Old Jan 11th, 2003, 09:35 PM
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Is the snorkeling good at Ambergris Cay? Is the water shallow?
Old Jan 12th, 2003, 06:37 AM
Lan Sluder
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Some of the best snorkeling in the Caribbean is around Ambergris Caye. However, you'll generally have to take a boat out to the reef (a few minutes' ride) to enjoy it.

--Lan Sluder
Old Jan 12th, 2003, 03:30 PM
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Like swimming in an aquarium but 10 minute boat ride to reef. Just beautiful. Shallow in some areas but varies a lot in different areas.
Old Jan 13th, 2003, 10:18 AM
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I'd like to expand on this question. We're taking our honeymoon in May, at Captain Morgan's. Could someone please comment on the differences, pro's, cons, whatever, between these different snorkeling destinations. I love snorkeling, and am interested in viewing a variety of marine life.

Hol Chan and Shark Ray Alley (Does Shark Ray Alley actually have coral, or is it just a sandy spot where nurse sharks and stingrays congregate?)

Coral Gardnes, Cay Caulker

Mexico Rocks

Night Snorkel (I'm interested in whether or not this is worth while, is there a lot of bioluminescent marine life to see while snorkeling?)

Rum Punch (this might just be a different type of trip -- possibly including lunch and drinks)

W. Estell


Old Jan 13th, 2003, 10:55 AM
Lan Sluder
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Shark Ray Alley is mostly sharks and rays. It's actually now a part of the Hol Chan marine reserve. Boats typically go out and make two stops (close together) -- one at Shark Ray Alley and one at the reef where you can see a lot of coral and fish. There can be a fairly strong current through the reef at Hol Chan. Kids and weak swimmers may want to wear a vest.

Mexico Rocks is north of Hol Chan. Fewer fish but nice coral. It's shallower and usually less current, so a good place for novice snorkelers or those who don't swim well.

I don't think I've been to Coral Gardens.

You do see different creatures at night than in the day and a night snorkel is well worth doing.

Rum Punch, like El Gato, Winnie Estelle and others, is a boat that does snorkel day trips. Stops may include Hol Chan but boats may also go to Caulker or to a small island or North Ambergris for a beach barbecue.

--Lan Sluder
San Pedro Cool, the Guidebook to Ambergris Caye
Old Jan 13th, 2003, 11:53 AM
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Thanks, Lan. I'll use your recommendations. Especially the night snorkeling, it sounded neat to me, but I was afraid it wouldn't be worth it. Are you typically given a flash light, or is done by moonlight?
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