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Shark Ray Alley Tours

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Shark Ray Alley
Part of the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Shark Ray Alley is home to a multitude of 6-foot (1.8-meter) nurse sharks and stingrays with 4-foot (1.2-meter) wingspans. Over the years, fishers went to the site to clean out their catch—eventually, nurse sharks and stingrays started gathering in search of the boats and their daily treats.

The Basics
While you might picture a scene from Jaws, swimming among the nurse sharks in this area of the reserve is safe as well as thrilling. For the most part, the sharks are harmless to humans, and are familiar with encountering boatloads of tourists. (But don’t touch, because they’ll bite if stepped on or bothered.) Tour guides are allowed to feed the sharks from aboard the boat.

Guided tours typically combine a visit to Shark Ray Alley with Hol Chan, the reserve’s most popular zone. There, you’ll be able to spot coral and marine life like angelfish, turtles, and snapper.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • You can watch the activity from the boat, if you’re not interested in swimming.
  • Besides stingrays and sharks, be on the lookout for huge elkhorn coral. 
  • The waters at Shark Ray Alley are ideal for beginners.
  • Take a waterproof camera.

How to Get There
Accessible only through licensed tour operators, Shark Ray Alley is located just southeast of San Pedro, near the island of Ambergris Caye. Tours depart from San Pedro, Caye Caulker, and Belize City, and normally include round-trip transportation from area hotels.

When to Get There
Shark Ray Alley is a top attraction, so be mindful of other boats and snorkelers, especially during Belize’s peak tourist season (late November to mid-April). Tour operators generally offer morning and afternoon departures. Some travelers prefer to head out in the morning, since afternoon weather can be unpredictable.

Coral Gardens
Part of the smaller Caye Caulker Marine Reserve, Coral Gardens features an array of colorful coral formations that are easily explored thanks to the relatively shallow water (up to 13 feet, or 4 meters, deep). You’ll also see schools of fish, including grunt and Bermuda chub. Because the area is sheltered from currents and waves, it’s good for beginners—plus the visibility is considered excellent.
Address: Ambergris Caye, Belize
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7 Tours and Activities to Experience Shark Ray Alley

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Hol Chan Marine Reserve Snorkel Tour on the 40' Sirena Azul SailboatSailing

Hol Chan Marine Reserve Snorkel Tour on the 40' Sirena Azul Sailboat

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Discover Ambergris Caye’s wildlife and coral reefs on this sailing and snorkeling tour to the Hol Chan Marine Reserve and shark ray alley. Swim above bright coral formations in Hol Chan, and watch for the sea turtles, eels and fishes that thrive within the protected area. Slip into the water with the stingrays and nurse sharks at shark ray alley, watch them feed on fresh sardines, then enjoy tropical breezes and a comfortable seat on deck as you return to San Pedro Town.
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  • 4 hours
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  • Taking safety measures
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Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley from San Pedro, BelizeSnorkeling

Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley from San Pedro, Belize

This tour is to the well-known protected area known as the Hol Chan Marine Reserve and the famous Shark Ray Alley, where you can swim with the nurse sharks and southern and Atlantic stingrays. Occasionally you see Loggerhead turtles. The sites are located about three miles from San Pedro Town on the reef. It's a 35 minute boat ride each way to get there and once there you have approximately 1 ½ hours of snorkeling. Total time on this tour is 3 hours. Non-snorkelers can watch the fish and sharks and stingrays from the glass or the side of the boat. They can also swim by the boat
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  • 1 day
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Speedboat Tour Snorkeling, Fishing and Beach Bar B Que Day Trips

Speedboat Tour Snorkeling, Fishing and Beach Bar B Que

* We cater to smaller and private groups. * Over 20 years in the Hospitality Industry. * Fully Licensed and Insured Tour Operator. * Exceptional Service. * Felxible and able to operate almost all tours with as few as two persons
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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Exclusive All-In-One Tour San PedroSnorkeling

Exclusive All-In-One Tour San Pedro

Exclusive All-in-1 2 snorkel stops (Hol Chan & Shark Ray Alley) Belizean Buffet lunch Open bar 1 hour visit at Caye Caulker Sunset cruise We start the tour with snorkeling at Hol Chan and Shark Ray Alley.. Watch from the boat or swim with them! Then we continue sailing to the neighbor island Caye Caulker, while serving our famous Belizean buffet lunch on-board. Traditional Belizean dishes like stewed chicken and rice and beans with our Captain’s secret recipe BBQ fish! BELIZEAN BUFFET BBQ fish (comes with veggies and our Captain's secret sauce) stewed chicken rice & beans flour tortillas coleslaw "pico de gallo" (tomato, onion, cilantro and chili in lime juice) fried sweet plantain A vegetarian or vegan diet must be pre-notified. Nothing contains dairy, let us know if you are allergic to gluten. OPEN BAR Rum Punch Panty Rippers (based on coconut rum and pineapple juice) Local rum (dark, white and coconut) Coca Cola, Sprite, Red Fanta, soda water Orange, pineapple and fruitpunch juice
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  • 7 hours 15 minutes
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Scuba Dive in Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Snorkel in Shark Ray AlleySnorkeling

Scuba Dive in Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Snorkel in Shark Ray Alley

This combo trip includes Diving at Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Snorkeling at Shark Ray Alley. Scuba Dive Hol Chan Marine Reserve And Shark Ray Alley Hol Chan is Belize’s oldest marine reserve, Hol Chan is Mayan for “little Channel.” The entire reserve focuses on a cut through the reef (called a quebrada) which is little more than 25 yards wide and 30 feet deep about 4 miles southeast of San Pedro. The Reserve was formed primarily as a community-based initiative due to the concern over the high level of uncontrolled, often destructive fishing and diving activities in the area. Hol Chan is also the habitat of a large moray eel population. With 5 different morays, the Green Moray is the largest, up to 6 ft long. It is the single most popular day trip from San Pedro, perfect for snorkeling or diving. Hol Chan, from the Mayan word ”Little Channel,” is a MUST DO trip on the Island and it’s combined with Shark Ray Alley. It’s located just four miles Southeast of San Pedro Town. .
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Caye Caulker Day Sailing All Inclusive from San Pedro Snorkeling

Caye Caulker Day Sailing All Inclusive from San Pedro

This sailing day trip is done on board “La Gaviota” 56 ft. sailboat. Relax sailing, enjoying the sun, breeze and the sound of the waves, heading to 2 snorkel stops and lunch at Caye Caulker Hol Chan Hol Chan is Belize’s oldest marine reserve, Hol Chan is Mayan for “Little Channel.” The entire reserve focuses on a cut through the reef (called a quebrada) which is little more than 25 yards wide and 30 feet deep about 4 miles southeast of San Pedro. The Reserve was formed primarily as a community-based initiative due to the concern over the high level of uncontrolled, often destructive fishing and diving activities in the area. Shark Ray Alley For several years, local fishermen cleaned their catch in this area. Shark Ray Alley is located just inside the reef south of San Pedro. Fisherman noticed that cleaning their catch attracted Nurse Sharks and several Sting Rays. Lunch We stop in Caye Caulker for lunch.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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Private charterDay Trips

Private charter

Discover the highlights in the area on your private catamaran! We start the tour with snorkeling at Hol Chan and Shark Ray Alley. Hol Chan has the largest variety of species to be seen in the area and is often compared to an aquarium, while at Shark Ray Alley you get to experience a close encounter with nurse-sharks and stingrays. Watch from the boat or swim with them! Then we continue sailing to the neighbor island Caye Caulker, while serving our famous Belizean buffet lunch on-board. Traditional Belizean dishes like stewed chicken and rice and beans with our Captain’s secret recipe BBQ fish! On Caye Caulker, there is approx. 2 hours of free time to stroll around and explore the island, followed by a relaxed sunset cruise back to San Pedro. You can also choose to return earlier to the boat for one more snorkel stop on our way back. During the sunset cruise a fresh ceviche is served. Open bar featuring local rum drinks like rum punch and "panty rippers" is included all day.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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