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Old January 1st, 2008, 01:49 AM
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Hi all....

Anyone have experience with this excusrion in March????
Kinda nervous here, but have a 16 year old who really wants to do it?.... Do we have to be "good" at swimming for this?

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We did cave tubing in Belize in March of '06. The water level should be low at that time of year. There are lots af spots where the water is so shallow that the guides will yell "butts up" so you will know that you need to lift up your butt to avoid hitting the bottom. Still, there were a couple of deep areas but wear a life jacket and you will be fine. I forgot the name of the company we used (we did not book thru the ship) but they required us to wear life jackets.
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Thank you for the response, much appreciated.

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We did this trip last March, in conjunction with the rainforest zipline. It was an absolute blast! There's about a 1-hour bus ride each way, and the photos are a bit expensive, but still quite fun. We did the zip line first, then had lunch (chicken and rice, and a drink), then did the cave tubing. Hopefully one of these days I'll get photos and a writeup posted on my web site.
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We did this in April and had a blast! River was low then too. We did it through a private company (can't remember the name) and they had us wear life jackets.
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its a blast go for it
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We did this in Sept of last year it was great. The hike thru the jungle is a little tuff because you have to carry your own tube.
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Default thanks.... we're signed up for cave tubing

thanks all of you for the positive responses.....

we are officially booked.... i decided to try with the ship....kinda nervous about going private... so i hope we have a blast.....
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Should have booked private. The groups are smaller and the tour down the river is shorter. The guides are also fantastic when you book private. Hopefully you will change your mind and book with xtreme cavetubing. If your lucky you'll get Dennis for a guide. AWESOME!
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We went two years ago in March and it was a neat experience. Our only complaint is that we did book with the ship for safety reasons (NCL)and unfortunatley I felt like I was on a race through the cave! We had to paddle to keep up with our guides and my arms were raw from hitting the side of the innertube. We paddled past a group where the guide hooked them together by their feet and pulled them! That looked like the relaxed ride listed in the brochure!! I was really dissappointed with the pace of that particular group but the experience could be wonderful! I agree the hike through the woods was more than I envisioned but ok. Water was chilly.
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thanks fort that..... I am a little out of shape, maybe I should exercise a bit before we go so I am ready..... we are also doing the ziplining in Roatan, so I better get in a little bit of shape, or I will be in the hot tubs after that for the rest of the cruise,.....
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Do alot of walking or biking or something that gets your heart going. You don't need to lift weights.

You want to build up your endurance so when you are trekking through the jungle, you won't be panting away.

If you own a dog, take them on long walks.
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went a few years ago in Feb, I think. I was nervous and claustophobic and had a GREAT time! Life jackets provided, caves VERY large inside, sunlight comes in for most of the ride. A nice hike through the jungle before beginning your tube ride. Actual ride lasted maybe 20 min to 1/2 hour. Places to change, shop, use restrooms before and after tubing
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Thanks again,

All of the info on here is so great. I will re-start on the treadmill so I will be able to do teh jungle/rainforest walks,....

Thanks all.

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Is the walk okay for children to do? My daughter will be 9 and son will be 13. I do not want to get stuck with extra tubes.
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We did the cave tubing in May. It was a great excursion!

We had about a 45 minute hike, but it wasn't rough. My wife isn't the most athletic, and she didn't have a problem.

The water was REALLY cold, though. I don't know that it'll be any colder in March, though, cuz the air temp was really nice in the 80s.
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