We did this tour last November and had a great time. The only downfall is that if you only have a day in Belize like we did, via cruise ship, this is basically the only thing you're going to do that day due to drive & tour time. It was fun though and Eric and Dale made the ride in the van more than enjoyable..lots of history & information about their country. We originally booked with another tour operator, but the day of the tour, our operator had an emergency to tend to, so Dennis met us at the meeting spot outside the port area with our names on the White Board he was carrying, explained the situation, and put us with his tour. Very nice, very professional, and we though it was very proactive of another provider to take us on without us even knowing! We liked stopping at the local market for refreshments and snacks (try the Belikan stout beer)...yeah, we're pretty sure the group with us wasn't thrilled we were sampling the local brew at 10am, but oh well. Definitely wear waterproof shoes you can walk in since you're hiking through the jungle to get to the caves. It's a very pretty trail, and even though it was overcast, we got great pictures. The caves were fun, and Eric and Dale gave a great tour. The tubes they have a very very nice with a backrest and everything. We saw some other tours that were using black innertubes and the group had to lock up with each other feet under armpits to stay together. Our tubes were all tied together with rope, so no armpit /foot stink was traded, haha. The caves are neat to see, lots of different formations, but it is definitely more of a "lazy river" kind of tubing, no real thrills here. There is a waterfall within the cave and that is neat to see. My favorite part of the cave was near the end where the cave starts to open up and you can see the outside and it looks so green! Eric and Dale showed us where, if you had booked the cruise ship's tour, where your tour would end & you'd be herded back to the bus, etc. We floated on down the river to where we had originally crossed to begin the hike. It was nice to be outside and just floating along in the shallow, clear water. We got back to the van and waited around for the other people in the tour to buy whatever they were buying. Seriously, there's nothing really there, besides the usual tourist junk and a restaurant. We were kind of peeved at this point because they were taking quite a long time (about 45 mins) and we were hungry and wanted to eat something because the restaurant at the caves had a long wait time. When everyone arrived back at the van, we found out they they didn't buy anything, they just didn't want to go back to the port right away! Wow, thanks for your consideration! We stopped at the little market on the way back and bought more beers and some cashew wine, as well as some snacks. We ended up sharing the snacks with the kids in the other group because this was an all day type trip and there was no lunch included. We had just enough time to get back to the port and get in line for the last tender back to the ship, thanks to the other group. Overall, I would recommend this tour to anyone wanting to cave tube in Belize because of the service and experience we had with Eric & Dale. Next time we are there, we will probably choose to do something else, since this is kind of a "one & done" type attraction.
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