We did it in April 2004 through X-Stream. We had a blast. It's about an hour ride inland to the park. You have about a 45 minute walk through the rain forest to the river (you have to carry your tube). We did two caves and then had lunch back at the starting point, before heading back to the pier.
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We had a blast on the cave tubing on March 2003... it was about 80 dollars a person... we booked it on board the cruise, so we were guaranteed to make it back before the ship left... the hike wasn't bad... take an old pair of tennis shoes... I found that my water shoes were not up for the hike and the float... the water was wonderful and the guide was really friendly.... I also took extra clothes and changed when we has lunch... I definitely recommend this... let me know if you do this... I think I may do this excusion again this year...
I did the cave tubing with Xtream, they were great and it was a little close,time wise, getting back to the ship. I think if I do it again, I would go through the ship tour, just in case there was a breakdown with the vans. We had no time to spare.
I went and I really loved it, but please be prepared for lots of work. The brochure makes it look smooth and perfect, but if you can't steer yourself right, you'll be bouncing off the walls like a pinball. The water is very nice and the hike isn't too bad, but there are rapids and rocks and trees that they don't tell people about. However, it was still lots of fun and I'd do it again. Besides the food they give you at the restaurant is AMAZING!
I am planning to do this on our cruise in Feb. ( 18 days)...I just ordered sea and sport shoes from lands end.( Landsend.com, $29.50).They are built like a sneaker but are vented so that they can get soaked, and are so light weight they float. I got them specifically for this tour as I have ankle problems and need good support for the hike. I know I sound like a commercial but it was just what I was looking for
Uh no, you are in a cave which is completely dark and you will be wearing a lamp on your head to see. <G> In addition the water is flowing pretty good when you are outside the cave and not very deep for the most part. Snorkeling is just not reasonable and I doubt you would see anything anyway.
My son and I did our cave tubing thru Marvin at **Commercial URL deleted as a violations of the TOS against advertising**. It was $60 per person, and included lunch. They took us in a new, air-conditioned van, and it was a smaller group than the large busses that took the ship excursions. Our guide was very well spoken and knowledgeable about the rainforest and the caves, as well as the economy and history of Belize. We were picked up promptly in town as promised and returned in good time to get back to the ship. In fact, on the way back, we passed one of the ship's buses that had been involved in an accident and was delayed.
The biggest problem was getting a spot on one of the early tenders off the ship, bec. Carnival implies that only those ticketed for ship's excursions can leave on the early tenders. My son and I just went down to the debarkation port, and when the line of people getting off to take the ship's excursions started to move forward, we shuffled thru and onto a large tender. No one checked our tickets. Every one on our trip was from the Miracle, and they all did the same thing.
Wearing the correct shoes is really important. I had purchased a very cheap pair of sneakers to wear and then discard after the tubing. They lacked the kind of tread I needed to walk on the slippery muddy floor of the rainforest. I slipped and fell, no harm done, but I looked a site after that, full of mud. Lots of people wore Teva sandals, but if you got bounced around in the caves, the rock walls could scrape uncovered toes.
You can leave your stuff behind in the van which will be locked. There is a failry new change area with restroom facilities. Both have concrete floors. You will not want to walk barefoot from the change area back to the van, at least, I didn't.
We (dh, 46; ds 15, ds 11 and me) loved this! It wasn't a realxing ride down a lazy river but it was a blast. we took wore an old pair of shoes and just left them there. The cave is absolutely pitch black but the guides are wonderful. My tube steering isn't too hot and my 11 year old is worse. A wonderful guide helped us (think: pulled us both) through the cave. It was great