The Shark Bait
While in Belize we took a glass-bottom boat excursion to Hol Chan Reserve and Sting Ray Alley for snorkeling. Hol Chan (which means "little channel" in Mayan) is a national park and is considered part of the barrier reef and is located at the southern tip of Ambergris Caye. Hol Chan also has a large sinkhole considered a smaller version to the famous Blue Hole located at Lighthouse Reef.
Bill Feeding the Sharks
Dive and Snorkel Boats
Our first stop was Stingray Alley where you can swim and snorkel with nurse sharks and large stingrays. Bill got to feed the sharks, they were immediately surrounding the boat.
The next stop was Hol Chan, which was so amazing and only cost $10.00US per person. The coral is beautiful with lots of different shapes, colors and sizes. The water is pretty shallow until you get to an area which drops off dramatically...you suddenly feel very small in this great big sea of water.
That is my hand with the orange band on..so that is proof that I really did touch the nurse sharks and the sting rays. The sharks felt really kind of rough and hard..while the stingrays felt very soft and velvety. I am not sure I liked the way the sting rays felt.
One of the guides was actually bitten by an eel, so beware.
You can also check out the Hol Chan video we filmed at the bottom of our blog.