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Dive Review of Blackbird Resort in
Belize/Turneffe Atoll

Blackbird Resort: "Bugs and seaweed but a great place to dive", May, 2017,

by Clem Clapp, AL, US (Contributor Contributor 18 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 9578 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments We were a bit apprehensive when first arriving due to the bugs, seaweed accumulation and third world detritus on the beach but quickly acquired an appreciation of the beach, accommodations and diving opportunities. The managers, Brandon and Bernie, met our Cessna 182 on the airstrip and accompanied us to the pool side for our briefing and rum punch. Our suite with hot tub on the water was roomy and comfortable with plenty of hot water and really nice bed. The unit was in very good condition. The food was interesting and plentiful, and prepared and served by pleasant folks. Buffets were the norm for breakfast and lunch with a two choice sit down meal in the evening. Although a cold front reduced visibility a bit, the diving with large critters and pelagics made up for it. On almost, if not every dive, we encountered black tip and nurse sharks, mostly loggerhead turtles, eagle and sting rays, eels (3 types) and large schools of fish. My favorites of the 16 dives were Playground at Half Moon Caye on the Blue Hole Trip and Wild Side on a dive to the west of central lagoon. That being said, all of the dives were really nice and led by Aldo and Ralphie (a fill-in from Hopkins), two of the more competent dive leaders in my diving history. They were very alert looking for critters and always on the lookout for the very many lion fish encountered, many of which were taken or fed injured to groupers or morays. We've only repeated three locations in some 23 years of recreational diving but this is a sure-thing repeater if I live long enough.
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Mostly Caribbean
Closest Airport Belize City Getting There Direct flight to BZE, then Maya Island hopper or boat to the island

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy
Water Temp 81-82°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 50-80 Ft/ 15-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Mostly wall diving at 60-80 ft. for 50 minutes most dives. Usually ended at 60 minutes following safety stop.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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