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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
Snorkeling (mask, snorkel, fins)

Itinerary for Feb 2 — Feb 11, 2013

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Type: Field Station

Description: Beachfront cabanas each with a 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.oceanic-society.org

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

Facility amenities: Double occupancy cabanas (2 singles available), private baths, comfortable with basic amenities, lovely dining palapa

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: Saturday, February 02 -
Arrive To: 90-minute boat transfer to Blackbird-Oceanic Society Field Station, Turneffe Atoll.

Dinner: Buffet-style Belizean dinner served in dining "palapa" upon arrival.

Lodging: Blackbird-Oceanic Society Field Station

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Field Station

Description: Beachfront cabanas each with a 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.oceanic-society.org

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

Facility amenities: Double occupancy cabanas (2 singles available), private baths, comfortable with basic amenities, lovely dining palapa

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: Sunday, February 03 -
Breakfast: Three buffet-style Belizean meals are served daily in a 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: Join your fellow participants in the dining room for breakfast, lunch & dinner

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

Dinner: Join your fellow participants in the dining room for breakfast, lunch & dinner

Evening: Lecture on Dolphin Biology

Evening: Evening lectures, presentations, discussion sessions

Lodging: Blackbird-Oceanic Society Field Station

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

Description: Beachfront cabanas each with a 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.oceanic-society.org

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

Facility amenities: Double occupancy cabanas (2 singles available), private baths, comfortable with basic amenities, lovely dining palapa

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: Monday, February 04 -
Breakfast: Three buffet-style Belizean meals are served daily in a dining "palapa."

Morning: Morning short boat excursion to lagoon. Observe birds as we motor slowly through mangrove creeks. Search for dolphins and record their behavior. Data collection includes setting an underwater hydrophone for obtaining acoustic recordings.

Lunch: Three buffet-style Belizean meals are served daily in a dining "palapa."

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

Dinner: Three buffet-style Belizean meals are served daily in a dining "palapa."

Evening: Evening lectures, presentations, discussion sessions.

Lodging: Blackbird-Oceanic Society Field Station

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

Description: Beachfront cabanas each with a 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.oceanic-society.org

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

Facility amenities: Double occupancy cabanas (2 singles available), private baths, comfortable with basic amenities, lovely dining palapa

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: Tuesday, February 05 -
Breakfast: Three buffet-style Belizean meals are served daily in a dining "palapa."

Morning: Morning boat excursions to known dolphin hot spot. Data collection.

Lunch: Three buffet-style Belizean meals are served daily in a dining "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. Data collection.

Dinner: Three buffet-style Belizean meals are served daily in a dining "palapa."

Evening: Evening lectures, presentations, discussion sessions

Lodging: Blackbird-Oceanic Society Field Station

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

Description: Beachfront cabanas each with a 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.oceanic-society.org

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

Facility amenities: Double occupancy cabanas (2 singles available), private baths, comfortable with basic amenities, lovely dining palapa

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: Wednesday, February 06 -
Breakfast: Three buffet-style Belizean meals are served daily in a dining "palapa."

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

Lunch: Three buffet-style Belizean meals are served daily in a dining "palapa."

Afternoon: Afternoon boat excursions to different research site within the atoll. Data collection.

Dinner: Three buffet-style Belizean meals are served daily in a dining "palapa."

Evening: Evening lectures, presentations, discussion sessions

Lodging: Blackbird-Oceanic Society Field Station

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

Description: Beachfront cabanas each with a 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.oceanic-society.org

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

Facility amenities: Double occupancy cabanas (2 singles available), private baths, comfortable with basic amenities, lovely dining palapa

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: Thursday, February 07 -
Breakfast: Three buffet-style Belizean meals are served daily in a dining "palapa."

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

Lunch: Three buffet-style Belizean meals are served daily in a dining "palapa."

Afternoon: Afternoon boat excursions to visit one of the dolphin hot spots. We visit a highly frequented area and deploy a hydrophone to collect acoustic data.

Dinner: Three buffet-style Belizean meals are served daily in a dining "palapa."

Evening: Evening lectures, presentations, discussion sessions

Lodging: Blackbird-Oceanic Society Field Station

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

Description: Beachfront cabanas each with a 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.oceanic-society.org

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

Facility amenities: Double occupancy cabanas (2 singles available), private baths, comfortable with basic amenities, lovely dining palapa

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: Friday, February 08 -
Breakfast: Three buffet-style Belizean meals are served daily in a dining "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: Three buffet-style Belizean meals are served daily in a dining "palapa."

Afternoon: Morning and afternoon boat excursions to research sites. Data collection.

Dinner: Three buffet-style Belizean meals are served daily in a dining "palapa."

Evening: Evening lectures, presentations, discussion sessions

Lodging: Blackbird-Oceanic Society Field Station

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Eight: Saturday, February 09 - Boat excursions to visit one of the dolphin hot s...
Boat excursions to visit one of the dolphin hot spots. We visit a highly frequented area and deploy a hydrophone to collect acoustic data.

Note: Assist researcher with collecting acoustic data.

Breakfast: Morning breakfast in the dining 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 provided in the dining Palapa

Afternoon: Afternoon boat excursions to visit one of the dolphin hot spots. We visit a highly frequented area and deploy a hydrophone to collect acoustic data.

Dinner: Dinner provided in the dining Palapa

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

Description: Beachfront cabanas each with a 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.oceanic-society.org

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

Facility amenities: Double occupancy cabanas (2 singles available), private baths, comfortable with basic amenities, lovely dining palapa

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: Sunday, February 10 - 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 beach barbeque and picnic.

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

Morning: 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 beach barbeque and picnic.

Lodging: Blackbird-Oceanic Society Field Station


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