+ IS THERE DEPARTURE TAX WHEN LEAVING BELIZE?
Answer: Yes. However, sometimes this departure tax is included in your international airfare ticket. It is best to check with the airline when purchasing your ticket. The total international departure fee is approximately $38 US payable in cash only.
+ WHEN IS THE RAINY SEASON?
The rainy season traditionally runs from June to November. On the cays, the rainy season is usually manifested in squalls, leaving plenty of time for all your activities. If it rains too much in the rainforest, then some of the hiking trips on the mainland tours may be a bit challenging. We are flexible and if we consider an inland tour too dangerous, we will substitute it for an activity on or around the island.
+ ARE THERE BUGS ON THE ISLAND?
Keep in mind that when you travel to the tropics, bugs (mosquitoes and sand flies) can be expected. We have been able to curtail the sand fly activity on the island but if you are sensitive to biting insects, it is advisable to bring insect repellant for use on the inland tours and for use on the island as needed. You may also want to bring a citronella candle for your veranda in case the bugs are active.
+ HOW OFTEN DO THE TOUR BOATS LEAVE THE ISLAND FOR THE MAINLAND?
It will depend on which mainland tours are scheduled for that day.
+ WHAT IF I GET HUNGRY AFTER MEALS HAVE BEEN SERVED?
This is highly unlikely due to the generous portion size of the meals. We also serve complimentary afternoon bar snacks and generally have a pastry available mid-morning.
+ IS THERE DRINKING WATER ON THE ISLAND?
Yes, each cabana has a 5 gallon container of bottled water. We also serve bottled water and we provide purified water for tours and activities.
+ IS THERE ELECTRICITY ON THE ISLAND?
Yes, we have a generator which runs 24 hours a day. The outlets are just like yours in the US (110v)!
+ ARE GRATUITIES INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE PRICE?
The package rates do not include gratuities. We have developed a suggested gratuities guide in response to guest feedback. Please bear in mind that it is meant only as a guide for you. The actual amount is left totally to your discretion and dependent upon the quality of service. We suggest $250 per couple for a six to seven night stay for the entire staff. Operating our Naughty Island is a team effort which involves a lot of behind-the-scenes staff along with our awesome front line personnel. We ask that if you choose to leave a gratuity, you leave the entire amount on your signed invoice and pay for it with cash or credit card at check-out. Gratuities are pooled every two weeks and distributed by head office upper management.
+ IS WI-FI OFFERED ON NAUGHTY ISLAND
Complimentary wireless internet service is available to guests the Island Resort. However, reception is better on some parts of the island versus others. Furthermore, our system is dependent on the local telephone companies and telecommunications in developing countries are far from optimal. Therefore, we ask that you download music, books, movies, etc prior to coming to the island so you can enjoy listening, reading, watching without interruption. You may also want to alert you family and friends that internet may not be available 24/7 so they will not be worried you don't reply to their texts or emails immediately.
+ CAN I USE MY CELL PHONE IN BELIZE?
If you want to make calls to the U.S. from your cell phone, we suggest that you call your cell phone provider and ask for international roaming (there is a monthly fee). Guests who use Sprint, Cingular, and T-Mobile have done this and it works well.
+ WHAT TYPE OF GOVERNMENT DOES BELIZE HAVE?
Belize is a parliamentary democracy. The government is headed by the prime minister Honorable Dean Barrow, while the nominal head of state is Queen Elizabeth II, who is represented by a governor-general (Sir Colville Young). Belize was a British colony in the late 19th century. In 1964, it became self-governing and independence followed in 1981. Belmopan is the capital. The population of Belize is approximately 279,000.
+ WHAT CAN I EXPECT UPON MY ARRIVAL IN THE BELIZE CITY AIRPORT?
The process once you arrive at BZE is very simple! The airport has 3 huge rooms - one for arriving passengers, one for departing passengers and one for the airline counters. In one room you will go through Immigration and Customs. When you exit, tell the person at the door that you need to catch a Maya Island Air flight and they will point you to the room on the left where the departing airlines counters are situated.
When you land at the Dangriga airport, you will be greeted by a member of the Naughty staff. It is a very small airport and very few people deplane, so recognizing you is not a problem. From there you will be driven to the boat dock (about a 10 minute drive) where you will be taken on a 30 minute boat ride to the island.
+ DO I NEED A PASSPORT TO TRAVEL TO BELIZE?
A valid passport for citizens of the U.S., Britain, Canada, Australia, Hong Kong, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Venezuela, CARICOM member states, nationals of European Community countries is all that is required. Belize requires citizens from the following countries to have an entry visa: China, Cuba, Columbia, Honduras, Haiti, South Africa, Taiwan, India, and Libya and more. To see a complete list please go to:
+ DO I NEED TO BRING BELIZE CURRENCY?
No, U.S. dollars are accepted everywhere in Belize, but not U.S. coins. It is best to bring smaller denominations as change in US currency may be limited. The majority of all hotels, restaurants and shops in the major towns and tourist areas accept major credit cards. Street vendors and smaller establishments in remote areas may accept only cash.
We accept MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and American Express. We gladly accept U.S. currency at the resort.
+ WHAT IS THE MONETARY EXCHANGE IN BELIZE?
The Belize dollar has an exchange rate of roughly two Belize dollars to one U.S. dollar. It is your responsibility as a traveler to a foreign country to investigate these variances/fees. The Resort will not issue refunds for any currency variances and /or bank fees.
+ WHEN IS CHECK-IN TIME?
Check-in time is 2:00 pm and check-out time is 11:00 am, but if there is a boat leaving the island at a later time you can take it!
+ WHAT IF I AM NOT FLYING INTO DANGRIGA?
Some guests stay with us after (or before) visiting a hotel or resort on the mainland. In those instances, ask your hotel to drop you off at our Dangriga office. It is best to have your hotel call the resort's Dangriga office (M-F 8:00am-12:00pm, 1:30pm-5:00pm-Belize time) at 522-2200 (local Dangriga number) the day prior to your arrival to arrange a drop-off time.
The directions to the office are as follows:
The office is located at 3 miles on the Stann Creek Valley Road, on the right side of the road if you are driving to Dangriga from Belmopan. The office is a 2-story, blue and white cement building. There is a boat repair yard located just before our office which is also on the right side.
+ AM I RESPONSIBLE FOR BOOKING MY FLIGHT FROM BELIZE CITY TO DANGRIGA?
No! Once you have made your reservations with us, we will be happy to make the appropriate local flight reservations for you, just e-mail us your international flight itinerary. The cost of the local round trip flight to and from the international airport in Belize City and Dangriga is approximately $161.50 US per person and flight time is approximately 20 minutes. We generally book this local flight the month prior to your arrival.
+ IS INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE RATE?
No, we do not include the international airfare from your home town to Belize in the package rates.
+ WHICH AIRLINES FLY TO BELIZE CITY?
Belize City is only a two-hour flight from Miami, Houston, or Dallas. There are daily flights offered to and from these cities.
Presently, for non stop flights:
American Airlines flies from Miami (MIA) and Dallas (DFW)
United Airlines flies from Houston (IAH)
United Airlines flies from Newark, NJ (EWR - Liberty) certain times of the year
U.S. Airways flies from Charlotte, N.C. (CLT)
Delta flies from Atlanta (ATL)
Delta and American Airlines flies from Los Angeles (LAX)
TACA flies from San Salvador (SAL) and Guatemala City (GUA)
Southwest Airlines from Houston (HOU), Denver (DEN) and Ft. Lauderdale (FLL)
WestJet from Toronto, Canada (YYZ)
There are also 1-stop multiple carriers from New York to Belize. This info is subject to change so be sure to check with the airlines or your travel agent.
Special Note: Be sure to schedule your international flight to arrive in Belize City (BZE) by 3:30 p.m. Why? The last flight from Belize City to Dangriga departs between 4:30 p.m. and 5:00pm.
+WHAT ARE THE BELIZE CAYS?
In Belize, a ‘cay’ is an island. The Naughty Island is on a series of Belize Cays. People in different parts of the world also spell Cay as Caye but it is always pronounced as "key" (as in Key West).
+ WHERE IS DANGRIGA?
Dangriga, the largest town in the Stann Creek District, is located 55 miles from Belmopan (the Capital) and 105 miles from Belize City. With a population of 8,100, it is one of the largest Garifuna (or Black Carib) communities in the world. Dangriga takes its name from the local Garifuna language, loosely meaning ‘here, the sweet water is close at hand.’ It lies peacefully along the banks of the North Stann Creek River, whose water is legendary. The town's drinking supply is refreshingly cool and arguably the best tasting in Belize. The town's dreamy atmosphere still harks back to a past age. The houses are made of weathered wooden planks and raised on stilts. Fishing dories lie tied up along the banks of the river. - Belize Tourism Board
+ WHERE IS THE RESORT?
Our Naughty Island Resort is located just off the coast of Belize, on a privately owned 16 acre cay. It is one of the three cays of the Belize Island Range. It is the only facility on the cay and is just eight miles off the coast of the culturally-rich, southern coastal town of Dangriga. The Island is a quick 10-minute boat ride from Belize’s amazing Barrier Reef where you can enjoy fabulous snorkeling and diving and it is only a 30-minute boat ride from the mainland, giving guests the option to participate in mainland adventure tours.
+ WHAT IS THE BOAT TRANSFER SCHEDULE BETWEEN DANGRIGA AND THE ISLAND?
The boat leaves Dangriga for Coco Plum at 1:00PM and 5:00PM. The boat leaves the Island for Dangriga at 8:00AM and 11:00AM.
+ ARE MASSAGES AVAILABLE ON THE ISLAND?
Yes we offer open air Swedish and Deep Tissue massages on the beach as well as in the privacy of your cabana.
+ WHAT IS THE MINIMUM AGE REQUIREMENT?
We are an adults-only private island resort. The minimum age of our guests is 21.