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Hol Chan named 1 of 10 best spots to snorkel August 10, 2009

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CNN News — (Coastal Living) — Underwater photographer and adventurer Tanya Burnett-Palmer shares her favorite places to sightsee beneath the waves.

    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; www.holchanbelize.org

    Other sites listed included: Dean’s Blue Hole, Long Island, Bahamas; Buck Island, St. Croix, USVI; Crystal River, Florida; Rockhouse, Negril, Jamaica; Pigeon Cay, Honduras; Grand Cayman; Bimini Islands, Bahamas; Lover’s Cove, Catalina Island, California; and Papalaua Wayside Park, Maui, Hawaii.




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