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14 Miles Offshore, Atop the Barrier Reef South Water Caye Marine Reserve, Hopkins, South Water Caye Belize
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Updated 07/10/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#2 of 2 hotels in South Water Caye
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Blue Marlin Beach Resort is a 100% Belizean-owned private island dive resort uniquely situated directly atop the Barrier Reef within Belize’s second largest marine reserve on South Water Caye, one of Belize's most exclusive islands. Specializing in reef and sea adventures, this charming paradise location offers guests easy access to pristine snorkel and dive sites just two to ten minutes from their room, and fly fishers will enjoy the rare treat to be able to wade in shallow flats directly off the island. World-class adventures, combined with personalized guest services, home-style cooking, and barefoot island living makes this relaxing tropical getaway an extraordinary home-away-from-home vacation experience! Don't worry about a thing-- we take care of everything with our all inclusive adventure and relaxation packages. Lounge in a hammock or go on a reef exploration adventure, the choice is yours! Enjoy a local roundtrip boat transfers, all meals, activities and island accommodation in an unforgettable all inclusive Belize vacation! Services include an on-site PADI dive shop, island concierge, full service dining including three Chef's choice meals daily as well as evening snacks, bar with pool table and darts, paddleboards, kayaks, snorkel gear, inland tour services, romantic dinners, weddings and special events, moorings and overnight docking facilities for yachts and catamarans, and a professional staff to catet to all your needs. Come join us in out little corner of paradise!
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Free internet
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Yoga classes
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Breakfast available
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Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Snack bar
Special diet menus
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Game room
Water sport equipment rentals
Walking tours
Board games / puzzles
Airport transportation
Car hire
Couples massage
Full body massage
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Currency exchange
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Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
First aid kit
Express check-in / check-out
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Private balcony
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English, French, Spanish, Dutch and 1 more


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14 Miles Offshore, Atop the Barrier Reef South Water Caye Marine Reserve, Hopkins, South Water Caye Belize
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Philip S.W. Goldson Intl Airport84 kmSee all flights
Dangriga Airport24 kmSee all flights
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LasVegasJB wrote a review Dec 2020
Las Vegas33 contributions8 helpful votes
We spent 5 nights and would highly recommend this place. The service and food were the highlights. Its a small island, but if you are up for relaxing, this is a great place. The chef was amazing and took great care of us. This would also be a great place if you have dietary restrictions, they will accommodate. The owner is on the island and she treats you like part of her family. We really enjoyed our stay here.
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from Rosella Zabaneh, General Manager at Blue Marlin Beach Resort
Responded 3 days ago
Happy New Year! Thank you both for trusting us for your relaxing vacation in Belize. Your wonderful feedback and "stamp of approval" is truly appreciated. Your experience of feeling a part of the family and feeling right at home is what we strive to ensure for every guest. Wishing you all the best in 2021 and beyond! Stay safe!
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Laura K wrote a review May 2020
Fullerton, California8 contributions
Hotel's Favourite
I can't say enough about this place. My husband and I came here February of 2020 and got super lucky when we booked our vacation here. We were one of only two couples here, lol! The moment you arrive in Dangriga you are treated like family. We were picked up by the resort owners daughter and driven through town to catch our boat. On the drive she gave us the history of the town. When we boarded we had about a 45 minute boat ride to the island due to the wind. 30 minute ride on a good day. The moment we arrived we were greeted by Carlene (Mgr) and Sergio (Concierge) who offered us a 'refreshing damp cloth' and I believe it had a hint of eucalyptus too. We were escorted to the bar area where a refreshing coconut drink was waiting for us. Once our luggage was ready Carlene took us to our bungalow and gave us a run down of the property. Sergio was our concierge/server/bartender. Ask him for his signature drink the "Mosquito Bite" it is amazing. He is very attentive and helpful. At 4 in the afternoon, he will bring you a afternoon snack to your room. Mo is the young Chef here. He makes local belizian cuisine and puts his own flair into his dishes. He was on the Taste of Belize in 2018 I believe. He food is delicious. There is nothing like fresh seafood. He will come out to your table every evening to ask how your dinner was. He is very humble and welcomes all feedback. If you have never had FRYJACKS, it's worth the trip to Belize to try them. Carlene manages the property. She sees to all your needs and makes sure you are well taken care of. Anything you need she will take care of it. She also took care of all our travel needs once we landed in Belize city. All of our connections, pick ups and drop offs. So grateful that I didn't have to worry about that. Richard was our boat captain and Milo was our guide. We had two snorkeling trips on two day each. One at 9 am and the other at 2 pm. The island is right off the reef so we had some of the best sites and marine life. Milo pointed out all the different types of fish. We saw lobsters, turtles, eel, spotted eagle rays, and so much more. All the bungalows face the east. The sunrises from your room are beautiful and the sunset off the patio that faces west are amazing. At the south tip of the island is a white sandy beach area that you can hang out and do some snorkeling. Of all the places in Belize that we have stayed, this is by far our favorite. I fell in love with this little treasure and my husband and I working on coming back next March.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Response from Rosella Zabaneh, General Manager at Blue Marlin Beach Resort
Responded 13 Aug 2020
Thank you for sharing your beautiful vacation experience. We are truly humbled for your excellent endorsement. It was such a pleasure hosting you both and we are thrilled to know that we are your new favorite Belize vacation spot. We cannot wait to start planning your reunion visit in March 2021! In the meantime, Stay Safe!
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jennifer h wrote a review Jan 2020
20 contributions4 helpful votes
From my first interaction with Carlene, I knew I couldn't pass up a stay at Blue Marlin. This was my 4th visit to Belize, and I'm so glad I found this place. Carlene was amazing at booking my stay and answering my numerous questions, they even allowed me to nap in a room at Bonefish while I waited for the boat to depart to South Water Caye. They welcomed me and my little pup Kali with open arms. Elvin, Stacy and Isabella are amazing and everything here was perfect. If you are looking for a true Belize vacation, this is your spot. Snorkeling literally right off the island, diving, Chef Mo made some amazing meals. I travel solo and never felt unsafe here, You can just unplug, be one with nature and meet some amazing people. I will keep in touch with folks I met on the island, and I will surely return for another holiday vacation for many years to come. If you are looking for the Ritz, Belize is not for you. If you want a true island getaway with personal attention, where everyone knows your name, Blue Marlin is it. My cabin was spacious, very clean and the Belikin is always cold. There are numerous day trips that go out daily or you can just relax in a hammock and read a book. You never have to ask for anything, you are so well taken care of here. The food was amazing, snacks served to you mid afternoon ( they just find you on the resort and serve!). Every night you can walk along the dock and find eagle rays, sting rays, tarpon, bonefish... it's is spectacular! Blue Marlin is a special place. I cannot wait to return! Thank you for an amazing experience and treating me and Kali like family.
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Response from Rosella Z, Owner at Blue Marlin Beach Resort
Responded 30 Jan 2020
Thank you for choosing us for your 4th Belize vacation. You are truly a brand ambassador for Belize and we appreciate that Blue Marlin made your list of top choices. We look forward to welcoming you and Kali on your next visit. Wishing you all the best for 2020!
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Audrey D wrote a review Dec 2019
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Blue Marlin Lodge on S. Water Caye welcomed my family and I like an old friend. We have never felt less a stranger in a remote island. We are grateful for Isabell's organization and attentive nature. Elvin's social, high energy, and conscientious service made for a fun time in the dinning room. The chef made healthy, fresh and tasty food at each and every meal with a happy pleasant waitress. Stacey, Thomas, and Richard's knowledge about the reef, the island, and Belize culture gave us an educational experience we will never forget. We felt safe, welcomed, and well cared for. The weather was perfect. Sunny summer like days tanned our skin.The stars in the night sky are visible like no other place in the western hemisphere. Air conditioning was available, but no need; the island breeze lulled us to sleep each night. The hammock, walks on the island, watching sting rays fish each night, snorkeling, bird watching, searching mangroves for animals, watching small crabs at night hunt for food, manatees swimming...what else could one want on a vacation?
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Date of stay: December 2019
Response from Rosella Z, Owner at Blue Marlin Beach Resort
Responded 30 Jan 2020
Thank you for sharing your amazing reunion experience to South Water Caye. We were delighted that you remembered us from your fond memories of the island as a youngster and truly humbled to hear that our team took well care of your family and your experience was all that you wanted it to be. Wishing you and the family all the best in 2020 and beyond!
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Dr. Anne Marie wrote a review Dec 2019
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania5 contributions4 helpful votes
Every year, I take a vacation alone for about a week somewhere warm with a beach. Last year, I went to Belize and just loved it. So I decided to go back and searched for an island in Belize for my 2019 adventure which this year, included diving. I found Blue Marlin Resort in South Water Caye, a little island about 14 miles from the little town of Dangriga. I booked it. Was I in for a treat! Booking was easy. Carlene too care of everything including the reservations for the little plane from Belize City to Dangriga, the car taking me to the dock, and the boat ride to South Water Caye. There was even someone waiting for me at the airport in Belize City to make sure everything went smoothly. I was the only guest on the boat and arrived on this wee little island after a 45ish minute beautiful ride. I was met with a big smile from Sonia and refreshing coconut water from Elvin. My lovely, spotless bungalow was feet from the water. The bed was magnificently comfortable with an air conditioning option for sleeping, which I rarely used. My porch had adirondack chairs and there were adirondack chairs and chaise lounges on the beach just steps from my bungalow. My favorite was the hammock between two palm trees where I watched the sun come up every morning. Although this tiny island with its history and beauty is amazing (the whole island is less than ¼ mile long and you can see from one side to the other), the real gems are the people. Blue Marlin Resort is a Belizean family-owned resort with all of the warmth you would expect from a family. Elvin made sure I had everything I needed. No matter where I was, Elvin appeared, always with a smile, with my delicious snack every day. Sonia made the most delicious rum martinis. And the food, prepared by Chef Moe, was fresh, delicious, and beautifully plated. On a Yummy Index of 1-10, Chef Moe gets a 10! I have celiac and have to be gluten-zero. I didn’t have to worry about anything; Chef Moe had me covered. And then there was the extraordinary dive master, Stacey. My last dive was in 2005 when I was certified in Culebra so I was a bit nervous. Stacey’s knowledge of her craft, creative teaching skills, and her ability to intuit the emotions of her divers is exceptional. And her personality is an A+++. I had a terrific diving experience. We were right on the barrier reef so getting to the diving sites didn’t take much time at all. The underwater world was stunning. This is a definite do-over! As a woman travelling by myself, I always felt safe on this trip. I also never felt “weird” being on a remote, romantic island by myself. The kind of people Blue Marlin Resort attracts are wonderful and inclusive in their own rite. If you need to be entertained, want the party life, need lots to do, and require lots of amenities, please don’t come here. There are many, many places around the world where you would be quite happy. If you want a special, one-of-a-kind experience on an exquisite, remote island with genuine, warm people, Blue Marlin Resort may be just for you!
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Date of stay: December 2019
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1 Helpful vote
Response from Rosella Z, Owner at Blue Marlin Beach Resort
Responded 30 Jan 2020
Thank you for choosing us for your much deserved break to reactivate your scuba diving experience in Belize. Your very thoughtful feedback of your one-of-a-kind experience is highly appreciated by our entire team. We look forward to your do-over trip for your future Belize break!
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US$697 - US$827 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Blue Marlin Beach Resort
What are some of the property amenities at Blue Marlin Beach Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and airport transportation.
Which room amenities are available at Blue Marlin Beach Resort?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a seating area.
What food & drink options are available at Blue Marlin Beach Resort?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Blue Marlin Beach Resort?
Yes, guests have access to yoga classes during their stay.
Does Blue Marlin Beach Resort have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Blue Marlin Beach Resort offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Blue Marlin Beach Resort?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, German, and Dutch.
Does Blue Marlin Beach Resort have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.