A beautiful and stunning Belizean Isle, Laughing Bird Caye is located 11 miles from Placencia Village in Southern Belize and is an ideal base for snorkeling and scuba diving. In fact, almost all travelers who vacation in Placencia visit this gorgeous piece of paradise for a full day of diving, snorkeling, sea kayaking and even picnicking.
Laughing Bird Caye got its name from the Laughing Gulls – the birds that once used to breed on the Caye, however due to a growing human presence, the colonies moved to a nearby undisturbed Caye for breeding. Presently, the Island is home to a number of exotic birds like the brown pelican, green heron, and melodious blackbird.
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The island stands on an elongated ridge of reef known as faro which is an angular atoll on a continental shelf, also known as shelf atoll, and is an important part of the Belize Barrier Reef System.
Last year in August, I stayed at Chabil Mar, a luxurious and elegant resort in Placencia and took a day trip with Splash Belize to explore Laughing Bird Caye.
I departed Placencia Village around 9am and arrived at this beautiful island an hour later to be astonished by the natural beauty of the atoll. I discovered a white sandy beach, scattered coconut trees and mangroves and a number of interesting plants like the spider lily, seaside purslane, morning glory and black mangrove in the 1.4 acre island.
“This reserve was declared a protected area on December 21, 1991 and is managed by the Placencia based community, Friends of Nature,” announced our guide when we were stepping out of the boat.
“It is a snorkeler’s heaven and the uniqueness of its structure contributes to both the abundance and variety of coral habitats and marine life”, he added.
We learned that the park is divided into three zones – the recreational zone, buffer zone and the preservation zone which is also known as the bird restoration zone. It was also interesting to hear that the laughing gulls have started to return to the island due to the conservation efforts that have been instituted by the park rangers that live onsite.
Our guide concluded his presentation of the national park and we then headed to snorkel around the shallow waters of the island.
Sea turtles, sting rays, barracudas, moray eels, black groupers, grunts, lobsters, crabs and snappers were just a few of the many fascinating marine creatures that we encountered.
We were also amazed at the profusion of color and life that exists in the underwater world of the Belize Barrier Reef.
Many of our wedding and honeymoon couples visit Laughing Bird Caye for a beautiful and romantic adventure. Chabil Mar offers concierge services to reserve the adventures of Belize on your behalf.
Looking for your dream destination wedding? A honeymoon you’ll rave about for years? At Chabil Mar Villas, you can have that and more for a truly once-in-a-lifetime event.
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From intimate ceremonies on our private palapa on the water to making the entire resort yours for a week, the options are endless for your destination wedding in Belize.
Let your event be as special and unique as you are. At Chabil Mar, we believe the details make all the difference.
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As a boutique resort, we are uniquely positioned to create exactly the destination wedding or honeymoon you’ve dreamed of.
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Work with your own personal wedding or honeymoon planner to create the perfect backdrop–including flowers, music, food and festivities–for your big day.
Depending on the size of your party, we can arrange for you and your guests to be the only people staying at the resort for your special day.
See what our guests have to say about their Belize destination wedding and honeymoon experiences:
“Beautiful Destination Wedding…We hosted our daughter’s wedding at Chabil Mar and it was a fairy tale event from start to finish.”
Chabil Mar is large enough to include your family and guests without sacrificing the intimacy your most special occasion deserves.
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We handle the details so you can enjoy the moment.
Time for a Belize vacation? Might be wise to consider Belize, a country where almost everything is just visually stunning. Hopefully these 12 shots nudge you into checking out the ATM Cave, Belize Barrier Reef and Chabil Mar, the only guest exclusive resort in Placencia in a country where you will find new adventures around every corner.
The Great Blue is an azure submarine sinkhole that is a paradise for divers in search of crystal-clear water that hides treasures in its depths. It is one of the top attractions in Belize.
Scheduled every year in June, the Placencia Lobsterfest is a grand celebration of the opening of the lobster season in Belize attracting thousands of local and international visitors. If you intend to be in Belize in June, this is a must attend event.
Chabil Mar, Maya for “Beautiful Sea”, is a luxury, boutique resort that appeals to the discerning traveler looking to combine adventure and culturual experience with stylish, upscale and guest exclusive accommodations in Placencia Village . . . with every amenity at hand.
Every year on November 19, Garifuna Settlement day is observed which marks the arrival of the Garifuna people in Belizean territory in 1802. The holiday was created by Thomas Vincent Ramos, a Belizean civil rights activist and is celebrated for a whole week with major festivities that include parades, live music, drumming, dancing, prayers and pageantry in Garifuna communities.
One of those beautiful things in Belize that locals and visitors enjoy is the colorful and Great Barrier Reef. Even Charles Darwin, the world renowned Naturalist loved it that in 1842, he described it as the “most remarkable reef in the west indies.”
One rainstorm following the other in the Turneffe Atoll, Belize. Tony Rath Photography
One of the most endearing aspects of the Belizean people is their ability to achieve a very real and intimate connection with visitors from any country and every walk of life. The warm and friendly welcome you’ll receive in Belize combined with the breathtaking adventures you’ll experience will stir your soul, expand your mind and forever change your life.
The Belizean Rain forest holds attraction such as rivers, caves, majestic wildlife and remnants of a once great Mayan civilization. Located in the Southern part of Belize, lies the quiet Village of Monkey River where one can gain access to the many sites and wonders found in Belize.
Every year in May, the Chocolate Festival attracts hundreds of visitors from around Belize as well as overseas to Punta Gorda, Toledo District. This lively festival has helped Toledo shed its worn out image as “the forgotten district” and establish it as one of Belize’s vibrant and growing tourism destinations. It also commemorates the tremendous contribution to development in the south made by the Toledo Cacao Growers’ Association (TCGA) and its hundreds of farmer members.
Fishing in Belize is world class! At Chabil Mar, we pair our guests with expert full time captains whom we personally select for their expertise and who are experts regarding the waters in and around Placencia and the outlying Cayes. In fact, most of our captains have been fishing these waters their entire lives. Even the most experienced fishermen will find our guides top notch and relish working with these professionals.
Half Moon Caye in Belize offers divers the chance to go on a wall dive–a dive in which the vertical facades of the earth’s landmasses are explored. The depths at Half Moon Caye (and really at any wall dive) are tremendous, giving you the very correct feeling that you are staring into an abyss. The waters at Half Moon Caye are particularly clear, despite the depth, so you will be able to see all manner of wildlife, including loggerhead turtles, rays, barracuda, and eels.
Locally known as Xibalba or ATM Cave, Actun Tunichil Muknal is one of the most breathtaking caving experiences you will have in Belize. The cave is located in the karstic limestone terrain of Roaring Creek Valley in the Cayo District and is approximately 5 km long and contains a perennial stream that runs through it including a ledge with two stelae and a large chamber full of intact human remains and Maya pots.
According to Archaelogists, Actun Tunichil Muknal was a sacred place to the Maya who utilized the cave during the classic period AD 250-909. Thousands of people are attracted to this cave annually due to its remarkable history, elegant stalagmites and stalactites and the Crystal Maiden, the intact skeleton of a young woman who was sacrificed to the gods.
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Scheduled from May 23-25, 2014, the Chocolate Festival attracts hundreds of visitors from around Belize as well as overseas to Punta Gorda, Toledo District. This lively festival has helped Toledo shed its worn out image as “the forgotten district” and establish it as one of Belize’s vibrant and growing tourism destinations. It also commemorates the tremendous contribution to development in the south made by the Toledo Cacao Growers’ Association (TCGA) and its hundreds of farmer members.
The three day event is the ultimate getaway for the chocolate lover and foodie who savor decadent (local) chocolate and cacao inspired deserts and dishes of Belize.
Share in the homage of Belize’s Ancient Maya culture, while immersing in this traditional and festive chocolate extravaganza.
“Wine and Chocolate Night”
Date: Friday, May 23rd, 2014.
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Venue: Garbutts Marine in Punta Gorda Town.
Highlights: delectable chocolate creations by top chocolatiers in Belize; live musical entertainment; socializing with the chocolatiers and more.
Date: Saturday, May 24th, 2014.
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Venue: Front Street, Punta Gorda Town.
Highlights: numerous booth displays (cacao and chocolate food and drinks on sale); arts and craft; musical performances and more.
Date: Sunday, May 25th, 2014.
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Venue: Lubaantun Maya site, northwest of Punta Gorda Town.
Highlights: Maya descendants’ reenactments; food and drinks; fun cacao competitions.
Cacao & the Ancient Maya:
Get acquainted with the once “Heartland of the Maya”, Belize.
Did you know that cacao (the raw form of chocolate) was considered gold for this ancient Maya community? The ancient Maya also used cacao (primarily) for trading purposes (currency). Learn more about the traditional techniques that contributes to the rich and distinctive taste of Belizean chocolate products; a palate that is recognizable throughout the world!
Join in the festive occasion and discover how to be a professional or amateur chocolatier, while indulging in one of many signature events held annually in Belize.
See also: Placencia Lobsterfest 2014
On behalf of Chabil Mar Management & Staff, we want to wish everyone a Happy Earth Day 2014!