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Dive Review of Blackbird Caye Resort in
Belize/Turneffe Atoll

Blackbird Caye Resort, Jul, 2004,

by John Critchfield, WA, USA . Report 1146.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Within the past year, Cabo San Lucas, Los Angeles, San Diego, Honolulu, Seattle.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy, noCurrents
Water Temp 83 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Depth & time limits.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Accomodations seemed pretty limited, to this non-photographer. We did not see any serious photographers there during our stay.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Blackbird Caye is a small, remote, low-key diving resort located on Turneffe Atoll, in Belize. A 1 ½ hour boat trip from Belize City transports guests to and from the resort on Saturdays and Wednesdays. Our group of five family and friends stayed one week in July 2004.

Diving operations were well-suited to our groups different levels of skill & experience, which ranged from snorkeler to divemaster. Most of the dive sites are located along the barrier reef wall, less than 10 minutes from the resort. Surface intervals were spent on-shore. Dive depths were generally less than 70 feet. A divemaster led the dives, spotted points of interest, and provided supervision where appropriate.

Reef conditions were quite good. Corals looked healthy and tropical fish were abundant. We had excellent encounters with green turtles, stingrays, spotted eagle rays, barracuda, groupers, tarpon, drums, morays, and squid. We had just a glimpse of a shark and saw no manta rays.

At the Blue Hole we had a deep dive to 130 feet as part of an all-day excursion to Lighthouse Reef, about an hour away from the resort. This was the only place we saw other groups of divers all week. We went ashore for a cook-out lunch and visited the bird sanctuary to see the Red-footed Boobies and Frigates.

The resort is well-managed and maintained. A schedule of activities was posted daily and events occurred on time. These included three dives, two snorkeling trips, afternoon beach volley ball, mealtimes, a happy hour, and a fish identification slide show. Cabana-style accommodations were basic yet comfortable. The food was well-prepared and tasty, with enough choices and menu flexibility to satisfy everyone in our group.

There is no shopping, no nightlife, no restaurants, no television, no radio, no internet, no newspapers and no telephone. So, take everything you need, including plenty of insect repellant and sunscreen. If you can deal with these negatives, you should enjoy the diving at Blackbird Caye.
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