Nature’s Surprises

Sometimes Mother Nature surprises you with an unexpected encounter that is beautiful and thrilling!  These dolphins kept divers entertained throughout their dive yesterday as they searched for whale sharks.  No whale shark sightings for the day, but happy divers for the experience!

Hopkins Humane Society Clinic for April comes to a successful close…

The April 2010 Hopkins Humane Society Free Spay & Neuter Clinic has come to a close after enjoying a hugely successful clinic and fundraiser!

The clinic was manned by ER vets from Minnesota, Clara Lee Arnold (the Stateside clinic coordinator), Nancy & Les Collier (local Humane Society organizers) and many, many wonderful local volunteers from in and around Hopkins Village. Congratulations to everyone involved! Hamanasi looks forward to future joint endeavors with HBHS and will continue to be a proud year-around supporter. Thank you, again, for the generous donations from Hamanasi guests past, present & future! For more about the Hopkins Belize Humane Society, click on the following link to see information and photos!

Hopkins Belize Humane Society

Belizean Beauty Cures Hamanasi Heatwave!

It’s HOT HOT HOT today… so King blends up his “Belizean Beauty” for Happy Hour and cools everyone down!  Here’s the way we do it at Hamanasi:

Cooling off at Happy Hour

Apple Pucker Liquor

Melon Pucker Liquor

Light Rum

Sweet & Sour Mix

Add ice and blend

Add a freshly-picked Belizean lime for garnish (can be found at Hamanais!) and let the cooling begin! 

Cheers!

Birding Paradise in Belize

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Click any of these great birding photos to enlarge!

With over 500 species of birds in vast tracks of wild land, Belize is a birder’s paradise!  From the coast to the savanna to the riverbanks to the mountainous rainforest, Hamanasi’s unique mainland location makes these diverse habitats easily accessible to serious and novice birders alike!  Enjoy tropical birding with our experienced guides and see the rare and the colorful!   A special “thank you” to Peter Hawrylyshyn for these amazing photos.  Are you tempted?

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

Birding in Belize!

Hamanasi guides, “Golden” Miranda and Pedro Ical, recently participated in Part I of a new Birding Ecology course offered in Belize! TIDE Tours is presenting a Certificate Program in Bird Ecology Mass Audubon, the first ever course of its kind to be held in Southern Belize. Part I was held on November 14-16, a 3-day intensive session covering various aspects of: Anatomy and Physiology, Orientation and Systematics, Evolution and Speciation, Flight and Migration, and Bird Conservation. Part II will be a 3-day session to be held on the 24th -26th of May 2010, and will include aspects of: Breeding Biology, Feeding Ecology, and Leadership Skills. The program also included early morning bird walks and a self-study assignment to be completed between the two formal sessions.

The purpose of the program is to enhance the ornithology (study of birds) knowledge base of naturalist guides, teachers, and others with a strong interest in the birds of Belize. Golden and Pedro are very excited to expand their already extensive knowledge about the local and regional birds. Hamanasi has an early-morning Birding Tour every Thursday!

Marcia (Hamanasi Resort Chef) wins "Taste of Belize" Award!

The Belize Tourism Board held its 8th Annual Taste of Belize Culinary Competition on Saturday, August 29, at the Old Belize Adventure Park. “Taste of Belize” is Belize’s signature culinary competition’ geared at developing the Culinary Arts in Belize. The competition included 12 professional chefs, 5 young professional chefs, 9 bartenders, 5 cake decorators and an audience of over 700 attendees.   Competitors in all categories were expected to create a unique dish using his/her choice of ingredients.  This dish could have been an appetizer, main dish or dessert and should have reflected Belizean or regional cuisine.  Marcia Nunez of Hamanasi Resort in Hopkins Village was awarded the Third Place win and received a trophy and a $500 cash prize.  Congratulations Marcia!  I’m sure many Hamanasi guests can attest that this award was richly deserved!

Tropical Birding Site Reopens in Belize Vacation Paradise

The historical site, Serpon Sugar Mill, has recently reopened to the public! This is great news to all tropical bird lovers, and to those who have yet to discover the beauty of tropical birding in Belize. The Sugar Mill is home to many species of birds and is a favorite locale for Hamanasi’s guides. You’ll want to add this to your “to do” list when planning your Belize vacation with Hamanasi Resort!

Whale Sharks in Belize 2009!

As the Whale Shark season for 2009 comes to a close this week, it has been a very exciting year for diving at Hamansi Resort in Belize! The Whale Shark is the biggest fish in the sea, and divers are fortunate every year to be able to have an excellent chance at encountering these gentle giants during the full moon weeks of March, April, May and June.

Check out this video taken by a Hamanasi guest just last week!

Belize Culture Night

Friday nights at Hamanasi Resort guests dance into the night as Garifuna dancers delight everyone with their traditional Belizean culture … stories, attire, dances and drumming!