Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Coastal Living Dubbs Hol Chan as 'Top 10' snorkeling destination

In the July issue of the very popular Coastal Living Magazine, underwater photographer and adventurer, Tanya Burnett-Palmer shares her favorite places to sightsee beneath the waves.
"Hol Chan Marine Reserve,
Belize One of the western Caribbean’s great delights resides roughly 20 minutes by boat from Ambergris Cay. On my first visit, I was mesmerized by dozens of nurse sharks, jacks, stingrays, and grunts cavorting with snorkelers over turtle grass and reefs. Here, I have swum with the most substantial wild fish―normally only seen by scuba divers―in only 6 to 10 feet of water.On-site secret: Float from the feeding area to the shallow reefs and discover a dreamlike setting of sun-dappled coral and tiny reef denizens. Keep an eye out for: eagle rays. On more than one occasion I’ve been thrilled to see a majestic spotted eagle ray soaring through the reefs.When to go: all year, but check cruise ship schedules to avoid the busiest times; holchanbelize.org."

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