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Shark Ray Alley
Shark Ray Alley

Shark Ray Alley

Free admission
Ambergris Caye, Belize

The Basics

While you might picture a scene fromJaws, 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.

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Belize Hol Chan Marine Reserve & Shark Ray Alley Snorkel Tour - Ambergris Caye
Belize Hol Chan Marine Reserve & Shark Ray Alley Snorkel Tour - Ambergris Caye
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$107.34 per adult
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Awesome Amazing Must Do!
This was the most amazing snorkel trip we have ever taken for the multitude of Marine Life we got to see!! By far an amazing experience at Hol Chan Marine Preserve Then going to Shark Ray Alley ALSO a most amazing experience with so many Nurse Sharks at your fingertips. A must for your visit in San Pedro!
Dori_B, Jul 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Ambergris Caye

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Barrier Reef and Sharks
Marla_D, Jun 2022
Belize Hol Chan Marine Reserve & Shark Ray Alley Snorkel Tour - Ambergris Caye
Amazing company! They offered me a pickup from my area and return. The crew were amazing, and the experience is one to have.
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Unfortunately the weather...
KEZIA_S, May 2022
Belize Hol Chan Marine Reserve & Shark Ray Alley Snorkel Tour - Ambergris Caye
Unfortunately the weather impeaded our trip. However the customer service WAS EXCELLENT to help us rearrange as appropriate thank you Thyra
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Great trip! The guides...
Ashley_L, May 2022
Belize Hol Chan Marine Reserve & Shark Ray Alley Snorkel Tour - Ambergris Caye
Great trip! The guides were fun and made it a great experience. They made sure everyone was comfortable and safe
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Fun Experience
Nyasha_M, May 2022
Belize Hol Chan Marine Reserve & Shark Ray Alley Snorkel Tour - Ambergris Caye
Great experience. The tour guide, Soup was super friendly and cool. There was another tour guide and man I wish I could remember his name because he was awesome. I don’t know how to swim and he was sooo patient and guided me the entire time. From a swimmer’s point of view: My husband is a great swimmer and he said this was the best snorkeling experience he’s ever had!
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Best Excursion of our Cruise
Sarah_M, Mar 2020
Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley Snorkeling Tour
The crew was excellent. The captain had a keen eye and spotted turtles, manatees and a crocodile for us. It felt like we got the VIP treatment. I couldn't have been happier!
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Great for all ages
Lyle_P, Feb 2020
Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley Snorkeling Tour
Father daughter trip 02/20. We both really enjoyed this tour. Best money we spent on entire trip, including our scuba and snorkeling excursions. Staff are very friendly, and incredibly knowledgeable. They deliver what they advertise and more. Be aware the shuttle pick up is near the caves, and not in the city. Renting a car was cheaper than another shuttle to the meeting point.
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Knowledgeable Guides
Bobbi_M, Apr 2022
Belize Hol Chan Marine Reserve & Shark Ray Alley Snorkel Tour - Ambergris Caye
The tour was fun, the water was crystal clear and there was plenty of fish, turtles, and sharks to see. Our guides ( Chris and Santiago ) were full of information and easy going.
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Pick this tour!
Sally_S, Mar 2022
Belize Hol Chan Marine Reserve & Shark Ray Alley Snorkel Tour - Ambergris Caye
This was an amazing experience! Our guides were friendly and very knowledgeable. Our tour group saw nurse sharks, eagle rays, and so many types of fish. Soup and Bird are the best guides available in San Pedro!
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Awesome snorkel experience
Regan_W, Mar 2022
Belize Hol Chan Marine Reserve & Shark Ray Alley Snorkel Tour - Ambergris Caye
Guides were knowledgeable, fun, safe and patient. There was a wide variety of ages in our group and the guides did an excellent job of managing everyone. You could tell the guides were having fun themselves - they enjoy the work they do and are passionate about protecting the reef and the wildlife that lives there. They had fresh fruit and water for us as well!
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Swimming with the nurse...
Dirk_V, Mar 2022
Belize Hol Chan Marine Reserve & Shark Ray Alley Snorkel Tour - Ambergris Caye
Swimming with the nurse sharks was great! Crew was very friendly, professional and entertaining. A little hard to figure out which operator to go to.
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Amazing snorkeling experience!
Heidi_B, Mar 2022
Belize Hol Chan Marine Reserve & Shark Ray Alley Snorkel Tour - Ambergris Caye
We had an amazing time snorkeling! Our guides were fantastic and kept us entertained! Hol Chan is beautiful and swimming with sharks is quite an experience.
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Super Fun Snorkeling and Must See Cay Caulker Island
sharon_w, Jan 2020
Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley Snorkeling Tour
Our boat driver Emerson took his job as our boat driver very seriously. The 45 minute ride out to the reef on his super 35mph fast with 200hp motor boat was a little choppy on the way out. On the way back after our Wow snorkeling with sharks and stingrays he drove the boat to the back side of the island and showed us how the tarpon fish jump high for fish. We want to go back to Cay Caulker island - the lunch was great and the town is super tropical (no cars - only bicycles and golf carts). Caesar a snorkeling guide was great with our 3 year old grandson which was his 2nd time snorkeling. On the way back to Belize City we spotted a group on dolphins.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Shark Ray Alley?
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What else should I know about attractions in Ambergris Caye?
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