On the recommendation of our daughter, we chose to try out the Cave Tubing in Belize. We were doubtful about the excursion because it involved 1-1.5 hours in a bus EACH WAY, and only around 45 minutes in the tube after a 20 minute hike through a jungle. We seriously doubted that it could be worth the time, but she loved it last year with another company and since there is basically nothing to do in Belize City Port, we went for it. Well, we were pleasantly surprised. Our tour guide was Elvis and he was AWESOME! He talked the whole time there and most of the way back giving us all kinds of historical and local information about Belize and the sites along the way. When we got to the site, we rented lockers (even the large is pretty small, so we had to get 2 at $6 each), split into smaller groups of about 8, got geared up and went for a short 20 minute hike. You MUST wear water shoes or sandals with straps, so bring your own or rent them there. They stopped along the way to show us plants, etc. which was very interesting. We had to carry our own tubes, but it was manageable. Then we came to the river. We sat in our tubes, linked together in our group with our guide, and started down the river and into the caves. They are incredible. They told us it was a 100% we tour, but I could have easily kept my camera dry inside a dry bag and took a few pictures on the way (but I wouldn't risk a really expensive one on it, FYI - as some groups went into a small waterfall or I suppose you could fall out or have someone flip you) The guide told us all about the caves, cave structure, Mayan culture regarding caves, etc. It was beautiful and informative. When we were back to the starting point we climbed out and carried our gear back. There was a changing area, outside showers, restrooms, a swimming pool, restaurant, and gift shop all there and we had about 30 minutes or so to do as we liked until we were ready for the trip back to port. Elvis had a game at the end to see who could remember some of the facts he told us along the way and gave away coins from Belize as the prize, as well as a few little flags, etc. Overall, it was a great way to spend the day in Belize and definitely something I would recommend to anyone who hasn't done something like this before. I was worried about bugs, etc. and it really wasn't an issue. The water was pretty cool, but we quickly adjusted and enjoyed the ride.
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