General Bird Island Information
#1-Availability: As you can see from the calendar, Bird Island is booked well in advance and many assume at first glance the calendar must be in error, it isn't. We do keep a waiting list however, though cancellations have been rare.
#2 -Length of Stay: From experience we have found a stay of 4-5 days is about perfect to stay in Bird Island. If you notice our calendar is now set in 4-day 'windows' (occasionally 5 days) and a blocked day in-between guests, which allows us to make our preparations for your stay a lot better and continually improve the island along the way. If you are interested in a longer stay than 4 days, we can change any reservation to up to 6 days.
#3 -Extra Guests: Your party will always have the island to yourself regardless how many people the island can accommodate. Considering how far in advance Bird Island gets booked, we suggest to book two people only from the outset if not sure how many extra guests you will have, and simply add extra guests before your arrival. In this way, it puts no pressure on you to guess correctly how many people will eventually show up so far in advance.
#4- The trip from Placencia Village to Bird Island is included in the booking price. Check-out time is at 10:00am, and pick up (check in) is at 12pm (Noon). We meet at the M&M Hardware boat dock/gas station (where Hockey Pockey is), which is in the back of its large parking lot (lagoon side). Please note, pick up from the island should be roughly 2 hrs before a scheduled flight out of Placencia however.
#5: Exclusivity. Yes, when you book the island, you (or group) will have the whole Island all to yourselves.
#6 - Cancellation Policy. We are under and do follow Airbnb's Super Strict 60 policy.
#7- Sleeping accommodations: The island's main house has a master bedroom with a double bed and a double sofa/bed. A new separate over-the-water, totally-self-contained cabana has been added. In addition there is also the original separate Cabana available to stay in, with a double-size bed, Sirius radio, desk, etc, but without facilities. The island can now accommodate up to six (6) people comfortably.
#8- Wading slipper-type shoes. The island is surrounded by hard sand flats, further away, by coral; bringing soft shoes that cover your toes and ankle are a good thing to have when walking about. There are many pairs in the island that may fit you, but no guarantee to do so.
#9- Snorkeling equipment: Bring your own or you can rent them locally on the way to the island. Yes the island does have many sets, but no guarantee they will fit you. For divers, there is a local place in town for renting tanks, though most divers arrange a separate diving tour with a local outfit that can pick them up at the island.
#10- Fishing equipment: The island is usually surrounded by constant marauding schools of fish (jacks, snappers, etc) feeding around it. Best to bring (or rent) your own equipment and a few small (1") silver spoons if fishing. If want to do bottom fishing, should get shrimp bait when food shopping.
#11- Food: Bird Island is a self-catering scenario so plan to bring enough meats, vegetable and drinks (and liquor) for your stay. The island however, does have a very well-stocked kitchen with a myriad of condiments such as cake mixes, flour, rice, spices, oils, paper towels, garbage bags, etc., so you don't have to be required to think of every little thing. Near where we take off for the island in town, there are excellent food stores and vegetable stands. Food shopping is a very simple step in Placencia Village and should be left for last.
#12- Refrigeration: The island has a new propane refrigerator with a fair-size freezer. It has ice trays.
#13- Water: The island has a well-filtered rain-water system, for all uses including cooking and even drinking water. Nonetheless, we still provide purified drinking water for drinking; meaning no need to worry about drinking water. Overall water conservation is extremely appreciated, an island after all is like being in the middle of a desert.
#14- Communication. A local phone is at the island so you can call local numbers, or us, at any time. The island has very good and reliable WiFi.
#15- Power. Solar-powered and has a wind generator; so no noisy generator.
#16- Boating. Two single-person kayaks, knee boards and inner tubes to cruise the atoll that surrounds it. Also a small row boat for fishing.
#17- Sun Tan Lotion and Bug Spray. Remember, it is the tropics; the best type of suntan lotion is one of a high Block Factor, either lotion or spray type. As to bugs (i.e. sandflies), Bird Island just doesn't tend to have them, but on extremely-calm, still days they may come from other nearby islands.
#18 - Places to stay in mainland: We suggest Sea Spray, Ranguana Lodge, Cozy Corner (which is right across the street from where we take off) or the fancier Nirvana hotel, all four are right on the Placencia beach.
#19- General weather pattern:
January-June 15th is considered the 'dry season'. (January-April, May warmer and still).
June 15th-July 15th the first seasonal rains tend to occur.
July 1st-September 15th usually very nice weather, interrupted by the occasional 30-minute passing thunderstorm.
September 15th-October 15th the second seasonal rains tend to occur.
October 15th-December 30th daily scattered thunderstorms here and there but great weather in between them.
Please note that weather in Belize tends to be pleasant, specially at Bird Island which is inside an atoll, so its waters stay clear even when windy. Perfect weather however we could never guarantee; the above is a rough guide only.
#20- Getting to Placencia from Belize City:
By Air: (Maya or Tropic Air) $235 USD round trip per person / 40 minute flight. Fastest way.
By Car: Rental Car; roughly 3.5 hour drive. Cost could range between $50 - $125 USD a day.
By Taxi: About $150 USD each way, up to 4 people, or more.
By Shuttle: Start at roughly $75 USD each way per person; 5 runs a day. Nice, relaxing scenic drive but long.
Please Note: Bird Island is always undergoing improvements each year. Last year (2016) we added new decks, a fishing dock and the new observatory overlooking the atoll, which guests simple have loved. This year (2017) we did the new walkways and now starting a new 2nd over-the-water, totally self-contained which will be ready September 2017. During 2018 we will be adding many more additions and improvements, like a another self-contained cabana). The main 2018 goal is to create a true beach.