Snorkeling Around San Pedro

San Pedro is one of the best locations in Belize to get in some snorkeling for a number of reasons.  The first, and most attractive, is its location so near the Great Belize Barrier Reef.  Another is the fact that the local tourist association makes a major effort to ensure local waters remain pure and snorkeling guides are at the top of their game.

The Belize Barrier Reef is just about one mile off the coast, and finding a way to get in some snorkeling here is usually a top priority.  The draw of the strong and healthy corals are teeming with eels, angelfish, grouper, and other bright reef fish swimming in and out of the nooks and crevices, while stone crabs, loggerhead turtles, manta rays, and even a small number of sharks can be seen here as well.  You can visit the reef by signing up for a tour with a local operator.

Boat tours heading out for snorkeling from San Pedro Town have three other main sites that they take visitors to, and these are the Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley to the south (you can usually see both as part of one tour) and the Mexico Rocks to the north.  You can expect to spend somewhere around $45(USD) for one of these trips, which includes the boat ride, gear, and guide. 

The great thing about San Pedro is that the beaches are great for snorkeling as well, so you can bring your own snorkel, mask, and fins, or rent a kit from a dive shop and just spend a few hours of peace and quiet under the sea all on your own.  

The majority of the time, conditions are great.  Thanks to that ever-important barrier reef, the waters are very calm, but they are also clear and warm.  Average water temperatures rarely dip below 80 degrees.  It is still important to keep an eye on the weather.  On very windy days, when the island is hit with what locals call “Northers” in the winter,  the waters can be a little too rough to make snorkeling a pleasant experience. 

Snorkeling Sites

Take a moment to look through the table below to learn more about 6 of the most popular places where you can experience snorkeling in this area.

Snorkeling Sites Near San Pedro
Site Location
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
San Pedro Reef 0.7 mi. East 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

Snorkeling Boat Trips

Some people believe the best snorkeling is located off shore.

If you're hoping to go snorkeling during a boating adventure, you might want to contact Blue Tang Tours. For those embarking on a sailing tour aboard the Sirena Azul, you are in for a treat. The 40' "Blue Mermaid" is a beautifully built boat that can accommodate up to 20 guests comfortably.

Another option to consider is Tanisha Tours. A pioneer in the eco-tourism industry, this tour guide has been offering wildlife tours out of San Pedro since 1993. They're found in San Pedro.

A third good 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.

Some information regarding boat trips and day sails that offer snorkeling can be found in the following table.

Day Sails and Boat Trips In San Pedro
Name Phone Location
Blue Tang Tours (507) 519-6000 0.9 mi. Northeast of Central San Pedro
Cari'Bean Tours (501) 601-8586 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're looking for a business offering snorkeling excursions, rentals, or other services, you might want to contact Seven Seas Resort Dive Shop & Pier. This operation offers trips to Ho Chan, Shark Alley, and the Mexico Rocks for snorkeling, and you can hit up all three in one day if you want. Snorkeling adventures typically last around there hours, and Seven Seas has one boat that leaves in the morning and another in the afternoon for snorkeling. They are located in San Pedro.

A second company that offers snorkeling related services 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 Reef Adventures. Explore the Great Barrier Reef in all of its glory. This operator offers daily trips to Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Tres Cocos, Shark Ray Alley, and Mexico Rocks as well, so no matter what type of snorkeling you want to do, they can help you make it happen. They're located within San Pedro.

Be sure to look at the chart below for information with regard to 11 companies that offer services of interest to snorkelers.

Snorkeling Services In San Pedro
Name Type Phone Location
Adventures in Watersports Snorkeling Tour Operator (501) 226-3706 0.7 mi. Northeast of Central San Pedro
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 0.6 mi. Northeast of Central San Pedro
Ecologic Divers Snorkeling Tour Operator (501) 226-4118 0.8 mi. Northeast of Central San Pedro
Hustler Tours Snorkeling Tour Operator 501-26-4137 0.7 mi. Northeast of Central San Pedro
Patojo's Scuba Center Snorkeling Tour Operator (501) 226-2283 1.1 mi. Northeast of Central San Pedro
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 Central San Pedro
Seven Seas Resort Dive Shop & Pier Snorkeling Tour Operator (501) 226-2382 1.2 mi. Northeast of Central San Pedro
White Sands Shop Snorkeling Tour Operator (501) 226-2405 0.8 mi. Northeast of Central San Pedro

To learn more concerning snorkeling, including suggestions and helpful tips for beginners and "pros" check out this extensive Caribbean snorkeling article.

Snorkeling the waters of San Pedro is a must.  If you've never been snorkeling before, this is the place that is sure to spark your addiction; and if you've been before, you'll find the underwater sites so diverse and plentiful that you'll likely add it to the list of the best snorkeling spots you've experienced.  No matter your experience, snorkeling is a necessity when you visit San Pedro.  


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