Belize: Snorkeling & Coral Reef Ecology

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Guided snorkeling from our Blackbird Caye Field Station, with a trip to the world famous Great Blue Hole.

Description:

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore the largest and most biologically diverse coral atoll in the Western Hemisphere, and visit the legendary Great Blue Hole.
  • Gain special insight into reef ecology and learn about our marine research as you are guided by our expert naturalist.
  • Stay in beachfront cabanas on the private shores of our Field Station.

Cabanas at the Blackbird Caye Field Station.

An exquisite maze of coral reefs set in turquoise waters is the focus of this land based, snorkeling expedition to Turneffe Atoll with a visit to Lighthouse Reef. This expedition is one of the best ways for non-divers to discover Belize's spectacular coral reef systems.

Our trip begins with a 90-minute boat ride from Belize City to Blackbird Caye on the eastern side of Turneffe Atoll. We stay at Oceanic Society's Field Station, which offers simple and comfortable beachside cabanas, each with an open porch to the sea. The atoll is exceptional for its warm shallow water, which gives snorkelers easy access to an extraordinary underwater paradise. Magnificently adorned with huge yellow tube sponges and myriad tropical fish, the reef offers unmatched snorkeling opportunities.

Snorkeling sites include our own Blackbird Reef, located directly in front of our private beach, Calabash Cut, and Soldier's Caye reef. Over 25 species of birds are found around the island including the magificent osprey. We often spot dolphins en route to our snorkeling sites.

A diverse reef scene in Belize. © Wayne Sentman

A highlight will be a day-trip to Lighthouse Reef to visit the Blue Hole made famous by a Cousteau documentary for its unique stalagmites. Nearby Half Moon Caye Natural Monument, a bird sanctuary whose dense vegetation provides habitat for thousands of red-footed boobies and frigate birds, is a naturalist's dream. 

Your naturalist will help identify different fish species and explain the ecology of the reef and natural history of the islands.

Note:  April 28-May 2 date can easily be combined with Belize Whale Shark trip.

Itinerary:

8-DAY Trip

Day 1:
Belize City/Blackbird Caye. Arrive in Belize City and 90-minute boat transfer to Blackbird Caye, Turneffe Atoll.

Day 2:
Snorkel check out and beach snorkeling. Afternoon boat trip to nearby Soldiers Reef.

Day 3 thru 7:
Snorkeling and natural history exploration. One day dedicated to visiting Lighthouse Reef.

Day 8:
Blackbird Caye/Belize City. Return to Belize City and fly home

5-DAY Trip

Day 1:
Belize City/Blackbird Caye. Arrive in Belize City and 90-minute boat transfer to Blackbird Caye, Turneffe Atoll.

Day 2:
Snorkel check out and beach snorkeling. Afternoon boat trip to nearby Soldiers Reef.

Day 3 thru 4:
Snorkeling and natural history exploration. One day dedicated to visiting Lighthouse Reef.

Day 5:
Blackbird Caye/Belize City. Return to Belize City and fly home

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Upcoming Trips:

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May 29, 2014
Jul 29, 2014
Aug 5, 2014

Trip Cost:

$2,345 8-days, $1,975 5-days

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