“Garifuna Cooking Class”

Garifuna Cooking Class  

Our Garifuna Culture has been proclaimed as an intangible heritage of humanity! Join us as we introduce to you the full Garifuna cultural experience from dressing in a Garifuna traditional outfit to exploring the foods through this cooking lesson.

Hudut is the popular Garifuna dish which you will learn to cook from scratch.  It is comprised of green and ripe mashed plantains called “Fu Fu” and a coconut fish stew.

While the food is cooking you will tour a Garifuna Gallery and your host will explain and describe some of the Garinagu artifacts that have been collected throughout these years.

In addition to the Garifuna culinary wonders, enjoy the pulsating rhythm of the Garifuna Drums.  Be one with Belize while learning how to drum, dance and sing with friendly & professional indigenous people.  drumming

This tour will introduce you to the culture, history and traditions of this unique Garifuna fishing village.

“Community Love”

pic1This last year as been an amazing year for Hamanasi, we have met many new people and made many new friends. We have grown as a company and as a family, with a few new faces joining our wonderful team.

Hamanasi is built on our love for the beautiful environment that surrounds us, and we passionately try to be as sustainable as possible every day. Many of our guests will come to visit us with an understanding of the importance of preserving our natural environment, but they also come with an understanding that without our community, we would not exist. Each year we support the continued education of the children from Hopkins, but also from the surrounding communities of Silk Grass, Sittee River and Maya Center. Our education fund helps to provide financial assistance for families for schooling, but the generous donations of school supplies, crayons, pens, pencils, writing books, arts supplies, backpacks, means that the children can go to school with all the things they will need to start the school year right.


We have also supported the continued efforts of the Hopkins Belize Humane Society for many years, and will continue for many into the future. The clinics, supported by volunteer veterinarians both local and international has provided the communities of Stann Creek with free spay and neuter clinics as well as low cost clinics for other surgeries. The HBHS work tirelessly within the community providing education for people with pets on how best to care for them, with very few resources. This is why the donations that we receive from guests such as leashes and collars, flea treatments, pet treats, toys, all items that seem so small, mean so much to our communities.


Throughout the year we have been able to give out these donations to the HBHS, and to the children, especially at events such as the Kite Fest, the Easter Fest and the Hopkins Day Fest. Our big end of year celebration was to take over 100 backpacks, each over flowing with school supplies, to the schools to be able to help the children of less fortunate families.

pic3Our donations this year totaled just over 510lbs, which is nearly 100lbs more than last year, and this is all because of the generosity of our guests. We cannot thank everyone enough for what they have given to Hopkins and the surrounding communities.

“Hamanasi Coconut Cake”

Another of our tasty special dessert recipe!


 coconut cake


3/4 pound (3 sticks) unsalted butter

2 cups sugar

5 extra-large eggs at room temperature

1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1 1/2 teaspoons pure almond extract

3 cups all-purpose flour plus more for dusting the pans

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1 cup milk

4 ounces sweetened shredded coconut

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1 pound cream cheese, at room temperature

1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature

3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon pure almond extract

1 pound confectioners’ sugar, sifted

6 ounces sweetened shredded coconut

Directions Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 2 (9-inch) round cake pans, then line them parchment paper. Grease them again and dust lightly with flour. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar on medium-high speed for 3 to 5 minutes, until light yellow and fluffy. Crack the eggs into a small bowl. With the mixer on medium speed, add the eggs 1 at a time, scraping down the bowl once during mixing. Add the vanilla and almond extracts and mix well. The mixture might look curdled; don’t be concerned. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. With the mixer on low speed, alternately add the dry ingredients and the milk to the batter in 3 parts, beginning and ending with dry ingredients. Mix until just combined. Fold in the 4 ounces of coconut with a rubber spatula. Pour the batter evenly into the 2 pans and smooth the top with a knife. Bake in the center of the oven for 45 to 55 minutes, until the tops are browned and a cake tester comes out clean. Cool on a baking rack for 30 minutes, then turn the cakes out onto a baking rack to finish cooling.
Happy Baking & Eating From Hamanasi’s Kitchen Staff

“Hamanasi Guest Book ~ May 2015″

“The customer service at Hamanasi was 5 star.  Everyone made us feel important and it felt homey.  Everyone new our names.”

Julie Schenk, Crownsville, MA

“Excellent hosts!  Our stay with you was wonderful – exceeded our expectations.  Fabulous resort and country.”

Sue and Simon Byers, New Zealand

“There is nowhere else in the world where we have had such incredible, friendly, efficient service.”

Len and Tina Brooks, Canada

“Keep doing what you are doing – your service is wonderful!  Love the personal service and attention to detail.  Everything is well organized.

Kathryn Lupacchino, Kokomo, IN

“Everyone here is amazing!  We were blown away with how well you took care of us.  Thank you!”

Robyn Gibb, Scarborough, OT

“Perfect balance with nature!  Continue what you are doing!

Chris Makowski, Coconut Creek, FL

“Keep doing everything that you are doing!  We have travelled to 30+ countries and this is by far the best hospitality!”

Tim Keeler and Sarah Pope, San Francisco, CA

“Many places claim the eco-package but Hamanasi actually seems to follow through and do a number of environmental friendly things.

Anne Jake and Seth Newsome, Albuquerque, NM

“You are so dialed in.”

Ken and Rachel, Denver, CO

“Completely stellar from Check in to check out!”

Dan and Glenn Wood, CockeysVille, MD

“Stay the same and don’t lose your personal touch by expanding too much. Thank you!”

Brad and Kayla Wills, Wichita, CS

“Everything was beyond our expectations and enjoyed every minute!  Thank you so much for your fantastic effort!”

Vanessa Balwick, Houston, TX

“Everyone is outstanding at what they do here.  We had a great experience.  Eco-friendly efforts impressive and inspiring.  We’ll adopt some of these practices as well! So good to see efforts such as these, very important.”

Connor Looning, White Sand Cove, BZ

“Grand Opening Of Singanga Restaurant”

Grand Opening 20On April 25th Hamanasi celebrated the Gran Opening of the Singanga Restaurant and 15 years anniversary.  We had the special presence of The Minister of Tourism Honorable Manuel Heredia  and other Belizean VIPs, as well as performances from Lirahuna Satuye Dance Club – Garifuna drumming & dancings, music by Omolewa Osain – steel band and Emilio a local Garifuna artist with his acoustic guitar singing paranda. The Minister praised Hamanasi as a perfect example of sustainable tourism that they wish to promote in Belize. Belize Channel 5 News Cast and Love FM were there, as well as the representatives from Belize Tourism Board and Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA).Drummers 2

The Cocktail reception started at 4pm and delicious hor d’oeuvres, rum punch, beer and wine were being served complimentary.  A caricature artist was present and drawing for all guests and staff so they had a fun souvenir.   At 6pm we hosted a private sunset wine and cheese reception on the viewing deck where floating biodegradable “wishing lanterns” were released.Lantern
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All guests received a Mayan gift basket filled with organic Belizean chocolate truffles made in Hopkins, a Hamanasi canoe keychain and a slate coaster with a Singanga (dragonfly) carved in it.  Mrs. Dana Krauskoph one of Hamanasi founders gave a speech highlighting the accomplishment of the Great House, as well as thanking our key stakeholders  who helped us through the years by connecting it to our 3 Core Values: Community, Staff & Guest. Dana called out several staff members including Marcia Nunez (Executive Chef), Thomas Morgan (Grounds), Sam Noralez (PADI Dive Instructor) who have been with us since we opened 15 years ago.

““Hamanasi Guest Book ~ March 2015″

“You exceeded our expectations!”

Kristi Shaffer and Family, Arvada, CO

“Everyone was really wonderful. We loved that staff members knew our names. This was truly an amazing adventure. We are so sad to leave and are trying to figure out when we can come visit again.”

Berkoff Family, Flowertown, PA

“We could not believe the efficiency of the total operation!”

John and Trixie Miller, Cape Charles, VA

“Whole trip was excellent – many thanks for everything!”

Alex Bradley, New York, NY

“We have never met anyone here that wasn’t super friendly and accommodating. Have traveled a lot to many places and you are still our very favorite.”

The Dunhams, San Carlos, CA

“Everyone we came into contact with made our stay enjoyable. Every single person was friendly, helpful and courteous. Staff was always willing to take care of whatever we needed.”

Becky and Jim Bryan, Amarillo, TX

“Keep up the great work! Staff was extremely friendly and helpful all week.”

Matt Owen, Canandaigua, NY

“Hamanasi staff have set the bar for world class service standards while maintaining an intimate communication and style – please keep that strong combination.”

Tina Olfson, Valrico, FL

“We appreciate that Hamanasi is able to provide exceptional experience for visitors while working to maintain the wonder of Belize.”

David & Cindi Bougher, Moundsville, WV

“Everything is fantastic – just keep doing what you’re doing. We love Hamanasi!”

Brian and Jessica Gray, Pflugerville, TX

“Everyone was so very friendly and helpful! Everyone excels at their job! Everything was perfect.”

Lissie Girard, North Chester Field, VA

“It’s perfect! Just the right touch, warm and friendly and not obsequious.”

Betsy Pugh, New York, NY


“Natural Cleaning”

images (2) (2)With the current awareness about our environment and how it is changing due to the ever growing impact of the human population, many people are looking to use more natural and less chemical based products in their lives. Many people choose to eat organic products, or purchase products that are produced locally, and among many other things it is becoming easier and easier to find less environmentally harmful cleaning products for your house. This is a fantastic direction to be heading, but the people who use these products will tell you that they are generally more expensive than the chemical filled alternative.
At Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort here in Belize, we are doing everything that we can to minimize the impact that we are having on the environment that we are blessed to be living in. Our housekeeping department uses all environmentally friendly cleaners to clean our rooms and environmentally friendly laundry soaps to wash our linens and towels. We wanted to share a few environmentally friendly cleaning products that won’t break the bank and that you make with just a few ingredients that we will bet you already have in your cupboards.

To clean windows to a shine
When you clean your windows, use 25% vinegar mixed with 75% warm water. Put on your rubber gloves and immerse an old cotton towel in the water. Heavily rub on the windows and then scrunch up a piece of newspaper and use to buff up the windows. If there are any streaks left use a dry cloth to finish off.

To remove limescale
You might already know this one, but it is possible to remove limescale from your showerhead or taps by simply using white vinegar. You can improve the effectiveness of this trick by heating your vinegar in a saucepan before using it. You can put it into a small container and tape it to any pieces that cannot be removed, or wrap a presoaked cloth around the base of taps. Allow your showerhead to soak, but for no longer than 1 hour. Afterwards just use and old toothbrush to brush the showerhead removing any remaining limescale, and run the water to remove any remaining vinegar. Be careful, this method will not work on plated showers and taps.

To clean your oven
This is everyone’s least favorite area to clean, but it really doesn’t need to be difficult. You simply spray the inside of the oven with water using a spritz bottle, then liberally cover the inside of the oven with baking soda. The baking soda and water should form a paste, and all you have to do is to leave the paste for a couple of hours, then wipe off when ready (you may need to repeat this for really baked on grime). Simple.

To remove red wine
This one is always a question for debate. Try using soda water on the spill and just keep dabbing with paper towels until there is no color showing on the paper towel.

To freshen up your furniture
This one is a good one. Mix 1/8 of a cup of 100 proof vodka (yes, vodka) into a 16ox spray bottle with water. You can add some essential oils if you would like a fragrance, but this mix makes an amazing fabric freshener. The alcohol will kill any bacteria in the fabric before evaporating away.

“Hamanasi Guest Book ~ February 2015″

“Keep up the high level of service – Wonderful vacation!”

Thomas and Patricia Cotter, Chathan, NJ

“Thank you for all you do and provide in your efforts to preserve and foster this beautiful country. The Hamanasi family rocks!”

Belinda Brown, Encinitos CA

“Hamanasi surpassed our high expectations as a location and accommodation but the staff was beyond even that. We travel a lot and stay 5* this is the best staff ever. Friendly, attentive, courteous, excellent! I cannot say enough good things about the staff and every single person.”

Michael Johnston, Menco Park, CA

“Service was superb, maintain what you have built.”

John and Kathryn Ford, Arlington, VA

“Every staff member was excellent. Service is the best I have had in any of my travels. Keep doing what you are doing.”

Kirk McClain, Canada

“Congratulations Hamanasi staff on exceeding our expectations. You gave us paradise!”

Moira Green, Lynden, WA

“This is one of the most wonderful places I have ever stayed. I honestly cannot think of anything to suggest. Many resorts claim to be Eco-friendly but most do a poor job at it. You really live it and it is very refreshing. Excellent effort. Thank you for a wonderful and memorable week.”

Sandy Haller, Underville, VT

“You’re doing an amazing job!”

Shannon Epler, Pullman, WA

“Your staff is amazing! Nearly all greeted us whenever they saw us during our stay. How do they remember all of our names? We did not choose you for the adventures and had a great time.”

Patti and Phil Beutel, West Nyack, NY

“Very impressive what Hamanasi does to make this an Eco-resort. Also like how you give back to the local community.”

Sharon Mann, Bloomfield, CN

“Hamanasi was a joy. I had lots of fun. Thanks for a great vacation.”

Cherry Baker, Las Vegas, NY

“Enjoyed how the staff makes an effort to learn your names, make the resort more personable.”

Ryan Rupp, St. Milwaukee, WI

“All was wonderful, I know you work very hard to make us comfortable and smile all the way. Thanks so much and job well done.”

David Goldberg and Family, Nashville, TN

“Doing a wonderful job, we love Hamanasi and the staff. Made us feel like part of the Hamanasi family.”

Kim and Jacob Bozeman, Seattle, WA

“Hamanasi Guest Book ~ January 2015″

“Keep being awesome! Everyone just went so far above and beyond for us”

Callan Griffiths, Bourbonnaise, IL

“Thank you ~ we are having a difficult time leaving here. We love the small/homey feel of the resort. Many thanks!”

Terry and Laureen Safron, Eckville Alberta, Canada

“Everything was amazing! It’s a beautiful location with amazing staff who go above and beyond.”

Kim and Greg Nadeau, Ontario, Canada

“Everything is great. I don’t see any need for change, the staff is just amazing. Good job!”

Deneeb Ruiz and Philippe Soares, Watertown, MA

“This resort exceeds excellence in every way! It is perfection, everything is more than one could hope for. Keep up the exact system of service. It is perfect!”

Janelle Freiman, Temple, AZ

“Continue what you are doing! Thoroughly impressed with the level of Eco-consciousness you bring to every aspect of the resort.”

Jonathan and Andrea Krueger, St. Charles, MO

“Everything was lovely and greatly enhanced our stay in Belize. To anyone considering a Belizean vacation, Hamanasi is a no-brainer. WE will miss this piece of paradise!”

Kiki and Ross Carpenter, Denver, CO

“Please don’t change a thing! Huge efforts made by everyone! Very little waste even noticed in the garden tour.”

Annabelle & Seth Barton, Garden City, MI

“Great to see the emphasis on Eco and sustainability – love your garden and the delicious fruits and veggies coming from it. Great job!”

Bruce and Barbara Berger, Princeton, NJ

“Hard to improve on perfection…..Without doubt, the best overall vacation experience I have ever had.”

Thomas Wisener and Heather Hynes, Canmore, Alberta, Canada

‘Great experience, we want to come back next year!”

Beth and Dale Matherly, Oklahoma, City, OK

Flowers of Belize: Flor de Pato “Duck Flower”

flowers of Belize and Hamanasi

The biggest flower found in Belize A.grandiflora in full bloom in the Hamanasi garden.

The “Duck Flower (A.grandiflora) is the largest flower found around Belize and the Hamanasi garden.  Due to their large size and brilliant colors they make a stunning addition to the Hamanasi grounds.  There are 10 unique species found throughout Belize and many are often locally referred to as the “Contribo” or “Guaco” as well as the “Duck Flower”.  Many of these species are highly regarded as for their traditional medical use.  The flower can often be seen soaking in a bottle of rum at saloons.  Taken by the shot for everything from hangovers and flu to flatulence, late menstrual periods, and irregular heartbeat. But users beware, the A.grandiflora species contain Aristolochic acid which the American FDA has announced as a known carcinogen so their consumption is not without danger.  Best to look but don’t eat.

Belize flowers

The Duck Flower closed just a few days away from blooming.

For the aspiring gardener, several juvenile butterflies such as the swallowtail and cattleheart butterflies use the Duck Flower as a food source while in the larval stages, so adding the Duck Flower to the garden increases our likeliness to spot these beautiful butterflies.  During your visit to Belize ask a Hamanasi garden team member like Nathan to share with you this amazing flower.