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“Alf = Awesome” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Charlie's Cave Tubing Tours

Charlie's Cave Tubing Tours
Ranked #7 of 77 Tours in Belize City
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Manchester, New Hampshire
2 reviews
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“Alf = Awesome”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 29, 2013

Unfortunately, we missed one of the first tenders off our cruise ship. Worried that we had missed the tour, we ran through the port to try to find a blue Superman t-shirt. Thankfully, Charlie's son was waiting for us and explained that even though we missed the other group, the other tour guide, Alf, was available and ready to take us. Just the four of us. They actually ran a tour for just our group of four!

Alf was the ultimate professional. He was knowledgeable, providing us with fun and interesting facts throughout the trip, extremely polite and courteous, friendly and outgoing...and an all-around great guy!

Visited April 2013
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Formby, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Excellent excursion”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2013 via mobile

We booked with Charlie on line before we left home. He was easy to find at the cruise terminal with his distinctive 'superman' tee-shirt and we were soon on the road with Charlie providing a running commentary on all the points of interest along the route. Although the journey to the caves was about 40 miles, it didn't take long as there is little traffic on Belize roads owing to the cost of fuel. The cave site was secure and had lots of facilities and the walk to the cave entrance was about twenty minutes along a well established path. All the while, Charlie pointed out some of the local plants, trees and animals unique to the local environment. The trip through the cave itself was memorable and lasted about an hour and again was enhanced by Charlie's observations as he led us through the cavern. Afterwards, we enjoyed a light lunch and were conveyed back to the terminal in plenty of time to re-board the ship. This was an excellent day, with a quality service from Charlie who couldn't have been a better host.

Visited April 2013
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Dryden, Canada
Level Contributor
2 reviews
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“Charlie Chan is the Man”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2013

We booked this excursion by e-mail after viewing the website www.charliescavetubing.com
We took the first tender to shore from our Cruise ship and as pre-arranged we were met by
Charlie at the cruise ship terminal exit. We never paid a cent until we met Charlie in person
in Belize. We were driven through the City and out through the Countryside to our destination.
Charlie was an informative, entertaining, first class tour guide. He had the most comfortable
tubes with headrests and netted bottoms. The larger tours we saw had to carry their own
tubes for the 1/2 hour trek to the caves but Charlie's son took care of that and met us there
with the inflated tubes. The trip through the caves and down the river was the best. We highly
recommend booking with Charlie. Everywhere we went they knew Charlie we were well taken
care of. He had us back to the cruise ship terminal in plenty of time. Thanks again Charlie.

Visited February 2013
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Henderson, Texas
Level Contributor
7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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“Charlie Chan cave tubing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2013

Our group of 6 had been on a tubing adventure in 2011 with another tubing group in Belieze. In 2012 we went to Jamaica, Cayman and Cozumel no tubing, ben there done that. We took 2 friends on they're first cruise and did not cave tube. We booked our 2013 cruise and did'nt really think about cave tubing again but our friends wanted to go. I looked for cave tubing and looked at Charlie's. On our last tube adventure we were given black car tubes and locked together with our legs behind those in front of each person, very uncomfortable. Well I looked at Charlie's reviews and was really impressed, nice tubes. He may not be #1 but he's better than #1. Being #1 means it is crowded. I booked with Charlie's 2 days before our departure and I messed it up but Charlie emailed me right back and we booked it. No credit card no deposit, just come on. I was a little worried due to not booking through ship excursions. Let me tell you Charlie was there, Micheal, his driver picked us up in Charlie's SUV. Michael gave us a very informative tour ride and waited until our adventure was over and ate with us, by the way the meal was great and inclusive and we did'nt even have to carry our tubes at all. Our guide, Carlos, was very good also, as he guided us through the rainforest trail to the stream. This tubing was so far above the others I HIGHLY recommend it. You definitely will see Charlie out there touring and getting wet just like everyone else. Look for the SUPERMEN.

Visited April 2013
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Thank Alan H
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Durango, Colorado
Level Contributor
3 reviews
“Outstanding customized guide services”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2013

We planned our excursion on-line and through email with Charlie who returned our emails very promptly. We had a very different itinerary that began by flying into BZE, with one day outside Belize City to do the zip lines and cave tubing at caves branch before flying out to San Pedro the following morning. The whole planning process was completely painless. Charlie recommended a great bed and breakfast (Villa Boscardi) on the north (good) side of town for our stay in Belize City where the rooms, hospitality and safety were all great.

Roberto and Brett met us at the airport (wearing their superman shirts) as we exited customs and we loaded our luggage into a private van and headed out. The drive was only an hour and Roberto was great, telling us all about Belize and the different ecosystems along the way. He answered all our questions, is obviously very well educated, speaks fluent English, and is extremely knowledgeable about the jungle ecosystem and history of Belize. He was also great with our 6-year old daughter and went out of his way to keep her entertained and safe.

We did the zip line first, then had lunch, then finished with the cave tubing. The zip line was fun, but not as unique as the cave tubing. Due to our relatively late arrival, Roberto arranged for the restaurant to stay open a few minutes later for us. The best part of being there later in the day is that we had both the zip line and cave tubing completely to ourselves, with no cruise crowds to deal with. The service and equipment provided by Roberto and Brett was outstanding. Brett carried our tubes - which have headrests and net floors - all the way to the lower put- in. Had we been earlier we would have gone higher for a longer float.

Again, great service, great price, and we felt safe leaving our belongings with them while we were doing the zip and float.

Visited April 2013
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Thank DrewC70
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