Belize, it's citizens, Bird Island, and Fred are amazing. I just returned from Bird Island knowing that my wife and I will be thinking about our visit for a very long time. Bird Island is in high demand for good reason and our trip was certainly worth the 18 months we waited, between booking and going. Fred was a pleasure to chat with and he clearly puts a lot of hard work into constantly improving his slice of paradise. Weather and wildlife were quite exciting with thunderstorms and critters keeping us plenty busy. The island and it's setting are spectacularly beautiful. We paddled and snorkeled our way around a couple nearby islands. In the reef surrounding bird island we saw plenty of the many common reef fish, a spotted eagle ray cruised around the island a couple different days, a nurse shark, several small yellow sting rays, and lobster. Pelicans were constantly diving for food, frigates soaring, hermit crabs and various other crabs were everywhere and frequently had to be relocated from inside the living quarters. Fred built a pond that was being used, naturally, as a fish nursery; we saw many juvenile fish and even an octopus.
Fred recommend Go Sea for diving so I booked a day with them while my wife snorkeled in the same group. They were awesome! Very friendly, professional, and knowledgeable. The boat was great, prices fair, what we saw on our trip was pretty hard to comprehend. I saw my first whale shark, way out of season, and if I hadn't heard the dive master screaming underwater I would have thought I was hallucinating. Goliath grouper, nurse sharks (swimming around instead of sitting still at the bottom), huge turtle, tons of beautiful coral and fish.
Fred's description of Bird Island is very thorough and accurate. It's important to know that the experience is nothing like being at a beach resort. Bird Island is quite isolated and resources most take for granted are a precious commodity out there. Water, power, the internet, even food all depend greatly on thoughtful planning. It didn't take long for us to get used to it and it never had a negative impact on our visit in any way, it was actually quite the opposite. It was nice knowing that we were part of something that has a much lighter footprint than the typical resorts and tourists which are damaging coral and fish stocks.
We feel like we won the lottery, being able to visit Bird Island. The publicity it has received is well deserved. Our visit, shockingly, at every turn, despite seeming impossible to do so, got undeniably more spectacular. Be sure to enjoy the wonderful rum and beer in moderation, wouldn't want to forget a second of your visit.