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Dive Review of Blackbird Resort in
Belize/Turniffe atol

Blackbird Resort: "Convenient and easy", Jan, 2016,

by Lee Knapp, KS, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 8813 has 2 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments The dive sites are close by and usually a drift dive. Many are wall dives and there are macro as well as large fish and sharks. Lots of sponges and soft choral but a lot of the hard coral has been overrun with algae. The dive masters actively hunt and capture lion fish to protect the reef. With the exception of diving the elbow, the boat returns to the dock after each dive. The blue hole is less than an hour boat ride away and it is an all day excursion and it cost extra.

The dive boat we used offered covering, towels, and water. There was a rinse tank for the masks and a separate tank for cameras.

The dive masters were very attentive and helpful, especially for beginners.

You can rent any or all the equipment on a per piece basis.

The resort is nice and the rooms have air conditioning, and a refrigerator. The Internet is free but not available in the room. It is not very fast. Check Groupon to get a better price.
Websites Blackbird Resort   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Africa, Hawaii, Jordan, Fiji, Australia, Thailand, Costa Rica,
Margarita Island, Palau, Yap
Closest Airport On site Getting There Free transfer via Wednesday Saturday afternoon or charter air from Belize City ($250)

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, surge
Water Temp 81-82°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-100 Ft/ 15-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions The dive was limited to air or time. The dive master would especially watch new divers to insure they didn't stay too deep for too long.
The time limit was 60 minutes.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments A separate rinse tank is provided on the boat.
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