“The Beasts of Belize: Jungles and waters teem with rare species”

Wild Adventures in Belize

In April of 2006, travelers Karen Catchpole (writer) and Eric Mohl (photographer) embarked on the “Trans-Americas Journey”, a five year, 200,000 mile cross-country and cross-continental drive.  Their adventures took them recently to Hamanasi and many other parts of Belize.  The link below will take you to a recently published article describing their Belizean adventures!

“The Beasts of Belize”

Belize Cockscomb Basin Jaguar Preserve in the Press

Cockscomb Basin Jaguar Preserve

Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary

Created in 1986, after renowned wildlife biologist Dr. Alan Rabinowitz observed an unprecedented population of jaguars, Cockscomb Basin is the world’s first sanctuary for the Americas’ largest cat. From a modest 3,600 acres, the reserve has expanded to 128,000 acres (200 square miles) — a mosaic of river-fed habitats that also support four other feline species (puma, ocelot, jaguarundi and margay), as well as tapir, coatimundi, kinkajou and peccary. This is serious jungle: You may want to keep an eye out for boa constrictors and the highly venomous fer-de-lance snake. In the early morning, it’s possible to see hundreds of different birds, including scarlet macaws and keel-billed motmots; evening is the best time to see mammals as they begin to make their rounds. The banks of South Stann Creek are often pocked with their tracks.

“This sanctuary is a testament to Belize’s commitment to conservation,” says Anna Hoare, executive director of the Belize Audubon Society. “I love to just be awed by the majestic views from Ben’s Bluff Trail.”

Hamanasi Guest Book – May 2010

Below is a selection of comments from guests at Hamanasi this May. From the Hamanasi staff to all of our guests this past month, Thank you for coming. We hope you had a great time, and we can’t wait to have you back!

“This was a trip of a lifetime!!”

Steve Eckhart, Camas, WA

“Keep doing what you are doing – taking great care of your guests and making them feel welcome. Much appreciated! “

Mike & Shannon Novakovich, Pasco, WA

“Hamanasi is just fantastic. We had a great time and hope to be back soon!”

Tim & Karen Fox, Lanexa, VA

“Everything was PERFECT… “detailed to perfection”

Darwin & Shonda Darr, Tyler, TX

“Thanks for a wonderful honeymoon and the experiences of a lifetime!”

“Waimar & Miguel, Washington, DC

Hamanasi now has a Carbon Offset Calculator

Hamanasi now has a Carbon Offset Calculator available for anyone interested in traveling “green”.

Sustainable Tourism International

Having always been interested in protecting and sustaining the environment and our local community, we can now offer guests the option and opportunity to contribute to an international organization dedicated to carbon offset.  Sustainable Travel International (STI) is a global leader in sustainable tourism development. The non-profit organization’s mission is to promote sustainable development through responsible travel by providing programs that help travelers, businesses and destinations protect the environment, preserve cultural heritage and promote economic development.  For more information, you can go to www.sustainabletravelinternational.org, and you can calculate your Hamanasi vacation carbon offset by going to www.hamanasi.com/eco_tourism.html.

Hamanasi’s “Green Team”

Hamanasi Welcomes Eliot Greenspan of Frommer’s Travelguide

Frommer’s Travel Guide Tours Belize – and visits Hamanasi Resort

Frommer's Travel Guide Tours BelizeTravel writer, freelance journalist and poet Eliot Greenspan arrived in Belize at the end of April for a three–week stay working on updating the Frommer’s Belize Travel Guide. Eliot Greenspan is author of Frommer’s Belize, the popular Frommer’s Costa Rica, Frommer’s Guatemala, Frommer’s Cuba, Costa Rica for Dummies and the chapter on Venezuela for Frommer’s South America.

Frommer’s Travel Guides feature reviews and advice from recognized authors such as Greenspan and include complete and in–depth destination guides covering the world through daily e–mail newsletters reporting on the latest travel news and vacation deals. 

His stay in Belize will see him visiting destinations across the country to include Belize City, Corozal, Cayo, Punta Gorda, Hopkins (Hamanasi Resort), Placencia and Ambergris Caye, just to name a few.

Thanks for stopping by, Eliot!  It’s always a pleasure having you stay at Hamanasi.

Hamanasi achieves “Green Globe” Certification!

Green Globe Certified

Hamanasi Becomes Belize’s First Beachfront Property to Achieve Green Globe Certification

Hopkins, Belize – April 19, 2010 – It’s official – Hamanasi Adventure & Dive Resort has just earned the prestigious title as Belize’s first-ever Green Globe Certified beachfront property. Based in Hopkins, the eco-resort has been dedicated to operating at the world’s highest environmental standards since its inception in 2000. The Green Globe recognition, which is a highly regarded and selective certification process, is an epic benchmark in Belize’s steadfast effort to build itself as a responsible tourism destination.

“In an effort to avoid the travel industry’s ‘green washing’ label, we felt passionately about being part of a program that was serious and reputable,” said Dana Krauskopf, owner of Hamanasi Adventure & Dive Resort. “That passion ultimately translated into Hamanasi earning the coveted Green Globe Certification. Not only does our new achievement exemplify that Hamanasi puts the environment first; it also shows the staff, guests and public that Hamanasi is deeply committed to its green/sustainability initiatives.”

From the beginning, Hamanasi owners David and Dana Krauskopf’s number one priority was protecting the environment. In fact, one of their early efforts included developing a mission statement to include their commitment to the environment, which eventually evolved into Hamanasi’s eco-mission statement. That initial pledge to Mother Nature was followed by the immediate implementation of efforts including hiring and developing local staff, keeping as much of the native plants and eco system as possible, including an 11 acre nature reserve, and designing to ensure maximum natural light and air flow. Over the years, Hamanasi has steadily strengthened its eco and sustainability initiatives, and continues to do so.

“Hamanasi will continue to aggressively pursue its environmental and sustainability goals,” commented Krauskopf.  “We plan to introduce solar power in our new guest units, invest in a new grey water system and implement other earth friendly, energy saving efforts.  Beginning this June we’ll expand our organic garden, and our efforts to actively engage in activities that support the surrounding communities will continue.”

Hamanasi’s specially appointed “Green Team” implements and oversees every eco-friendly effort, every step of the way. From facility, food & beverage and office accomplishments, to special efforts regarding tours, marketing and the community, the Green Team is dedicated to ensuring that the environment surrounding Hamanasi remains protected.

“Becoming Green Globe Certified has been a challenging and rewarding journey, ever since we set it as the Green Team’s primary Goal back in January 2007,” said Andrew Usher, General Manager of Hamanasi.  “We look forward to improving upon and extending our green efforts into sustainable, long term goals for Hamanasi’s staff and guests alike.”

As a part of Hamanasi’s new continuing education and engagement efforts for staff and guests, the Green Team is making plans to launch new guest education programs to include topics like the importance of being green and sustainable, background on wildlife and nature, Mayan history, and Belizean cultures. The property is also working on developing onsite displays which provide more information about the diverse eco habitats on-property, and has already revealed an improved pond habitat, which serves as home base for crocodiles, turtles, fish and birds.

Hamanasi officially started working towards Green Globe Certification on September 3, 2009.  The eco-resort was officially certified on April 7, 2010. For more information about Hamanasi’s community involvement and efforts to keep Belize green, visit www.Hamanasi.com.

Hamanasi "Green Team"

About Green Globe Certification

Green Globe is the worldwide sustainability certification based on internationally accepted criteria for sustainable operation and management of travel and tourism businesses. Operating under license, Green Globe Certification is based in California, USA and operates in over 83 countries. Green Globe is the only certification company to be an affiliate member of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), is partly owned by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) and a member of the Caribbean Alliance for Sustainable Tourism (CAST) governing council. For information, visit www.greenglobe.com.

Green Travel!

Nature's Beauty!

Hamanasi’s website will soon feature a Carbon Offset Calculator!  Watch for it…

Hamanasi “Green Team”

Actun Tunichil Muknal Mayan Cave Adventure

ATM Cave Entrance

As guests returned from the ATM cave yesterday, they shared amazing photos!  This tour is quickly becoming a “must do” for many adventurers.

You travel back in time and follow pathways used by the Maya to discover lost worlds that have been hidden deep within the jungle for centuries!  Going back over 2,000 years in history and viewing the burial chambers, you can see calcified remains and ceremonial vessels.

Unparalleled adventure!

Skull in ATM Cave

Fresh-Baked Hamanasi!

Camille Ramirez - Hamanasi's #1 Baker

For those of you who have visited Hamanasi, you know how wonderful our freshly baked home-made goodies are!  From the Banana Bread to the Ginger Cookies to the Chocolate Lava Cake, Camille keeps everyone’s mouth watering and stomachs satisfied!

Thank you Camille!

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'