Blackbird Caye Resort http://blackbirdresort.com Resort on a Private Island in Belize Offering World-Class Scuba Diving and Snorkeling Wed, 27 Apr 2016 18:52:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Blackbird Resort Offers March Madness http://blackbirdresort.com/blackbird-resort-offers-march-madness/ Thu, 17 Mar 2016 13:20:41 +0000 http://blackbirdresort.com/?p=4242
  • Pay in full at time of booking
  • Travel dates are for summer/fall 2016
  • Capacity Controlled offer
  • Not combinable with other offers
  • Optional activities for purchase at the island:

    • 3 daily dives
    • 2 daily snorkel trips
    • Expedition Kayaking treks
    • On-site dive courses
    • Excursion to Lighthouse Reef/Half Moon Caye

    Includes:

    • Round trip boat transfers for Saturday and Wednesday arrival.
    • Welcome Cocktails
    • Oceanfront Cabana
    • 3 complimentary delicious meals in the restaurant.
    • Complimentary use of the Resort’s Kayakas
    • Complimentary use of the Resort’s Paddleboards

    Call 866-909-7333 or email sales@blackbirdresort.com today to reserve your space. Offer ends soon!

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    Airfares to Belize Drop as Southwest Airlines Enters the Market http://blackbirdresort.com/airfares-to-belize-drop-as-southwest-airlines-enters-the-market/ Mon, 10 Aug 2015 19:44:53 +0000 http://dev.blackbirdresort.com/?p=3771 Travel to Belize is a dream destination for many US travelers but hefty airfare has led many to travel elsewhere. Limited airlines and flights from major US cities created a less-than-competitive market and sticker shock for potential visitors to the beautiful country of Belize. That appears to be changing as Southwest Airlines enters the market beginning October 15, 2105. Southwest will offer flights to Belize City (BZE) from over a dozen major US cities that will connect through Houston, TX. (HOU).

    This a great news for US travelers! Belize is home to world-class diving, snorkeling and boasts a very healthy marine life. The people of Belize are overwhelmingly friendly and those who visit fall in love with the laid-back, welcoming culture and come back many more times to visit.  More and more people now consider Belize as a place to retire, or a place to settle down and enjoy a more relaxed lifestyle.

    Blackbird Caye Resort has seen a significant increase in guests inquiring about visiting as airfares become more affordable and comparable with fares to other Caribbean destinations. Blackbird is located 25 miles off the coast of Belize City and offers complimentary ground and boat transportation to/from Belize City International Airport (BZE). This makes for effortless planning and allows guests to sit back and enjoy the vacation they’ve been waiting for!

    To schedule your dream vacation to Belize, please contact us at 866-909-REEF (7333) or email us.

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    Birds of Blackbird Caye Resort: The Magnificent Frigatebird http://blackbirdresort.com/birds-of-blackbird-caye-resort-the-magnificent-frigatebird/ Wed, 29 Jul 2015 13:09:06 +0000 http://dev.blackbirdresort.com/?p=3768 Blackbird Caye Resort is home to many species of birds and bird-watching is a favorite past-time for many guests. The Magnificent Frigate is a gorgeous bird that has some very unique characteristics. They’re sea birds and although it spends most of its time soaring over the ocean, it rarely lands or touches water. As they swoop down to catch their prey they do so very swiftly and their bill doesn’t even get wet for the most part. They’re extraordinarily agile fliers and also like to snatch food from others.

    The Magnificent Frigatebird is a very large bird about 3 feet long and with an impressive wing span of over 7 feet. It is the only seabird where the male & female species look completely different. The courtship is a production show and takes place in groups. The male inflates his red gular sac, clatters his bills and quivers his long wings to attract females overhead. The female has a white throat & belly and is usually a bit larger than the male. Their breeding period is unusually long and the young are cared for by Mommy for over a year and only one egg is produced at a time.

    They can mostly be found south of the United States but sometimes migrate north during the non-breeding season up to the coast of North Carolina.

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    Interview with Our Island Manager: Meet Kobi Du Preez http://blackbirdresort.com/interview-with-our-island-manager-meet-kobi-du-preez/ Wed, 22 Jul 2015 13:42:18 +0000 http://dev.blackbirdresort.com/?p=3762 Meet the dynamic Kobi Du Preez

    Island Manager at Blackbird Caye Resort

    With his endless energy, incredible personality and uncanny resemblance to the singer Sting, Kobi Du Preez brings a whole new customer experience to guests at Blackbird. Guests adore him so we decided to get behind-the-scenes and see what he’s all about. We asked him 5 questions and here’s his answers! We hope you enjoy getting to know Kobi as much as we did.

    Where and when did you develop your passion for diving?

    Kobi: I guess I always knew that I would have a career that involves water. When I was a youngster, around age 5, I used to cut the garden hose and sit in the swimming pool with bricks strapped to me so I wouldn’t float, just so I could be underwater. As life went on I spent all my holidays at the beach under water. It wasn’t till the late 90’s when my travels started. I ended up in Israel and that’s where I started diving. My first diving experience was in Dahab, Egypt and I fell in love with the ocean all over again. I knew that this would turn out to be what I would do for the rest of my life. Plus, I have this hunger inside me to work with people and there is no greater feeling in the world than to see a smile on someone’s face and know that you had a part of that……Helping people overcome their fear of the ocean and sharks is reward enough for me.

    What makes Blackbird so unique?

    Kobi: I have worked and dived all over the world and traveled very extensively. I have been to many dive resorts but never experienced what I have here at Blackbird Caye. We are a very remote little Island but what we offer is something you don’t really get anywhere else. We have amazing reefs and fantastic diving…..combined with the friendliest, genuine staff that I know of, and when you stay with us you ARE truly part of our family; that’s how we treat every single guest. When it comes time to say goodbye its like seeing a relative leave.

    What is your favorite time of day at Blackbird and why?

    Kobi: I would say my favorite time of the day is 5:30am when my alarm sounds and I get to wake up to a picturesque sunrise….knowing that we will have the chance to take the guests diving. But also when the day of diving is done and we get to spend time with our guests up in the Palapa bar talking about the days’ activities and seeing them smile from ear to ear…that is a good time for me too. Let’s just say the whole day here at Blackbird is a good day and the saddest time is when I have to go to bed cause then I’m not awake to entertain our guests.

    How do you keep it real with the staff?

    Kobi: I’m a very hands-on person and believe that if you lead by example your staff will follow. I have worked in many different countries and love to work with people and my motto is to treat everybody the way you want to be treated. Yes, it does get hard at times but there is no reason to hold grudges and if something goes wrong we fix it and forget about it. Life is too short to stay angry. You earn respect of people, you don’t demand it.

    What exciting things are coming to Blackbird in the next season?

    Kobi: For the new season coming up we will have more personal activities around,  making the time fly by even faster!! Regarding diving we want to mix it up even more and explore more dive sites. But, I don’t want to let out too much other than we are great at the moment, but next season we will be better. You need to come and see for yourself!

    To book your next adventure at Blackbird Caye Resort, contact us!

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    Blackbird Caye Resort In Belize Has Been Awarded Tripadvisors Certificate Of Excellence For Five Consecutive Years http://blackbirdresort.com/blackbird-caye-resort-awarded-tripadvisors-certificate-of-excellence/ Wed, 27 May 2015 19:35:02 +0000 http://blackbirdresort.com/?p=3320 Inducted into ‘Hall of Fame’ of Five-time Certificate of Excellence Winners on the World’s Largest Travel Site

    Turneffe Atoll, Belize – May 20, 2015 BLACKBIRD CAYE RESORTS today announced that it has been recognized as a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame winner. The Certificate of Excellence award celebrates excellence in hospitality and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor. The ‘Hall of Fame’ was created to honor those businesses that have earned a Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years. Winners include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a superior customer experience.

    “Blackbird Caye Resort strives to provide our guests with a unique private island experience, and we are truly thankful to all our past guests who have taken the time to go on TripAdvisor and let others know what an amazing adventure our resort can be. Being awarded the Certificate of Excellence five years in a row simply points out the dedication of our staff and management to making your vacation a dream come true, and now as we are inducted into the Hall of Fame, it is our goal to continue this tradition year after year.” said Michaela Feinstein Owner/General Manager at Blackbird Caye Resort. “It is a great honor to win this award for many reasons, but the greatest is that guest reviews confirmed our commitment to excellence. This new accolade is a remarkable vote of confidence to our business and a spotlight focused on our dedicated staff.”

    “Winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years is a remarkable feat. TripAdvisor is pleased to induct five-time award winners into the ‘Hall of Fame’,” said Marc Charron President, TripAdvisor for Business. “By putting a spotlight on businesses that are focused on consistently delivering great service to customers, TripAdvisor not only helps drive an improvement to hospitality standards around the world, it also gives businesses both large and small the ability to shine and stand out from the competition.”

    When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honorees that takes into account the quality, quantity and recency of reviews and opinions submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period as well as business’s tenure and ranking on the Popularity Index on the site. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months. 

    About Blackbird Caye Resort

    Blackbird Caye Resort is a unique property situated on a 2-mile long private island, amidst the unspoiled natural beauty of the Caribbean waters. Just 25 miles off the coast off Belize City lies the Turneffe Atoll, where Blackbird Caye Resort is nestled in an idyllic tropical island retreat with uncommon personal attention.

    Blackbird Caye Resort offers ocean front cabanas overlooking the iridescent turquoise waters and protected by the atoll’s reef. With more than 70 world-class diving and snorkeling sites minutes away, and the dramatic walls of Turneffe just off the resorts beach, the adventure starts the moment you arrive.

    Whether you’re looking for a diving adventure, a family retreat, or a group getaway, you’ll find Blackbird Caye Resort the perfect location and the perfect people to make your vacation dreams come true.

    About TripAdvisor

    TripAdvisor® is the world’s largest travel site*, enabling travelers to plan and book the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers trusted advice from travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools that check hundreds of websites to find the best hotel prices. TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, reaching 340 million unique monthly visitors**, and more than 225 million reviews and opinions covering more than 4.9 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions. The sites operate in 45 countries worldwide. TripAdvisor also includes TripAdvisor for Business, a dedicated division that provides the tourism industry access to millions of monthly TripAdvisor visitors.

    TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP) manages and operates websites under 24 other travel media brands: www.airfarewatchdog.com, www.bookingbuddy.com, www.cruisecritic.com, www.everytrail.com, www.familyvacationcritic.com, www.flipkey.com, www.thefork.com (including www.lafourchette.com, www.eltenedor.com, www.iens.nl and www.besttables.com), www.gateguru.com, www.holidaylettings.co.uk, www.holidaywatchdog.com, www.independenttraveler.com, www.jetsetter.com, www.niumba.com, www.onetime.com, www.oyster.com, www.seatguru.com, www.smartertravel.com, www.tingo.com, www.travelpod.com, www.tripbod.com, www.vacationhomerentals.com, www.viator.com, www.virtualtourist.com, and www.kuxun.cn.

    *Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, worldwide, December 2014

    **Source: Google Analytics, average monthly unique users, Q1 2015

    For more information on Blackbird Caye Resort please contact:

    Sandra Lockhart

    Sales Manager for Blackbird Caye Resort

    Toll Free: (866) 909-7333

    Fax: (877) 269-5073

    Email: info@blackbirdresort.com

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    Get Certified in Scuba Diving at Blackbird Resort in Belize http://blackbirdresort.com/get-certified-in-scuba-diving-at-blackbird-resort-in-belize/ Mon, 27 Apr 2015 20:50:41 +0000 http://blackbirdresort.com/?p=3230 thumb_50022_5Star_DiveResortWebAs a PADI resort, Blackbird Caye Resort offers many courses on-site to introduce guests to diving or to take their skills to the next level. Our divemasters consistently get incredible reviews from our guests with their vast experience & friendly guidance. Here is a sampling of what we offer:

    • Discover Scuba for guests wanting to find out exactly what scuba diving is all about
    • Refresher Scuba for guests that have not been diving in over 2 years
    • Open Water Diver for guests wanting to do the entire certification process at Blackbird Caye Resort
    • Open Water Referral for guests that have done the eLearning with PADI and want to complete their certification at Blackbird Caye Resort
    • Advanced Open Water for guests wanting to get deeper and take their diving into the next level – literally!
    • Nitrox is the PADI Enriched Air Diver Course which allows divers more no decompression time, especially on repetitive scuba dives.

    Our divemasters are ready to help guests truly enjoy the pleasures of diving and our setting is simply perfect for it. Blackbird Caye Resort is the closest resort to the famous Blue Hole and we have over 70 named sites minutes from our shore via boat. Most sites are a 10-15 minute boat ride away. Even our most experienced divers rave that Belize diving is unmatched to anywhere else they have been to in the world.

    Have questions about our dive shop or the courses we offer? Feel free to call us at 866-909-REEF (7333) or email us today to find out more!

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    Monday is Tropical Blue Mojito Night at Blackbird Caye Resort! http://blackbirdresort.com/monday-is-tropical-blue-mojito-night-at-blackbird-caye-resort/ Tue, 21 Apr 2015 13:00:04 +0000 http://blackbirdresort.com/?p=3212 At Blackbird Caye Resort we are constantly seeking ways to entertain our guests. We are proud to announce on Monday nights we are having a Tropical Blue Mojito Night from 5:00pm – 7.00pm; complete with an evening campfire!

    On Tuesday’s our guests get to partake in the Blue Hole trip (weather-permitting and with a minimum of 6 guests), so on Monday nights we have an orientation to familiarize everyone with the particulars. In order to actually dive the Blue Hole, guests must be Advanced Open Water certified. However, all guests may still snorkel the rim and dive the other two sites we visit at Lighthouse Reef and enjoy our famous BBQ luncheon on Half Moon Caye; an all-time favorite treat for our guests!

    Here is the complete itinerary lined up for this special night:

    • Drink special – Tropical Blue Mojito
    • Entertainment – Live Garifuna Drumming (starts Apr 27)
    • Blue Hole Briefing & Presentation by Dive Crew
    • Happy Hour Snack (5-6pm): Outdoor grilling of mini fish/veg & chicken/veg kabobs

    Guests have thoroughly enjoyed this featured night at Blackbird. What’s more intimate and  magical than telling stories on the sand with newly-made friends? So many of our guests love our family atmosphere and become fast friends. More exciting news is forthcoming, so stay tuned to our blog posts and join us on Facebook to keep abreast of all our fun news in the making!

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    Explore Underwater Beauty in Belize at its Finest – Blackbird Caye Resort http://blackbirdresort.com/explore-underwater-beauty-in-belize-at-its-finest-blackbird-caye-resort/ Tue, 14 Apr 2015 13:00:05 +0000 http://blackbirdresort.com/?p=3191 Belize has quickly become a diver’s dream destination boasting rave reviews about its unspoiled reefs, Belize 2015 Underwater - 1und5 - P2100128_leveledcorals and abundant marine life. The Mesoamerican Reef System — often referred to as the “Jewel of the Caribbean” — is the largest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere. Within can be found Turneffe Atoll, the largest and most biologically diverse of the four atolls found in the Caribbean. Sitting upon Turneffe Atoll, Blackbird Caye Resort is minutes away from over 70 named dive sits in the area. The pristine waters surrounding our island resort are brimming with vivid color just under the water’s surface.

    The atoll, consisting of approximately 28,350 acres, is made up of a mix of high and low lands which essentially fringe an expansive lagoon system that can reach a width of 5 miles and a length of 13 miles. Located 25 miles east of Belize City, it is the closest to the mainland and the most accessible of the three atolls in Belize.

    Scuba diving in Belize is definitely a sport many guests delight in, but those guests not certified or ready to explore the sea’s deeper depths, we can assure them that our snorkeling is just as enjoyable!  An underwater world of brilliant beauty is just minutes from our shore. Most sites are within a 10-15 minute boat ride. Three dives per day are available; two in the morning and one in the afternoon. Two snorkel trips are available daily as well; one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Guests may purchase packages that include their activities or purchase resort/meals only and buy their activities on-site a la carte.

    The warm waters hosts over 500 species of fish and 65 varieties of stony coral. A number of dolphin species inhabit here as well, including spotted, bottle-nosed, and rough-toothed. One of the world’s largest populations of manatees reside in the region, estimated to number anywhere from 1,000 to 1,500. However, manatee sightings are rare.

    Since many fish are protected, our guests are able to enjoy a quite diverse number of species. It’s a breathtaking world that will leave you in sheer amazement and wonder. Come explore it today!

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    The Vibrant Wild & Marine Life at Blackbird Caye Resort, Belize http://blackbirdresort.com/the-vibrant-wild-marine-life-at-blackbird-caye-resort-belize/ Mon, 13 Apr 2015 14:38:20 +0000 http://blackbirdresort.com/?p=3186 Blackbird Caye Resort is home to dozens of wild & marine life. Our 27 species of birds love our warm, tropical climate and consist mainly of Brown Pelican, Magnificent Frigate Bird, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Little Blue Heron, Osprey and Spotted Sandpiper. Bird-watching is some of our guests’ favorite activities.

    Marine life in Turneffe Atoll is absolutely breathtaking. Parrotfish, Angelfish, Triggerfish, Rockfish, and Red tail Snapper, Horse Eye Jacks, Black Gray and Yellowtail Snapper, Barracuda, Grouper, Needlefish, bonefish, Sardines, Tarpon, Snook, Permit, Tuna Mackerel, Spotted Eagle Rays, Wahoo, Skate, Grunt, Marlin, Swordfish and Squid just to name a few.

    Our mammals include the Antillean Manatee, 4 species of dolphins, and 3 species of whales.

    During a recent visit to Blackbird Caye Resort, Adam Freese took some amazing photographs to share. Please enjoy them!

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    Belize’s Blackbird Caye Resort Named “2015 World’s Best Diving Resorts” by Sport Diver Magazine http://blackbirdresort.com/belizes-blackbird-caye-resort-named-2015-worlds-best-diving-resorts-by-sport-diver-magazine/ Tue, 07 Apr 2015 21:11:07 +0000 http://blackbirdresort.com/?p=3184 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 scuba diving experiences together to form an organization that continues to grow today.

    PADI is a plethora of education, instruction and an important resource for scuba divers across the globe, at any level of diving expertise. From online courses to helping you find a local dive shop or resort to get you certified, you cannot find a better organization to trust for your diving passion.

    Many dive resorts and shops are associated with PADI and it’s an honor to be in partnership with them due to their extraordinarily professional image in the diving world.

    Blackbird Caye Resort is very proud to have been named one of Sport Diver Magazine’s “2015 World’s Best Diving Resorts” and we love to show off our accolades!

    To see our official page at Sport Diver: Please visit it here.

    If you would like to learn more about getting certified please click on the banner below:

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