Getting to Placencia from Belize City
(Placencia is 3 hours away south of Belize City, via the scenic Hummingbird highway)
By Shuttle: All-in-One Travel Service (011-501-620-2267 / 615-7225); approximately $90 per person (each way); pick up at Belize International airport. 3-hour ride. Private van, group discount. Great folks.
By Rental Car: between $90 - $100 USD a day; roughly 3 hour drive. We have our own private place to leave your rental car while in Placencia.
By Air: (Maya or Tropic Air) $135 USD each way per person / 40 minute flight. Fastest way.
By Taxi : $300 USD each way by SUV (4 people); $350 USD by van (6 people).
(Note: If going to Bird Island the same day as arriving, the shuttle/rental car/taxi way works as long as one is arriving in Belize International by 1pm (then it is a 3hr drive to Placencia + 1 hr for food shopping + 30 minutes to get to the island by 6pm (it gets dark in Belize by 6:30pm). If arriving to Belize International well after 1pm best to fly to Placencia.)
Length Of Stay
We have a minimum stay of 4 days, maximum 6 days.
From experience we have learned that 4-5 days is about perfect, easy to plan for and eliminates the need to have to come back into town at all during your stay, though that option is, of course, available.
Longer stays are available upon special request.
In Order To Help With Your Logistics
If arriving in Placencia the same day as going to Bird Island, we can pick you up at the local Placencia airport; or if coming via rental car or shuttle best to meet at our Privasea Tour office, which is only 100 yards from Ming's Supermarket, where you be food shopping.
If in town a day before going to Bird Island, we can pick you up at your hotel at 11am (or later) on the day of departure to Bird Island, just let us know where you are staying beforehand. Please note this option is available if staying near the town of Placencia, if staying well away from the village, such places normally do have a free shuttle into Placencia.
Either way, you are most welcomed to stop by our Privasea Tour office any time.
The Trip From Placencia Village To Bird Island
is included in the booking price.
If not picking you up for food shopping, we meet at 12 Noon (or later), at the M&M Hardware gas station / Hockey Pockey boat dock .
M&M Hardware (huge orange building) is in the very middle of town, close to everything.
(Please note: this dock is different than the new town dock which is at the very end town.)
The island's has three buildings; the main house which has a master bedroom with a queen-size bed with all amenities.
The 2nd building is a new over-the-water, totally self-contained cabana, also with queen-sized bed and also with all amenities.
The 3rd building is a small cabana with a double-size bed, desk, etc, but no bathroom.
The island is geared towards 4 people, though can accommodate up to six (6) people depending on group composition.
Because of the new additions to the island, bringing extra guests is now an option.
Upon booking, if you are not sure how many extra guests there will be, perhaps it is best to book for only 2 persons, but change your reservation as you get closer to actual arrival if you need to. We do accept Credit Cards for any additional costs.
While staying in town or on the island: there are three side tours we highly recommend. We now have our own tour company, its emphasis is on quality tours. See our new tour website at privaseaadventures.com or visit our new location right on mainstreet Placencia.
The first is our Monkey River tour, a 4-hour tour to a wild river south of Placencia with a hike through a jungle with wildlife all around you. Best done when staying in town before going to or coming back from Bird Island. ($75 per person).
The 2nd is our 'Smogasbord' fishing trip and lobstering (when in season), best done during the day after your arrival day at Bird Island since you will catch plenty of fish that will last you the rest of your stay. Our guests simply have loved this type of adventure since they will also learn how to do it on their own around the Bird Island atoll. ($250 for 2 people; $300 for 4 people, $350 for 6 people)
The 3rd is our tours to Silk Caye on the Barrier Reef (2nd largest in the world) or to to Laughing Bird Caye (World Heritage site) for some exceptional snorkeling; both come with an exceptional lunch right on the beach. We run both tours with our new 32' Due East boat; this should be arranged before arrival and can also be done when staying in town before going to Bird Island or during your stay on the island. ($95 per person).
You are always welcome to stop by our office right downtown Placencia which is located in the middle of town (where the traffic bump with the yellow stripes).
We accept credit cards.
Exclusivity | Security | Cancellation
Exclusivity: Yes, when you book Bird Island, we do not mean it is privately owned, but that you will have the whole Island all to yourself in ~total~ privacy with a 'no-tan-line' personal type of privacy. There is no staff on the island.
Security: Though Bird Island is 6 miles away from town and inside its own atoll, it is on a main thoroughfare of tourist boats traveling from the Placencia mainland to the main Belize Reef; everyone knows Bird Island locally and keeps a close eye on it.
Nearby (1/2 mile) is Morris Caye, a new resort being developed and we share their security personnel. Additionally, any technical issues (or emergency), we can be at the island in 30 minutes.
Cancellation: We do follow the cancellation policy in our reservation form.
Recommended Gear & Equipment To Bring
Wading slipper-type shoes: The island is surrounded by hard sand flats and within 100 feet by live 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.
Snorkeling equipment: Bring your own or you can get them at our tour shop in downtown Placencia. Yes, the island does have many sets however.
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. If want to do bottom fishing, you should get shrimp bait when food shopping. The island now has a new fishing dock.
Buying Food: Bird Island is a self-catering scenario so plan to bring meats, vegetable and drinks (especially 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 are not required to think of every little thing. Close by where we take off for the island while in Placencia, there are excellent food store (Ming's) and Perez vegetable stand. Food shopping is a very simple step and can be left for last moment.
Refrigeration: The island has a new propane refrigerator with a fair-size freezer. It has ice trays. Bringing at least a few bags of ice is never a bad idea.
Water: The island has a well-filtered rain-water system for all general uses. However, we still provide purified bottled drinking water for drinking. Meaning no need to worry about bringing water.
Communication: A local phone is at the island so you can call local numbers. The island has very good and reliable WiFi. As to music, the island has a great Bose Bluetooth speaker to play your own music; please no streaming, it is a bandwidth killer.
Power: The island runs on solar-power and has a wind generator; so no noisy generator. There is a new generator available to run during an exceptionally long series of cloudy days, though rarely needed. The island is not equipped at present to accommodate the usage of exceptionally high-power items such as hair dryers or air conditioners, though both can be run if willing to start the island generator.
Getting Around: There are 2 single-person and 2 new double-person kayaks to cruise the atoll that surrounds the island. (As of summer 2019 it will also have water scooters to make seeing the entire atoll that much more fun.
Sun Tan Lotion and Bug Spray: Remember, it is the tropics; the best type of suntan lotion is one of a high Block Factor (50), either lotion or spray type. As to bugs (i.e. sand flies), Bird Island just doesn't tend to have them, unlike the mainland or most other Cayes, but on rare extremely calm, still days they ~may~ come momentarily over from other nearby islands.
Places To Stay In The Mainland (Placencia)
There are many good places to stay in Placencia, and many of them are right on the beach. We do suggest staying close to town versus up the peninsula, unless it is a totally self-contained resort, since you may find yourself constantly coordinating transportation to Placencia just about every day. Today, Placencia is a happening village while the rest of the peninsula is still sparsely populated.
General Weather Pattern
January-June 15th: is considered the 'dry season'.
June 15th-July 20th: the first seasonal rains tend to occur. Daily short thunderstorm.
July 20th-September 15th: usually is very nice weather, interrupted by the occasional 30-minute passing shower.
September 15th-October 30th: the second period of seasonal rains tend to occur, again daily short thunderstorm.
November 1st-December 30th Occasional scattered thunderstorms here and there but great weather in long stretches between them.
(Please note that weather in Belize tends to be pleasant, specially at naturally-protected Bird Island which is in a rain shadow and protected by a reef, so its surrounding waters stay relatively calm and crystal clear even if windy. Weather. needless to say, we could never guarantee, so the above is only a rough guide.)