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Program #3561RJ
10 Days | 9 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Equipment Requirements
You will need to bring your own mask, fins and snorkel.

Itinerary for Mar 17 — Mar 26, 2014

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Type: Field Station

Description: Beachfront cabanas each with an open porch facing the Caribbean Sea.

Ship Information: 23' research/excursion vessels with canopy top and vertical swim ladder.

Contact info:
Blackbird Caye, Turneffe Atoll, Belize
Belize City, Belize
phone: +8003267491
web: www.oceanicsociety.org

Room amenities: Small storage closet, fan, 110 AC electrical plugs (powered by generator)

Facility amenities: Double occupancy beachfront cabanas (2 singles available) with open porch. Each include a private bath, two full-size beds, a small shelving unit to hang clothes, desk, ceiling fan, and 110-volt AC electrical plus powered by a generator. Bathroom facilities include flush toilet, sink and hot water stall shower. The dining room is a beautiful palapa with a lounge area overlooking the Caribbean Sea.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Variable.
Optional extensions available for snorkeling, scuba diving, or to see Mayan ruins, mainland of Belize.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Monday, March 17 -
Arrive To: 90-minute boat transfer to Oceanic Society Blackbird Caye Field Station, Turneffe Atoll at approximately 5:30 pm.

Dinner: A buffet or family style dinner at the field station "palapa" (a large meeting room with a spacious dining area). Enjoy a Belizean meal with an emphasis on rice, vegetables, beans and chicken. Tea, coffee and juice are offered and canned beverages and soft drinks are for sale at US $2 - $3, cash only.

Lodging: Oceanic Society Blackbird Caye Field Station

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Field Station

Description: Beachfront cabanas each with an open porch facing the Caribbean Sea.

Ship Information: 23' research/excursion vessels with canopy top and vertical swim ladder.

Contact info:
Blackbird Caye, Turneffe Atoll, Belize
Belize City, Belize
phone: +8003267491
web: www.oceanicsociety.org

Room amenities: Small storage closet, fan, 110 AC electrical plugs (powered by generator)

Facility amenities: Double occupancy beachfront cabanas (2 singles available) with open porch. Each include a private bath, two full-size beds, a small shelving unit to hang clothes, desk, ceiling fan, and 110-volt AC electrical plus powered by a generator. Bathroom facilities include flush toilet, sink and hot water stall shower. The dining room is a beautiful palapa with a lounge area overlooking the Caribbean Sea.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Variable.
Optional extensions available for snorkeling, scuba diving, or to see Mayan ruins, mainland of Belize.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Tuesday, March 18 -
Breakfast: A buffet or family style Belizean breakfast served with tea, coffee and juice served daily in the field station dining palapa.

Morning: Presentation on dolphin research goals and objectives, methods and on use of research equipment. Late morning snorkel check out from the beach for individuals wishing to snorkel during scheduled snorkel excursions. Individuals not wishing to snorkel can enjoy beachcombing and relaxing at their beachfront cabana.

Lunch: A buffet or family style Belizean lunch in the field station palapa. Tea, coffee and juice are offered and canned beverages and soft drinks are for sale at US $2 - $3, cash only.

Afternoon: Afternoon short boat excursions to research site within atoll. Test field equipment such as wind gage, GPS, water temperature gage, etc. Start first dolphin survey and assist researcher with data collection.

Dinner: Dinner at the field station palapa.

Evening: Lecture on Dolphin Biology

Lodging: Oceanic Society Blackbird Caye Field Station

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Field Station

Description: Beachfront cabanas each with an open porch facing the Caribbean Sea.

Ship Information: 23' research/excursion vessels with canopy top and vertical swim ladder.

Contact info:
Blackbird Caye, Turneffe Atoll, Belize
Belize City, Belize
phone: +8003267491
web: www.oceanicsociety.org

Room amenities: Small storage closet, fan, 110 AC electrical plugs (powered by generator)

Facility amenities: Double occupancy beachfront cabanas (2 singles available) with open porch. Each include a private bath, two full-size beds, a small shelving unit to hang clothes, desk, ceiling fan, and 110-volt AC electrical plus powered by a generator. Bathroom facilities include flush toilet, sink and hot water stall shower. The dining room is a beautiful palapa with a lounge area overlooking the Caribbean Sea.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Variable.
Optional extensions available for snorkeling, scuba diving, or to see Mayan ruins, mainland of Belize.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Wednesday, March 19 -
Breakfast: Breakfast at the field station palapa.

Morning: Morning short boat excursion to lagoon. Observe birds as we motor slowly through mangrove creeks. Search for dolphins and record their behavior.

Lunch: Lunch at the field station palapa.

Afternoon: Reef snorkeling excursion to observe tropical fish and corals at one of the dolphins' habitats

Dinner: Dinner at the field station palapa.

Evening: Evening lectures, presentations, discussion sessions.

Lodging: Oceanic Society Blackbird Caye Field Station

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Field Station

Description: Beachfront cabanas each with an open porch facing the Caribbean Sea.

Ship Information: 23' research/excursion vessels with canopy top and vertical swim ladder.

Contact info:
Blackbird Caye, Turneffe Atoll, Belize
Belize City, Belize
phone: +8003267491
web: www.oceanicsociety.org

Room amenities: Small storage closet, fan, 110 AC electrical plugs (powered by generator)

Facility amenities: Double occupancy beachfront cabanas (2 singles available) with open porch. Each include a private bath, two full-size beds, a small shelving unit to hang clothes, desk, ceiling fan, and 110-volt AC electrical plus powered by a generator. Bathroom facilities include flush toilet, sink and hot water stall shower. The dining room is a beautiful palapa with a lounge area overlooking the Caribbean Sea.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Variable.
Optional extensions available for snorkeling, scuba diving, or to see Mayan ruins, mainland of Belize.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Thursday, March 20 -
Breakfast: Breakfast at the field station palapa.

Morning: Morning boat excursions to known dolphin hot spot to collect data.

Lunch: Lunch at the field station palapa.

Afternoon: Afternoon boat excursions to nearby channel often used by dolphin for entering and existing the atoll. Good visibility might offer us the chance enter the water at the researcher's discretion in order to observe dolphins underwater and collect data.

Dinner: Dinner at the field station palapa.

Evening: Evening lectures, presentations, discussion sessions.

Lodging: Oceanic Society Blackbird Caye Field Station

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Field Station

Description: Beachfront cabanas each with an open porch facing the Caribbean Sea.

Ship Information: 23' research/excursion vessels with canopy top and vertical swim ladder.

Contact info:
Blackbird Caye, Turneffe Atoll, Belize
Belize City, Belize
phone: +8003267491
web: www.oceanicsociety.org

Room amenities: Small storage closet, fan, 110 AC electrical plugs (powered by generator)

Facility amenities: Double occupancy beachfront cabanas (2 singles available) with open porch. Each include a private bath, two full-size beds, a small shelving unit to hang clothes, desk, ceiling fan, and 110-volt AC electrical plus powered by a generator. Bathroom facilities include flush toilet, sink and hot water stall shower. The dining room is a beautiful palapa with a lounge area overlooking the Caribbean Sea.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Variable.
Optional extensions available for snorkeling, scuba diving, or to see Mayan ruins, mainland of Belize.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Friday, March 21 -
Breakfast: Breakfast at the field station palapa.

Morning: Field trip to meet local fishermen and learn about island life. Enjoy coconut collection and processing demonstration.

Lunch: Lunch at the field station palapa.

Afternoon: Afternoon boat excursions to different research site within the atoll to collect data.

Dinner: Dinner at the field station palapa.

Evening: Evening lectures, presentations, discussion sessions.

Lodging: Oceanic Society Blackbird Caye Field Station

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Field Station

Description: Beachfront cabanas each with an open porch facing the Caribbean Sea.

Ship Information: 23' research/excursion vessels with canopy top and vertical swim ladder.

Contact info:
Blackbird Caye, Turneffe Atoll, Belize
Belize City, Belize
phone: +8003267491
web: www.oceanicsociety.org

Room amenities: Small storage closet, fan, 110 AC electrical plugs (powered by generator)

Facility amenities: Double occupancy beachfront cabanas (2 singles available) with open porch. Each include a private bath, two full-size beds, a small shelving unit to hang clothes, desk, ceiling fan, and 110-volt AC electrical plus powered by a generator. Bathroom facilities include flush toilet, sink and hot water stall shower. The dining room is a beautiful palapa with a lounge area overlooking the Caribbean Sea.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Variable.
Optional extensions available for snorkeling, scuba diving, or to see Mayan ruins, mainland of Belize.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Six: Saturday, March 22 -
Breakfast: Breakfast at the field station palapa.

Morning: Morning Field trip to the University of Belize nearby research station. Meet staff and learn about ecosystem research.

Lunch: Lunch at the field station palapa.

Afternoon: Afternoon boat excursions to visit one of the dolphin hot spots for data collection.

Dinner: Dinner at the field station palapa.

Evening: Evening lectures, presentations, discussion sessions

Lodging: Oceanic Society Blackbird Caye Field Station

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Field Station

Description: Beachfront cabanas each with an open porch facing the Caribbean Sea.

Ship Information: 23' research/excursion vessels with canopy top and vertical swim ladder.

Contact info:
Blackbird Caye, Turneffe Atoll, Belize
Belize City, Belize
phone: +8003267491
web: www.oceanicsociety.org

Room amenities: Small storage closet, fan, 110 AC electrical plugs (powered by generator)

Facility amenities: Double occupancy beachfront cabanas (2 singles available) with open porch. Each include a private bath, two full-size beds, a small shelving unit to hang clothes, desk, ceiling fan, and 110-volt AC electrical plus powered by a generator. Bathroom facilities include flush toilet, sink and hot water stall shower. The dining room is a beautiful palapa with a lounge area overlooking the Caribbean Sea.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Variable.
Optional extensions available for snorkeling, scuba diving, or to see Mayan ruins, mainland of Belize.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Seven: Sunday, March 23 -
Breakfast: Breakfast at the field station palapa.

Morning: Morning visit on of the dolphins favorite feeding sites, known for large schools of snapper, and large star fish found on the sandy bottom.

Lunch: Lunch at the field station palapa.

Afternoon: Afternoon boat excursions to research sites for data collection.

Dinner: Dinner at the field station palapa.

Evening: Evening lectures, presentations, discussion sessions

Lodging: Oceanic Society Blackbird Caye Field Station

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Field Station

Description: Beachfront cabanas each with an open porch facing the Caribbean Sea.

Ship Information: 23' research/excursion vessels with canopy top and vertical swim ladder.

Contact info:
Blackbird Caye, Turneffe Atoll, Belize
Belize City, Belize
phone: +8003267491
web: www.oceanicsociety.org

Room amenities: Small storage closet, fan, 110 AC electrical plugs (powered by generator)

Facility amenities: Double occupancy beachfront cabanas (2 singles available) with open porch. Each include a private bath, two full-size beds, a small shelving unit to hang clothes, desk, ceiling fan, and 110-volt AC electrical plus powered by a generator. Bathroom facilities include flush toilet, sink and hot water stall shower. The dining room is a beautiful palapa with a lounge area overlooking the Caribbean Sea.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Variable.
Optional extensions available for snorkeling, scuba diving, or to see Mayan ruins, mainland of Belize.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Eight: Monday, March 24 -
Breakfast: Breakfast at the field station palapa.

Morning: Excursion to the west side of the atoll to search not only for dolphins but also for manatees who are known to frequent the area.

Lunch: Lunch at the field station palapa.

Afternoon: Afternoon boat excursions to visit one of the dolphin hot spots for data collection.

Dinner: Dinner at the field station palapa.

Lodging: Oceanic Society Blackbird Caye Field Station

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Field Station

Description: Beachfront cabanas each with an open porch facing the Caribbean Sea.

Ship Information: 23' research/excursion vessels with canopy top and vertical swim ladder.

Contact info:
Blackbird Caye, Turneffe Atoll, Belize
Belize City, Belize
phone: +8003267491
web: www.oceanicsociety.org

Room amenities: Small storage closet, fan, 110 AC electrical plugs (powered by generator)

Facility amenities: Double occupancy beachfront cabanas (2 singles available) with open porch. Each include a private bath, two full-size beds, a small shelving unit to hang clothes, desk, ceiling fan, and 110-volt AC electrical plus powered by a generator. Bathroom facilities include flush toilet, sink and hot water stall shower. The dining room is a beautiful palapa with a lounge area overlooking the Caribbean Sea.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Variable.
Optional extensions available for snorkeling, scuba diving, or to see Mayan ruins, mainland of Belize.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Nine: Tuesday, March 25 - Full day excursion to Lighthouse Reef for snorkel...
Full day excursion to Lighthouse Reef for snorkeling the famous Blue Hole, visiting a red-footed booby sanctuary, superb beach snorkeling from Half Moon Caye, and enjoy a picnic of Belizean specialties.

Note: Snorkeling at several sites. View seabird sanctuary from a viewing platform, enjoy beachcombing, and a lunch picnic.

Depart From: Blackbird Caye by boat for an hour and a half trip to Lighthouse Reef Atoll.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the field station palapa.

Morning: Snorkel the rim of the famous Blue Hole.

Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch of Belizean specialties on the beach.

Afternoon: Leisurely walk to the Half Moon Caye Booby and Frigate bird sanctuary to see nesting seabirds. Also enjoy fabulous beach snorkeling. Late afternoon departure back to Blackbird Caye Field Station.

Dinner: Dinner at the field station palapa.

Lodging: Oceanic Society Blackbird Caye Field Station

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Ten: Wednesday, March 26 -
Breakfast: Breakfast at the field station palapa.

Morning: 90-minute boat transfer from Blackbird Caye Field Station, Turneffe Atoll back to Belize City.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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