EPIC EXCURSIONS: Blue Hole (Lighthouse Reef Atoll)

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Blackbird offers one of the most exciting dive excursions in the world – the famous Blue Hole Adventure Day. Departing every Tuesday, this visually stunning – below and above the water – adventure takes dive adventurers to some of the most spectacular underwater destinations on the planet: The Blue Hole, Half Moon Wall and The Aquarium.
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Operating from within Turneffe Atoll, located 24 miles (38 km) east of Belize City, Blackbird Caye Resort is situated only one and a half hours by boat from The Blue Hole, which means our guests are able to leave at 8am from Blackbird Resort and by 9:30am be in the water — that’s fast

In 1971 Jacques Cousteau, a famous undersea explorer, dubbed the Blue Hole as one of the world’s top ten scuba diving sites. This has caused the structure to become very popular among diving enthusiasts. Cousteau was famous for helping invent the first aqua-lung device that allowed humans to stay underwater for long periods of time. He also explored all five of Earth’s oceans for over thirty years.

We take divers to a max depth of 130 feet (40 meters) for around eight minutes to view an astonishing array of marine wildlife and coral in the clearest of waters. The entire dive takes roughly half an hour. Snorkelers are also able to explore the rim of the Blue Hole and will often see grey sharks up to 50 feet (16 meters) below.
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Half Moon Caye — an island within the Lighthouse Reef Atoll system — is the second stop. The trip is breath-taking as the boat glides over 10 ft (3 meters) of crystal-clear turquoise waters — in the middle of the ocean. You will catch a glimpse of the red-footed boobie — a rare bird that resides on the atoll, the largest nesting site in the world.

Not only is it a World Heritage Site, but the reef hosts a wide range of rare and endangered coral and fish species. Sharks of all shapes and sizes flock from far and wide to feed at this site. Eagle rays and turtles also frequent the area.

A barbeque also awaits hungry divers and snorkelers, lovingly prepared by our very own chef. Chicken, burgers, fruits and vegetables are slowly grilled to make sure you don’t go hungry following your underwater exploration. It’s not your usual packed lunch, everything is cooked on the island using wood and coal fire grill. Our secret Caribbean marinade is second to none.

After a mouth-watering feast, the third dive site awaits: The Aquarium. The dive site is located within the Lighthouse Atoll and lives true to its name: the area is bursting with aquatic life with an abundance of schooling fish from School Master Snappers, Creole Wrasse, Queen Angelfish, Banded Butterflyfish and Honeycomb Trunkfish.

Renowned for its crystal clear waters — with visibility up to 80 ft (24 meters) — the site plummets to depths of up to 50 feet (15 meters). The Aquarium is reachable by boat, 13 miles east of Turneffe Atoll, to the northeastern corner of Long Caye.
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Here at Blackbird, you won’t find a more safety conscious dive crew — as a remote resort our standards are incredibly high. We always go one step further to ensure your safety.

Large groups are welcome — the most people accommodated on one trip was 33, on top of nine crew.

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For those of you who want to get away, but just can’t leave your homes…

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For those of you who want to get away, but just can’t leave your homes…

How can your peaceful morning, incredible sunrise, and beautiful beaches get any better? For many the answer may be to get away but still enjoy the comfort of being at home. Now Blackbird has a new neighbor that you are just going to have to meet.

Perched just a few steps from our full service  resort, just north of the standard cabanas is the very unique Blackbird beach house. The beach house experience includes all amenities to make you feel home away from home! At the Blackbird beach house there is an incredible view of the picturesque reef in the front and the lagoon to the west. This is the perfect environment to host families and small groups. Our unique Blackbird Island home is a one of a kind home and the only one on the island available for rent.

 

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Bedrooms: 4 bedrooms, sleeps 5-8 persons.
Bedroom 1  -  Master room,  very spacious with a king bed, A/C inner wall unit, two night tables, shelving with hangers, a flat screen TV, and a fully equipped and adjoining bathroom.
Bedroom 2- Queen Bed, AC unit, two night tables with shelves.
Bedroom 3- Queen Bed, AC unit, two night tables with shelves.
Bedroom 4- Queen Bed, AC unit, two night tables with shelves.
Bedrooms 1, 2, & 3 share one more fully outfitted bathroom.
Bathrooms: 2
Kitchen & Dining
A fully outfitted kitchen with refrigerator, gas stove, and microwave, complete with closets, drawers and cupboards. Includes: glasses, pots, and other cooking utensils. Dine in the main house or outside on the verandah.
Living room
Large fully furnished open space living room complete with TV (Direct Tv service), stereo, DVD, phone and internet service.
Patio
There is a full length front and back patio with lounge chairs and tables, 2 BQ pits, large outdoor fan, solar lights in the sand.
Also included:
  • towels & linens (bath, kitchen, and beach towels)
  • golf cart
  • 3 meals daily
Contact us for pricing today!
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Dive into Scuba Lessons in Belize at Blackbird Caye Resort

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KA3A2462The allure of the ocean is enticing, and wanting to explore its remarkable underwater world is something many people dream of. The sheer wonders of the ocean life you will discover while diving will prove to be absolutely breathtaking and may just become a lifelong hobby. You will experience vivid colors, fascinating creatures and unique plant-life that will give you a true appreciation of another world.

If you’ve ever contemplated learning how to scuba dive, why not incorporate that into a vacation at our tropical paradise? As a PADI (Professional Association of Dive Instructors) facility, Blackbird Caye Resort offers all PADI training courses. However, if you don’t want to spend your entire vacation learning, then there are options to give you time to relax and learn.

While many folks want to really get serious about diving, many just want to test the waters (literally!) and see if it is something they want to pursue. That is the beauty of having choices and at Blackbird Caye Resort, we provide our guests with those choices.

Our very popular “Discover Scuba Dive Program” is a non-certification course that simply provides our guests with basic scuba knowledge and is a great introduction into diving:

  • Watch a 30 minute video
  • Spend 1 hour in the pool learning to breathe and do a few skills
  • Do a 40 minute dive in open water to a max depth of 40 feet (based on skill success in the pool) with an instructor

If you’re serious about diving, our dive packages provide our guests with flexibility and choices that will be a perfect fit for anyone.

Open Water I Certification is the main course for becoming a diver. It typically lasts four days and consists of about two days of classroom-style learning, covering all aspects of the physics of diving and equipment, plus two days of hands-on learning, becoming acquainted with the scuba gear in the water and doing simple dives. You can do e-learning prior to arriving at the resort to give you more vacation time!

 Open Water II Certification provides advanced open water learning to further your diving skills, enjoyment and safety. This is a recommended, but strictly optional course and is typically taken after 20 or more dives, giving you time to become totally comfortable underwater on routine dives.

PADI Enriched Air Diver Course is a specialty scuba diving course. Scuba diving with enriched air nitrox gives you increased no decompression dive time. This means more time underwater, especially on repetitive scuba dives. To qualify, you must be 15 years or older and have a PADI Open Water certification, or qualifying certification from another organization.

There are 70+ dive sites located near the resort with an average time of 12 minutes to reach them. Some of the popular dive spots you will visit are “The Elbow”, “Calabash Cut”, “West Side Story”, “CoCo Point”, “Al’s Hideout”, and “Oasis”. Offering some of the highest biodiversity in the Caribbean, Turneffe offers a well-developed reef encircling the entire island chain making it the perfect location for divers, snorkelers and kayakers.

For more information, please do not hesitate to contact us!

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