to snorkel when you visit Ambergris Caye.  How can you get so close to one of the world's natural wonders without taking a peek?  Bring your own equipment or rent it when you arrive, and you surely won't be sorry that you did.  

 

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