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Dive Review of Blackbird Caye Resort in
Belize/Turneffe Atoll

July, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by John Critchfield, WA, USA
Report Number 1146
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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 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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  
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  
 
 

Overall Rating

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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