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“A fun adventure!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Charlie's Cave Tubing Tours

Charlie's Cave Tubing Tours
Orange Walk District, Belize City, Belize
501-607-2128
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: Charlie's Tours are very educational, ecological-oriented and adequate for school kids and students of all ages. Charlie offers an excellent ecological tour on the trails just prior to having to tube through the mysterious caves where the Maya priests once prayed to and worshiped the Gods of the Underworld. At Charlie's Cave Tubing we cater especially to our Eco-friendly guests. We are very serious about the conservation and preservation of the caves. We are sure you will find this a very relaxing and pleasant experience.
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“A fun adventure!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013 via mobile

Belize was a port stop aboard the Carnival Dream. I was on the ship in 2010, didn't do the cave tubing then and had regretted not going, so when the opportunity came up to go again 2013, I jumped on it!
After reading reviews I chose Charlie's. I found and formed group by posting in cruise critic, and because of getting a group together, we were given a $5 per person discount.
We rode on a larger bus, but it was only about half full (27). The ride is 45/60 minutes. On the way each guide filled us in on facts and tidbits about Belize. Once at the location, those talks continued on as we walked the path to the starting point of our float. Unlike every other group we saw, we didn't have to carry out tubes through the rain forest. This was a HUGE plus! The walk is long .... We walked at a leisurely pace, as we watched several groups having to hustle because of time constraints put on them by booking thru the cruise ship. Just before reaching the river, we picked up our tubes, were hooked into groups of eight and began our floating thru the caves. Relaxing, beautiful, and interesting ...... A must do.
Afterwards, we were treated to a local lunch of chicken, rice and beans, and a coleslaw type salad. Very delicious! Not a huge portion, but enough to get you back to the ship. Soda, water, and beer is available for purchase through different vendors. If you're not into local cuisine, I'd suggest you eat a good breakfast before you leave, and bring along a candy bar or snack ... Water bottle too. It's a long day and you will be hungry after the walk and float down the river.

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“One of The Caribbeans Best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

Charlie's Cave Tubing Belize City is hands down the best tour in Belize, possibly the whole Caribbean.The friendiness of Charlie and his staff is the first thing you notice that separates him from other tours and they stay this way from beginnng to end.We had the pleasure of taking the tour with just one other couple and having the greatest tour guide ever "Roberto Botes The Mentor of cave tubing pioneers"You load van for ride to caves along the way getting a very interesting and educational lesson on Belize as you drive from city to country side taking in such sights as mangrove swampland to a Pine forest savannah, then to a broad leaf rainforest.Then reaching national park where you will hike to caves, park has great restroom facillities to change into your caving gear and we do recommend bringing an old pair of sneakers or shoes you can get wet (no sandals or flip flops) for walking to and tubing in caves, also a change of dry clothes.Roberto is of mayan decent and is very knowledgable of plants,animals ,insects and everything you will be seeing as he takes you on a great hike along a path through the jungle of Belize on your way to caves.Once reaching the caves, you will get your tube and load one after the other into the river which then guide connects all tubes together and you start your journey into the mayan underworld. You will leisurly float in and out of beautiful caves seeing breath taking sights and formations on your way back down river. After exiting your last cave, you will have a nice 10 or 15 minute float down the river as you relax and soak up the Belize sun.Ending back at the park where you began, you can change clothes and sit down to have a wonderful and very tasty authentic Belizean meal of stewed chicken,beans and rice, cucumber salad, and fruit punch included in your tour.Then you load back in van for the ride back to Belize City, being dropped right in front of where you need to enter for your cruise ship.In ending, if your travels take you to Belize City make sure and book a tour with Charlie's Cave Tubing "The Supermen of tours" Thanks Charlie and Roberto for a great time. We look forward to visiting Belize and Charlie's Cave Tubing again

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“The best cave tour ever!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

"The mentor of cave tubing" Roberto was awesome! One of the only companies that carry your tubes for you and the tubes are top notch, head rest and mesh bottoms!! Roberto is very knowledgeable and makes the walk throught the jungle easy and informative. You get your money's worth a guided tour through a rainforest, awesome cave tubing (you sit back and enjoy), great lunch and roundtrip transportation!! Very cool wildlife to see and maybe a tarantula to hold!! I can't say enough great things about this company! The ride to and from the port in a very nice air conditioned van with one the best guides one can ask for hats off!! They are very professional and will get you back to the ship in plenty of time. My wife and I had a blast!!! Time at the end for some loco coco (fresh coconut and rum)!!

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“Super company to go cave tubing with!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

Charlie's cave tubing is a smaller company than most of the ones used by Carnival, but the service was exceptional. If u are going to Belize and want to try cave tubing I would recommend Charlie's. Roberto and Brett was our guides , they waited on us hand and foot. Had lunch waiting on us as soon as we finished the tour. Have No fear Roberto is near!!! That was his saying and he was always ready to help in any way. He actually tickled a tarantula out of its lair and we got to hold it. He was very informative about the Mayan history and his country. So when in doubt about who to call about cave tubing, call Charlie's cave tubing!!!

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“Not prepared to hike so far, lunch is so-so but GORGEOUS CAVES”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

Send them an email and let them know you are coming! Wear some bug spray and take a wter proof camera. I would take the bug spray with you cuz it will wash off when you cross the river. I was not prepared for the long hike to the first set of caves. This is a rainforest area so yes you are going to get wet and muddy. The drive to the caves is about 60 minutes or so...give or take a little...GO TO THE BATHROOM before you leave the ship terminal! The tour guide is knowledgable about Belizean history and has a degree in agriculture so he will educate you on the surrounding flora and fauna and might even get a tarantula to come out of its burrow for you. Be careful with quinine leaves if you have a heart condition do not eat these leaves that he picks for you. The lunch that comes with the tour is just ok...very bland and I only got two of the smallest pieces of chicken I have ever seen.
AFter hiking for so long and mostly uphill I was definately ready for the cool river tour. It was lovely albeit a bit noisy in one of the caves. We only had 8 people in our group and our cost was $50 each. Considering the cost of gasoline in this area, I say that is an appropriate cost unlike other tour operators that will charge you a lot more. Stick with Charlies and he will bend over backward to get you back to your ship before the last tender leaves.

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