Ramon's Village Divers
Some of the best snorkel sites in the world are located just off the coast of Ambergris Caye, so take advantage of a good thing while you can and see as many of them as possible while you're here!
There are many different types of snorkeling trips to choose from. Some sites showcase many varieties of fish, while others are rich with coral. Some trips include a little fishing and a beach picnic, while others include "swimming with the sharks." Whatever your personal preference, we at Ramon's Village Divers take pride in helping you select the snorkel adventure that is perfectly suited for you.
A very important note: Our beautiful coral has been around for thousands of years and is actually a living organism. Because we respect the world's second largest barrier reef, we ask that you help us take care of it by not touching it. When you see it close up it's easy to recognize, it is truly the Creator's masterpiece.
NOTE: All prices are listed in US Dollars and are per person. Prices do not include snorkel equipment, park fees or taxes. Meals at Pineapples restaurant are not included in the price of any Dive or Snorkel Adventure.
If you like adventure, this is it. Hop aboard one of the Ramon's Village Divers twin-engine skiffs and head north to the Boca Del Rio, turn left, pass under the new bridge and continue into the San Pedro Lagoon. Turn north again and pass by Deer Island, Blackadore Caye and several other small islands on your way to Bacalar Chico Reserve. And just so you know, there's only one way out of the north end of the lagoon and that's through the Bacalar Chico Channel. This "channel," sometimes referred to as a "cut," was hand dug by the Mayans over 1,500 years ago. If you want to see a real primitive piece of history, go through Bacalar Chico Channel.
But, now for something that will blow your mind. About halfway through the channel, you'll see a small waterway. Ask your Ramon's Village Divers guide to take you a short distance down this waterway to one of the most unusual discoveries in modern times-the cenotes of Bacalar Chico. Eleven 15-foot diameter holes penetrate the limestone floor of this secluded body of water and you can see the reflective rays of sunlight penetrating its depths. If you like, you can snorkel above these cenotes for a few minutes to get a closer look before continuing your tour; however, diving into these cenotes is reserved for advanced and professional divers and special arrangements must be made to penetrate this spectacular find.
After your journey through Bacalar Chico Channel is complete, the refreshing ocean breeze once again welcomes you to the vastness of the Caribbean Sea. The Bacalar Chico Reserve is now just minutes away. This area of ocean in front of where you'll picnic, lies inside the reef and will remind you of a thousand Olympic size swimming pools: clear and calm. Your skipper will anchor the boat and help you safely to the beach where you'll help gather coconut husks, over which the "catch of the day" will be grilled by your talented Ramon's Village Divers team. Potato salad, coleslaw, chips, salsa and fresh conch ceviche will be waiting for you when you get hungry. After lunch, hike the "bird" trails and observe the unusual habitat of the numerous species of birds and wildlife that live pampered lives in this remote area of Ambergris Caye. If birdwatching is not for you, then take a nap, journal or take a dip in these crystal clear waters.
After you're done at Bacalar Chico, your skipper will take you outside the reef for a 12-mile ride southward to the Basil Jones Cut where you'll enter the protective waters behind the reef. Once back inside, you'll continue to Mata Chica where you can take one last swim or snorkel before returning to Ramon's Village Resort. When you get hungry again, Pineapples will be waiting on you with some succulent dishes fit for a king or explorer. Join us every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Climb aboard our 38-foot catamaran and sail the high seas of adventure toward the north, retracing the route of those who harvested the coconut crops for English merchants in the 1600s. Millions of coconuts were harvested each year and sent to England for their bakeries and restaurants. Just imagine pristine beaches lined with virgin coconut palms as far as the eye could see. It must have been something, huh?
Around lunch, your skipper will anchor near the coral rich Mexico Rocks; a popular dive destination that is perfect for beginner and advanced snorkelers. You won't believe the beauty and color of this incredible coral forest!
When your snorkeling experience is complete, you will re-board your vessel to the alluring aroma of barbeque fish, chicken and shrimp, with all the trimmings, which will be served on deck. (Lobster and conch will be on the menu, when they are in season.) After lunch, a nap, sunbathing, or another dip in our crystal clear water is part of the agenda.
The cruise home will be leisurely and very relaxing as the waves splash lazily against the hull, whispering thank you, thank you, thank you for coming to Belize. In addition to your lunch, soft drinks, chips and salsa are included in your snorkel adventure. But if that's not enough and you really want to pig out at San Pedro's most incredible restaurant, try Pineapples, Ramon's Village Resort's on-site restaurant, tonight or any night. Dinner is not included in your beach picnic/sailing cruise, but dinner at Pineapples is definitely worth the price, whether you're hungry or not.
When the owners of Ramon's Village bring their guests down for a visit, the Beach Picnic is always on the top of their "things to do" list! Over 1500 years ago, Robles Point served as an outpost for the Mayan Indians who occupied the north end of Ambergris Caye. The fortified walls, even though now collapsed, can be seen even in the thick underbrush. It is near this area where a lavish beachside picnic will be prepared (provided you catch, hook or spear something on your way from Ramon's Village Resort to Robles!).
Your beach picnic excursion will begin with a comfortable boat ride northward to Mexico Rocks. Here you will be able to catch, spear or hook your own lunch. Whatever is in season will be marinated with our special mixture of herbs and seasonings. As you continue on to Robles Point, your first mate will prepare conch or shrimp ceviche-a delicious mixture of flavors of which you will want more.
After arriving at Robles Point, your guides will build a fire while you walk the beach in search for treasure. You can never tell what you might find washed up on the beach. The owner of Ramon's has found many items of great interest. When your lunch is ready, you'll sit down to coleslaw, tortillas, baked potatoes, chips and your seafood "catch of the day." You'll be talking about this experience for years.
On your way back to Ramon's, a brief stop at Mata Rocks allows you to get one more taste of God's creative handiwork beneath the sea. In our opinion, you can't snorkel too much in our beautiful Caribbean Sea.
You may be hungry tonight, so come join us for a meal on a stone-your choice of steak, chicken or shrimp, or a combination of all three, served like you've never had before! Only at Pineapples on the beach. Come experience the difference.
Six miles south-southeast of Ambergris Caye lies the island of Caye Caulker. Five-miles long and one-mile wide, this quaint island has been a destination for backpackers and ecological minded travelers for as long as we can remember. The general population is mixed with Garafuna and Rastas, sprinkled with a few Europeans and Americans. The music you hear playing from the shops lets you know this island is definitely not Americanized. Our trip begins at Ramon's Village dock, and as soon as your party is aboard we will set sail for Hol Chan, the second most popular snorkel site in Belize. Millions of small fish and big fish such as grouper, barracuda, yellow jack and even green morays, inhabit this magnificent underwater National Park. The park is part of the Barrier Reef system which was designated a World Heritage Site by the United Nations several years ago.
If you want the ultimate Hol Chan experience, opt for an exciting half-hour swim with the sharks. That's right, you can swim with the sharks and the stingrays. Dozens of nurse sharks will circle your boat, as if they were the Caribbean's welcoming committee. When you enter the water, you can observe the activities of these friendly sharks and rays, but it's against the law to touch or hold any marine life while snorkeling or scuba diving. Sorry, no scuba allowed at Shark Ray Alley, only snorkeling.
Back aboard, lie back and enjoy the ride to Caye Caulker, then go ashore and spend some time dining at one of the very unusual cafes or shopping in some of the gift shops that are there for your enjoyment. The non-stop ride back to Ramon's Village Resort is the perfect time to plan for dinner at seven. We hope you'll choose Pineapples on the beach. It's Ramon's Village Resort's on-site restaurant and has been rated, by those who know, as the best eatery on the island.
Senior citizens and kids will love this trip. As a matter of fact, the whole family will love this trip! All you have to do is get on board and we'll do the rest. A brief 20-minute ride to Hol Chan Marine Reserve is enjoyable, and there are lots of things to see on the way. When you arrive at Hol Chan, your eyes will not believe the wonder of it all. Large fish are plentiful, but the number of small colorful fish will take your breath away. Sharks, rays and barracuda are also residents of Hol Chan, as are a few sea turtles, eels and grouper. There's no shortage of marine life, but marine life is just half of what we have here in this area of the Caribbean. The reef is the frame around our magnificent array of undersea life.
While we're at Hol Chan, your skipper will anchor for 15-20 minutes and you can see firsthand the creative genius of this undersea wonder. If you have on your swim trunks, don your snorkel gear and take to the water and enjoy this plethora of fish and an array of tropical marine life and coral.
Next, the glass bottom boat will take you to the amazing Shark Ray Alley where you can observe sharks and rays from the safety of your glass bottom boat or get in amongst them! That's right, you can swim with the sharks and the stingrays in Shark Ray Alley. Dozens of nurse sharks will circle your boat, as if they were the Caribbean's welcoming committee. When you enter the water, you can observe the activities of these friendly sharks and rays up close and personal, if...you're adventurous, and not faint of heart. But, it's against the law to touch or hold any marine life while snorkeling or scuba diving. We promise you'll talk about your shark adventure for years to come. Sorry, no scuba allowed at this site, only snorkeling.
Our coral has been around for thousands of years and is actually a living organism, so we respect the world's second largest barrier reef. Help us take care of it because when you see it close up, it's easy to recognize, it is truly the Creator's masterpiece.
Complimentary water and soft drinks are included on this tour. If you take the morning excursion, try Pineapples for lunch. If you take the evening excursion, try Pineapples for dinner. Either way, we know you'll enjoy our food and you'll love our staff!
Hol Chan is our most popular Snorkel Adventure. As a matter of fact, it is the second most popular dive/snorkel site in Belize. Thousands of large and small fish inhabit this magnificent underwater National Park. The reef system that borders Belize was recognized as a World Heritage Site, by UNESCO, several years ago. Hol Chan or "Little Channel," which cuts all the way through the reef, lives up to its reputation among some of the world's best dive sites. Hol Chan is safe for beginners, and breathtaking for advanced divers. Don't miss Hol Chan!
Breathtaking coral of all descriptions abound in and around Hol Chan and serve as a habitat for literally millions of species of fish. Incredible stories are told frequently of the magnificence of this Marine Reserve and how well it is guarded and preserved. It's a marine wonderland that every snorkeler and diver (beginner and experienced), must see.
If you want the ultimate Hol Chan experience, opt for an exciting half-hour "swim with the sharks." That's right, you can swim with the sharks and the stingrays in Shark Ray Alley. Dozens of nurse sharks will circle your boat, as if they were the Caribbean's welcoming committee. When you enter the water, you can observe the activities of these friendly sharks and rays up close and personal, if...you're adventurous, and not faint of heart. But, it's against the law to touch or hold any marine life while snorkeling or scuba diving. We promise you'll talk about your shark adventure for years to come.
After your Hol Chan experience, relax a little, get freshened up and have a delightful dinner at Pineapples on the Beach. If you're too tired for dinner tonight, order room service from our on-site restaurant and see why Pineapples on the beach is the island's most service-oriented restaurant. Don't forget to book your Snorkeling Adventures for the rest of the week with Ramon's Village Divers. (Perhaps you should go ahead and book your Snorkeling Adventures now-before you go-and receive a 5% pre-booking discount.)
There are only a few places in the world where the elusive manatee are found. One of those places is in Belize. So if you want to see what only a handful of people in the entire world have ever seen, then get your camera and get on board.
Light snacks and soft drinks are provided during your 45-minute ride to Swallow Caye. As you approach the cut in the island, your guide will turn the motor off and as you sit silently, he will pole you into the lagoon where the manatees live. Poling is how the Mayans maneuvered their dugout canoes centuries ago. You can feel their ancestors looking at you as a tree limb or branch brushes your back or shoulder.
The manatees are gentle giants. They reach weights of 400-800 pounds and are about 10-feet long. We've never known of even one to be aggressive to any of our guests. We're sorry to say, but permission is no longer granted for anyone to dive or snorkel with the manatee. Their locations in Belize are now well known and we've all agreed to protect these gentle creatures from any harm or mistreatment that some uncaring visitor might inflict upon them. We're sure you understand. However, you can still photograph them and take your memories home.
After your Swallow Caye Manatee experience, your skipper will take you to Goff's Caye, an island about the size of Ramon's Village Resort. That's right, it's small but it is beautiful. Sand and coral perimeterize this mysterious island, and who knows why a hurricane hasn't already blown it away? That's good for you because where else can you go picnic on a deserted island in the middle of the Caribbean Sea?
Put your beach towel beneath one of the 10 swaying coconut palms and take a nap while your skipper and his crew prepare a scrumptious meal, grilled over coconut husks. After lunch, continue your nap or snorkel off Goff Cayeâ€™s pristine sandy beach.
On your way back to Ramon's Village Resort, you'll get to experience Caye Caulker's version of our Shark Ray Alley. And if you like, we'll put you ashore for a while to shop in Caye Caulker's unique shopping district. By the time you're finished, you'll be dog-tired, but excited about each event that took place during the day, but not excited enough to miss supper. Pineapples on the beach will still be open, so have a bite, and then sleep tight.
Rendezvous at Ramon's Village Divers a few minutes before departure to give yourself enough time to gather your equipment. If you have your own gear-we'll be glad to assist you with it, if you would like to rent our equipment-no problem, or if you would like to purchase some gear from our Ramon's Village Divers store-we'll be happy to get you suited up. Then hop on board one of our comfortable and uncrowded dive boats and enjoy the scenery as you head north toward this wonderful snorkel site-Mexico Rocks.
Huge brain coral, the likes of which you may have never seen before, are everywhere at Mexico Rocks. This is one of our most requested snorkel trips. The water is crystal clear and hardly any current is ever present to restrict your snorkel experience. Large outcroppings of coral, some protruding above the surface, are home for millions of small fish, lobster, conch and an occasional sea turtle.
After a light snack and a cold beverage, your Ramon's Village Divers skipper will take you to Tres Cocos, and if you're up to it, your guide will let you snorkel parallel with the reef as you drift southward toward Ramon's Village Resort. Your guide will accompany you in the water while your skipper follows you at a safe distance. Hop back in the boat anytime you're ready, and be chauffeured back to Ramon's Village.
Exhilarating? Yes! Fulfilling? Yes! Tiring? Yes!
I hate to say it, but if you're too tired for dinner at Pineapples on the beach, just give us your room number and we'll bring the meal of your choice directly to your room. Just dial 401 and a friendly member of our wait staff will help you with your order.
Hol Chan Marine Reserve is a "must see" for anyone visiting Ambergris Caye. However, if you want the ultimate Hol Chan experience, opt for an exciting half-hour "swim with the sharks." That's right, you can swim with the sharks and the stingrays in Shark Ray Alley.
Dozens of nurse sharks will circle your boat, as if they were the Caribbean's welcoming committee. When you enter the water, you can observe the activities of these friendly sharks and rays up close and personal, if...you're adventurous, and not faint of heart. But, it's against the law to touch or hold any marine life while snorkeling or scuba diving. We promise you'll talk about these 30 minutes for years to come.
As the sun begins to set, the large fish begin to enter Hol Chan through a 28' deep cut in the reef. They know that the shallows and coral outcroppings that exist inside the cut provide their meal for the evening. Thousands, if not millions, of small fish scurry busily here, there and everywhere as darkness overtakes them. Snuggling close to the giant coral heads these small fish hover, precariously still, as they avoid the larger fish, which are searching for their supper. Green moray and spotted eels are sometimes seen, as are sleeping sharks and octopuses. In case you don't know it, there are very few places on earth where you can see a sleeping shark-Hol Chan at night is one of them.
As your underwater light illuminates our crystal clear waters, you'll be blown away by what your eyes behold. Everything comes alive at night, even the coral takes on new dimensions and color as your light illumines every inch of this underwater paradise.
Before you end your dive, be sure to venture into the cut itself and snorkel over hundreds of rays as they cover the sandy bottom, as if they were blankets. It's an amazing site to behold and to photograph.
Lord willing, you'll be back at Ramon's Village Resort in time for some frozen, fresh fruit drinks, some great desserts, or perhaps a full course meal at Pineapples on the beach.