Turneffe Atoll, Belize - Blackbird Caye Resort

Saturday, Dec 3, 2016 - Saturday, Dec 10, 2016 (1 week)
Led by Christy Pattengill-Semmens, Ph.D., REEF Director of Science
21 divers maximum
3 spaces available - 1 cabin and 1 male-shared. Inquire at trips@REEF.org.


This will be REEF's second trip to this wonderful island in the heart of Belize's Turneffe Atoll, and we can't wait to return. The all-inclusive trip includes meals, diving, and lodging at the specatular Blackbird Caye Resort, named one of Sport Diver Magazine's "2015 World's Best Diving Resorts." This is a great destination for fish watchers, with a high diversity of fishes, including several endemic species only found there. Participants will also have an oprotunity to visit the famous Blue Hole, as well as a breeding bird sanctuary. Non-diver companions will delight in the sandy beaches, pool side relaxing, and kayaking. 

Cost per person: $2,199 for double occupancy in a standard cabana. Other accommodation options include: $2,099 for double occupancy in a triplex cabana, $2,199 for double occupancy in a duplex cabana, $2,299 for double occupancy in a superior cabana. Single occupancy pricing also available - please inquire for more information.

What is included: Your all-inclusive package includes 7 nights of accommodation in a cabana at Blackbird Caye Resort, 5 days of 2-tank boat dives, round-trip airport transfers, round-trip boat transportation to and from the island, three daily meals, use of resort kayaks and paddleboards, tanks, weights and weight belts.

Additional fees: A REEF Program Fee of $300 per diver will be added to each package to cover the cost of the group leaders, seminar and survey materials. Paid on premises: $31.50 per person hotel tax, $40 per person marine reserve fee, gratuities at participant's discretion. Optional nitrox available for $20 per day, optional additional dives available for $60 per tank. Optional trip to Blue Hole and Lighthouse Reef Atoll with lunch at Half Moon Caye for $200 per person (Minimum of six guests required for trip, deep diver certification required to dive The Blue Hole.)

Airport/hotel transfer information: Participants will fly into/out of Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport (BZE) in Belize City. From there participants will be transported to the boat, where they will have a 30 mile boat ride from the mainland to Blackbird Caye Resort. Participants should plan to arrive in Belize City before 2:30pm on Saturday, December 3. Participants may schedule departure flights out of Belize City any time after 12:30pm on Saturday, December 10.

How to book: To reserve your space or find out more, e-mail us at trips@REEF.org, or call us at 305-588-5869. A $500 deposit will be collected at the time of booking. Visit our Trip Policies page for more information on deposit and payment schedules.

About the trip leader: Dr. Christy Pattengill-Semmens is REEF's Director of Science. Christy is an expert at Fish ID and has led dozens of REEF Field Surveys over the years to all of REEF's survey project regions.

Beautiful Blackbird Caye Resort.

Turneffe Atoll is home to over 500 species of fish, including the Butter Hamlet. Photo by Jonathan Lavan.

 A wonderful place to relax.

Blackbird Caye Resort Website
Design by Joanne Kidd, development by Ben Weintraub