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Bird Island - Placencia

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

Single island with main house (2 bedrooms) and cabana. Internet/phone service.

General Bird Island Information

The central theme of Bird Island is a self-catering Robinson Crusoe type of adventure, yet with all the comforts, where one could get to do their own thing in total privacy. We offer Bird Island at an exceptional price, the island is best suited for the outdoor, adventurous type who tend to be self-sufficient in nature. . Minimum stay is 4 days, maximum 6 days. Reading its reviews should give you a very good idea what the island has to offer and what past guests have gotten out of their visits. While Bird Island is not a 5-star resort, nor pretends to be, it sure tends to be a 5-star experience as one can surmise from its reviews.

#1-Availability: As you can see from the calendar, Bird Island is booked well, well in advance and many assumed the calendar must be in error, it isn't.

#2 -Length of Stay: From experience we have found a stay of 4-5 days is about perfect to stay in Bird Island. If you notice our calendar is set in 4-day 'windows' (occasionally 5 days) and a blocked day in-between guests, making our preparations for your stay a lot better. We can extend your stay to up to 6 days easily, even after arrival.

#3- Sleeping accommodations: The island's main house has a master bedroom with a double bed and all amenities. The second building is an, over-the-water, totally self-contained cabana. The 3rd building is also a separate cabana, with a double-size bed, Sirius radio, desk, etc, but no bathroom. The island can accommodate up to six (6) people, depending on group composition.

#4 -Extra Guests: You will always have the island to yourself regardless how many people come. Considering how far in advance Bird Island gets booked, we suggest to book two people from the outset if not sure how many extra guests you will have, and simply add extra guests about a month before your arrival. In this way, it puts no pressure on you to guess correctly how many people will eventually show up too far in advance.

#5- The trip from Placencia Village to Bird Island is included in the booking price. Check-out time is at 10am, and pick up (check in) is at 1pm. We meet at the M&M Hardware BOAT DOCK/gas station, which is way in the back of its large parking lot (lagoon side). Please note, pick up should be roughly 2 hrs before a scheduled flight out of Placencia however.

#6: Exclusivity. Yes, when you book the island, you (or group) will have the whole Island all to yourselves.

#7- Sun Tan Lotion and Bug Spray. Remember, it is the tropics; the best type of suntan lotion is one of high Block Factor, either lotion or spray type. As to bugs (i.e. sandflies), Bird Island just doesn't tend to have them, but on extremely-calm, still days some may come from other nearby islands.

#8- Wading slipper-type shoes. The island is surrounded by hard sand flats, further away by coral; bringing soft shoes that cover your toes and ankle are a good thing to have when exploring about. There are many pairs in the island that may fit you, but no guarantee to do so.

#9- Snorkeling equipment: Bring your own or you can rent them locally on the way to the island. Yes the island does have many sets, but no guarantee they will fit you. For divers, there is a local place for renting tanks, though most divers arrange a separate diving tour with a local outfit that can pick you up at the island.

#10- Fishing equipment: The island is usually surrounded by constant marauding schools of fish (jacks, snappers, etc) feeding around it. Best to bring (or rent) your own equipment and a few small (1") silver spoons if fishing. If want to do bottom fishing, should get shrimp bait when food shopping. There is a spear gun on the island.

#11- Food: Bird Island is a self-catering scenario so plan to bring enough meats, vegetable, drinks (and liquor) for your stay. The island however, does have a very well-stocked kitchen with a myriad of condiments such as cake mixes, flour, rice, spices, oils, paper towels, garbage bags, etc., so you don't have to be required to think of every little thing. Near where we take off for the island, there are excellent food stores and vegetable stands. Food shopping is a very simple step in Placencia Village and should be left for last.

#12- Refrigeration: The island has a new propane refrigerator with a fair-size freezer. It has ice trays.

#13- Water: The island has a well-filtered rain-water system, for all uses including cooking and even drinking water. Nonetheless, we still provide purified drinking water for drinking; meaning no need to worry about drinking water. Overall water conservation is extremely appreciated, an island after all is like being in the middle of a desert.

#14- Communication. A local phone is at the island so you can call local numbers, or us, at any time. The island has very good and reliable WiFi.

#15- Power. The island is solar-powered and has a wind generator; so no noisy generator.

#16- Boating. Two single-person kayaks, knee boards and inner tubes to cruise the atoll that surrounds it.

#17- Places to stay in mainland: Right on the Placencia beach we suggest Cozy Corner, Sea Spray or the fancier Nirvana hotels. More up-scale resort types well outside of the village are: Robert's Grove or Laru Beya.

#18- General weather pattern:

January-June 15th is considered the 'dry season'. (January-March is nicest; April & May warmer and still).

June 15th-July 15th the first seasonal rains tend to occur.

July 1st-September 15th usually very nice weather, interrupted by the occasional passing thunderstorm.

September 15th-October 15th the second seasonal rains tend to occur.

October 15th-December 30th daily scattered thunderstorms here and there but great weather in between them.

Please note that weather in Belize tends to be pleasant, specially at Bird Island which is inside an atoll, so its waters stay clear even when windy. Perfect weather however we could never guarantee; the above is a rough guide only.

#19- Getting to Placencia from Belize City:

By Air: (Maya or Tropic Air) $235 USD round trip per person / 40 minute flight. Fastest way.

By Car: Rental Car; roughly 3.5 hour drive. Cost could range between $50 - $125 USD a day.

By Taxi: About $150 USD each way, up to 4 people, or more.

By Shuttle: Start at roughly $75 USD each way per person; 5 runs a day. Nice, relaxing scenic drive but long.

#20-Please Note: Bird Island is always undergoing improvements each year. Last year (2016) we added new decks, a fishing dock and the new observatory overlooking the atoll, which guests simple have loved. A new 30ft boat (see picture) for day cruises for snorkeling new waters and touring other islands; we are still working on that new program. During this year (2017), we just completed the new walkways and the new over-the-water cabana. For 2018 we will add many more pleasant surprises.

More Details

Fred Arbona
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 2, 2017

About Fred Arbona

Retired not from work, but from the maddening crowd. Came to Belize in 2010. Started Bird Island in 2013.

Military Service: Vietnam Era. Then traveled throughout Central and South America for 2 years, always thought I would be back. Went to Cornell University for 5 years. Lived in Sun Valley, ID area for 7 years and then in Prescott, AZ for 23 years until 2010. My two main hobbies have been fly fishing and bird hunting with my beloved English Setters which I had the supreme honor of having for three generations encompassing 37 years.

Fred Arbona purchased this lodge in 2011

Why Fred Arbona chose Placencia

A unique experience. Where else can you find the experience of staying in your own island, at such an affordable price.

What makes this lodge unique

No need to go on special tours, you can snorkel or fish right out your door.


Placencia Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 1:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Parties/events not allowed
Location Type:
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Fireplace
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , outdoor shower
  • Full bathroom (hot/cold water)
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Three separate locations to sleep. Main house has a double bed; 2nd building is a cabana with double bed, but without facilities; 3rd building is a new over-the- water, totally self-contained cabana.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • photography
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • kayaking
  • snorkeling
Bird island is perfectly suited for those adventurous types that would like to experience what it is to stay on your own island with total privacy and get away from it all. Just like Robinson Crusoe, but with all the modern comforts.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews

Absolutely perfect

  • 5 of 5

What an amazing expirence!!! We stayed for 4 nights & 5 days for our 10 year anniversary, at the beginning of September. I have an obsession with the beautiful and amazing country of Belize and my husband knows it all too well. He chose this island, knowing how much I would love it!! Fred is super helpful and will answer any questions you may have.

The island is absolutely amazing. Beautiful clear water, surrounds the entire island, you can see schools of small fish, trumpet fish and star fish right from the edge. If you like to be in the water make sure you bring snorkel gear, there is PLENTY to see!! The kayaks are super fun!

The house has all the basics you will need. You will have to cook your own meals, but it is all worth it with the spectacular views that are right at your feet. This is not a 5 star hotel with all the amenities, the house is somewhat basic and electricity and water conservation is a must. (But honestly if you are spending all of you time in the house, something is wrong with you.)

The stars at night are endless, and the illuminating plankton are magical. The nights were very windy and were a little hard getting used to. The doors and windows stayed open to keep the breeze coming in, which felt a little weird, but if you close everything, it gets warm fast. Overall it was the most perfect gift and expirence I could have asked for!!! If you are adventurous and don't expect fancy amenities, you will LOVE Bird Island!

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Book it, you won't regret it.

  • 5 of 5

My family of 4 traveled through Central America for a month. Bird Island was our last stop before heading home. After being gone a month, I figured we would all be ready to come home, but none of us wanted to leave the island. My sons are 5 and 9 and I didn't have to worry about being surrounded by ocean because the reef around the island was shallow enough for my 5 year old to stand in. The snorkeling around the island was great, and kayaking to other islands was enjoyable and challenging! We stayed in 8 different homes during our month away, and Fred had thought of everything to make his guests comfortable. We couldn't believe how well he stocked the kitchen, when he says all you need is meat and produce, he's not kidding. This island was truly an experience of a lifetime.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best Vacation We've Had In A Long Time!

  • 5 of 5

We heard about Bird Island from an article we read about renting an entire island for yourself - and we just couldn't believe the price - so we sent an email to Fred to find out details - and ended up booking a week on his island - it just sounded like a lot of fun. Fred did not disappoint - we had the best time and were totally delighted with our stay on Bird Island - Fred thought of everything and made our stay there so relaxing and so much fun! Since it was just my wife and I, we really felt like we were in some movie about living on a deserted island - except we didn't need to worry about finding food or drink - it was just a fantastic 6 days and 5 nights that we spent on the island. We went snorkeling and kayaking - and all the equipment was right there on the island - no need to rent anything! Relaxing in the hammocks and just enjoying the sense of being alone and not hearing any traffic or seeing any people (except an occasional boat that would wander by) ... We'll definitely be back again - maybe stay for 2 weeks next time ... it certainly ranks up there with our favorite vacations of all time - it was everything we were hoping for - and more! Thank you, Fred!

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Can we give it more than 5 stars????

  • 5 of 5

I am not sure that I can choose one word to describe Bird Island. I can say that this is a beautiful place, it's an amazing place, it's peaceful, and it was an experience of a lifetime! We've traveled to many amazing places and I'm not sure that anything can top this one. What Fred has created and shares with many, words cannot describe. I hope to return one day. The entire booking process was seamless and Fred answered all of my annoying questions quickly. He went above and beyond, helping me upon our return to land. He has a wealth of knowledge and shares it openly. The accommdations were perfect. Sitting on the deck each night watching the stars as well as the glow in the dark fish was great. Cayaking and paddle boating and snorkeling all day and alone...who could ask for anything more? I'm sure that others who have stayed would agree that Bird Island has a permanent place in our hearts and memories. This place is great for the soul!

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful and relaxing, just perfect for us.

  • 5 of 5

I can't imagine a better place to be. The little island was perfect for us because it was just the two of us! Fred had the kitchen stocked, we got fresh fruits and veggies in Placencia before we left. The breezes off the water was awesome. We snorkeled, kayaked, and mostly hung out in the hammocks enjoying the beautiful scenes that God put in front of us day after day. We truely enjoyed this trip and Fred wad so much help before answering all our questions. If I could give it more than five stars I would! Hope to someday return to "our" little island.

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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So relaxing . . .

  • 5 of 5

Home for 4 days now and still basking in the relaxing glow of this fantastic vacation. The island is perfect. Peaceful, tranquil, private - with wonderful activities at your fingertips. Fishing, kayaking and snorkeling kept us busy several times a day. We loved being able to hop in the kayak, paddle a short way, and snorkel in some of the most beautiful coral reefs. We enjoyed watching the sunsets from the rooftop deck, gazing at the moon and stars from the hammocks, and drinking coffee on the deck watching the sunrise.

This trip was spontaneous! I read an article about Bird Island and immediately said "I want to go there!" I grabbed the first dates I could find available. Best decision ever.

Fred is a wonderful host and rightfully proud of his island. He will take good care of you. We enjoyed getting to know you, Fred. Thank you for the "island tour" and for great conversation. Hoping to return soon . . .

Susan and Mark

  • Submitted: May 23, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is guests like you that make hosting so much fun and to do try harder. BTW, I got a new idea that will be implemented on June 15th: I will build a saltwater swimming pool in front of island (east side) and a small beach sandy beach leading into it. Subconsciously I think I got the idea from us 3 visiting that other island. Till you get to see that new beach/pool in Bird Island, safe travels.
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Nearest Airport
6 Miles
Placencia (Maya & Tropic Airlines)
Nearest Beach
6 Miles
Placencia Peninsula
Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 10.0%

Bring your own food, just the basics, items such as meats, vegetables and drinks. Everything else is on the island. There are many places to shop for food on the mainland, quite close to where we take off for the island.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.