Sport Diver Magazine is the official publication of the PADI diving society. PADI is the Professional Association of Diving Instructors and is the most respected and sought-after diving society in the world. John Cronin & Ralph Erickson dreamed up PADI over a bottle of Johnnie Walker (yes, it’s true!) in 1966, bringing their swimming and…

Half Moon Caye Wall, Lighthouse Reef, Belize has been named in Scuba Diving.com’s 2015 Top 100 Reader’s Choice Awards. Divers worldwide agree that diving the Half Moon Caye Wall offers an incredible, once-in-a-lifetime dive experience. Spectacular, vivid corals and abundant sea life make this dive destination world-class. Lighthouse Reef is located about 50 miles off…

Blackbird Caye Resort proudly sits on Turneffe Atoll, the second largest reef system in the world. Being the most biologically diverse coral atoll in the Western Hemisphere, divers and snorkelers here experience lush and vibrant underwater scenery that is breathtaking and stunning. 30 miles wide, 10 miles long and 25 miles from the Belize mainland,…

Belize is home to a sub-species of the West Indian manatee, one of four living species of manatees. The other three are the West African manatee, the Amazonian manatee and the dugong. The West Indian  manatee is divided into two species, Florida & Antillean. Manatees thrive in warm waters due to its slow metabolism. Because…

In 1971 Jacques Cousteau, a famous undersea explorer, dubbed the Blue Hole as one of the world’s top ten scuba diving sites — this was for a reason, because it offers some of the most spectacular underwater wildlife and fauna on this planet. Check out these quotes from Trip advisor: One of the world’s top…

Lighthouse Reef  — a small atoll 70km from mainland — hosts many dive sites but perhaps the most awe-inspiring in the famous Blue Hole: a collapsed cave risen from the ocean’s floor, leaving a deep geological mystery bursting with aquatic wildlife. A geological mystery Other sites include Silver Caves. Long Caye Wall, Coral Gardens and…

5 things we can do to help the endangered American Crocodile. The American Crocodile was officially discovered and documented in 1807 and named Crocodylus acutus. However, many thought the species to be an alligator — after much deliberation it was finally categorized as a crocodile 1822. Off the endangered species list Although the American Crocodile…

Halfmoon Caye Natural Monument is an island within the Lighthouse Reef Atoll system, 13 miles (20 km) east of Turneffe Atoll and therefore incredibly isolated. The most diverse atoll Before reaching Halfmoon Caye, Blackbird guests will be able to experience the wonders of Turneffe Atoll — the largest and most biologically diverse atoll in the…

5 interesting facts about Turneffe Atoll system. The largest atoll in Belize The Turneffe Atoll is located just over 24 miles (39 km) east of Belize City and is surrounded by intensely coloured waters, which glisten vivid blue, green and turquoise. An atoll is a ring-shaped reef, island or chain of islands formed of coral….

“Sea” and respect … Turneffe’s multiple-use reserve helps protect a globally important coral reef ecosystem “Sea” and Respect…Turneffe’s multiple-use reserve helps protect a globally important coral ecosystem < Millions of organisms In 2012, with the supervision and financial support of multiple non-profit organizations, the Turneffe Atoll System was declared a multiple-use marine reserve.  This was…

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