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“Basil Jones Canyon Section of Bacalar Chico”

Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve
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Reviewed February 28, 2018

Tranquility Bay Resort picked us up with their shuttle boat from the last stop that the water taxi makes on its trip up Ambergris Caye.They were kind enough to keep our valuables for us as we spent the afternoon snorkelling at Basil Jones which is just off shore from their resort. They let us use a couple of their chaise lounges and showed us where to swim out from shore to reach our destination. It was a swim of some distance to get out there but I am not a great swimmer so if I can do it most people should be able to. There are enough shallow spots along the way where you can stand as well if you need a rest.The snorkelling was not quite as good as at Mexico Rocks but it was good enough that we spent three and a half hours snorkelling there and we had the place to ourselves. We found the fish a bit more skittish than other places along Ambergris Caye or Caye Caulker but we still got to see them and see them close by.

Thank Jim R
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Reviewed January 1, 2018

Our group of 9 took a boat up to the area and had an amazing time. We were the only people there and didn't see another boat for a several hours. We started in San Pedro and traveled up north as far as we could go inside the reef, then traveled outside of the reef for a while, and then crossed back over just south of Mexico. The day we went there were 6-8 foot seas and crossing the reef was a little crazy, not for the faint of heart. After snorkeling in a couple of areas we made our way back to San Pedro on the back side of the island. You have to request this tour from a tour operator as they do not come to this area often so you probably won't see it advertised.

4  Thank James R
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Reviewed February 1, 2017

Bacalar Chico is a national wildlife park and marine reserve on the norther tip of Ambergris Caye. It is formed by the mile long cut dug by Mayans some 6000 years ago as an early day version of the Panama Canal. Today, it is home to dozens of unique species including big cats, manatees, birds, turtles, etc. The park itself has a small museum and interpretive center which is itself well worth the visit. Typical tour trips depart from San Pedro and travel along the inland side of Ambergris Caye to the far northern border with Mexico. Tours do not usually visit the Mayan ruins, but they are worth a visit as well if you can talk your tour guide into a short side trip. The snorkeling is well worth the trip as well.

1  Thank Eric S
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Reviewed May 17, 2016

I went fishing for the first time in my life and loved the interplay with fish that maybe more clever than me. The park and the marine reserve are kept in pristine conditions

2  Thank Rgreenwald
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Reviewed April 11, 2016

We are avid snorkelers and wanted to check out this marine reserve so we took a private tour and it was well worth it. We just Jungle Water Adventures in San Pedro and it was amazing.

4  Thank Kabina
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