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Posted By: Mona Lisa

Air tour over blue hole - 01/06/05 04:53 AM

Headed to AC on 1/21 and was thinking about doing an air tour over blue hole and surrounding cayes... has anyone done this?

We will have plenty of snorkeling on the reef and don't see a need for the all day trip to BH just for the snorkeling... we won't be diving.

Curious how the air tour is... hoping to get some great pics.

BTW, we are in the midst of a great snowstorm at the moment here in "sweet home Chicago"! Looking forward to sinking my toes in the sand! ; wink
Posted By: cracked up

Re: Air tour over blue hole - 01/06/05 06:42 AM

Tropic Air does a tour starting from San Pedro covering Turniff Atoll, Light House Atoll(including a trip around the Blue Hole), St. Georges Caye, then up the reef back to San Pedro.
The acft is equiped with a recorded and timed commentary with music of what you are seeing.
Posted By: Sir Isaac Newton

Re: Air tour over blue hole - 01/06/05 04:56 PM

I enjoyed a private charter with Tropic a few years back.

We started in SP (6 seater) and flew out over Turneffe Atoll, Lighthouse Reef and the Blue Hole. We then headed west over Dangriga and the Cockscomb Basin, Victoria Peak, Baldy Beacon, Mountain Pine Ridge, Xunantunich and the Cayo District. After Cayo we flew straight east over the Belize River Valley, got a bird's eye view of Hattiville Ramada (prison), over the lagoon and back to SP.

Six passengers about three hours totalled $US600.

Tropic also does a tour, as noted above, which is a bit less but not private.

SIN
Posted By: Mona Lisa

Re: Air tour over blue hole - 01/07/05 05:13 AM

Thanks Cracked & SIN!

Sir Isaac, did you book with a party of 5 to fill the plane? I'm curious with 4 of us if they'll take us up or req'r us to have a larger party.

Hmmmmmm... very interested. Your tour sounds much more "up our alley". Do you recall how many years ago it was?

Also, did you book prior to arriving in SP, or spur of the moment?

Funny, it doesn't appear that too many people are doing this.

Many thanks! cool
Posted By: NYgal

Re: Air tour over blue hole - 01/07/05 02:59 PM

I learned it's offered through cruise ships.

Not sure if all of them, but it's offered. The cost is much steeper than quoted on here.
Just a heads up wink
Posted By: tradewinds

Re: Air tour over blue hole - 01/07/05 03:18 PM

I contacted Tropic Air about it yesterday, and they told me that the tour is 1 hour long and costs $99/person + 9% tax, and they have to have at least 7 people to take the tour.
Posted By: Mona Lisa

Re: Air tour over blue hole - 01/07/05 03:37 PM

Looks like I might need to round up a few more folks for a tour... still thinking about a private charter too. Thanks.
Posted By: papashine

Re: Air tour over blue hole - 01/07/05 04:47 PM

You can charter a Cessna 172, three passenger, 476 Belize Dollars per hour. Call Tropic Air.
Posted By: Mona Lisa

Re: Air tour over blue hole - 01/07/05 06:38 PM

Thanks Papa, a 3 seater won't fit us... I contacted Tropic Air and they don't have the SP-6 seater anymore.

Like tradewinds & cracked shared we can do the 1 hour tour, but will need 2 more people to share the ride... they'll do the tour w/ 6 passengers.

We'd prefer the private charter in order to get over the mainland as well as blue hole & atolls, and I have a call in to Maya Island Air to get pricing... I'll post the results when I hear back from them. cool
Posted By: papashine

Re: Air tour over blue hole - 01/07/05 09:18 PM

Give Javiers Flying service a call, talk with Lydia or Daniel, 501-223-5360, Belize City, Municipal airport, they have reasonable prices, and an aircraft which will accomodate your needs. laugh
Posted By: Mona Lisa

Re: Air tour over blue hole - 01/07/05 10:26 PM

Papa, I checked out their website, www.javiersflying.bz and have put in a request... they look perfect for what we're looking for, and they specialize in arial photography, which is what I'm hoping to do. Thanks a million. wink
Posted By: Sir Isaac Newton

Re: Air tour over blue hole - 01/07/05 10:30 PM

We did the tour spur of the moment. I think 2000. Gas prices are higher now. We had a party of six. You will need a six seater.

Maya Island Air may be an option as well.

SIN
Posted By: Mona Lisa

Re: Air tour over blue hole - 01/07/05 10:47 PM

SIN,

How did you like the tour itself? I'm especially curious about flying over the mainland, as I hadn't thought of doing that until you posted... it sounds like a great tour.
Did you shoot photos?
Looks like Javiers Flying Service will let us customize a tour. Would you have added or skipped anything?

Thanks again!
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