Belize As Never Before
May 12-19, 2019
This unique trip includes two nights deep in the jungle of South Belize with tours of your choice, such as Mayan ruins, jungle river kayaking, cacao farming and five days as volunteer scientist divers.
We meet in Placencia, and stay together Sunday night at Paradise Resort.
Monday to Friday, we will be on Tom Owens Island, a one-and-a-half-acre island on top of the Belize Barrier Reef. This is the home of Reef Conservation International.
There we will help with conservation activities and have fun dives aplenty.
Friday, we leave for Cotton Tree Lodge in the jungle of South Belize. At this remarkable eco resort, we will be treated to organic food, home grown and also freely available in the rain forest.
Our week ends with an included flight to BZE to board your return flight home.
SPACE IS LIMITED.
Our Trip: Experience Belize As Never Before
Below you will see details for the three exciting places where we will be staying. It is going to be a blast!
Paradise Resort Placencia
This 12-air-conditioned-room hotel is located on the water at the south of Placencia at the Placencia Harbor. It is walking distance to most everything in the town. Plan to arrive as early as you can so that you have the day to explore the town. We will meet our group at the hotel and have dinner together at a local restaurant. After breakfast at the hotel, we will be picked up by the Reef CI boat for our ride out to Tom Owens Quaye.
This hotel has the Trip Advisor
Certificate of Excellence.
Reef Conservation International
At Reef CI we will have a unique opportunity to protect the reef ecosystem by directly participating in marine conservation programs. Lion fish hunting, lobster surveys and coral farming are a few of the activities you and your buddy can choose. These will be interspersed with fun day and night dives and plentiful meals specially prepared for us.
Our accommodation will be rustic and a mix of single- and multi-bedded rooms all with a spectacular view. Air conditioning is not needed on the island, because it is located 25 miles off the mainland with strong trade winds. AND, there are no mosquitos or sand flies.
Food is freshly prepared by the Mayan chef and guests rave consistently. Check it out on Trip Advisor.
Friday morning, we leave the island and return to Independence where our van from Cotton Tree Lodge will collect us.
Cotton Tree Lodge
This remarkable off-grid jungle retreat on the Moho river will be our home for the last weekend of our trip. The Lodge is nestled between two Mayan villages in the foothills of the Mayan Mountains.
Our all-inclusive stay includes organic food grown on Cotton Tree's own farm, local beer & rum and a special tour of your choice each day. There is so much to see and do here we will all want to come again next year.
Our trip ends with shuttle service to Punta Gorda airport on Sunday to join your international flight at BZE.
GOOD TO KNOW
We will meet at the Paradise Hotel in Placencia, any time on Sunday, May 12. I will be there earlier, so you will be able to contact me if you need me. I will give that contact info to you shortly before we leave.
Regarding your return flights from Punta Gorda to BZE: They will be arranged for you each individually based on the departure time of your International flight and you will be driven to the Punta Gorda airport. Please make your departure from BZE no earlier than 10:00 a.m. on May 19.
When you have your flights booked, please e-mail the details to me, so we can book your internal flight.
The second payment of $750 is due by January 5, 2019 (if this is a problem, let me know). The final payment of $500 will be due March 5, 2019.
The attachment (below) is called 'Getting Here' from Reef CI. The only thing in the attachment that DOES NOT apply to our trip is the departure from the island information and booking of your return flights. We will be going to the Cotton Tree Lodge by land, as you know.
The form link (below) is for you to complete. During the next two weeks, please fill in all required form fields and e-mail the form to me by clicking the Send button on the Reef CI form page. I will be sending the information to Reef CI at that time.
This information is required by Reef Conservation International.
I am very excited about this wonderful opportunity and can't wait to share it with you!
Here’s to forever blowing bubbles,