Tubing through Belize's unique underground cave system is the must-do tour in Belize.
Our small group departures can often avoid the massive large bus groups that can add to the wait times and subtract from the enjoyment. After meeting your Belize guide, you will walk to your air-conditioned transportation for the approximate one-hour drive to the Caves Branch River and its winding path through the Mayan Mountains and numerous ancient caves.
After picking up your tube, you will walk down to the adjacent river. This will be the spot where you finish your float. You will start the adventure by wading across the river, holding onto a rope strung across the water. From here, you will set out on a 30-minute walk along a jungle trail over loose gravel. Guests must be in good shape and able to keep up with the guide on this Belize excursion.
At the entrance of the underground cave system, your guide will hand out miner's lamps before you enter the water. You will float along on the gentle current that will take you through the cave system. Intricate crystalline formations line the cave, and the majestic rise and fall of stalagmites and stalactites add to the serene opulence of nature. The float part of the adventure lasts approximately two hours, depending on the current, and brings you back to the starting location of your Belize excursion.
After the float, walk back up to the transportation for the drive to the pier.
Please Note: As the river bottom is rocky, you must wear shoes (sneakers or water shoes) while tubing, and they will get wet. Do not forget a towel and dry shoes for after the tour. Guests with special dietary requirements may need to bring a snack or power bar, as tour duration is five hours. Guests must be a minimum age of 8 years old and 48" in height. Tour times listed are in local time. Depending on the time of the year, this may be up to two hours different than ship time.
Reviewer: James Passeretti
I trust the Costco brand but was uneasy of the hype from Carnival. They warned us repeatedly of getting left behind if tardy to the ship departure time unless we booked through Carnival. The Caribbean people move at their own relaxed pace. We were picked up with others. Our Van broke down at a gas station, we asked why the van wasn't fueled before picking us up but that didn't seem to be a concern to anyone but the ones burning excursion time. The guys zip lining and tubing could not figure out how they would get it all in since a few hours were lost waiting for the a working ride. Eventually we made it walked through a park and rode the inner tubes down river all tied together lead by a guide. My issued head light wasn't very bright. Still it was fun. A good experience overall, and we were back on time as promised. Lesson learned skip excursions and roam around the port there is plenty to see and do there. The excursions seemed too canned but the sights are worth seeing.
Reviewer: Sharon Wilson
The tour was great, rain forest was fascinating and the cave was beautiful. Hard to hear the guides in the cave as they are all talking over each other. I would suggest sneakers or crocs instead of water shoes...LOTS of sharp pebbles. All in all it was a super tour!
We arrived in Belize on Carnival and had booked this excursion in advance rather than through the cruise line. No problem finding the tour office and only a short wait to board our bus. Almost an hour ride out to the site but our guide Marcus kept us entertained, even stopping for a fresh mango which was amazing! Once in the park it was an easy 20 minute walk to the river. Our group, unlike all the others, didn't have to carry our tube as we hiked. Once at the caves, we had time to swim in the river while Marcus talked about the history of the area. The caves themselves were interesting and fun. Upon exiting the caves, we had another 20 minutes floating downriver while the other groups had to get out of the river. When we got back to our bus there was a nice changing area and tasty lunch. To sum up the excursion - cheaper, no lugging of the inner tube, and longer time in the water. I'm so glad I choose this instead of the cruise line excursion!
Reviewer: Dean & April Cameron
They took us on a bus to the starting place while keeping up a very interesting history of Belize and answering questions. Clean bathrooms and changing facilities were available when you arrived . They provided life vests, helmets, and headlamps (water shoes were available for purchase). For 5.00 each our guide had a lunch (BBQ chicken with rice and beans) ready for us when we returned to the bus. We didn’t have to carry our tubes as our guides had them waiting for us at the river. We only carried them at the end of the tour a short way to where we could return our equipment. Our guide Marcus gave us a lot of interesting information about the area and sights that we saw on the way to the cave entrance which took us on a path through the forest & caves & beside the river. He then guided us safely through the caves on the underground river and explained many points of interest. This was a fascinating and fun tour than we highly recommend, especially with this company.
Reviewer: Karen Hovi
I booked with your company for the fact we didn't have to carry our tubes. Didn't expect all the extra we received. Raymond made the drive very enjoyable. He also was very knowledgeable, made the 30 minute walk so interesting. What can I say about Johnny. Had all the tubes ready for us. Great job by your entire staff. We arrived early to your booth and spent time with Matthew and other members of your team. They shared lots of information about Belize and lots of laughs. Will recommend your company to anyone travelling to Belize