Freestanding Cabanas Along Belizean Atoll
Of the three atolls off Belize's coast, Turneffe Atoll has the most biologically diverse coral reefs, thanks to the mangrove-speckled islands acting as nurseries for tropical fish, manatees, and dolphins. Located on an island within Turneffe Atoll, Blackbird Caye Resort presides over a 2-mile-long private beach nestled among coconut trees and 1,300 acres of jungle. Walk down two whitewashed docks that extend into the Caribbean Sea, where you might spot bonefish, barracuda, stingrays, and nurse sharks.
Ocean temperatures hover around 82 degrees, so scuba diving and snorkeling are undoubtedly Turneffe Atoll's main attractions. More than 70 diving and snorkeling sites are a 15-minute boat ride from Blackbird. Explore shallow reefs on snorkeling trips, which take you among the coral, sea fans, and brightly colored fish. You can also use complimentary sea kayaks to navigate mangrove-laden lagoons and spot resident dolphins. The resort offers three daily dives, two daily snorkeling trips and kayak expeditions, and one weekly diving trip to the Blue Hole, all available for purchase.
After a day spent exploring the deep blue sea, retire to your private beachfront cabana covered with a thatched roof. Standard, superior, and deluxe cabanas come with air conditioning and private porches with hammocks. Each day, the palapa-style restaurant at the main dock serves three meals of fresh island cuisine. Dinner is a sit-down affair with your choice of meat, chicken, or fish, plus a housemade dessert.
Turneffe Atoll, Belize: World-Class Scuba Diving and Snorkeling
Located about 25 miles off the coast of Belize City, Blackbird Caye Resort is only a short boat ride from the Blue Hole, one of Belize's most iconic natural landmarks. In the middle of Lighthouse Reef, a 400-foot-deep limestone sinkhole forms a nearly perfect circle in a brilliant shade of navy blue. As divers descend into the hole, they see limestone stalactites and stalagmites hanging off the walls.
Half Moon Caye Natural Monument can be found in the southeast corner of Lighthouse Reef and is home to some of Belize's most exotic land animals and a motley bunch of underwater creatures. Rare red-footed boobies nest on the caye for about 10 months out of the year, then spend the other two months playing shuffleboard in Naples.
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