Other Activities in Belize
Don’t Dive or Snorkel? You’ll Still Have Fun!
A total of 10 suborders, 21 families and 75 species of terrestrial birds have either been sighted on, or are anticipated to frequent Blackbird Caye. Some 14 of these species are resident year round on Blackbird, among which only 5 are common; while 61 are transient or migratory, which only 33 are common. The status of some of the birds that utilize Belize’s lowland, broadleaf, littoral and mangrove forests are described below:
The Snail kite although more common to swampy mainland habitats, is an occasional transient species that are typically seen spending the day retrieving and eating snails from a single roost. Osprey have been observed to reside an roost at 2 nesting sites on the northern portion of Blackbird Caye, on tall bare trees within the cay forest canopy of the island.
The Black Catbird is a permanent resident of coastal forests that is known from the mainland and a few of Belize’s larger Cays, where it inhabits Caye forests.
The Ruby- Throated Hummingbird is famous for its solo-migrations from Yucatan Mexico to Florida in the USA, and is an occasional migrant to Blackbird Caye that may be seen in coastal scrub forests, on its way south in autumn, and then
out again in spring.
The threatened White Crowned Pigeon utilizes the canopy within the littoral forests of Blackbird Caye but leaves the caye in winter months for adjacent coastal mainland forests.
Bird watchers at the resort also enjoy a day trip to Half Moon Caye National Monument. There, half way across the island, is an observation tower that puts visitors on top of the tree canopy and right in the middle of an active booby frigate bird rookery. Courtship, nesting, and feeding behavior can be observed at close hand.
Kayaking around the island can be rewarding with miles of shallow reef and unspoiled beach front within easy reach.
Blackbird Caye is ideal for special individual or group retreats. There, participants find an environment formed almost entirely of natural surroundings free of distractions and interruptions with conference areas that offer a perfect facility to complement the expanse of unspoiled natural waterfront.
Visitors can explore the island to observe marine life, tropical plant life (much of which is labeled), the reef and the mangrove jungle. Footpaths and miles of undeveloped beach front welcome the guest seeking nature and soft adventure. Blackbird Caye has the largest crocodile population in Belize.