Hol Chan which is about 4 miles southeast of San Pedro town. Did you know Hol Chan is Mayan for ‘little channel?’
Actually, it is not so little, the reserve centers on a channel (or cut) through the reef measuring just over than 25 yards / 23 meters wide and 30 feet – 9 meters deep
With the spectacular array of colorful sea life at Hol Chan, you will enjoy a wonderful real-life nat geo moment. The popular marine reserve is home to 200 species of fish, nearly 40 species of corals, 3 different kinds sea turtles and so much more.
The second stop on the Seaduced tour is was Shark Ray Alley, just a bit farther than a stone’s throw away from Hol Chan. Once the catamaran moors, you will see lots of nurse sharks, one-eyed jacks, blue tang, a few rays and sometimes a turtle or two. The nurse sharks are harmless however if they are in a feeding frenzy you need pay attention and keep your distance.
Since I could not take you all snorkeling I brought a few seconds of Shark Ray to you.
As soon as we were all on the boat, the ban on drinking was lifted as we were finished all our snorkel stops for the day. Our fantastic boat crew knowing what an appetite snorkeling works up brought out some snacks, fresh pineapple, cantaloupe and watermelon for starters. They followed up with homemade tortilla chips, salsa, and shrimp ceviche – YUM.
That was just enough to tide me over till we caught sight of Caye Caulker island and that set my stomach clock off again. We ate at Bambooze and sat in 2 person wide swing chairs. I liked the coconut shrimp. I could have passed on the fries and coleslaw but was hungry so ate them up anyway.
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After we ate, Ange suggested a walk to the Lazy Lizard so she could enjoy a quick chocolate stout. While walking the back road, we saw all the lobster fishermen getting their traps built and repaired for lobster season and Caye Caulker Lobsterfest. Made it back to the boat dock just in time to grab some conch fritters before we set sail for San Pedro. On the way home, we had a minor dolphin spotting; fun but not enough to get the camera out. 🙂