I will give a long description of our cave tubing tour, but since I sympathize with those who want a short summary, it's at the bottom;
We did a bit of research on tour companies and left our hotel (Venus). We went to the tour company right next door and talked to Buzz and Jonny (Johnny?). We asked for their sales pitch and they threw a pretty solid one offering additional fun exploring part of the cave. We paid $75 US per person since it was just my wife and myself. We left at about 9 am the next morning to head out to the caves. After traveling for about an hour, we reached a disappointing sight. The cave tubing was a very, very touristy attraction. Not to be discouraged, we went along. Jonny picked several plants out of the jungle for us to taste which definitely added an element of adventure to what the herd of cruise ship tourists were getting. We got to the entrance and began the mind blowing cave tubing experience. The vastness of the entrance is incredible and the water was beautiful. Once we were under way, I understood why we paid a little extra. The cruise ship tours flew past us in the river as we explored the walls and ceiling of the cave. This is where it gets good. All other tours were floating along, but Jonny stopped ours. He could tell we were a bit disappointed with such a touristy experience since we tend to be much more adventurous than others. So what's a guide to do? Take us spelunking instead! We climbed up stalagmites, through rock formations, and under vast pillars. We made a very long circle around the cave and returned to a tall platform rock hanging over the river. He pointed at the water and said, "Let's jump!" So of course, now we got to add cliff jumping into our experience too. At this point, there are no other tourists on the river so we deemed it safe to resume our adventure.
In short; Our tour was exceptional only because we went with Jonny and Maximum Adventures. Jonny added a minimum of an extra hour to our tour, as well as adapting to our personalities to keep us pleased and enthralled. As he said, we were not tourists, we were his guests.
Thanks for an unforgettable adventure, Jonny!
-Adam and Crystal
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