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Bannister Island

Address: Suite 207, Blake Building, Belize City, Belize
Phone Number: +(501) 220 - 9968
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Ranked #7 of 16 Attractions in Belize City
Type: Islands, Outdoors
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Type: Islands, Outdoors

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

I recently picked this trip as part of the Celebrity Equinox shore excursion pick list. It was the worst shore excursion I have ever been on and I have been on many including 3rd world countries which I have always loved. Firstly we were jammed into a boat which was overcrowded to get there - most people had to sit... More 

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New Iberia, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

We went here on an excursion from a cruise. This hands down was one of the most beautiful places we have ever been. We can understand why they have changed the name to starfish island because it was full of the largest most beautiful starfish we've ever seen. It was so relaxing and fun to just chill out. The beautiful... More 

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Indian Trail, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

We went on a cruise and did this shore excursion through Carnival as we hadn't had any plans for the day. I'm so glad we did! This island used to be called Bannister's Island and as I understand it, it is now owned by Carnival and is called Starfish Island. To get to this island, you take a 20 minute... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

We just got back off a cruise to Belize and took the Starfish Island and Barrier Reef Snorkle. It was a great tour and will definitely do it again. Starfish Island itself is beautiful secluded and very quiet. Both the food and drinks were good, and the staff on both the island and the boat for snorkling were terrific, very... More 

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Magnolia, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 via mobile

We went to Starfish island for a half day of relaxation and beaching. The island is a short ride from town and has bathroom facilities, food, a great bar, medical hut, kayaks, a volleyball court, plenty of large beach reclining chairs and lots of shade if you want it. The water was a Lille cloudy and not a lot of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Bannister Island is now the NEW Starfish Island.....more impressive, and serving all visitors and locals alike. Under new management, the island is magic...

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Rolla, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Took private island with lunch through carnival, looking to relax, read, splash a little. on my trip, we were the only ship, so not crowded, easily got a chair under a palm tree, enjoyed the clear water. The sun shining on the water made it shine like jewels of the sea, it was gorgeous. I didn't snorkel as I didn't... More 

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Germantown, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

We got to Bannister Island as a make up day for the uncomfortable experience the day before in the Cozumel port on our cruise. Determined to see some kind of island beauty, we found the cheapest excursion our cruise had to offer, and Bannister Island was it. Cheapest in price, not in value. Our package included everything on the Island... More 

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Yeovil, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

What a marvellous place and a delightful place to be. Kayak, swim or simply sunbathe. The bar is well stocked and food is good. Very clean and a great place to be with friends. Can't wait to return.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 via mobile

We came here as part of a Barrier Reef snorkeling excursion. There was plenty of food to buy, if all you wanted hamburgers or hotdogs. The bar was well stocked. My only objection was the soft sand leading to the one accessible restroom on the island. That and having only one hour here!

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