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Plumbing!

Not that this will be so noticeable to guests…but the upgrades/rehabbing continue. We have now completely re-done the entire plumbing system. New pipes, new and better septic system.
Great water pressure in all showers and faucets…finally. Still no hot water…looking into a solar water heater, but those are very expensive, so it will be a while before we can do that, but it’s in the plan…
More to come!

2 or 3 tank dive on the fabulous southern reef!

There are many amazing dive sites on the Barrier reef less than 45 minutess by motor boat from Hopkins Village. We offer half or full day dive trips that take you on a Caribbean adventure with some true Belizean talent and seamanship.

This tour takes you on a short ride down Sittee river with stunning wildlife, jungle and mangroves on both sides along the banks of the river. After a 10 minute ride down the river you reach the ocean and you go skipping over the water with the wind in your hair through the first range of Cayes and onward to the barrier reef.

The tour goes to 2 or 3 different islands including Tobacco Caye, South Water Caye, Bread and Butter caye and many more.

For lunch the tour stops at a Caye where you can relax, explore,  chill out and snorkel from the beach whilst your meal is prepared.

Diving in the warm, calm, clear water inside the reef is spectacular. On any one outing you will see dozens and dozens of different varieties of fish, all in their Technicolor glory.

The coral reef is an amazing beautiful place and there is a lot to see!  Marine life swimming all around going about their business: protecting eggs, defending their territory, hunting food, looking for shelter, looking for mates, There are busier times too when fish are feeding or there is a change of guard when the day time critters go to sleep and the nocturnal creatures come out.  All this activity occurs amongst the beautiful coral in many different shapes and colors
Add in a couple passing rays, turtles, manatees and sharks, and now you have the Belize Barrier Reef. Literally anywhere you get in the water you will see the amazing world that makes the coral reef.
The boat that we take you out on is powered by an outboard motor with cushioned seating and a canopy to keep you in the shade.
  • Experience the second largest barrier reef in the world
  • UNESCO national heritage site
  • See manatees, dolphins, rays, turtles, barracudas and much more.
  • Expert guide and dive master on board to inform and answer questions
  • Full equipment included

CALL US AT +501 676.DODO for availability and pricing. Or, just stop by the front desk!

help?

The price of sheets in Belize is¬†stupid.¬†As in expensive. Like US$40 for a twin set of mostly polyester sheets. (yuck–sleeping on plastic)

If you’re coming to the Funky Dodo, have just a little room in your pack, and would like to help us out with a small donation, please bring sheet sets. White, twin or full size. We’ll love you forever.

Thanks!

Night Time River Tour. Bio-luminescence and Crocodiles. Guided tour

Exciting night time river cruise at Sunset to explore a stunning tropical jungle river where you can see large crocodiles, iguanas and bio-luminescent plankton. The boat ride goes up river and through small creeks into a lagoon.

On this tour you take a boat ride out along the Sittee river at sunset with a guide and experience the Bioluminescent plankton in the wake of the boat and the glowing eyes of the crocodiles in the dark. The trip lasts about 3 hours and your guide will show you the amazing wildlife along the banks of Sittee river and in the lagoons.
The quiet, calm water is a relaxing and interesting experience, for the abundance of wildlife along its banks is fascinating. Marine and freshwater crocodiles inhabit the banks and waters of the river and sightings are very common. Iguanas in all the colors they come can be seen on the branches of trees hanging over the river. There is a wide variety of airborne wildlife like flycatchers, egrets, kingfisher, toucans, parrots and herons.
The  mangroves located at the mouth of this river are the tallest ever reported for the Caribbean region and among the tallest anywhere in the entire tropics. The mouth of the Sittee River presents the optimal conditions for mangrove development and the forest found there has a high level of structural development. Freshwater flows and sediments carried by the river itself, draining from the Maya Mountains, and tidal flushing from the Caribbean Sea all support this tree growth.

Bioluminescence is the production and emission of light by a living organism. Bioluminescence occurs widely in marine vertebrates and invertebrates, as well as in some fungi, microorganisms and terrestrial invertebrates. Some symbiotic organisms carried within larger organisms produce light.
Call us at +501.676.DODO for availability and pricing. Or, just stop by the front desk!

 

Mayflower Nature Reserve. Transport only. Unguided

Jungle trekking waterfalls & Mayan ruins. Explore beautiful tropical jungle and swim in fresh water. Unguided

The Mayflower Bocawina National Park takes its name from one of the ancient Mayan sites recently found there. The reserve offers 7000 acres of beautiful Rainforest and jungle in a semi mountainous terrain. The area was made into a national Park in 2001. There are excavations going on at The Mayflower site along with two other sites in the park by the local Archeology Project.

Archeologists predict once the excavation is complete the Mayflower site will rank as one of the largest in Belize. Trail maps are available.  All three archeological sites are near the entrance and easily accessible on clear trails.

On the trail you can expect to see many types of birds including parrots and toucans. There are also howler monkeys, anteaters and many other species of wildlife evident in the park including the rarely seen jaguar. Of course the jaguar is a nocturnal creature, but hikers often see fresh footprints near the trails and an occasional jaguar spotting does happen.

Some of the hikes are steep and require hikers to grab onto ropes to climb to the top of the trails. The main trail through the reserve is called The Antelope Trail and the water falls on that trail are called the Antelope Falls where there are several places to swim and the water is pure and clear and the torrent crashing down the side of the mountain is incredibly refreshing

  • Stunning tropical Jungle and wildlife
  • Archaeological site
  • Swimming in Waterfalls
  • Spectacular views

Call us at +501.676.DODO for availability and pricing. Or, just stop by the front desk!

Explore the Mayan Site Xunantunich

Come on a full day tour of 2 Mayan sites and 1 national park. Transportation only.

We offer this tour for you to see some of Belize’s most spectacular Mayan sites. We take you there in comfortable transport. Park entry fees not included. Guides are available, ¬†if desired, at the sites.

Xunantunich Mayan¬†ruins are located just to the west of St Ignacio in the Cayo District and is¬†located atop a ridge above the¬†Mopan River, well within sight of the¬†Guatemala¬†border ‚Äď which is a mere 1¬†kilometer to the west.

Xunantunich served as a Maya civic ceremonial center in the Late and Terminal Classic periods to the Belize Valley region. At this time, when the region was at its peak, nearly 200,000 people lived in Belize

The largest pyramid,¬†El Castillo, rises 130 feet above the main plaza and offers an impressive¬†Panoramic View¬†of the Belize’s Cayo District and¬†nearby Guatemala.

On this tour we take you from Hopkins along the Southern Highway through the hundreds of acres of citrus plantations and up the famous Hummingbird highway that winds through the Mayan mountains and offers some amazing views of jungle, mountains, rivers, and valleys. The tour then goes past the Capital City Belmopan and then down the western highway to St Ignacio where the Mayan site is located.

The drive takes approximately 90 mins and it is quite a spectacular ride through Belize’s stunning countryside, villages and towns.

Please call us at +501.676 DODO for availability and pricing. Or, just stop by the front desk!

Explore Mayan Sites: Xunantunich and Cahal Pech & The Blue Hole National Park

Come on a full day tour of 2 Mayan sites and 1 national park. Transportation only.

We offer this tour for you to see two of Belize’s most spectacular Mayan sites¬†as well¬†as¬†one of the many National parks that the country has to offer. We take you there in comfortable transport.

Cahal Pech Mayan Site

The Cahal Pech Mayan Site is located on an imposing hill that overlooks the twin towns of San Ignacio/Santa Elena. The name of the site means ‚ÄúPlace of Ticks‚ÄĚ in the Yucatecan Maya language. This name was coined in the 1950‚Äôs when the area around the site was used for pasture.

Xunantunich Mayan site
Xunantunich Mayan¬†ruins are located just to the west of St Ignacio and is¬†located atop a ridge above the¬†Mopan River, well within sight of the¬†Guatemala¬†border ‚Äď which is a mere 1¬†kilometer to the west.

It served as a Maya civic ceremonial center in the Late and Terminal Classic periods to the Belize Valley region. At this time, when the region was at its peak, nearly 200,000 people lived in Belize

The largest pyramid,¬†El Castillo, rises 130 feet above the main plaza and offers an impressive¬†Panoramic View¬†of the Belize’s Cayo District and¬†nearby Guatemala.

The Blue Hole National Park

The Blue Hole is actually a sinkhole formed by the collapse of an underground river channel. The exposed section of the underground Cave Branch Creek tributary can be viewed for about 150 feet before it disappears again beneath the surface This National park offers jungle trails and refreshing swimming.

On this tour you go from Hopkins along the southern Highway through the hundreds of acres of citrus plantations and up the famous Hummingbird highway that winds through the Mayan mountains and offers some amazing views of jungle, mountains, rivers, and valleys. The tour then goes past the Capital City Belmopan and then down the western highway to St Ignacio where the Mayan sites are located.

The drive takes approximately 90 mins and it is quite a spectacular ride though Belize’s stunning countryside, villages and towns.

  • Transport to 2 of Belize’s most famous Mayan sites
  • Comfortable Transport
  • Swimming in the Blue Hole

Call us at +501.676 DODO for availability and pricing. Or, just stop by the front desk!