A 37-mile drive along the Western Highway brings you to the Caves Branch River and its winding path, through the Maya Mountains and numerous ancient caves once inhabited by the Maya. Upon arrival at Caves Branch National Park, your headquarters for the day, your guide will issue floats and headlamps while providing a tour briefing. You'll take a 45-minute hike down a jungle trail where your guide will point out various plants, roots and herbs once used by the ancient Maya for medicinal purposes. Next, reach the entrance tunnel that heads into the underground cave system for the start of an eye-opening adventure. Then, float with gentle currents through the cave system. Enjoy intricate crystalline formations that line the caves, and the majestic rise and fall of stalagmites and stalactites that add to the serene opulence of nature. On several occasions, you'll emerge into the sunlight, only to enter into another cave system. Finally, your tubing tour will end where the hike began. You'll return your equipment and head back to Belize City and the ship. On your way back to the docks a stop will be made for lunch.
Note: Participants must be at least 10 years of age and able to swim. The cave system and its waterways may cause claustrophobia in a very small percentage of guests. Wear suitable footwear for muddy, wet trails. Bring your swimsuit.
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Customer Reviews for Cave Tubing & Rainforest Trek
I thought this would have been an adventure. It was honestly kind of boring. You had a 15 minute walk through the rainforest. That was interesting, getting to see the different plants and such. The cave tubing, was good. You just laid in a tube while your guide pulled you through the tubes and you got to be mesmerized by the beauty of the caves. Lunch is provided and was GREAT. I suggest wearing sneakers. The terrain of the rainforest is very rocky. I wore water shoes and it was not the smartest idea I have made. You barely get wet, but overall it was okay.
This was the best Excursion ever!!!! Our tour guide "THE LION" was so entertaining and informative!!! The guide JACKIE who took us to the caves was fantastic. The bus ride went pretty fast. Our guide talked the whole hour and I learned alot about Belize. Glad we did this in Febuary. Weather was perfect. Water was not too cold. Caves were beautiful. We were served a nice buffet afterwards. Words cannot describe how much fun this was!!!!
This is a good excursion, but long drive. Keep in mind when considering the cost, you are driving for approximately 3 hours (there and back), and eating for about 45 minutes. The actual tubing time is about an hour.
I can only give this 3 out of 5 stars because of the loooong 1.25-1.5 hour rickety school bus ride and the rainforest trek. First of all yes, I spent almost an hour and a half on a school bus on not-so-smooth roads. The trek through the rainforest could be anywhere, meaning that you don't even realize you're there because the whole time you're trekking with your huge inner tube, you're walking on uneven rocks....REALLY fast. The entire path is made of rocks which really hurt when all you're wearing are thin-soled, water shoes. Take heed: wear old tennis shoes! Otherwise, the rocks hurt and you constantly have to look down to watch where/how you're stepping. When you get to the tubing point there are sooo many people there to do the same thing. The trip through the caves is good, but it really depends on your guide. Our's talked softly so if you were next to him, great. If not, then you were basically just there to drift and look at a cave on your own. I expected more out of this excursion. Not really worth the $109 I paid.
The hike was very easy, although there was 3 stream crossings and the water level was low on our day. The tubing was OK, but you have to stay linked. It's a nature preserve, so you have to stay on the tube also. The tube loading area is busy, and that is your only chance to swim in the stream - it's only a bit cold. Not much education about caves, a missed opportunity. Lunch was OK - hot buffet. Personal items are left on the bus, so you have to hike and tube with the same gear - aquashoes necessary. Path is gravelly.
When I was planning a trip to Belize, everyone was telling me that this is the one excursion not to miss. I just figured we would be floating through a few caves and really wouldn't see anything. First of all, we were going through some real caves with low ceilings at times. We saw a bunch of bats. We didn't bother them, so they didn't bother us. Make sure you bring a camera; I would suggest a waterproof one.
Our guide was amazing; he made sure we stayed together and was very informative about the area. We had to walk through the jungle to get to the cave. I was expecting the walk to be long; but it actually went by very fast.
The lunch was delicious. It was a buffet so you can go back as many times as you wanted. Some of the best plantains and beans & rice I've ever eaten.
They suggest that you know how to swim, but as long as your group stays together, you don't have to do any swimming or work in general. There were 5 in my group and only three of us could swim. We did not have any problems.
this was a fun event, however be PREPARED! The ride out was almost an hour and a half (our tour guide did help to pass the time with local information). There is a lot of hurry up and wait for this event - then once you do start heading to the cave, you have a walk across a rock trail for about a half of a mile (at least) that will make your feet hurt if you have on regular water shoes. The cave is great, you can swim in the river prior to your float time, but be prepared to hold another person's feet under your arms and possibly your feet under someone else's arms - thats how you stay together through the cave.They did have water shoes to rent ($3) for the event so don't feel you have to buy anything prior. The buffet they serve is good and they have soda's and beer if you need to hydrate.
I was a little nervous about this excursion--no, I was a LOT nervous about it! I've never done anything like this, but I am SO glad I did! It's really great--I only wish my teenaged son would have been w/me...he thinks he doesn't like these kinds of excursions, but he would have loved this!! Now for the particulars...first: you take about a 90 minute bus ride into interior Belize. this is not a comfy or well-outfitted vehicle, so make sure you use the restroom before you leave (there's nowhere to stop). wear your swimsuit w/a cover-up on the bus-ride. bring a dry change of clothes for the ride back. second: you go straight from the bus to walking to the cave. the best thing to wear is your swimsuit & comfortable shoes that you can walk in & won't float off your feet (old tennis shoes are great, crocs or flip flops will float away!). this is a sort of long walk over some very steep & sometimes slippery areas. there are stairs & tight squeezes. it's not a "sprint", but it is a somewhat long walk (maybe 30-45 mins??) & you are carrying your own tube. if you have knee or ankle or foot issues, this may be somewhat difficult. third: the cave was amazing! we were holding together by our feet at first. then our guide said that anyone who wanted to release from the chain was welcome to do that. the water is chilly, but not unbearably so. fourth: at the end there's a huge rock you can climb onto & jump down into the river if you want to--I did & I'm glad, but it was scary!! . fifth: the food is okay, but the cashew wine was great! bring some cash. you can buy alcoholic drinks, souveneirs, etc & you want to tip your guides. I will definitely do this excursion again if I'm ever back in Belize.
Great experience. I would recommend this for just about any age. The walk is pretty easy although if you have problems on uneven ground you may find it a little challenging as you have to carry your innertube with you along with a helmet and life vest.Great family adventure. Did not really like the way we had to hold the person behind us' foot to stay in a chain. We went on this excursion in January 2012.
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Review 10 for Cave Tubing & Rainforest Trek
I traveled with:Friends
Cruise Date Month:November
Cruise Date Year:2011
Favorite port:Roatan, Honduras
I want to go here next:Caribbean
Date:December 1, 2011
Wonderful Experience, but physically challenging
This trip was one of the highlights of the cruise, however, I thought I would let folks know that it can be more physically challenging than advertised. Carrying your tube through a 20 minute walk was not strenous and gave us a chance to view the beautiful forest. The strenous part came when we began the cavetubing portion. Unless you are freefloating, (most groups weren't) you will be connected to the tube in front of you by the following method: Your feet will be under the arms of the person in front of you and you will have someone else's feet under your arms. Then you will need to hold your own neck and shoulders up as the movement of the tubes through the water does not allow you to rest your head on the tube behind you. It was very physically taxing, even for the younger crowd. If you have any neck, back or shoulder problems, I would not recommend this adventure unless your tour guide can guarantee you will free float through the caves. Unfortunately, you will not know this until you are already there. Because of the problems people were having trying to hold their heads up the whole trip, our guide let us begin to freefloat about half way through the cave. What a relief. You could sit comfrotably in your tube and just use your arms to paddle around when the slow moving current wasn't moving you along. If you do decide to go it will be worth it, as the views in the cave (via your headlamp and occasional open ceiling) were spectacular. My husband and I are in our 40's and 50's, fairly active with no physical problems. Just to give you an idea of the physical needs of this tour.
Keep in mind to eat beforehand, and its an hour long walk up the mountain. Went in November and weather/water was perfect. My husband loved it.!! Bring an underwater camera, we regretted that we didnt. Enjoy!
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Review 12 for Cave Tubing & Rainforest Trek
I traveled with:Friends
Cruise Date Month:October
Cruise Date Year:2011
Favorite port:Hilo, Hawaii
I want to go here next:Alaska
Date:November 1, 2011
Our guides were good! Enjoyed learning the culture! The bus ride was scary and a bit long but once your there you forget all about it. The cave tubing was AWESOME! The meal provided at the end was a buffet and quite good! Definitely surprised as some excursions provide only a sandwich and fruit bar. Gift shop was good also, lots of variety and quality items. Definitely recommend this tour!
The Cave Tubing Tour shows you a fascinating and beautiful part of Belize that few visitors see. The float through the cave took a little over 30 minutes. It normally takes longer, but the river was running fast and high. Our tour split into groups of eight. The eight people in our group hung together as our guide pushed, pulled, walked and swam us through the cave. He worked hard to position us for the turns, mild rapids, swift currents, and to see the best sights. I think we would have been bouncing off the sides and turning over if we weren’t hooked together and guided. The most beautiful parts of the cave were where the ceiling had collapsed, the sun streamed in, and the rainforest grew down into the cave. The water was a comfortable temperature. We walked approximately 45 minutes to reach the river entry. This is the most strenuous part of the tour because you have to carry your tube, life jacket and helmet. The hike was hot and the route goes up and down hills. Our guide discussed the plants along the route and talked about how the locals used them. The lunch was good – chicken, hamburgers, rice, salad and dessert. It is about a one hour drive to the site. The bus was comfortable, the ride was smooth, and the guide was informative and entertaining. Take this excursion and enjoy a beautiful trip through the Belize underworld.
The tubing itself was fantastic, bu the walk to the point of entry can be exhausting, especially in the heat. We were lucky in that we were able to free tube, but I did notice other groups being rushed through the tour with their guides pulling the tethered tubes through the cave.
This adventure is easily enjoyed by everyone. They provided clean areas for changing as well as a bathroom. The guides outfit you with a helmet, life jacket and tube. You then make your way through the jungle. The path was wide and easy to climb, not too hilly. Alfredo was our guide and along the way he pointed out different highlights in the jungle. He even got a huge spider out of its hole to share with us. Once you got to the cave sight you were able to swim in the river and they linked you up in your tubes to begin your journey. The caves are really neat and you guide can tell you a lot about them. After you end you can enjoy a buffet lunch that even includes hamburgers and french fries. The only compliant would be that it is a rather long bus ride and you want to hope the AC is working.
There are changing facility's and bathrooms as well as a buffet lunch on site. Cave tubing was fun, we only had 3 people in our group and they usually take 8, we got lucky and a guide offered to take just the 3 of us. Our guide was excellent spoke very good English and taught us about the Mayans beliefs, animals and trees in the forest. My neck was a bit sore but it was worth it.
This was by far my most favorite excursion. The drive was fairly short, and the tour guide was very funny and entertaining. The hike to the river was pretty easy, but carrying the tube, helmet and life vest was a little challenging. Once we got into the water, it made it all worth it. The caves were beautiful and the water felt great. Lunch was tasty as well. Overall, a great time.