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Shipstern Nature Reserve

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Brief stop on our way to Sarteneja

I've visited Shipstern numerous times over the years. We stopped by briefly on our way to Sarteneja... read more

Reviewed 15 October 2016
Asheville, North Carolina
Nice, but no highlights

We stayed 4 nights in the Shipstern Nature Reserve and had a special program. In the area around... read more

Reviewed 17 June 2016
Alex S
Deventer, The Netherlands
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  • Average44%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible7%
13 Jul 2017
“Great project, great guides”
6 Apr 2017
“Closed for Renos”
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Reviewed 13 July 2017 via mobile

We've visited Shipstern during the rainy season, at the beginning of July. It's a bumpy bike ride from Sarteneja, but well worth the effort. We were warmly welcomed, and got a great tour of the newly renovated butterfly compound, of the lookout tower - and...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank f_specker
Reviewed 6 April 2017

We stopped in, no one was to be found. A young lady finally came out and stated there should have been a man nearby. She was very apologetic about them not being open, but stated we could still go up the tower. Due to my...More

Date of experience: February 2017
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Reviewed 15 October 2016

I've visited Shipstern numerous times over the years. We stopped by briefly on our way to Sarteneja village. Shipstern is now managed by Corozal Sustainable Future Initiative, which also manages Honey Camp National Park. There are some changes under the new management, including newly constructed...More

Date of experience: August 2016
1  Thank LanSluderBelize
Reviewed 17 June 2016

We stayed 4 nights in the Shipstern Nature Reserve and had a special program. In the area around the compound there is not so much to do. There a is a educational trail and a trail that goes to the lagoon, The trail to the...More

Date of experience: January 2016
2  Thank Alex S
Reviewed 16 March 2016

While we did enjoyed the butterflies, the mosquitoes were too much to contend with. We were using Off, but that seem to have no effect on them. We attempted the trails, but could not complete them because of mosquitoes. The view from the tower was...More

Date of experience: January 2016
Thank CorozalDee
Reviewed 24 February 2016

This is yet another hidden gem in Belize... I wish I had more time to explore this place... we were on the way from Orange walk looking at land so happen to be in the area... we stopped in for a quick look... you really...More

Date of experience: January 2016
Thank K B
Reviewed 22 August 2014

Close to Sarteneja, this large reserves offers some nice trails. Not all of them can be done without a guide and the lagoon boat trip is rather expensive, but the self-guided walks and the butterfly station are nice.

Date of experience: July 2014
2  Thank matrask
Reviewed 23 July 2014

The reserve is situated just a few minutes drive (about 3 miles) from the edge of Sarteneja town on the main road leading back to Orange Walk. The grounds contain a variety of trails and a museum/information center as well as a butterfly breeding center....More

Date of experience: June 2014
1  Thank Lane R
Reviewed 10 March 2014

Joel gave us a tour of the building and it was very interesting. He explained the challenges and successes of the Nature Reserve. This led us to the butterfly house and we caught a couple of good pics of the screen cage and every stage...More

Date of experience: March 2014
2  Thank Skep T
Reviewed 3 March 2014

I went on an organised birdwatching tour. we spent the first hour walking around the car park because our guide was going off duty and was waiting for his replacement. Eventually we went on a tour through the jungle but saw no birds. we did...More

Date of experience: January 2014
2  Thank sharon p
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