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#39934 - 05/28/01 12:49 PM Dive spots  
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Probably a stupid question, but what are the differences between Hol Chan and Shark/Ray Alley? On some maps they seem to be almost an extension of one another, whereas on others they seem to be 2 distinct sites. And if they are 2 totally different sites, can both be done on the same trip are do you really need to do them seperately?

#39935 - 05/28/01 02:33 PM Re: Dive spots  
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Let's just say they are really close, and yes, they are done in the same trip. Hol Chan is different in a few respects as it is a nature preserve (is that the right term), and you have to pay a few bucks to enter it. (you give your $$ to the captain, and he pays). Also, our guide snorkled with us at Hol Chan, and we had to stay with him at all times. At shark/ray alley we were free to snork around as we wished. At least this was my experience. Personally, I liked shark/ray alley more than Hol Chan, but I would go back to both. (I kept worrying that I was going to "lose" the guide at Hol Chan, and he was hard to keep in sight.)


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#39936 - 05/28/01 02:38 PM Re: Dive spots  
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Thanks Kathy. Any good stories of, or suggestions for Shark/Ray Alley?

#39937 - 05/28/01 03:33 PM Re: Dive spots  
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It was just hard to make myself jump into the water when it was *boiling* with sharks, waiting to be fed. I double checked with the guide ("Is it REALLY OK to jump in?") and he said "yeah" so I said a prayer and jumped. It was pretty awesome. Especially since this was my very first snorkel experience.


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#39938 - 05/28/01 03:59 PM Re: Dive spots  
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Sounds great! Can't wait!

#39939 - 05/28/01 10:29 PM Re: Dive spots  
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Shark Ray Alley is an extension of Hol Chan and it is part of Hol Chan marine Reserve and governed by the same Rangers you pay your $5 bze to.

Many people think Hol Chan is just the small cut where everyone snorkels but Hol Chan encompasses over 6 1/2 square miles including a wide variety of marine ecosystems including, mangroves, grass flats the reef and it is home to many of the best diving site found here on Ambergris.

Have a great time Shark Ray Alley is a one of a kind.

Dive Safe

Gaz Cooper's DIVE BELIZE

#39940 - 06/01/01 01:04 AM Re: Dive spots  
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Of course, Gaz is right. I would add to that the difference between scuba and snorkle.
You can only snorkle at Shark Ray Alley. Scuba divers use it as surface interval. Hol Chan is an interesting scuba site; especially for a night dive. However, you can't just dive there anytime. Because it is a cut (chute) the currents can be very strong. Good dive masters will not even take you out when the tides are wrong.
The last night dive I did there in January was the best night dive of my life and I've been to some pretty amazing places in the South Pacific.
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