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Blackbird Caye Resort

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5 Star







5 star dive center


House reef


Resort Highlights

  • Enjoy spectacular diving and snorkeling in year-round warm waters, on the world’s second largest reef system
  • Having been awarded Tripadvisor’s Certificate of Excellence 5 years running, the resort has cemented its place in Tripadvior’s Hall of Fame
  • In 2015, Sport Diver Magazine listed Blackbird Caye as one of the world’s best dive resorts
  • After a day packed with dives, kayaking and paddle boarding, sip cocktails around the beach bonfire under a sky full of stars


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If all is good, we send you an E-mail confirming that your booking is final


You then have 24 hours to take care of other travel arrangements. Your credit card will only be charged after that period

Payment terms

  • 35% of the total booking amount is due at the time of booking
  • 35% is due 180 days prior to arrival
  • 30% (balance) is due 90 days prior to arrival

Cancellation fee

$250 per person deposit due within 5 days of reservation. 

Additional $250 per guest due 150 days prior to departure. 

Balance due 60 days prior to departure. 

89- 60 days prior to departure: Forfeit full deposit.

59 days or less, receive no refund. 

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Resort Description

Blackbird Caye Resort is located 25 miles off the coast of Belize City, among acres of jungle and palm trees. 

Turneffe Atoll is 24 miles long, eight miles wide and surrounded by turquoise Caribbean seas. 100+ cayes cover a tropical environment comprised of over 50 miles of coral reef. It’s not uncommon to see rays, turtles, nurse sharks, lobsters, parrot fish, moray eels and hundreds of hard and soft coral varieties during a week’s worth of diving here. 

Pastel-coloured wooden cabanas line the oceanfront, surrounded by white sand and complete with private verandas with hammocks and wicker chairs. Bedrooms are light and airy, offering air-conditioning, fans and a bathroom with warm water baths and showers.  

The resort’s blue-tiled pool overlooks the ocean and is surrounded by sun loungers and tropical vegetation. The poolside bar offers an all day snack menu in an open sided setting with sunset views and colourfully painted wooden tables and chairs.

The Blackbird Restaurant serves up buffet breakfast and lunch, with table service dinners featuring a choice of two daily specials. Enjoy local and international dishes combined with fresh seafood and fruits. Happy hour runs daily from 5pm till 6:30pm at the High Tide Bar.  

Bird watching, exploring, paddleboarding and kayaking are popular activities. 

Explore diving around the Blackbird Caye Resort

Best dive sites in Belize City

Belize City is well-located for taking advantage of Belize’s many dive areas. From Caye Caulker to Lighthouse Reef, everyone will be able to find their own prefered site. Just south of the city is Silk Cayes Canyon, an excellent wall dive with plenty of coral species to spy. Unique endemic creatures like gray triggerfish are specialties of the area. Be sure not to miss out on the Great Blue Hole, which is one of the premier dive sites on the planet. It’s reachable within a short day trip of the city. You can also enjoy the dive sites around Ambergris Caye and the Belize Barrier Reef from Belize City.

Snorkeling in Belize City

You’ll find plenty of operators willing to take you snorkeling. The coral reefs within a few minutes boat ride are outstanding. The current is not so strong and the fish are colorful, making this a great area for beginners. Tours are also offered to nearby Ambergris Caye, the Blue Hole and Caye Caulker.

What to see

Huge barracuda idle near piers and docks, searching out their next meal with leering eyes. Whale sharks make their way through these waters, as well as other large creatures. Hammerheads, Lemon Sharks and Manatees are not unheard of, although you would have to be extremely lucky to see one.

On the reefs, you will find all of your favorite Caribbean specialties, jacks, angelfish, and lobster.

You are almost certain to run across a pod of dolphins if you take a boat ride, giving you a chance to watch them play and frolic. Most operators will even give you a chance to get out and swim with them!

Dive Center


  • 70+ nearby dive sites, minutes from the resort
  • Coral gardens, caverns, sloping walls, overhangs
  • Regular Blue Hole day trips with BBQ
  • Compressor, equipment rental
  • 4 large dive vessels with powerful engines
  • Full range of PADI courses, photography specialty
  • Safety-conscious dive team


Blackbird Caye Resort offers easy access to over 70 dive sites only minutes from shore. 

Visibility ranges between 30 and 40 meters and temperatures are warm year-round. Dive sites include local coral gardens, caves and caverns, steep and gently sloping walls, overhangs and the famous Blue Hole. Drift diving is popular. 

The on-site dive center comes with a compressor room and range of equipment for rental. 4 dive boats are available, ranging from 50ft to 37ft. All have ample shaded space, dive racks, ladders and powerful engines. 

A full range of PADI courses are offered, including specialties like underwater photographer and search and recovery. You must be advanced open water qualified to dive the blue hole, and this training can be completed while on vacation. 

Regular day trips offer a BBQ at Half Moon Caye, and boats are equipped with refreshments. The safety conscious dive team have a wealth of local diving knowledge. 


PADI® Courses Available

  • Intro Dives/Discover Scuba
  • Scuba Refresher
  • Open Water Diver
  • Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Rescue Diver Certification
  • Nitrox Certification
  • Underwater Photography
  • Deep Diver Certification
  • Other Specialties

Diving gear

  • Tanks With Int (Yoke) Valves

Diving Facilities

  • Shop
  • Training Pool
  • Beach Front Location
  • Air Conditioning
  • Warm-Water Showers
  • Fish Id And Diving Books

For your safety

  • Emergency Oxygen Kit
  • First Aid Kits

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

PADI membership level

  • Padi 5 Star Dive Resort


  • Padi 5 Star

Resort Amenities


  • Karaoke

Food & drink

  • Buffet
  • A La Carte
  • Snacks All Day
  • Alcohol
  • Vegetarian Food
  • Gluten Free Food


  • Restaurant
  • Beach Front
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Swimming Pool(S)
  • Lounge/Tv Area

Great for families

  • Board Games
  • Babysitting/Child Services


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  • Cash (Usd)
  • Cash (Local Currency)

Sports & Watersports

  • Snorkeling
  • Stand-Up Paddling
  • Kayaking
  • Fishing
  • Pool/Snooker
  • Beach Volleyball

Amenities & services

  • Wi-Fi (Free)
  • Air-Conditioning

How to get there


  • Complimentary boat transfers are provided every Wednesday and Saturday. 
  • The journey is a scenic boat ride, lasting around 1.5hrs. 
  • A chartered flight to the island's air strip can be arranged and takes around 10-15 minutes from Belize Municipal Airport. 


  • You may depart on the complimentary boat transfer every Wednesday or Saturday, or arrange a private flight. 


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