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“Top Notch Cave-tubing with Vitalino” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Cave Tubing.Bz
Ranked #1 of 77 Tours in Belize City
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Owner description: This cave tubing experience is with one of the cave tubing pioneers in Belize. Those touring with cavetubing.bz will be educated about the country of Belize, the flora and fauna, the history of the ancient Maya, and the geological and archaeological information about the cave and the area. We have experience with taking care of guests of most ages and conditions, and the comfort and safety of our people is of utmost concern to us. Tours take place in Cayo District, an hour outside of Belize City.
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“Top Notch Cave-tubing with Vitalino”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2013

Passengers from the NCL Dawn on the New Years cruise. The port was very busy. It was easy to find Vitalino's group with their yellow shirts. Very friendly and accommodating to all. We drove for 45 minutes to get to the river. Many other buses and travel companies, and also lots of other people. Vitalino supplies very nice equipment. Their is about a 20-30 minute hike to the river. My husband and I wore water shoes. Very rocky path, and I would advise people to wear Keene or Teva type sandals, or some old tennis shoes would work better. Possibly leave them there for a donation to the locals?

Once at the river we got into the river with at least a couple 100 of our "closest friends", and floated through the caves. Reminded us all of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disney. Lunch was a highlight. It really was good, and the rum punch made for a much more lively ride back to the port!

Visited January 2013
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“A nice mix of scenic, relaxing and educational.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2013 via mobile

Highly recommend. Took first tender from cruise ship, and they made it super easy to find them in a crowded port. The friendly guide gave us some Belize background on the hour or so ride to the park. We hiked for about 45 minutes in the woods (learning about the wildlife). Then it was tubing time! Lashing several of our tubes together, the guide pulled us through the caves by doing what looked like a backstroke. Our job was to sit, float, and enjoy. The guide occasionally pointed out interesting rock formations, and the floating continued for about 90 minutes. We had a brief lunch featuring glasses of rum punch, then returned to the cruise terminal.

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Missouri
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“Must Do Cave Tubing/Xunantunich Ruins Tour!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2013

We chose Cavetubing.bz after reading the reviews on Trip Advisor for our party of 8 (4 adults and children ages 18, 14, 12 & 8) for our day in port with the Crown Princess. What an excellent choice as it was the cruise highlight for every single one of us thanks to our tour guide, Robin, and the outstanding company he works for. I had contacted them through their website to see if it was possible to accomplish both a visit to the ruins and cave tubing all on the same day. We really wanted to get to Xunantunich. We dislike doing big group tours through the cruise company, and this wasn't even an option. My email was promptly answered with a promise that we could accomplish both. We ended up with a private guide, Robin, who was SO knowledgeable, professional, and intelligent, and kept us entertained all day. Because we were a bit rushed wanting to get both things in (our choice!), we didn't have time to have a leisurely lunch at the restaurant, but Robin called ahead and had "to go" boxes and drinks ready for us on our way to cave tube. Delicious!! The cave tubing was unlike anything we had ever done. The kids loved it. Robin had us back to port and at the ship in plenty of time. HIGHLY RECOMMEND and will use this tour company again if we are fortunate enough to return to Belize down the road!

Visited January 2013
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“Loved Cavetubing.bz”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2013

We went cave tubing the day after Christmas on a day when there were at least 4 other ships in port along with ours so needless to say, it was very crowded and hectic! We found our way outside terminal 2 as instructed and quickly found the yellow shirts of cavetubing.bz. The gal coordinating things checked her list and showed my our names (so I knew we had the right company) and told us to "follow Robin". Robin lead us thru the crowd to an area off to one side where we met Vitalino. We were among the first to arrive so we were quickly loaded up on a bus and whisked away with Robin as our guide. They had so many people signed up that day, they had all their vans in use, plus the rented bus.

Robin did a great job of narrating our trip thru Belize City to Caves Branch Park. He urged us to change quickly and get ready to go as he feared the onslaught of people who would be coming behind us. We were paired up with a family of 5 and assigned to our guide Israel. He got us outfitted with our tubes and set a pretty fast pace to get to the caves. About half way thru the hike I started lagging a bit so Israel offered to take my tube so we could keep ahead of the pack. We did not stop to see the flora and fauna along the way as there really was no good way to do so with so many folks on the trails.

Once we got to the river, Israel made sure he got us in the water quickly and on our way. We watched some of the others with other tour companies who were not nearly so organized. He gave us a good narrative as he manuevered us thru the caves and past other groups. Even though there were alot of people, he did a great job of keeping us separated enough that we didn't feel like we were part of a big herd once we got in the caves. The caves take about 45 minutes and then you have another 15 minutes or so of floating on open river. It got a little chaotic here as the guides from the other companies let their tours free-float rather than staying in a group and there were a couple near pile-ups along the way. It made us again appreciate Israel's efforts to keep us together and safe. After we were all back on the bus, it took our driver, Luther, some time to manuever the bus out of its parking space - what was an empty lot when we arrived had turned into a crammed parking lot and it took alot of back and forth to get the bus out. Thanks to Luther with some guidance from Robin standing behind the bus, he got us out without a scratch.

After tubing we stopped at Vitalino's "house" for lunch - excellent chicken with beans and rice with cole slaw. They also served a great rum punch and offered seconds of anything we wanted. We paid for our trip after lunch and then we were back on the bus with plenty of time to have a Belikin beer at the port before we tendered back to the Dawn.

For those who are worried about missing the ship, Robin asked us what time we all needed to be back when we got on the bus and then confirmed what time we all "thought" it was based on our different cruise ship's time versus the actual time in Belize. I suggest getting on the first tender off your ship if you can to make sure you aren't rushed as you visit.

I highly recommend both Robin and Israel as guides and would not hesitate to go with cavetubing.bz again.

Visited December 2012
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“Belize Cavetubing with Cavetubing.bz (Vatalino)”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2013

One of the unique things to do in Belize is cavetubing. Cavetubing is just like river tubing, but in belize the river meanders in and out of a cave in the Nochen National Park. The are many companies offering tours, but we chose cavetubing.bz based on the tripadvisor reviews for our visit on 12/26/2012

Finding the pickup location in the port terminal was the most challenging part - the terminal buildings entrance aren't prominently marked and with so many kiosks and stands it takes a minute to find the correct door. Once we did, we were cordially escorted off the terminal grounds to awaiting van. We only had to wait a few minutes until enough guests arrived to fill up our small van.

The ride out to the river takes about 45 minutes and is a great opportunity to see the countryside and learn about Belize from our tour guide. Along the way we saw a few birds, small farms and businesses. The ride itself is an adventure.

Once at the national park, it took a few minutes for our van to parade into the parking lot, but we quickly changed into our swimsuits and securely locked our belongings in the van. We were then assigned our gear and given a quick safety lesson. The park inspects all participants assuring everybody has the proper gear, but Cavetubing.bz excelled. Our tubes were newer and had built-in backrests. The life vests and helmets were premium and they brought along clips to tie the tubes together. Other groups seemed to have to hang together with someone else's toes in your armpits.

There are a few entry points to the river and our group made about a 1.5mile hike through the jungle to an upper point. Taking about 50 minutes, the trail is river stone so be careful not to twist an ankle, luckly the heat/humidity was fine, but I can imagine days when it would have been challenging.

Once at the river, our group assembled as a raft in the river and headed off among the hundreds participating that day into the black of the cave. The water temp was a mild 75, so it only took a minute to adjust and relax and enjoy the ride. Our group was split into 2 lines of 6 persons each with a guide at the head to help steer and pull us off the shallows. Unfortunately our tour guide went with the other group and we had a freelance guide that didn't speak english. Luckly we were close enough to other groups to hear a bit of how the caves were formed, how they figured in the mayan culture and some history. It was nice just to relax and enjoy the show.

The cave itself has some interesting formations while the river meanders in and out of darkness. The areas where the cave breaks into the open are the most interesting with ferns and occasionally a stream waterfalling into the river.

The tubing lasts about 30-60 minutes. I enjoyed that our guide took a leisurely pace instead of rushing through as others did. We came a long way, so it was nice to take our time.

Once back at the park center, we changed into dry clothes and looked over the various stands selling trinkets and snacks. Our tour included lunch at Vitalino's house which is on the road back from the park, so our tour quickly got loaded up and headed out for the 10 minute drive to Vitalino's.

At Vitalino's house, they have a small restaurant, gift shop and a chance to relax and share the adventure with our tube-mates. The lunch was included in the price and was a delicious chicken & tomato stew alongside traditional rice n beans. Soda's or rum punch available for drinks.

The giftshop had a nice assortment of handcrafted wood items, t-shirts and a few food items. We picked up a pound of Belizian Coffee.

While our group quickly reassembled for the ride back to town, it seemed like we could of waiting for the next van and stayed longer to enjoy Vitalino's palapa.

What a fun and relaxing day in the Jungle.

What I liked about Cavetubing.bz:
fixed price including all transportation, park admission, gear rental and lunch.
Premium equipment
Tour guide (although we didn't have him in the cave)
Lunch at Vitalino
affordable price. 1/2 what the cruise line was charging.
smaller group - many companies use buses of 40 each, so the waiting for everything is longer.

Visited December 2012
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