Saturday, December 31, 2016

Dive The Hol Chan Marine Reserve


The Divemasters call this trip a 'Combo' because it's a combination Dive and Snorkel trip. 
It's the perfect dive for those who haven't been in the water for a while or for first time divers.
maximum depth is 30 feet/10 meters.
Underwater Photographers heaven as the marine life seems to be unafraid and cooperative.

The Hol Chan Marine Reserve was established in 1987 as Belize's first Marine Park.   The word Hol Chan in Mayan means, “little channel” and the reserve was created around this natural break in the reef.   The Hol Chan is located approximately 4 miles southeast of San Pedro, and about 9 miles northeast of Caye Caulker. It was formed to control the fishing and diving in the area.   The channel of Hol Chan is well known for large schools of fish including parrotfish, grouper and snapper, as well as green moray eels and resident Turtles.  It has been divided into three zones that are marked by buoys.   They are laid out accordingly with the main habitats – mangroves, sea grass, and coral reef.   The reserve is a popular spot for snorkelers and divers interested in seeing the colorful coral formations and large schools of fish. Marine life is plentiful throughout the entire reserve, and the area is perfect for divers and snorkelers of all levels of experience.   Visitors must be mindful, however, that carelessly standing or touching the beautiful coral formations can easily destroy the fragile ecosystem. Touching the coral can also cause painful burns and stings.   Respecting the simple rules of the park is one way to help preserve the natural environment for future generations.
The Combo Cost $80.usd and includes tank and weights.
Park fee $10.usd 
The trip departs White Sands Dive Shop at 9:am daily and returns 12:30pm