Turneffe Flats

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Turneffe Atoll
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All flights arrive no later than 3:30 p.m. Upon arrival at Belize International Airport, you will pick up your luggage, clear Customs and exit the airport. In case you need assistance with your luggage (a very short distance), airport porters are available. As you exit Customs, a Turneffe Flats representative will meet you and transport you to the Radisson Hotel Marina. At the Marina, you will be notified of the boat’s scheduled departure time, which varies according to guest arrivals. There is a restaurant / bar at the Marina for lunch or a beverage while you wait to leave for Turneffe Flats. If for some reason you cannot find a representative of Turneffe Flats at the airport, please take a taxi to the Radisson Hotel.

If your flight is delayed and you miss our transfer boat, you will need to stay in Belize City on Saturday night and catch our guide boat fat 7:30 a.m. Sunday. If the guide boat is full, you will need to hire a charter to take you across. This will be at your own expense and Turneffe Flats can arrange this for you.

Plan to be at boat with your luggage by 7:15 a.m. Sunday. We will contact you Saturday night to discuss the next day’s arrangements. The cost of meals and lodging, and /or the charter in Belize City is not covered in your Turneffe Flats package.

Boat Trip to Turneffe: the boat trip to Turneffe Flats takes approximately 90 minutes. You will travel throught several off-shore cayes, the Barrier Reef, across open ocean and then through the Turnfffe Atoll to Turneffe Flats.

Departure from Turneffe Flats
After a light breakfast on Saturday, you will leave Turneffe Flats at approximately 7:30 A.M. After arrival in Belize City, you will be transferred to the airport in our van. We can accommodate any departing flight scheduled at 11:00 or later. Your airline MAY collect a departure tax at check-in of up to $40 U.S. per person depending on how your ticket was purchased. For guests with mid-late afternoon departures, we can arrange a half-day tour of a Mayan Ruin or The Belize Zoo with a local tour operator if you like.

Transfer from the place of arrival: Yes

Kind of transport: 

  • Boat
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  • Van
  • Information for entry in the country
    Documents for entry into the country: 

    Passport, Visa, Travel Insurance

    A visa is not required for citizens of the United States, Mexico or Costa Rica as well as members of the European Union, the British Commonwealth or the Caricom nations.

    An exit tax of $37.50 US per person is payable when leaving Belize. This may or may not be included in your airline ticket.

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    Accomodation and Catering

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  • Lodging
  • Beach cabana
  • Villa
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    Turneffe Flats is located on the Northeastern side of the Turneffe Atoll on a private point with white sand beach, great vistas and a wadeable bonefish flat right outside the door.

    The social center of Turneffe Flats is our Lodge. Incredible views from the upper and lower decks make the Lodge a favorite spot to relax.

    The Lodge includes dining room, bar, and sitting area as well as our gift shop and fly shop.

    Meals are a tasty combination of Belizean and International dishes. Fresh seafood, local produce and home-baked pastries are standard fare. Depending upon your plans and your preference, you have the option to take a packed lunch or return for lunch each day.

    Following hors d'oeuvres and refreshments in the evening, dinner is comprised of soup or salad, entree and a delicious dessert. Entrees vary among seafood, chicken, pork and beef and we do our best to accommodate special dietary needs. Our bar is located in the Lodge just adjacent to the dining area with plenty of open space to gather after a day of fishing, diving and adventure.

    Our Guest Rooms

    The Beach Cabanas
    Our eight spacious, air-conditioned cabanas are located on the beach with a panoramic view of Turneffe's coral reef. Each cabana has two queen sized beds, built in dresser and desk and an incredible view of the reef. Each room has a large private bath with two sinks and a large walkin shower.

    The Reef Villa
    The Reef Villa is a three bedroom villa with common area. This option offers a large beach area in front as perhaps the best view of all. The common area includes a sitting area with satellite television and a small kitchenette without cooking facilities. This Reef Villa bedroom has two queen beds and the other two rooms have one queen bed and two single beds respectively. All bedrooms have bathrooms.

    The Garden Villa
    The Garden Villa is also a three bedroom villa with a larger common area. This building is set slightly back from the beach but has wonderful views of the manicured grounds and the Caribbean. The Garden Villa's spacious common area is a great gathering area for friends and family. Satellite television and a small kitchen area, without cooking facilities, compliments this room. The Garden Villa has three nicely appointed guest rooms, each with a private bathroom. The view from the Garden Villa is of Turneffe Flats grounds and the Caribbean.

    Our Infinity Pool
    Our Infinity Pool with a spectacular view of Turneffe's reef. Our large deck starts in front of the Main Lodge and extends to near the first Cabana.

    We can also offer you Meeting Room and Exercise Facilities.

    Turneffe Flats is operated with diesel generators, which supply 110V/220V AC. Generators run around the clock and are not within hearing distance of guest rooms.

    Water is primarily supplied by rainwater collection and desalinization. Our fresh water supply is somewhat limited, and we ask that guests conserve water when possible.

    Internet Access
    We do have wireless internet access in our Main Lodge and in some of the closer cabins. This services provides e-mail and internet usage; however, our satellite-based bandwidth is limited and we are NOT able to support Skype or other VOIP protocols, instant messenger services, Youtube, video downloads, webcam, streaming video, IP TV, IP based mobile phones or other applications that requirelarge amounts of band width.


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  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Packed meal
  • Necessary things to bring with you 

  • For Fishing:

    Polarized sunglasses
    Sunscreen and lip balm;
    Cap with dark under bill;
    Rain gear;
    Insect repellent;
    Hook sharpener;
    Wading pack;
    Camera, batteries and plenty of film if you don't use digital;
    Snorkeling gear;
    Prescription medications;
    Wading Shoes. These need to be firm soled shoes designed for flats wading with a sole impermeable to sharp pieces of coral. Light tennis shoes or dive booties will not suffice.

    For Divng:

    Your certification card - VERY IMPORTANT;
    Mask, fins, snorkel;
    Wet suit (not available for rent at the lodge);
    A dive light for your night dive (not available for rent at the lodge);
    Polarized sunglasses;
    Insect repellent;
    Hat for sun protection on the boat;
    Camera, batteries, and plenty of film;
    First-aid medications;
    Prescription medications.

  • Terms and Conditions: 

    Deposit and Cancellation Policy

    A deposit of 25% of your package is required to confirm a reservation.

    Full payment is due 45 days prior to arrival.

    Deposits are refundable (minus a $100 handling fee per package & any applicable credit card fees) up to 60 days prior to the start of your trip.

    Within 60 days of your trip, your deposit is non-refundable unless we are able to resell your spot.

    No refunds are available for unused portions of packages.

    Trip cancellation insurance is available and is highly recommended.

    We recommend that all travelers purchase travel insurance. Recommendations for insurance companies are available on request.



    Additional information

    Turneffe Flats has long been recognized as one of Belize's premier saltwater fly fishing, SCUBA diving and marine ecotourism destinations. Located on the Turneffe Atoll, the largest and most diverse coral atoll in the Caribbean, we specialize in superior service for a limited number of guests.

    Awaken in your air-conditioned beachfront cabana to an incredible tropical seascape of white sand beach, expansive bonefish flats, lush mangroves and the surf breaking over the reef for miles in either direction. Watch a spectacular sunrise from your verandah and when night falls, the stars look close enough to touch.

    We are ideally located to enjoy all of Turneffe's 250 square miles of expansive flats, coral reef and remarkably rich marine habitat.

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  • Tarpon
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    April / May
    September / October
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    Flats Fishing Belize

    For more than two decades, Turneffe Flats has been known as one of the world's premier flats fishing destinations combining a remarkable fishery with excellent English-speaking guides, top-notch equipment and superior service. The ability to sight-fish for BONEFISH, PERMIT and TARPON on any given day makes Turneffe one of the few places where a Grand Slam is always a possibility.

    Bonefishing Belize


    For decades, bonefishing has been the core of Turneffe Atoll's varied flats fishing. Our ocean side flats offer miles of firm, wadeable flats filled with large schools of bonefish.

    During a day of bonefishing at Turneffe it is not unusual to see hundreds of bonefish with schools often in excess of 100 fish. Our bonefish average 3 - 4 pounds but it isn't at all unusual to hook 6 to 8 pound fish and 10+ pound bonefish are certainly not unheard of.

    Golden Bonefish are occasionally seen on the flats at Turneffe and, as far as we know, they aren't seen anywhere else. These fish have a distinctive golden color making them clearly stand out from the rest of the school. Generally, they are in the middle of a school and difficult to hook; but, on occasion, one is landed and released.

    Particularly in the lagoons, bonfishing is often done from the bow of a skiff. Bonefish in the lagoon take on a beautiful brownish coloration allowing them to blend better with the bottom. This fishing is primarily to cruising singles or small schools. Accuracy is required for this challenging and fun fishing.

    For bonefish, we recommend a 7 or 8 weight rod with a reel capable of holding around 200 yards of backing. Floating lines are imperative, particularly when wading, and our flies tend to be smaller than those used elsewhere - generally 6's and 8's but also some 10's. A couple of well-known flies have been developed at Turneffe Flats including the Pops Bonefish Bitters created by Craig Mathews with the help of our guide Winston "Pops" Cabral.

    Permit Fishing Belize


    Belize is known by fly anglers around the globe as the permit capital of the world, and at Turneffe Flats we are fortunate to enjoy some of the best permit water in Belize. Permit are the primary target of many anglers visting Turneffe Flats and we are pleased to say that many have landed their first permit with us.

    Turneffe offers approximately 250 square miles of fishing area and most of our permit fishing is done on the shallow bars and flats inside Turneffe's Central Lagoon or on the ocean-side backreef flats. These fantastic permit flats are generally 1 to 3 feet deep and the bottom is a combination of turtle grass, hard coral and sand depending upon the location. Our flats offer great opportunities to sight fish to tailing permit actively feeding on the flats. While poled the flats, your guide will be looking for tell-tale fins, the classic V-shaped wake, or cruising fish in the water.

    Serious permit anglers realize that the game is as much about hunting as it is fishing. Permit fishing requires a substantial committment of time and energy but the long periods looking for permit are rapidly forgotten when you spot a feeding permit with his tail in the air.

    Permit at Turneffe probably average around 15 to 18 pounds but there are some huge permit around. We have landed a couple of permit in the 40 - 45 pound range and are pretty certain that there are a couple of 50 pounders around. We primariliy fish from the bow of our Dolphin Superskiffs which pole quietly and are also perfect for moving around the atoll.

    In addition to traditional hunting for permit, Turneffe offers the oppotunity to fish to large schools of tailing fish. These permit are usually found cruising a lengthy mangrove shore and schools can contain 100 or more fish. When a school is located our guide will pole into position above the school often resulting in multiple opportunities to cast to tailing permit. This is a great option for those anglers not fully devoted to hunting for permit.

    We recommend a 9 or 10 weight rod with at least 200 yards of backing. Larger crab patters seem to work best with Enrico Puglisi's "EP Merkin" in either tan or olive being our number one pattern. Other good patterns include the "Bauer Crab" developed by Will Bauer and the "Turneffe Crab" originated by Craig Mathews. A weight forward floating line is desirable as more often than not it is necessary to be able to pick up and go again. We prefer stiff leaders able to turn over a large, wind-resistent fly and hand-tied knotted leaders are generally preferable. We have developed our own leader formula that addresses our conditions well. 15 to 18 pound tippet is advisable and we believe that flourocarbon does offer an advantage.

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    Belize's Atolls consistently ranks among the World's top dive locations and Turneffe Flats is ideally located to take advantage of Belize's very best Scuba diving. Our extaordinary dive program offers 18 dives each week including a day of diving at Lighthouse Reef and the Blue Hole, weather permitting.

    We easily access more than 60 dive sites around the Turneffe Atoll, and are within an hour's boat ride to the Blue Hole. At Turneffe Flats, we offer true valet dive service. After putting your dive gear on your porch the first morning, it is washed and set up on the dive boat the remainder of the week. All you need to do is walk to the dive boat after a delicious breakfast and head for one of our exceptional dive sites.

    We emphasize personalized service for a limited number of divers, generally no more that twelve on our Pro 48. Our superb dive team is led by Belize's Tour Guide of the Year, Alex Edwards, and they make every effort to ensure that your stay at our tropical paradise is as comfortable and carefree as possible.


    We recognize that a dive vacation is more than just diving, and we do our best to make your entire experience is something special. While diving throughout the Turneffe Atoll, you will see a variety of hard and soft corals as well as all of the Caribbean tropicals, eagle rays, sharks, turtles, dolphins, moray eels, and occasionally a whale shark in addition to large schools of permit, horse eye jacks and dog snapper.

    A Typical Days Diving
    Following a great breakfast, a typical dive day begins at 8:00 and includes three boat dives. Depending on our dive location, we either return to the resort for lunch or pack a lunch. Travel to our dive sites takes from ten minutes to an hour with our longest trip to the Blue Hole. On Blue Hole day we leave between 7:00 and 7:30 AM which oftern makes us the first boat at the site. Our weekly night dive is usually on Wednesday evening; and we generally dive the Elbow, at the Southern tip of Turneffe, later in the week. On Fridays, we do two or three dives depending on divers flights the following day.

    Our Dive Locations
    As the largest and most biologically diverse coral atoll in the Caribbean, Turneffe offers spectacular underwater terrain including spur and groove formations, sandy ledges and sheer walls providing spectacular dive sites suited for every level of diver. Our location, near the middle of the seaward side of the Atoll, allows us good access to all of Turneffe's dive sites allowing our dive guests the opportunity to dive the best possible sites each day regardless of weather.


    The Eastern side of Turneffe is protected by 35 miles of reef. It shelves gradually to about 60 feet where spur and groove formations meet the wall. Nutrients from the mangroves are dispersed to the reef by the tides causing large concentrations of feeding fish to congregate.

    On the West side of the Atoll, large mangroves stands provide shelter from the trade winds and heavy seas. A gently sloping bottom lies at 30-50 feet with large coral formations covering the white sand bottom. The reduced wave action allows sponges and soft corals to grow magnificently and sea feathers of 5 feet are common.

    The North side of Turneffe is sometimes effected by trade wind swells but on the calmer days we can explore these mostly untouched dive sites. Schools of mutton snapper, Atlantic spadefish and permit hover 80 feet above the sea floor and blue runners make close passes, apparently attracted by the bubbles of the strange "Neoprene-clad creatures".


    Turneffe's Southern point offers a variety of popular dive sites featured in many of the Belize dive guides. The Elbow is probably the best know site here with the ocean current sweeping over the deep reef to attract schools of pelagic fish. As you travel up the Southwest or Southeast sides of the atoll, dive sites vary from patch reef nurseries with dramatic coral formations to steep drop-offs.

    Personalized Service
    We specialize in providing personalized service for small dive groups and try to be as flexible as possible with our diving. New divers can gain experience with the individual attention they may require and experienced divers can enjoy the freedom of spectacular wall diving, drift diving and underwater photography opportunities.

    On the dive boat, we provide towels, cold drinks and fresh fruit as well as a fresh water rinse tank for camera equipment. Unless you request otherwise, you do not have to handle your dive equipment during your stay. Our staff will change all tanks and rinse your dive gear daily before storing it.


    The Blue Hole and Lighthouse Reef
    A hightlight of any dive vaction in Belize is a trip to the Blue Hole and Lighthouse Atoll. Our location offers excellent access to the Blue Hole, and, weather permitting, a weekly trip to the Blue Hole is a standard part of our Dive Program. This is a full day trip with the the initial dive at the Blue Hole generally followed by Half Moon Hall and the Aquarium. A mid-day stop at Half Moon Caye for a picnic lunch and a visit to the Red Footed Boobie Bird Sancturary is a hightlight.

    Dive Safety
    Your dive safety is of the utmost importance to Turneffe Flats. For this reason, and to ensure that you see the best of the marine life, a qualified Divemaster and/or Instructor is in the water at all times. We use the buddy system, conduct safety stops on every dive and plan adequate surface intervals between dives. Our staff is First Aid & Oxygen First Aid trained and we are affiliated with Subaquatic Safety Services which operates the Hyperbaric Chamber in Belize.

    Nitrox is available as is Nitrox Certification.

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    Atoll Adventure Belize


    Explore the wonders and the beauty of the Turneffe Atoll. This is unique marine eco-adventure experience featuring snorkeling, birding or one of several other fun and informative activities. Or, if you are so-inclined, you can stay at the resort and lounge on our beach. Every day offers a great new adventure and a perfect opportunity to relax - that's what our Atoll Adventure is all about.

    Atoll Adventurers choose from a variety of daily guided activities led by one of our experienced Atoll Adventure guides (Abel Coe pictured), all of whom are informative and fun. Our 25 foot canopied boat is at your guide's disposal for exploring the reefs, mangroves, creeks and lagoons that make Turneffe the largest and most biologically diverse atoll in the Caribbean. Snorkeling is one activity that you will want to experience with Turneffe's world-class snorkeling featuring warm Caribbean waters, a myriad of tropical reef creatures and incredible coral structures. Our guides are masters at helping everyone feel comfortable in the water and beginners can learn to snorkel on our sandy shore before visiting the reef. With at least 60 species of birds at Turneffe, birding is another highlight. You may also want to tour the atoll looking for manatees and dolphins or enjoy an afternoon kayaking. Our Atoll Adventure Program is a very flexible and is tailored to fit the particular interests of each group.

    Turneffe has a fascinating history, including Mayan fishing and trading settlements dating to 400 A.D. Turneffe was also a favored hideout for the notorious pirate, Blackbeard. For most guests, learning about the history of Turneffe as well as the fascinating history of Belize is one of the more enjoyable parts of their visit.


    Our top Atoll Adventure guide, Abelino "Abel" Coe, was born and raised in a Mayan community in Southern Belize and his first language was Maya. Abel is an avid student of Mayan history and he is well-versed Belize's history. Days with Abel are informative and fun. He knows the flora and fauna of Turneffe intimately and is very adept and finding all of the interesting things. Abel is an excellent snorkeler and makes his guests feel comfortable visiting the underwater wonders at Turneffe.

    There are several Atoll Adventure tours for the group to enjoy including those listed below.


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    Dolphins & Manatees

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    Sea Shell & Starfish Tour

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    Crocodile Tour

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    Flats Walking Tour

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    Turneffe Atoll Eco Tour

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    The Maya and Turneffe

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    Belizean Cooking Class

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    Lighthouse Atoll

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    Mainland Tours

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    Included in Atoll Adventure Package:
    - Daily guided activities including snorkeling, manatee & dolphin tours, and birding supervised by our Adventure Guide;
    - An optional day tour on the mainland (additional charge);
    - All land and sea transfers on scheduled transfer days;
    - Three substantial meals per day and pre-dinner hors d'oeuvres;
    - Air Conditioned, double occupancy lodging.

    Not included in this package:
    - Bar tab;
    - Gratuities;
    - Snorkeling equipment rental.


    Rest & Relaxation Package

    This package is ideal for those who wish to relax and enjoy the beauty and serenity of a private tropical island. There are hammocks under the palm trees in which to relax and shore walks, sunbathing, swimming and snorkeling are all readily available. This package does not include any organized activities but an inland tour of the Mayan Ruins or Belize Zoo can easily be arranged during your stay.

    For those primarily interested in relaxing, we often recommend our Atoll Adventure Package. It doesn't cost much more and you will have the option to snorkel or even just enjoy a site seeing boat ride if you like.

    Included in R&R Package:
    - Unguided snorkeling and kayaking from the lodge;
    - Lounging on the island;
    - All land and sea transfers on scheduled transfer days;
    - Three substantial meals per day and pre-dinner hors d'oeuvres;
    - Air Conditioned, double occupancy lodging.

    Not Included in this Package:
    - Bar tab;
    - Gratuities;
    - Additional charge for optional day tour on the mainland.

    Combination Fishing & Diving Package


    Our Combination Fishing and Diving Package is a great choice for those who enjoy doing both sports and, arguably, there is no better place in the world to better enjoy both. With our Combination Package, you will have a fishing guide at your disposal to utilize as much as you would like during your stay and you can join the dive boat for any of their scheduled dives.

    We make this package as flexible as possible and participants can, within reason, do as much of either activity as they like. One way to maximize both activities is to do the first dive or two in the morning and arrange for your fishing guide meet you as you are finishing your dives. Your guide will bring your fishing gear and you can then spend the remainder of the day fishing.

    Included in this package:
    * Fully guided fishing - two anglers per boat and guide;
    * Up to 3 dives per day;
    * Tank, weights and weight belts;
    * All land and sea transfers on scheduled transfer days;
    * Three substantial meals per day and pre-dinner hors d"oeuvres;
    * Air conditioned, double occupancy lodging.

    Not included in this package:
    * Bar tab;
    * Gratuities;
    * Fishing equipment rentals;
    * Dive equipment rentals;
    * Blue Hole Park Entrance Fee (if applicable).

    Inland / Island Package

    Experience the best of Belize's rainforest and the reef, by visiting Turneffe Flats and Chaa Creek (pictured right), Belize's premier inland resort located on a spectacular 330-acre rainforest reserve.
    The inclusive package described below offers snorkeling, sightseeing and adventuring on the Turneffe Atoll in addition to Mayan ruin tours, river canoeing, jungle walks and birding at Chaa Creek. Enjoy squadrons of brilliantly colored parrots, the distinct hoot of a Blue-crowned Mot-mot and the fragrance of frangipani blossoms at Chaa Creek. Cradled between the steep forested slopes of the Macal River Valley, Chaa Creek offers a wide range of on-site activities and is the perfect location for adventurous getaways. The relaxed atmosphere and elegant sense of style, stimulates you to unwind slowly to the rhythms of nature.

    Chaa Creek - in the Belize Rain Forest
    Chaa Creek is one of Belize's premier eco tour resorts and has been, in fact, named the world's number one eco tour resort. Our Inland / Island Package will allow you to experience the best of Belize's rainforest and the reef, by visiting Turneffe Flats and Chaa Creek Belize's.

    The inclusive package described below offers snorkeling, sightseeing and adventuring on the Turneffe Atoll in addition to Mayan ruin tours, river canoeing, jungle walks and birding at Chaa Creek. Enjoy squadrons of brilliantly colored parrots, the distinct hoot of a Blue-crowned Mot-mot and the fragrance of frangipani blossoms at Chaa Creek. Cradled between the steep forested slopes of the Macal River Valley, Chaa Creek offers a wide range of on-site activities and is the perfect location for adventurous getaways. The relaxed atmosphere and elegant sense of style, stimulates you to unwind slowly to the rhythms of nature.

    The Lodge At Chaa Creek is located on the banks of the Macal River, a short drive from San Ignacio Town; in the western part of the country. By vehicle, you may reach us by taking the Benque Viejo road out of San Ignacio and following the signs to Chaa Creek.

    Chaa Creek Cottages are set in lush tropical gardens along the banks of the Macal River in the foothills of the Maya Mountains of Western Belize. The cottage compound, within the Chaa Creek Nature Reserve, provides a perfect compromise between comfort and a true wilderness experience. Each cottage has Mexican tiled floors, large mahogany beds, original artwork and private bathrooms with hot showers. Spacious sundeck verandahs allow guests to view wildlife and interact with nature.

    A range of activities including hiking, swimming, canoeing, horseback riding, bird-watching, guided nature walks and river trips are available, and the Reserve's Natural History Centre and Butterfly Farm are within easy walking distance of the cottages.

    transfers, meals, lodging, all activities and taxes at both resorts as well as service charges at Chaa Creek.

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    Jungle / Island Package

    Experience one of Belize’s premier jungle resorts as well as Belize’s top island location. The combination of Chan Chich and Turneffe Flats offers the best of both sides of Belize. The all-inclusive package described below offers a variety of activities as outlined in our Eco-Adventure Package including world-class snorkeling, birding, dolphin watching, and adventuring on the Turneffe Atoll. In addition, you will enjoy archeological tours of Maya Tombs, canoeing down Laguna Verde, horseback rides through the jungle, and trail walks at Chan Chich.
    Chan Chich is located on a 130,000 acre private nature reserve in Northwestern Belize at the heart of “La Selva Maya”. With an unparalleled abundance of wildlife, not to mention a good chance to see the elusive jaguar in its natural habitat, Chan Chich is an extraordinary destination for naturalists, birders, and for those seeking an authentic retreat to the jungle.

    Transfers to/from Chan Chich are not included in the package rate.

    Chan Chich
    Chan Chich Lodge is located on Gallon Jug Estate in north-western Belize. This lies within the largest contiguous forest north of the Amazon basin. Conservation efforts to sustain and preserve the tri-national Maya Forest ("La Selva Maya") are underway with collaborative efforts undertaken in Belize, Guatemala and Mexico. Gallon Jug Estate enjoys a fortunate location at the heart of La Selva Maya, buffered on all sides by forest and/or protected areas. Thanks to the efforts of owner, Barry Bowen, to control hunting and other illegal activities over the past 20+ years, wildlife has thrived.

    The 12 thatched-roof cabanas surround two central buildings that contain the reception desk, restaurant, bar, gift shop and reading room. Each cabana, beautifully furnished with local exotic hardwoods, is fully screened with ceiling fans, private bath, hot & cold water, 24 hour electricity and a wrap-around verandah with hammocks. Standard cabanas have two queen beds. Deluxe cabanas (recently renovated) comprise one king bed with a spacious luxury bathroom, walk-in closet and mini-bar.

    Due to Chan Chich's unique location on Gallon Jug Estate, they are blessed with an abundance of wildlife. Over 350 species of birds have been recorded at Chan Chich, making it one of the world's premier birding destinations - large birds, such as the Ocellated Turkey, Crested Guan and Great Curassow, hunted out in so many other places, are readily seen here as well as a myriad of other species. All five cat species - jaguar, puma, ocelot, margay and jaguarundi - are well represented with jaguars seen at the rate of about one per week, a record that is unmatched elsewhere. Tapir, both white-lipped and collared peccary, brocket and white-tailed deer can be found in great quantities as well as smaller species like tayra, fox, agoutis and kinkajou.

    transfers to Turneffe Flats, meals, lodging, all activities and taxes at both resorts.

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