“Hopkin’s Day 2012″

This weekend in Hopkins is a festive and fun place to be. The intense beating of drums followed by singing and dancing will welcome you as you enter the sleepy fishing village of Hopkins. It makes the 71st year of the arrival of the Garifuna to Hopkins, and Hopkins Day has been celebrated since 1990. It is a festival that grows every year. and aside from the villages more and more Belizean people from other parts of the country are coming to be a part of this cultural festival.

There will be lots of fun games and drumming entertainment with a variety of cultural and Belizean food for everyone during the day. Saturday night will come alive with the Punta fest where many bands from around the country will be participating.

Join us and let’s all celebrate in one of Belize growing tourist destination.




Belize International Film Festival 2010

Belize Film Festival 2010

THE SILENT ARMY will open Belize’s 5th International Film Festival…

A Carnival like excitement is growing across the country as the BELIZE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL’S Red Carpet Opening Night Gala set for Friday, July 16th at the Bliss Centre draws near. International celebrities like Daryl “Chill” Mitchell and Anthony Anderson are confirming their attendance and so are the BelAms, with comedienne Lauren Burgess leading the bunch returning home to be a part of this glamorous JULY SUMMER EVENT being promoted by NICH and its many partners in the tourism sector. The Festival will open with red carpet events in Belize City at the Bliss on the 16th, San Pedro at the Reef Village Resort Paradise Theatre on the 17th and San Ignacio’s Ka’ana Boutique Resort on the 21st of this month.

The real heart of this festival, however, is its wide diversity of films, industry workshops and seminars. And the long awaited list of selected films was revealed. A sneak peak, however, reveals that The Silent Army, a Dutch film, has been selected to open Belize’s Festival this year.

4th Belize International Film Festival Underway

Belize Tourism Industry Association

The fourth Belize International Film Festival is taking place from July 17-24, 2010 and tickets are now on sale!

This is not the regular Hollywood screening…in the past, shorts, documentaries, and other film types have been shown highlighting powerful issues, e.g. from Brazil, Mexico, India, Canada, Belize, and other countries.  It is fun and enlightening for adults and kids alike.  Some of the actors and producers also come to Belize for the screenings during the Festival.

For the first time, the Film Festival will be hosted in three locations….Ka’ana Resort near San Ignacio, in San Pedro Town, and in Belize City.  Check out www.belizefilmfestival.com for more information.  Also, HOTEL DEALS can be found on the website.

Prices for the passes are as follows:


(Access to all movies in Belize City, San Pedro and San Ignacio except Opening Night Films)

Belize City: Princess Cinemas, July17 – 24

San Pedro: Paradise Theatre, July 18-19                        San Ignacio: Ka’ana Boutique Resort, July22-23


6 p.m. Fri., July 16 (Bliss Centre, Belize City)

(Red Carpet Entrance, Cocktail Gala, Opening Ceremony, Screening of Opening Film)


8 p.m. Sat. July 17 (Paradise Theatre, Reef Village Resort)

(Red Carpet Entrance / Opening Ceremony, Screening of film, Pool Side After Party)


Wed. July 21 (Ka’ana Boutique Resort, Benque Rd.)

(Red Carpet Entrance, Cocktail Reception, Opening Ceremony, Screening of film)


Sat. July 24 (Bliss Centre, Belize City)

(Red Carpet Entrance, Closing Ceremony and Awards, Screening of Haitian films)

Hopkins Football Team Wins Mayor’s Cup Championship!

Hamanasi's Selvin Arevalo wins MVP

Friday night was the Stann Creek District Mayor’s Cup football championship.  Hopkins Village took the win 3-2 and brought home the trophy!  There was a great turnout from the area, and many of the players on the Hopkins team are Hamanasi staff members!  Hamanasi’s Selvin Arevalo was named mid-fielder MVP!  Well-done Hopkins.  We’re very proud of  you!


Belize National Agriculture & Trade Show 2010


04/30/2010 – 05/02/2010
National Agriculture Showground’s, Belmopan

The National Agriculture & Trade Show (NATS) is Belize’s leading agricultural show which is organized by the National Agriculture & Trade Show Committee in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries.  Held in the Nation’s Capital this show welcomes more than 80,000 visitors over three days. The main objective of the show is to educating the public on the importance of agriculture and its contribution to the Belizean economy and food security.

The weekend was filled with exhibitors of all kinds, great food and fun rides for the children!

Friday Happy Hour Drink Special: Tropical Tsunami!

Tropical Tsunami!

Cranberry Juice, Pineapple Juice, Lime Juice, Vodka and Champagne & a wedge of fresh pineapple come crashing together in King’s Tropical Tsunami. After a day of exploring the Mayan Ruins, a Tsunami is a welcomed event!

Cheers from Hamanasi

Hamanasi’s New Custom 45′ Dive Boat Arrives

IT’S HERE!  “Hopkins Divers”, Hamanasi’s in-house PADI Dive Center, just received a new custom-built 45′ dive boat!  This boat is equipped with three 200 hp 4-stroke Suzuki engines and will be an exciting addition to the Hamanasi fleet!  The arrival is  a great kick-off for the 2010 Whale Shark season, as well as our daily Barrier Reef dives and the beautiful Belizean Atolls! 

Hopkins Divers 45'

Easter Clean-up in Hopkins Village

Welcome to Hopkins

         There will be an Easter Clean-up for Hopkins Village today!  All volunteers are welcome.  Hamanasi will be providing hauling of trash gathered by the groups of volunteers.  Let’s beautify Hopkins together!

The Hamanasi Green Team

Hamanasi Gets a New Look…On Our Blog!

Hamanasi is very excited to announce the launch of our new blog “Hamanasi Happenings”!  The new and improved look is beautiful, user-friendly, and you can send interesting posts straight to Facebook and Twitter and see a spectacular photo gallery in Flickr.  So check it out and spread the word!

                                   The Hamanasi Team

Hamanasi Adventure & Dive Resort, Hopkins Village, Belize

Doctors Donate Dental Supplies for Smiles in Hopkins!

Centre de Santé Dentaire de Shippagan, Dr. Henri Thériault and Dermalaser Clinic, Dr. Chantal Chiasson.

“Hello to everybody”, from Henri and Chantal.  It was a great pleasure for us to spend quality time in Belize. We will be back to Hamanasi sometime in the future.”

Thank you Henri and Chantal for the donations!  The school supplies and dental supplies are wonderful!  And thank  you to the staff at the Centre de Santé Dentaire de Shippagan, Dr. Henri Thériault and Dermalaser Clinic, Dr. Chantal Chiasson!