Blackbird Caye Resort Resort on a Private Island in Belize Offering World-Class Scuba Diving and Snorkeling Thu, 22 Sep 2016 16:37:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 BELIZE INDEPENDENCE DAY Wed, 21 Sep 2016 17:34:32 +0000 bb-sept21b
Happy 35th Independence Day, Belize!

It is hard to believe that not even a lifetime ago Belize was still British Honduras, a self-governed colony of Great Britain for over a century, and before that a collection of Baymen who would attack Spanish ships and trade in logwood and slaves.

A couple centuries later, here we are: 368,000 of us, living in one of the most beautiful countries in the world.

Nevertheless, some things haven’t changed. Turneffe Atoll, for example, is every bit as spectacular and remote today as it was hundreds or even thousands of years ago, surrounded by diverse wildlife and the Belize Barrier Reef.

As we give thanks today to our independence and how far we have come as a country, let’s also think of our future and how best to preserve our traditions, culture, and environment. Our descendants deserve to be able to experience the beauty of Belize the way we have!

THE BATTLE OF ST GEORGE’S CAYE Sat, 10 Sep 2016 17:32:15 +0000 bc-sept10
Belize has a long and storied history over the last few centuries; from becoming British Honduras until our eventual independence, whenwe became the Belize you know today.

One of those stories is still celebrated to this day: The Battle of St George’s Caye.

218 years ago on from September 3–10, 1798, an invading Spanish force from Mexico was met and defeated in battle by a British-led force of Baymen and slaves. The battle was won in just a few hours off St George’s Caye, forcing the Spanish forces into retreat.

On the 100th anniversary of the battle, the colonial government declared that September 9th and 10th be a national holiday. This was organized by Creoles in Belize Town as part of an ethnic and middle-class narrative to help assert their status as natives and equal partners to the British in the colony of British Honduras.

The heroic contributions of the Baymen and slaves are now remembered every 10th of September when we celebrate The Battle of St George’s Caye.

AFTER A WHILE, CROCODILE Fri, 19 Aug 2016 17:30:41 +0000 bb-aug19
Spend some time exploring the space around Blackbird Caye Resort and you’re bound to notice some of our more prominent locals: Crocodylus acutus, also known as the American Crocodile.

These large, grey reptiles call the Caribbean Basin their home, and are considered a vulnerable species due to their declining habitat and the chances of becoming endangered in the future.

One of the best ways to check out these primeval apex predators is during kayaking excursions around Turneffe Atoll as you explore the mangrove creeks, coral gardens, and uninhabited cayes (at least, uninhabited by humans).

It may go without saying, but we’ll say it anyways: don’t feed the crocodiles! 😉

Blackbird Closed Until October Fri, 05 Aug 2016 17:44:02 +0000 Resort Closes Early for Annual Maintenance, Opening October 22

Hello everyone,

Following Hurricane Earl we would like to update everyone on the status of Blackbird Caye Resort.

We are happy to announce that everyone is safe and sound, but that the resort did unfortunately receive minor damage from the hurricane.

In light of this we have decided to shut down the resort for our annual maintenance early.

Blackbird will reopen on Saturday, October 22, 2016.

We look forward to seeing you then!

The Blackbird Caye Resort Team

THE BEST DIVING IN THE WORLD? Fri, 05 Aug 2016 17:29:26 +0000 Diving is more than a hobby or a vacation activity here on Turneffe Atoll; it’s a way of life.

We’re so incredibly lucky to have this location: surrounded by the Belize Barrier Reef, a geographic world wonder, and a stone’s throw away from one of the great natural wonders of the world and one of the best dives anywhere, the Great Blue Hole.

It’s quite possible that there is no dive resort on earth with a better location. There’s so much incredible, unspoiled natural wildlife, flora, and fauna around us – both above and below the waves – that it can be difficult to put into words. Swim with sharks, stingrays, manatees, and countless varieties of fish. Explore shipwrecks, reefs, and sandy atolls.

Belize diving doesn’t get any better than this – heck, Caribbean diving doesn’t get any better than this!

The question is not whether or not you’ll have one of those awe-inspiring, life-changing moments while diving here, it’s how many.

GET AWAY AND UNPLUG Fri, 22 Jul 2016 17:20:04 +0000 bb-jul22
When you want to get away from it all, sometimes you really do want to escape everything.

You don’t just go from one bustling, busy city to another just like it in another country; you go further. You take the road less travelled and find yourself somewhere unique, different, and, most importantly, away from it all.

One of the reasons guests at Blackbird Caye Resort keep coming back is because we offer a chance to truly unplug and get away; to enjoy a dive vacation free of distractions.

Turneffe Atoll is not far from Belize City – only 25 miles off the coast – but it is far enough off the beaten path to have a place all its own that also just so happens to be closer to the best Belizean dive sites than any other hotel or resort.

It’s a diver’s paradise located on an isolated, beautiful Caribbean island. Distraction-free dive vacations don’t get better than this!

WHAT LIES BENEATH BLACKBIRD: TURNEFFE ATOLL Fri, 08 Jul 2016 16:01:19 +0000 july8

“Belize’s newest protected marine area, Turneffe Atoll, is the largest and most biologically diverse atoll in the Americas.”
~Lonely Planet

This beautiful collection of islands we call home is remarkable for its biodiversity, spectacularly beautiful, and– perhaps most importantly to many- home to some of the best diving found anywhere.

What lies beneath the Turneffe Atoll are countless sights to be seen and dives to be experienced; from swimming with all manner of sea creatures from turtles to stingrays and sharks. If you consider yourself a diver, it simply cannot be missed.

If something unique is what you’re after, you could try The Elbow, one of our local sites that attracts divers from the world over. The Elbow is one of the few drift dives along the atolls that are actually a true drift dive – assuming the currents cooperate, that is. It can only be done during calm conditions, and due to the site’s exposure, that isn’t a constant. However, when it can be dived and currents are swift, divers get to experience a drift that attracts the big schools of fish, which in turn attract Caribbean reef sharks; the occasional hammerhead, mantas, schooling eagle rays in groups of up to 40 or 50, and lots of other pelagic life not normally seen in calmer areas. It can be a fast drift, but it can also be the experience of a lifetime.

More than 70 dive sites surround Blackbird Caye Resort, and The Elbow is just one of many worth the trip.

You could dive for weeks on end and not experience them all.

FATHER’S DAY Sun, 19 Jun 2016 16:46:12 +0000 jun19
“What Is A Dad?

A dad is someone who
wants to catch you before you fall
but instead picks you up,
brushes you off,
and lets you try again.

A dad is someone who
wants to keep you from making mistakes
but instead lets you find your own way,
even though his heart breaks in silence
when you get hurt.

A dad is someone who
holds you when you cry,
scolds you when you break the rules,
shines with pride when you succeed,
and has faith in you even when you fail…”

Today we would like to praise, appreciate, and thank our dads, soon-to-be-dads, and father figures for all the hard work they do. Happy Father’s Day!

What do you do with your Dad on his special day? Fishing? Diving? Take him out for a great meal?

Whatever you do for Father’s Day, don’t forget to let him know just how much he means to you!

WHAT LIES BENEATH BLACKBIRD: THE GREAT BLUE HOLE Fri, 10 Jun 2016 16:43:13 +0000 There are countless treasures beyond imagining beneath the Caribbean Sea, and one of the greatest to be found in Belize or anywhere else in the world is The Great Blue Hole.

Made famous by the Jaques Cousteau in the 1970s, Lighthouse Atoll, aka The Blue Hole or The Great Blue Hole, is one of the most unique dive sites there is: a 300m hole in the world that descends 124m into the deep. There is literally nothing like it anywhere else in the world, and in 2012 the Discovery Channel ranked The Great Blue Hole as #1 on its list of “The 10 Most Amazing Places on Earth”!

Part of the larger Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System, the Blue Hole is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and quite possibly the most popular and essential dive site to be found in Belize.

This is definitely a bucket list dive for anyone who considers themselves a diver, and one that should absolutely not be missed.

BELIZE COMMONWEALTH DAY Mon, 23 May 2016 16:40:15 +0000 belize-flag
For many of us Commonwealth Day may just be another day off, a public holiday where we can hit the beach, enjoy a dive, or spend time with friends and family. That is a great way to spend the day, and something we all like to enjoy.

But have you ever wondered why we celebrate Commonwealth Day? What significance it has to Belize?

It all started in 1898 in Canada when a woman by the name of Clementina Trenholme founded Empire Day in support of the British Empire, which was adopted in 1904 by Lord Meath in the United Kingdom. Empire Day became Commonwealth Day in 1958, back when Belize was still known as British Honduras.

In 1973 British Honduras became Belize, and in 1981 Belize became independent – and we still celebrate Commonwealth Day to this day!