Hi, I just wanted to post the wonderful experience my group of 6 (ages 10 to 60) had in Belize. We did not book through the ship they charge $85 and Yhony at Cave-Tubing.Com only charges $45 and you pay after your experience. Of all our shore excursions we all agreed this one was the best, we did StingRay City, Mayan Ruins, Snorkeling and hanging out at the beach.
First of all they met us at the dock and escorted us to a clean, air conditioned bus. Junior gave us an exciting and fun tour of Belize. The day was raining so Yhony suggested to stop and pick up some Cashew Wine, we each had a chance to have a sip. It warmed our insides and was wonderful. If you have a chance you ought to try it and pick up a bottle, because you can't get it anywhere else. We then had about a 45 minute ride up to the caves. The last couple of miles were a little rough, but I've been on washboard roads before and I didn't think it was that bad (they suggested it to being a free massage). Upon arriving, there were restrooms to change in and were totally assured to leave our things on the bus if you didn't want it to get wet. A gentleman stayed behind and watched the locked bus for us. I wasn't told to bring water shoes, so I rented some there for $3. The only thing I would recommend is that if it is a rainy day to bring good walking shoes (that make get ruined). But my so called water shoes were very slippery and made my walk up to the cave hard because it was very muddy. I hold the record for falling, but that's okay, because Yhony and his group was there to help me every step of the way. Because of it raining it took a little longer to get to the top. Once at the top, you could either jump in the water or lower yourself on a rope. The rope was very easy to manuever. We had our own personal guide, he attached us to each other so each of our tubes were connected. The whole time through the caves, we never saw any bats or snakes or anything. We also didn't get any bug bites so it wasn't necessary for any bug repelent. Our guide did all of the work keeping us from the sides of the caves and the big rocks. He also informed us when to go "butts up". We had our lights uptop of our heads and at one time we all went dark and it was really cool. We were all singing and had a great time. I noticed were the ship excursion let their people in the water (in which we went way above them) and I saw where they ended (and we went a lot farther down). There is a rope you cross going and coming from the caves but depending on how high the water is depends on the accessibility. For us it was low but still the guides are there if you need assistance.
We then had a short walk back to the bus. I brought a dry change of clothes, so I changed in the restrooms and then got back on the bus. We then headed back and stopped of at "Cheers" for lunch and for me some Cashew Wine.
Also on the bus with us was a gentleman by the name of Lenny Burri from Pioneering Video Productions. He video'd the whole excursion. The ride, the tour, the walk up, a lot of the caving (not inside) and coming down. For a small fee (you do have to pay up front) he will make a dvd for your family. I did and I just received mine in the mail. I love it and I'm so glad I did it. It is well worth the money. He even takes your groups picture for the front cover.
Upon arriving at the bus terminal. We then paid for our excursion. Our group included a tip because they did such a wonderful job! I have told everyone I know if they ever get a chance to go to Belize, the one thing they must do is the cave tubing and the best group to go with is Yhony's. He will email you personally if you have questions and they're very family, small group friendly. Make sure you choose - Cave-Tubing.Com and you can even purchase a video of it. I don't think any other excursion offers you that! This is one I will choose again!
Thanks for the information. I contacted them about 6 weeks ago and got our name on his "list". We will be there in May. I have not heard any reviews of them before so I appreciate hearing your experience. When I contacted them via e-mail, they were very prompt in replying. Hope we have better weather than you did, but what the heck, we are going to get wet anyway, right? Happy Sailing