In answer to some queries, I must take time to tell fellow cruisemates that the most experienced cave tubing bunch in Belize has to be Major Tom, Tom Jr. and their team. They are extremely popular and in high demand, I believe partly because they've been doing this tour since 1992 and that makes them one of the oldest companies, and they also "freefloat" as much as possible - allowing guests to float by themselves, but under heavy supervision by extra guides and safety staff. And the explanation of the rainforest and the caves, and general knowledge on that little country is awesome. We note that they try not to speed guests thru the caves, but allow more leisurely floating, which was fine by us - more time, more fun, more for the money - and at $35 that had to be the deal of the cruise. In case you're interested, they can be found at belize cave tubing . net On another note, try to take a waterproof camera with flash on this tour. The photo ops are just simply out of this world!! And before I forget - these guys met us as we stepped off the tender on shore in Belize City, displaying our names - we did not have to go looking for anyone, and on a visit to a new country, this was what started off our day just absolutely well.
We were on Major Tom's cave tubing tour with his son, Tom Jr., Tony, Alex and Keith and the other guys who were safety staff, we were told, and this was the best tour of our cruise. Cave Tubing turned out to be everything we were told, and we were so happy to find a good, secure, and fun independent operator on the web, especially at their special price of $35 - can't be beat. The major and his team took us on that extra bit here and there that left others in the cave system wondering what we were doing "up there" and "over there" and "inside there". Best of all, we freefloated (a couple guests, H/W, hooked up together) but the rest of us just floated along, with the major and his guys constantly moving around and in among us, making sure we stayed more or less together, and helping along every inch of the way. And those lights! We were issued special dive lights that had to be the brightest in the caves - beams of light showing the high ceilings and the awesome formations there that simply could not be seen by most others with their little lights. While groups of fellow guests were hooked up together in tens and fifteens, being towed hand over fist as fast as possible through the caves, we went along at a leisurely pace, enjoying every moment of this great tour. And the inner crystal cave - wow! Anyone planning to go with the major must absolutely bring a camera with flash. Do not miss this bit of the tour. We had three vans of people with about a dozen in each van, and two guides and a helper with each group, so we felt very very safe and were well taken care of, thank goodness - after all, it is a cave!! The whole tour, the rainforest hike, the caves, the open river float, the major and his guys never stopped talking, and telling us everything about what we saw. This was fun, a wet and lovely tour, information galore, serene as ever at times, happy and laughing most of the times. Going on the Western Caribbean route - do not miss this tour in Belize. Call on Major Tom first.