Yok Ha Belize Resort
What We Love
- A remote Caribbean island off the coast of Belize, with breakfast, lunch, dinner and moreTraveling between islands via kayak and using your snorkel gear, both complimentary
- Dining on three complimentary meals each full day of your stay, including snacks and coffee
- Enjoying a complimentary boat transfer to and from Dangriga at check-in and check-out
- Staying on a true private island, eight miles off the coast of Belize’s Dangriga
What To Know
- WiFi is inconsistent – a given for the area
- The resort is only 3-miles from Belize's Barrier Reef and snorkeling excursions are led daily
- Dinnertime means fresh lobster, conch, and barracuda
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
When you stay at Yok Ha Belize Resort in Waterfoot Caye, you’ll be on the beach and minutes from Yok Ha Pier and Yok Ha Beach. This beach hotel is within the region of Man O’ War Caye and Twin Cayes.
Make yourself at home in one of the 5 individually decorated guestrooms. Your memory foam bed comes with down comforters. Rooms have private furnished balconies. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature deep soaking bathtubs and rainfall showerheads.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Pamper yourself with onsite massages or enjoy recreation amenities such as karaoke. Additional amenities at this hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and babysitting/childcare (surcharge).
Food & Drink
Satisfy your appetite at the hotel’s beachfront restaurant, which features a bar. Dining is also available at a coffee shop/café. Relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge or a beach bar. A complimentary local cuisine breakfast is served daily from 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM.
Business & Travel Amenities
Featured amenities include express check-out and coffee/tea in a common area. Limited parking is available onsite.
How to Get There
I keep telling everyone who asks: if you’re not okay with authentic island living, similar to that of Jamaica, you will not enjoy this. I loved the family style meals in the main building. Event he stormy days were beautiful. But then again, I’m the outdoors type. I love hearing wind and rain and ocean. During storms, rain would blow under the door. There is no screen on the windows. They boosted the doors wide open during meals for ocean breeze. Like I said.. if you don’t like authentic island living...
Our trip to Yok Ha was an experience of a lifetime! We came for our honeymoon and made memories we will never forget in such an indescribable beautiful island! I don’t even know where to begin for this review but here goes (this is going to be a long one):
*-staff: Every member of the staff was welcoming, friendly, knowledgeable, and aimed to please. When it came time to leave I was tearing up saying goodbye. My husband and I were the only guests on the island and had top-notch service- we joked with my mom that we felt like celebrities on a private island. I have no doubt that the service would be just as excellent had the resort been full. Stefan and Sofia were so helpful and timely in correspondence on booking our trip. They worked with me and my husband to ensure that all of our excursions were booked and taken care of. I felt like we were best friends prior to arrival- they literally both talk with a smile on their face. Basilio (island supervisor) was beyond accommodating and always made sure we had everything we needed. He was amazing, professional, and very friendly. Fernando was our captain for a few excursions (see more details below) and was super knowledgeable about all things ocean. Captain Joel was very courteous and got us where we needed to go with a smile on his face. Chefs Rose and Elman are kitchen gods- everything they put on our plates were gone in a matter of minutes (more on food below). Teddy (bartender) super friendly and kept a cold one in our hands the whole time :). Leonel (ground caretaker) keeps the grounds looking top notch- he is also very friendly and knowledgeable about marine life- ask him for pointers of where to go snorkel around the island. Vitalina (server and housekeeper) can turn a towel into a work of art- she is very kind and takes her work seriously. Mr. Wil (the owner) was awesome as well- he was on the island with us and did some marine excursions- we shared many laughs.
*-food: the food was beyond amazing!!! All home cooked and delicious. My husband and I were so appreciative of the fact that the meals were cooked ‘for us’ and not like other all inclusive resorts where the food can seem cafeteria-style-tasting made for large crowds. We enjoyed lots of fish and lobster (our favorite) for dinner, yummy chicken dishes for lunch and a variety of egg-based breakfasts. The dessert is also very noteworthy- I am typically not a sweet/dessert person but found myself clearing my plate every night. The restaurant area is breezy and open, lots of fresh air and clean linens on the table. We did not want for anything food wise- I must gained some major weight on the trip and don’t regret it one bit.
*-excursions: All of our excursions were great!! On mostly all of our excursions we were the only ones with the guides so it was soooooooo personal and enjoyable (not like major tours where you are 1 of 25plus people). Stefan and Sofia booked all of our excursions in advance and I’d do them all over again!
Day 1- arrived around dinner time and settled on the island.
Day 2- snorkeling with Fernando and William on Tobacco Caye. I’ve been blessed to have snorkeled in some pretty great places but this by far surpassed any of my past experiences. The water was crystal clear and Fernando and William swam along side us pointing out all of the hundreds of species of fish and stingrays.
Day 3- reef fishing with Fernando, Mr. Wil and Basilio. We started our morning out catching live bait (expertly done by Wilfred) and headed out past the reef. We trolled around for a few hours and caught some huge barracudas that put up a great fight. We bottom fished for a bit with not much luck (did get to fight 2 cudas on light tackle that was a lot of fun), but it wasn’t for lack of experience or preparedness- we fish a lot and were not disappointed in the least- sometimes the fish just aren’t there. We had so much fun and the crew def knew what they were doing!
Day 4- spear fishing with Fernando, Wilfred and Leonel- if I had to pick a favorite excursion this would be it! This is like snorkeling on steroids with a yummy lobster dinner at the end. Prior to leaving the resort, Fernando gave us the rundown on how to use a spear pole since this was our first time- he demonstrated and had us practice a few times to make sure we got the hang of it before leaving. We went to 4 different reef patches and it was so amazing. Wil, Fernando and Leonel are like fish themselves in the water! They knew just where to look for the lobster and were able to quickly spot them. Once the lobsters were spotted they would go down and poke them out of their hiding places, then Ryan and I would go down with our spears and get them. At first we struggled to get the hang of it, the boys stayed patient and helped instruct us on our technique and it was awesome once we started getting it. This excursion was definitely a work out though, but well worth it! We caught about 20 lobsters amongst us and had a fresh lobster feast for dinner. I’m a pretty strong swimmer and was still a bit nervous about the depth we would have to go down, but it wasn’t bad at all- 6-12 feet.
Day 5- we left the island and headed to the jungle! Stefan drove us inland and was very gracious as he offered to stop at 2 different places for us to experience some hiking and views. He went with us up to a waterfall and then up to the top of a mountain lookout to check out the Sleeping Giant (google it :p). He took photographer style pictures of us the whole time and was just overall friendly and amazing. He dropped us off at Jaguar Creek Lodge where we had arrangements to stay overnight to accommodate the inland tours we wanted to do. JC was great, but HOT, there was a stream (thank goodness) that we were able to go cool off in. The grounds there were lush and very beautiful with a friendly staff as well. We had lunch (fried chicken and potatoes) at JC then took off for cave tubing. Cave Tubing was a really neat experience and quite fascinating learning about the history of the caves and river systems in the jungle. Once again this ended up being a one-on-one tour with a knowledgeable guide who was able to inform us of more than I’d ever thought I could know about the rain forest and caves. The tour was about 2 hours or so total once we got there- about 15 minutes hiking to the cave (easy hike) then hour and half in the cave and then walk back. The cave water was quite frigid but a nice escape from the heat. Totally recommend.
Day 6- best horseback riding excursion ever!!! Sometimes with horse riding you don’t know what to expect (maybe 30 minutes around a pasture- who knows?) but we got 2 hours on trails through the rain forest!! I can’t remember the name of the outfitter but it was the one set up through Yok Ha. We rode on trails out to a beautiful river where the horses got to cool off a bit and just had the best time ever! It was so magically beautiful the whole time. I’ve never really ridden before and was a little hesitant but the horses were very docile and easy to ride. Again, we had a one-on-one tour. Our guide John has been doing it for 12 years and knew just about all that could be known about horses and the rain forest. After horseback riding we went back to Jaguar Creek for lunch and to collect our things before getting picked up from Stefan and Sofia for our next adventure. Husband has always wanted to zip line and I am terrified of heights but encouraged him to go ahead without me and he had an absolute blast! Said he would do it over and over again. We went to Angel Falls for the zip lining and I had such a good time as well visiting the beautiful grounds with Stefan and Sofia. At the bottom of the Zip line deal they had a bar, trails and amazing views! I got a few drinks and we walked down to a little creek area and got to swim around and hang out while looking up and seeing Ryan flying through the trees (I was more panicked than he was!). Stefan was camera ready and got some awesome shots of Ryan - I wish he would have been at our wedding as a photographer :p
After zip lining we headed back to the island and had a relaxing evening after a few action-packed days.
Day 7- Island hopping with Basilio and Joel. This ended up being more of a booze cruise for us, but just what we asked for. We went snorkeling in the water with Basilio for about 45 minutes while Joel drifted along side in the boat. Basilio helped point out and identify lots of marine life. We then boated to nearby Tobacco Caye and walked around for a bit before taking a slow-enjoying boat ride back to Yok Ha. This was the perfect excursion to end the trip on.
*island life- while on the island, we spent a lot of time snorkeling around- there isn’t much coral to look at but we found hundreds of bright starfish, some conch, and little fishies. They have kayaks and paddle boards to use but it was a bit windy while we were there and we weren’t up for the workout. There was also a volleyball net. When we weren’t snorkeling, we just enjoyed hanging out listening to music and having some cold beverages taking in all of the amazing views. Basilio and the rest of the other staff were always around and up for a chat about Belize and laughs in general.
*since this is a review, some disclosures- While we absolutely loved the food and were thrilled with everything served: there is no main course menu to choose from, you basically get what you get. We loved it all, but are not picky eaters and down to try pretty much anything. I’m sure they’d accommodate any meal requests within reason.
Toilet paper cannot be flushed- at first this was weird to get used to but after the first day you get used to wrapping soiled TP into fresh TP and throwing it away. We never asked, but assume this is done since perhaps the waste from the toilet goes straight into the ocean? Not sure, but it wasn’t a big deal to us and was easy to adjust to.
Depending on the winds the boat rides to and from the island can be a little bumpy- didn’t bother us one bit, but if you are prone to seasickness you may consider taking precautionary seasick medicine.
Dangriga (main office hub and where boat takes you to-from island) may appear ‘sketchy’ to some, but our experience there was very safe. While waiting for the boat out to the island, Ryan and I walked around for 30 minutes or so and were greeted with friendly waves and not approached in any undesirable ways.
While the staff is sooo great and accommodating, at some point it’s just up to you to make your own fun and pass the time. As previously mentioned, Ryan and I had fun snorkeling around and would relax and drink and simply enjoy each-others company. I’m mentioning this part because some people might go a little stir crazy with so much time on their hands and limited entertainment bigger resorts may offer. To us, relaxing and having time to just vege was part of the entire island experience, but some people just don’t know how to chill :p
We weren’t really quite sure how to tip and just waited until the last day instead of tipping as we went. We tipped fairly (I hope) to everyone according to excursions and services offered.
WiFi worked very well and there wasn’t any issues.
Not just the staff, but everyone we encountered in Belize was sooooo friendly and gracious. Wonderful people and beautiful country. In most cases I don’t go back to the same place twice so I can experience somewhere new, but I certainly plan on returning to Yok Ha and bringing along some family and friends to experience the beauty as well.
The island was simply paradise. Only thing that matches the beauty of your surroundings is the amazing people. They are their to serve in every way. Food was simply amazing. The island was truly special being secluded enough to take it all in, but also having things keep you entertained and having fun. We took some trips to mainland and was impressed with the knowledge and amazing personalities where ever we went. Look no further this is your next vacation spot if you want to have the time of your life. We plan on going back. The only disappointment with our time their was leaving.