Night Snorkeling Belize
Night snorkeling is a great way to experience a very different marine world on the Belize Barrier Reef. At night, many species of marine life (that typically go into hiding during the day), come out to play, mate, explore and feed.
Duration: Half Day
Departure Time: 5:30-6:00 p.m.
Return Time: 8:00-8:30 p.m.
Snorkeling Gear: Fins, Mask, Snorkel
Included: Cold bottled water, fresh fruit at snorkeling intervals, transportation to & from site, licensed guide.
What to Bring: Camera, cell phone, personal medications (for the day), light jacket or windbreaker, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, beach towel, swimsuit, cash for park fees (if applicable), and tipping your guide.
Note: The tour & gear rental can be put on a credit card, park fees need to be paid in cash.
Night Snorkeling Belize
Description: Why do many enjoy night snorkeling? Night snorkeling is a great way to experience the Belize Barrier Reef, in a totally different way. Much of the marine life that you do not see during the day, comes out at night to play, mate, explore, and feed. Night snorkeling is truly an unforgettable experience.
Your tour begins with a short boat right (a few miles south), of Ambergris Caye to the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. After you arrive, you will receive a short snorkel and safety briefing. Then our guide will take you on a guided tour around the Marine Reserve. Here you will be able to see an abundant amount of marine and coral life below the water’s surface. Night snorkeling allows you to encounter aquatic life, which you seldom get to see during the day. The reef comes alive with lobster, shrimp, octopuses, squids, eels, Spanish dancers, toad fishes, frog fishes, sea slugs, blue tangs, tarpon, barracuda, and many more multi-colored reef fish. In addition, the coral extends its polyps to feed on plankton, and the artificial light from the flashlights, shows the true bright colors of the reef.
Hol Chan has been rated as being some of the best snorkeling in all of Belize. Belize is well-known for its most beautiful and intact marine sites, located on the second largest barrier reef in the world. Night snorkeling is a great way to experience the marine reserve from a totally different perspective.
There is no minimum age to participate in this tour, we only ask that participants be in good health, and feel comfortable getting into the water at night. We do not recommend this tour for small children, as many children who can comfortably snorkel during the day, are frightened by the dark waters at night.
If you have never done a Belize Night Diving Snorkeling tour before you have no idea of the magic that goes on at night. Many would say that about 80% of marine life are nocturnal. This being the case with the reef already bursting with colorful creatures, night snorkeling and dive at Hol Chan or Tuffy proves to be nothing short of being simply awesome.
Due to Hol Chan Marine Reserve’s protected status, what was once a depleted fishing area has now been allowed to re-generate, providing an unparalleled snorkeling experience for visitors and an important refuge for marine life along the northern section of the Belize Barrier Reef.
Over 160 species of fish have been identified at Hol Chan, along with nearly 40 species of corals, 5 sponges, 8 algaes, 2 seagrasses, 3 marine mammals and 3 species of sea turtle.
At the glow of your dive light, garden eels will peak among stingrays flapping their wings to cover themselves on the sandy bottom. Surrounded by little bioluminescent blinking, you will spot lobsters, turtles and groupers whooshing around for their evening snacks.
We prefer merely small groups for all of our tours. Our diving is done on the largest barrier reef in the western hemisphere, the beauty of our reef is unrivaled. For the local dives we take groups of 6 or less and 4 max for instruction.