Shark Ray Alley Snorkeling

Snorkeling Excursion at Shark Ray Alley and Coral Garden in Belize
Price: $238.00
Names for EVERY guest must be included when booking this tour or it will be refused.
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Please Note: This excursion cannot be confirmed without the first and last name of every participant as it appears on their Drivers License or other Government Issued photo ID they will present the day of the tour. Please enter this required information below:
Shore Excursion Size ? Small
Shore Excursion Type Scenic, Active, Water/Beach
Shore Excursion Duration 5 Hours 30 Minutes
Activity Level ? Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? Cruise Ship Tender Pier
Food/Beverage Provided Not Included
Recommended Dress We recommend wearing a bathing suit under comfortable clothing and tennis shoes. A beach towel, sunglasses, and sunscreen are also suggested.
Restrictions The minimum age to participate is 4 years old. Guests under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. All guests should be in good shape and capable of pulling themselves from the water using the boat's ladder. Guests should be comfortable in water that will be 10 to 20 feet deep. There is a $10 US per person Marine Park fee, payable on the snorkel boat at the time of the tour.

Snorkel at Shark Ray Alley and Coral Gardens

It's the Belize you won't believe! After meeting your driver for your Belize excursion, you will drive to the nearby airport where you will board a scheduled flight on a Cessna Caravan for your scenic 20-minute flight over the world's second-largest barrier reef. At 1500 feet you will be able to see the magnificent underwater formations and the many islands that dot the reef system.

Upon arrival in San Pedro on Ambergris Caye, you will walk to the dive shop where you will receive your included gear and meet your guide. You will then be taken by boat to the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, four miles southeast of the caye, home to the famous Shark Ray Alley. Your first snorkel of this Belize tour will be at the Coral Garden where the colorful reefs are home to a host of colorful and sometimes strange-looking underwater inhabitants. After approximately 45 minutes of snorkeling, you will take a leisurely 30-minute cruise to Shark Ray Alley. Here, during your 45-minute visit, you will snorkel in the clear waters and have a personal encounter with the local, docile nurse sharks and graceful, southern stingrays, which have a wingspan of 2-4 feet.

Returning to San Pedro, you will have approximately one hour of free time to shop for local gifts, sample the local cuisine, or explore and see why many describe it as still the unblemished, less commercialized Caribbean of 30 years ago.

San Pedro Town, the only inhabited area on the island, is a small but bustling village, complete with colorfully painted wooden houses of Mexican and Caribbean decor, with some that still retain their English colonial architecture. They are now home to gift shops, boutiques, bars, cafes, and restaurants. Take a walk in town (which is only three streets deep) and you can feel the friendliness of the people and see the ease of their lifestyle; shoeless with tee-shirts and shorts is the typical dress code. The people of the island speak English, Spanish, Creole, and Mayan, all at the same time, making it their own dialect. Most transportation is by foot, bike or golf cart.

San Pedro's restaurants range from seafood to burritos, from Italian to Chinese, but when in Belize, try the local cuisine (fish, barbeque, rice, and beans, etc.).

Leaving the shopping malls behind, you will find quaint little gift shops and street-side vendors offering tropical apparel, as well as the work of local artisans showing their paintings, pottery, sculptures, handmade dolls, hats, baskets, beach chairs, and hammocks.

All too soon, it is time to return to the airport for your commercial flight back to Belize City. From there, you will be returned to the tender pier.

Please Note: There is a marine park fee of $10 US that must be paid in cash at the beginning of the snorkel trip. Free time is dependent on what ship you are on and your ship's scheduled departure time. To place an order for this tour, we need the first and last name of EVERY guest as it appears on the picture ID they will need to present at the airport. Your order will be refused if we do not receive ALL names at the time of booking.

5 Stars4.9 / 5  |  22 ReviewsReview This Tour
Fantastic Excursion
May 02, 2019
Very well planned and organized. Followed instructions to meeting place, everyone was waiting for us without problems. Smooth flight to Ambergris, (super clean airport there). The boat operator was waiting to take us to the boat, cruised out to reef, snorkeled for 45 minutes, cruised to shark alley, snorkeled for about 20 more minutes, then back to the pier with a great lunch recommendation. Great crew on board, very knowledgeable. There were only about 12 of us on our (very clean, well kept) boat. The reefs were crowded with other operators and our guys were well known and respected. My only complaint is I wish the day was longer!
Reviewer: Bon
5 Stars
Fantastic experience
April 16, 2018
Excellent guide and beautiful snorkeling. Loved every minute.
Reviewer: Susanne
5 Stars
Great experience
August 10, 2017
This perhaps was the highlight of our cruise. Everything was completely professional from start to finish. We met out tour facilitator right at the tender terminal. They provided us with a ride to the airport, and the driver assured us that he would be the one to meet us on our return flight. We were met at the airport by the guide who would be with us for the snorkeling. It was just my self and two grandsons. The guide was informative and went into the water with us to maximize our experience. I would recommend this for anyone. Other snorkelers were on boats with 15-20 people, but we had such personalized service. At the end our guide recommended a great place to eat, and then took us back to the airport for our return flight. After our return flight, we were met at the airport by our original driver who got us back to the pier in plenty of time to look around a little. The excursion was well worth the price.
Reviewer: Mike Markwald
5 Stars
Shark Ray Alley Snorkeling
January 18, 2017
It was awesome! I also wanted to see the sea turtles so the guides added a third stop and it was fantastic. The whole ocean bottom was all conch shells and there were 2 sea turtles and a stingray swimming all around. The guides were great!
Reviewer: Ann
5 Stars
March 15, 2016
An amazing day, way way way better than anything the cruise line offered ! It would be very difficult to get out to the barrier reef and make it back to the ship on time on your own, but these guys did an excellent job . The snorkeling at the reef was some of the best I've ever seen - clear water, thousands of fish , stingrays, turtles, eagle rays, nurse sharks, just beautiful! If you're only in Belize for a day this is the trip to do!!
Reviewer: Joe
5 Stars
March 06, 2016
Amazing trip. We wanted a personalized type of adventure. The cruise ship crowds get old. We left the ship and someone was waiting for us. We had a little time before heading to the airport. They took us there and made sure we were on. When we landed, someone was waiting for us again. They walked us right to the dive shop. That's were they lost points. We waited for about a hour and a half for a boat. Groups came and went. Every time they told us, ""10 mins"". Finally, a boat for us! Wow what a place to go, I've snorkeled many different places, but this was the best. The reef and marine life was alive and amazing. They even had wet suits for us. After our snorkeling, we ate at a little place at the end of the dock. ""Caliente's"" restaurant - great food and drinks. Again, going back to the ship, there was someone at ever stop to get us back on time. Great Day! *Take an underwater camera*
Reviewer: LT
4 Stars