Just returned from a end of April visit to Blackbird Caye Resort with a dear friend. From the minute we were greeted at the airport in Belize City until the minute the plane took off for home, we were treated like royalty.
For starters we chose to fly in to get a good view of the island. It was so worth it! When we landed on Blackbird Caye Resort we already felt we had the best vacation. Then we met GM Paul and our dive master Effron and . . . . Camilla, the most amazing island dog ever. I turned to Paul and said, "If the vacation ended with prop plane flight we would be happy." Paul promised much more fun and relaxation, and he did not disappoint.
The staff knew our names nearly instantly, as well as our preferences and expectations.
Flying actually added a day to our trip too because when we landed we checked in and immediately went on the late afternoon snorkel tour.
I have a gluten intolerance and they just had me covered. When I walked into the bar for bar snacks time, they would come right up to me and let me know it was all gluten safe, or bring out specialty dishes for me. Wow.
My friend was an experienced diver, who came to dive. He was only one of two divers during our week and was a little hesitant at first to sign up for a tour without other divers. Paul assured us that we should not worry, dive as much as he liked. The whole island and staff was there to make our experience enjoyable. And, I actually took the discover scuba course, encouraged to do so early in the trip. Paul was my instructor and was very patient and information. I had been a life long snorkeler, and I felt as safe with my instructor after the discover scuba course. We even got to go out in the open water and see the world-class diving Belize has to offer.
Things we collectively saw: harvest moon rising three nights in a row, barracuda buddy that followed along a whole dive trip, a shark (which I was kind of not excited about), star fish heaven, turtles, lots of tropical fish, sting rays galore, and much more!
The all inclusive food was delicious and even won over my friend who is a picky eater.
Advice for Vistors
(1) Dive/Snorkel early and often!
(2) The sunrise . . . get up for the sunrise.
(3) Take the plane to and from the island
(4) If the wind is not blowing, you should have bug spray on.
- Also Known As:
- Blackbird Caye Hotel Turneffe Islands
- Blackbird Caye Hotel
- Blackbird Caye Belize City
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Blackbird Caye Resort located on Turneffe Atoll, 25 miles off the coast of Belize City, is not only home to the second largest barrier reef in the world but is home to 3 of the 4 atolls in the entire Western Hemisphere. Turneffe is the only Caribbean Atoll made up of dozens of mangrove islands, which make a perfect environment for a variety of juvenile nurseries for coral reefs, many schools of fish, dolphins, turtles and manatees. The resort itself is nestled within 1,300 acres of island forest and palm trees on a 2-mile long private, sand beach. There are 18 individual private beachfront cabanas with modern accommodations that face warm trade winds with views of the lagoon’s turquoise waters and the atoll’s rim reef. Not only is Blackbird known for world class diving but it also serves as a sanctuary for over 25 species of birds. Renowned for its biodiversity above and below the water Blackbird offers something for everyone: world-class scuba diving , snorkeling, kayaking, beachcombing, and nature walks to observe colorful land birds and seabirds. ... more less