Spent 4 days at Blackbird Caye Resort and I loved it. I met a few new friends, and had a blast diving.
The whole staff was very personal and friendly. Paul the GM was very reassuring with all the questions we had. They try to take care of everything so you don’t have to worry. On our last day, we went to the bar and the bartender Ron really opened up to us. He showed us pictures of his family and his previous resort jobs. We learned so much about him and fluffy, the alligator!
Food was good but not great. I really like the breakfast and lunch menu, but the dinner menu was lacking. I was still hungry after dinner and never felt satisfied. Not sure I like the scheduling of meals, always felt like I didn’t have time to digest or was super hungry after the dives. Bar snacks were gone as soon as it was served.
Our Cabana #2 was great, except the toilet takes a long time to fill up again, but hey you’re on a self-sufficient island. The AC was a little wonky too – the room was only cold in one area and hot everywhere else. But all in all, it was clean and the maid always made the room.
On to the activities…Diving is the reason I came here and the dive crew was very chill. They make sure to get your equipment ready for you so you are worry free. Effran our divemaster was very attentive! I did two dives and then the blue hole trip. The blue hole trip is a must go. I enjoyed every minute of it. On the boat ride there we saw dolphins ; at the blue hole, we encountered a pool of sharks. During the second dive, we stopped and enjoyed a turtle feeding on coral sponge. The third dive was fun too, felt like I was inside a fish aquarium. The lunch BBQ that was included in the trip was amazing; after lunch we had the opportunity to observe the Red-footed boobies sanctuary. Back on the island, there was free fishing rods and kayaks, definitely use it!
One bummer part of the trip was that the waterproof pack (blue plastic pouch with a yellow band and a black string to tie around the neck) I brought with me to the trip was gone from my bag. If you happen to find it, please return it… it was a special gift; keep the money in there.. I just want my pack back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Blackbird Caye is a privately owned Island sitting on The Mesoamerican Reef System - often referred to as the "Jewel of the Caribbean" - it is the largest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere with a rich tapestry of vivid corals, mangrove forests, coastal wetlands, and diverse marine wildlife. Within the reef you will find Turneffe Atoll the Caye where the resort is located. Turneffe is the largest and most biologically diverse of the 3 atolls found in the Caribbean home to more than 65 species of stony coral, 350 species of mollusk, and more than 500 species of fish, manatees, dolphins and invertebrates. There are over 70 dives sites all within 10-15 minutes from the resort and 45 minutes to Lighthouse Reef where The Great Blue Hole is located. The resort is made of 19 modern cabanas facing the Caribbean Sea and 1 beach house. The cabanas are all equipped with A/C, fans, private bathrooms, either King or Queen Beds with new comfortable bedding, private porches with chairs and swinging hammocks. Included in the price are your cabana, 3 daily meals, dive or snorkel package, complimentary transfers to the island on Wednesdays and Saturdays and use of the resort's kayaks. We are the only resort on Turneffe with an air strip making it convenient to arrive or depart any other day of the week. Our courteous and helpful staff will always make you feel at home as customer service ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Blackbird Caye Hotel Turneffe Islands
- Blackbird Caye Belize City