Archive for June, 2011

Turtle Inn debuts exclusive scuba diving packages

Posted 06-16-11 at 12:25 PM

Turtle Inn is now offering two exclusive scuba diving packages throughout 2011 and 2012 giving adventurers the opportunity to explore a magnificent variety of coral and marine life along the Belize Barrier Reef. Choose from either a 4-night or 7-night vacation package. All excursions will take place from Turtle Inn’s brand new dive boat, Miss Ellie.

Francis Ford Coppola’s Turtle Inn is located in Belize's coastal village of Placencia. One of the world’s greatest scuba destinations, Belize is one of the few dive spots on the planet that can boast the return of the largest fish in the ocean year after year. During the full moon weeks of May and June, the Whale Shark will glide through our waters giving divers and snorkelers the unmatched opportunity to share the ocean with them in close quarters.
 
To book packages please call toll-free
(800) 746-3743, of email info@coppolaresorts.com

Turtle Inn welcomes Miss Ellie!

Posted 06-08-11 at 12:00 AM

Turtle Inn’s brand new dive boat, Miss Ellie, successfully took its maiden voyage last weekend and is now transporting resort guests along the Caribbean’s largest barrier reef for scuba and snorkeling adventures.

Named after owner Francis Coppola’s wife, Eleanor, the boat is 46 feet long, which is almost 50% larger than the resort’s previous dive boat, yet is far more fuel efficient thanks to a fiberglass hull. She also has two 350 HP, V8- 4 stroke outboards, making her one of the fastest boat in the area, cutting travel time to and from the reef significantly. Other new features include GPS, a “fish finder,” a fly bridge with shaded area, rod holders for deep see trolling, a rinse tank for camera equipment, full head (bathroom) with a fresh water shower and capacity for up to 25 guests.

Miss Ellie is also equipped with the latest safety features, including VHF marine communication, first aid kits, life support oxygen, life vests, diver down flags, and of course, a captain that knows and respects the sea.  Additionally, all dive trips are led by a licensed Tour Guide who is also a PADI Divemaster or a certified PADI Instructor.

We invite you to come aboard the Miss Ellie soon and explore the magnificent variety of coral and marine life in one of the world’s greatest scuba destinations.

Blancaneaux Lodge Guides & Conservation Officer help with ongoing Scarlet Macaw research

Posted 06-02-11 at 12:10 PM

Eddie Tzib and Roni Martinez from Blancaneaux Lodge have been helping researcher Charles Britt and Marcial Cordova of Wildlife Conservation Society of Guatemala with the ongoing research of the Belize population of Scarlet Macaws. 

This year’s project included trapping individual Scarlet Macaws and placing Telonics satellite telemetry collars on them. Although this is a slow process covering a large area, the goal was accomplished over a two week period, and now three adult Macaws have been fitted with the satellite transmitters. These collars are already sending in data on the daily movements of the birds and will be key in finally deciphering the exact migration route of the Macaws over the Maya Mountains. Over the next two months, monitoring expeditions will continue as the breeding season draws to an end.

During the expedition, illegal poachers were documented climbing some nests, which prompted intervention by FCD (Friends for Conservation and Development) National Park Rangers. The threat to the survival of this isolated and declining species remains, and Blancaneaux Lodge is committed to helping the respective authorities and researchers in their constant battle to save it from extinction.