An Aussie Strikes Back with a tip of the Akubra to Ambergris and Chaa Creek


An Aussie Strikes Back with a tip of the Akubra to Ambergris and Chaa Creek


Hang on, hang on – as a loyal reader of the Chaa Creek Belize Travel Blog, I just read your recent post about Ambergris Caye being voted by this mob calling themselves Trip Advisor as the best island in the world.

Fair enough, the place is lovely. Stunning in fact. In the post they do rabbit on about the Belize Great Barrier Reef, and as a fair dinkum Aussie you’ll forgive me for being partial to our own Great Barrier Reef, but to each their own, live and let live, I say.  And, to be honest, both reefs are pretty similar, ours just being a tad bigger.

But then, not a few clicks later I come across an online Travel Weekly article, “Australia snubbed in islands awards” ) and you could have knocked me over with a feather.


First of all, we are a continent, see? So the comparison is unfair. You don’t need weeks and the constitution of a camel to cross Ambergris Caye and see all the sights. You don’t even need shoes.

Second of all, Ambergris Caye is in the bleedin’ Caribbean, home of swashbuckling tales, Pirates of the Caribbean, buried treasure and all that, so there’s an unfair advantage right there.

And third of all, most importantly, you can get to Ambergris Caye from The Lodge at Chaa Creek, one of the world’s top eco resorts, in the time it takes to drink a frosty Fosters.

The last time I tried to get home to Aussie from Chaa Creek it took something like three days.

And at Chaa Creek you’re surrounded by beautiful rainforest (on par with our Daintree, I’d have to admit), stacks of activities like canoeing, horseback riding, attractions such as ancient Maya temples and the like, a wonderful staff and a restaurant serving some of the best tucker to be had anywhere.

And it’s a stone’s throw from Ambergris Caye via Tropic Air’s service from Maya Flats!

So all in all I’d say Travel Weekly did Australia a disservice with the word snubbed. I mean, we’re comparing chalk and cheese here.

But congratulations Ambergris Caye, and as always, cheers to The Lodge at Chaa Creek, one of the top spots in the world.

(And by one of life’s absolute coincidences, I swear I’m sitting in plain sight of Trip Advisor’s Pacific Island number 8, Taveuni Island.  Absolutely beautiful, if it just wasn’t so far from Chaa Creek…)

Good on yas, Mates and


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