My boyfriend and I just came back from a week long trip on the Carnival Dream. We visited Belize as one of our ports and before traveling I did A LOT of research about excursions in each port. I stumbled upon X-Stream cave tubing in a trip advisor search and at first was a little hesitant to book as they are in a foreign country and there prices were substantially lower than all the other excursions listed from other companies including the Carnival. However, this one was one of the best choices we made all vacation!
We booked over the website and put down a $20 deposit. ($10/ person) and paid the rest in cash when we arrived to the port. After giving our deposit we were give directions on where to meet the guides and pay the balance of our excision. ( $40/person) We made it to the check in spot, about a 2 minute walk from the tender and waited about 15minutes while the other passengers checked in. We were entertained by a man singing, dancing and selling local crafts. We got on a school bus (with AC) and took about a 70 minute ride thru Belize City into the country side. Our driver did a great job and our tour guide Wentworth was AMAZING! He explained all about the culture, history and people of Belize and had quite a sense of humor. We even got to stop off at a local grocery store on the way.
We arrived to the jungle and changed into our bathing suits and water shoes. (DO NOT TRY TO WEAR FLIP FLOPS) We left our belongings on the bus and while I was hesitant at first, I live in Boston and do not trust anyone, Magic Mike (one of the guides) reassured us that we are all family and everything would be fine.
We got our tubes, life jackets and head lamps and proceed to walk 30 mins into the jungle while our guides gave us a little background on all of the plants and insects we encountered. The hike was pretty easy but you do have to cross a few streams to get to the river so again, do not wear flip flops. When we got tot he river we were split up into groups of about 6-8ppl (friends and family can stay together) and each group had their own guide. We had George of the Jungle and he was fantastic! He guided us through the river with ease and explained all of the caves and the history behind them. After tubing for about 45 mins we entered the end of the cave and where the rest of the companies, cruise lines included, get out and hike back we got to travel on down the river for another 20 minutes in this beautiful jungle right back to the entry point.
We walked about 5-10 minutes back to the bus and changed into dry clothes. We were served a lunch of tamales and fresh fruit. Wentworth even gave us some hot sauce to put on our tamales that my boyfriend ended up buying at one of the little stores because it was so delicious.
We got back on the bus and took a "siesta" and ended up getting back to the port about 2 hours before the final port call. It was nice to have a little quiet time on the ride back to reflect on the experience you just had and how cool Belize is!
This was definitely was one of the highlights of our trip and I urge everyone to book with these guys! They were fun, knowledgeable and kept us safe the entire time we were with them! My boyfriend and I tipped them $10 each to say thank you for the great time and we since we booked with them we had already saved ourselves $90/ person! We were left with plenty of time to shop at the local market and have a few drinks before getting back on the ship.
The only down side is that I don't have any pictures because I left my camera on the ship. Had I known I was going to be taken onto a bus, hiked into the jungle, tubed down a river in a tube in the dark, fed an amazing lunch and back to a port well before the departure time by such an amazing group of guys... I would have brought my camera!!!
WHEN IN BELIZE GO WITH THESE GUYS... IT'S UNBELIZEABLE!!!
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