El Ben Cabañas Resort

Hol Chan Marine Reserve & Shark Ray Alley

Established on May 2, 1987, the Hol Chan Marine Reserve is the oldest of its kind in Belize. It’s close proximity to Ambergris Caye, depths of about 30 feet, and abundant marine life make it the perfect diving destination for visitors and locals alike.

At first, the reserve was established by the community due to destructive overfishing and illegal diving activities. Since then however, the marine life has been able to regenerate. Now, the reserve is not only an unparalleled diving experience, but a refuge for Belizean marine life.

Get the once in a lifetime experience of swimming with sharks and stingrays at Shark Ray Alley. This protected area is a part of the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, located near Ambergris Caye.

Watch as the nurse sharks circle your boat and even get the chance to jump in the water with them. You’ll be able to observe and interact with them up close.

However, there are laws that prohibit touching any aquatic life. Not to worry though, you’ll still be able to enjoy this marine wonderland just as much.

Full day and half-day tours for this adventure are available.


  • beach towels
  • swimwear
  • reef-friendly sunscreen
  • change of clothes
  • sunglasses