Ambergris Caye Snorkeling
The biodiversity of Ambergris Caye’s ecosystem will fulfill all of your snorkeling fantasies. Discover our Ambergris Caye, Belize snorkeling tours today!
The most accessible and best snorkel spots in the country are found in the coral reefs near Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker. The variety of snorkeling destinations, the clarity of the water, and the accessibility of the islands mean that there is something for snorkelers of all levels. You can go snorkeling all through the year in Belize, since the climate is tropical, and so constantly hot and humid. There are numerous spots for snorkeling in Belize, but below are some of the most well known within reach of Ambergris Caye.
Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley is approximately 4 miles South of San Pedro on Ambergris Caye. It’s by far the most popular day trip from San Pedro, perfect for snorkeling or diving. The appeal stems from the large amount of fish life found with the Hol Chan “cut,” followed by the excitement and novelty of swimming with large groups of nurse sharks and stingrays!
Declared the first marine park in the entire country of Belize, this area has been zoned as a protected area. Due to this, what was once a depleted fishing area has now been allowed to re-generate, producing to divers and snorkelers alike quite a colorful and varied fish spectacle!
You’ll be amazed as you wander through the gorgeous waterscape of coral formations separated by narrow strips of sand. The wide diversity of corals and large schools of fish make this spot special. Many species typical of Caribbean reefs can be seen here, such as sergeant major, wrasse, damselfish. If you’re lucky, you’ll spot some spectacular stoplight parrot fish!
Located near Caye Caulker, the visibility is excellent in Coral Garden’s shallow waters. Since it’s perfectly sheltered from currents and waves by the coral reef, this spot is ideal for beginners. The snorkeling area covers the inner side of the reef, and depth is constant all around at 2-3m.
Mexico Rocks is a shallow patch reef complex located off the far northern tip of Ambergris Caye. Made up of boulder-like corals that rise to the surface and clusters of small patch reefs, it is a haven for juvenile fish, which seek protection from larger predators. You’ll encounter an abundance of marine life, including stingrays, turtles, sharks, coral, crustaceans, and fish.
The newest marine reserve around Ambergris Caye, Mexico Rocks tends to have less currents and waves, which makes for an easier snorkel, especially for first-timers. It’s depth (8-12ft) and vast amount of marine life have made it a primary stop on our popular “Beach Barbeque” tours!