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HoustonRose
November 21st, 2005, 08:52 PM
I have seen several companies mentioned on the boards and was wondering which was best or if there were any to stay away from. The sites I saw were *********************, cave-tubing.com, ***********************. Please let me know your thoughts or if there is a better company not listed. Thanks!

rfrey
November 22nd, 2005, 08:23 AM
We were in Belize last Thurs, did cave tubing with Nacho and his wife Cynthia. We e-mailed back and forth, agreed on the price, he is very specific with details and what the differences can be. He was also very specific about how to find him when you get to the port, you are tendered in, but once off the tender you are funneled to 1 door. Was not a problem, we finally asked some of the other tour people and they directed us around the corner where Nacho was standing with a sign. Due to mechanical problems with his other van Cynthia was our only guide that day. She is a wonderful lady. The tour started with info on Belize and the country side, the ride to the resort is about an hour. The bumpy road is not as bad as in other posts. You can see info on the resort at jaguarpaw.com. Nice facility to change clothes if need be. You pick your tubes up there and the walk to the river is about 20 minutes, easy walk. Time for pictures along the way. The guide from the resort will have a dry bag for cameras when you get to the river. A resort dog, Lucky accompanied us onthe walk. My husband was unaware that she swam the river with us and when he felt her come by him freaked out, was one of the funniest moments of the whole cruise. The one down side to this tour is that we were only in the river about 25 minutes. I understood this, the river level was higher due to rain which causes it to run faster. You arrive back at the resort, no walk. Lunch was wonderful, there is a bar for those who wish to imbibe. We got to tour the butterfly farm, very neat, and see one of the resort rooms. The resort is surrounded by the jungle, beautiful. Cynthia will take you to downtown Belize to shop if there is time, much cheaper then at the port. I would highly recommend this tour.

deepwater
November 22nd, 2005, 06:29 PM
We were in Belize last Tuesday, the 15th, and booked cave tubing with cave-tubing.com. Yhony and his sons took good care of us, and you won't go wrong with this company. If we ever go back to Belize we plan to look them up. One of his 2 sons had worked for a cruise ship tour company and was very knowledgeable of the area and gave us a lot of historical information. We will always remember Yhony, Junior and Timmy. We felt they were super.

DoingGlory
November 22nd, 2005, 07:50 PM
Ah... well about a month ago I was asking myself the same exact question!! I had it narrowed down to coral breezes, ***************** and xtreme. I got so wrapped up in trying to pick a company that we finally just said WHATEVER! We ended up going with x-treme.

We went through several caves (two or three; sad that I can't seem to remember the number right now LOL!!!). It was a pretty brisk day and some of the currents were swift - it was fun though. Just remember to keep your butt up when told to do so LOL!! Oh yeah - our tour guide did not 'chain' us together. (Our guide gave us the option and we decided against it.) Every other tour group that we saw (except for one other group) was linked together. Also, we definitely had one of the longest tours. Many other groups passed us on the river.

SO - my suggestion is to read the comments everyone has posted and then pick one. Oh yeah, one suggestion that I do have for you is if you want to squeeze some shopping in, it might be wise to try one of the other operators. There wasn't any time left for that by the time we got back. (Again, maybe others who have used Xtreme had a different experience.)

My husband loved this excursion and I really liked it too. If we ever find ourselves back in Belize again we will most likely do the cave tubing again. However i wouldn't be totally against trying a different vendor. We liked Xtreme, and we feel we got our $$ worth, but I would certainly be willing to give someone else a try.

DoingGlory
November 22nd, 2005, 07:59 PM
double post! oops

Shellintampa
November 23rd, 2005, 12:24 AM
We just returned from the Legend of the Seas. I had done alot of research for excursions and found this tour of the cave tubing to be the most comfortable. We paid alittle more than some and about the same as others, but the benefits out weight the cost. Nacho takes extra good care of you by stopping roadside to take photos. we were able to get great pictures of the Sleeping Giant mountain. This is a must see!
When you arrive at the tube site he is able to drive right past the Govermental area and park at the Jaguar resort. you can roam thru the resort touring thier facilites seeing the butterflys and birds. You are free to use the nice clean restrooms and after you walk less distance than others do and tube this magnificant river you are treated to dine inside the resort in air conditioning with real tables, silverwear, china plates and tablecloths. We saw the other groups carrying tubes up hills and eating outside with flys, paper plates and plastic forks. We had time to go into the city with Nacho and his crew escorting us thru the shops. Found some extra nice things for cheap! It was a wonderful time! Well worth the little extra. He will entertain you with riddles and his extensive knowledge of the country is very interesting.
we will return I am certain and I would want to use Nacho again.

SRQfireman
November 23rd, 2005, 12:14 PM
This company is fantastic...all the great reviews about Yhony and his crew are all true!!If you want to do cave tubing in Belize...he's the man.We went yesterday and had a blast.This is unsolicated atta boy for those guys.You have to be in decent shape to get to the caves--->across a river-->walk for approx 40 mins on uneven ground....well worth it

stacybbb
November 23rd, 2005, 08:24 PM
I've booked Yhony's cave tubing for January 4th. My husband and I have 3 kids 8, 11 and 14. We're not in excellent shape, ourselves, will this be really strenuous. Also, is it too tough for an 8 yr. old. We figured we'd bring a lightweight rope and tie her tube to ours!!
Thanks for the info.

cpuff70
November 23rd, 2005, 11:11 PM
Just back from Carnival Valor, we booked with Major Tom from ********************* and had an AWESOME experience. I cant say enough about how great Tom was at accomodating our group. We even had a pregnant woman with our group of 17 & he made sure to assign a guide to her at all times for extra attention. Tom had 4 guides accompany our group compared to the 1 guide per each 20 people with the ship's groups. I highly recommend them and the BBQ lunch on site is the best $5 meal you'll ever buy!
Shanta

cpuff70
November 23rd, 2005, 11:17 PM
Stacybbb,
We also had a 9 year old boy in our group. He did fine. Your 8 year old should be fine. The river was high due to recent rains in the area so crossing the river was tricky, our guides walked him across sitting in his tube. The hike was pretty easy although a little slippery in some spots, again due to recent rains.

LadyDivot
November 26th, 2005, 10:16 PM
We were on the NCL Sun that departed on 11/13. I had the same issues, who to take? We opted to go with www.cave-tubing.com and we were very pleased with our choice. Yhony, Junior, Tigre and Timmy were fantastic and very entertaining. Yhony had great communication and was very quick to respond by email. They took good care of us, and it was head and shoulders better than what was offered as cruise excursions for half the price. You don't pay Cave-Tubing.com until after the excursion. We took a ride out to the park and then started the trek to the river. Very interesting part of the trip. To be fair, I feel I have to mention you must cross a river on the way to the caves. The river is rushing pretty good and you have to go hand-over-hand in waist deep water AND carry your tube. If you can't cross and carry your tube, which I not afraid to mention I couldn't, the Cave-Tubing.com guys are more than willing to help. Don't be a hero - give up your tube and use both hands to cross the river. We hiked past where the cruise ship excursions went in the river and subsequently saw 3 caves instead of 2, and had the one cave all to ourselves. Yhony and crew linked our tubes up, and we created 6-7 person "snakes." Each snake had a guide and it worked out great. Eventually we met up with the cruise ship cave tubers and I couldn't believe what I saw. Chaos! All those folks were floating solo with few guides and no idea what they were doing. In fact, Yhony and Junior had to maneuver us around the other tubers and help a few of them that were floating lost. Unbelieveable. We were so much better off - and did I mention half the price? We floated on down the river some more and then got out for the ride back. We got back to the dock with plenty of time to have a beer and do a little shopping. Overall a fantastic experience and we'd use them again. Very safe and plenty of guides for our group. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Yhony, Junior, Tigre and Timmy. Thanks, guys! It was our best excursion during the cruise. Let me know if you need any other info! Have fun in Belize!

papermandiddy
November 27th, 2005, 11:50 AM
We went with Wet & Wild, our guide was "Charlie" what a great guy, very knowledgable of the Country, the Rain Forest, and knows the caves very good! we did two caves and a dry one, the price was a lot cheaper than the ship, lunch was also included.

Enjoy your cruise and enjoy cave tubing it is great!:DI must say Charlie Chan is the best you must BeliVze in Belize. he has great with his talk and summation of the trees in the Rain forest. Jump in it's fun

fozzie987
November 28th, 2005, 10:24 AM
www.belizeshoretours.com (http://www.belizeshoretours.com)

otherwise known as Wet & Wild Cavetubing. They were great, informative, timely, personalble, funny, and we had the choice to jump from a cliff into the water adding some extra excitement, plus we acually went through 4 caves!!!

Allicakes
November 28th, 2005, 11:31 AM
Just back from Carnival Valor, we booked with Major Tom from ********************* and had an AWESOME experience. I cant say enough about how great Tom was at accomodating our group. We even had a pregnant woman with our group of 17 & he made sure to assign a guide to her at all times for extra attention. Tom had 4 guides accompany our group compared to the 1 guide per each 20 people with the ship's groups. I highly recommend them and the BBQ lunch on site is the best $5 meal you'll ever buy!
Shanta

Do you have any other good tips, we are going on same cruise and want to know what to do on the islands

parrothead48116
November 30th, 2005, 09:02 AM
We went cave tubing with Yhony and Junior (and 2 other guides) on November 24. We had a group of 23, ranging in age from 5 to 75. We had a wonderful time. We were glad we checked this board, which convinced us they were the best company. They kept a special eye on the kids and senior citizens on the river. Yhony and Junior made our time on the bus very enjoyable. They were both funny and informative and seemed to really enjoy what they were doing. I especially liked the fact that the didn't ask for tips, which seems unusual. When I gave them a nice tip, Yhony seems sincerely grateful. I'm sure given all their costs, they don't make a lot of money on this, compared to the companies that charge up to double. Cave tubing is all that they do, and they certainly do it right. You won't be disappointed!

BTW, green apples are impossible to get in Belize. We had a few we brought off the ship. There eyes lit up when we gave them the apples.

tad
November 30th, 2005, 09:00 PM
I booked with ***********************, with Dennis, and after we met him at the port, we then carried on to the caves. Dennis was a very good tour guide and he sure showed us a wonderful time and would do it again for sure, so you can book with Dennis and have some real fun. If you wanted to jump from the cliff, you can do so. Book with ***********************

Tad

jwc123
December 2nd, 2005, 09:58 AM
We did the Kids Cave Tubing tour with Cruiseexpeditions.com last week. Our guide was Junior and he was just great. The whole reason we went with an outisde group is because RCI had an age limit our kids did not meet. Junior was great with the kids, despite the fact that the river was really runnig fast due to a recent tropical storm. It was an adventure we'll not soon forget!

Sweetd
December 8th, 2005, 02:13 AM
Would highly recommend Tom & Tom Jr. from cavetubing.net. They were very professional and knowledgeable and provide a safe & fun trip. Check out their site and see if you are interested.
Regards,
Cory Lynn

allen1aj
December 25th, 2005, 11:02 PM
The bumpy road is not as bad as in other posts.
That is because the governent of Belize began resurfacing the roads and that project was well under way when we were there on 12.14.05. I am glad the road was not soo bumpy :)
Amanda

DentonCruisers
December 28th, 2005, 03:07 PM
Highly recommend Cave-tubing.com!

sheldon66
December 30th, 2005, 07:10 AM
I also highly recommend Cave-tubing.com! I went just a few weeks ago with Yhony.
If someone reads this that goes with them, ask Yhony and Brains about live demonstrations on what not to do. Very funny.:D

NCmomwithteens
January 1st, 2006, 02:45 PM
Obviously everyone has their favorite but these guys are so great! They take special care of the old and the young, and will give you a personal guide if you need it.
I wouldn't say you need to be in great shape to do this. The walk is maybe 20 minutes but very flat. We were in water shoes and did fine. No hills, no rocks, no mud.
It is exciting to be sure, but I am a total wimp and I was fine b/c Yhony and Timmy did all the work! All I did was paddle a little with my hands for fun while Yhony was running his buns off!
They make it the most memorable day!!

sherry1
January 1st, 2006, 04:30 PM
If you are looking for an awsome team to take you cave tubing, contact Yhony at cave-tubing.com. There were 8 of us in our group, 4 adults and 4 kids ranging in age from 5 to 12. The first thing Yhony told us was the kids will come back safe. His goal is to keep everyone safe yet have an awsome time too and they did a fantastic job. Yhony, Tigre, Timmy and Junior took excellent care of all of us plus he took us through 2 caves and farther down river than the cruise line tour went. We are all talking about going to Belieze for a week in the future so all our friends can go cave tubing with cave-tubing.com. I was able to talk to Yhoney all the way back to Belieze. He is a very interesting man. I highly recommend them to anyone who is thinking about going.

sherry1
January 1st, 2006, 04:39 PM
Stacybbb,
If you read this before you leave, you won't need the rope for your daughter. Yhony makes sure you will stay together by putting your feet under the arms of the person in front of you. We took our 5 year old with us and she was upset at the end of the trip because she never even got wet so we had to get her wet. They will take such good care of you daughter, no worries. Just have a good time, these guys are awsome....

kimba2005
January 7th, 2006, 09:56 AM
Xtreme Cave Tubing!!!

I won't go into detail, as others have explained it to you, but I will say I wish I were there now!!!!

Devient Canuck
January 8th, 2006, 09:18 PM
I wholeheartedly recommend ********************* with Major Tom and his team. Safe, fun, informative, and worth every penny. Go there, dudes, and be happy.:p

Just did the tour with Tom last Tuesday and it was awesome, very highly recommended:D

springfire
January 12th, 2006, 10:20 PM
I am on here trying to decide which one to go with, lots of great reviews here, I still have not decided. I will keep reading and decide by Sunday night. Thanks to everyone for sharing the information.

bellybutton
January 14th, 2006, 08:35 PM
I am on here trying to decide which one to go with, lots of great reviews here, I still have not decided. I will keep reading and decide by Sunday night. Thanks to everyone for sharing the information.



Me too

jpcruiser
January 15th, 2006, 10:18 AM
:D www.cave-tubing.com is who we went with and Yhony was great. I had forgot where he said to meet him and when we arrived at the terminal, I walked through to the other side (many people there trying to offer excursions), I finally asked for Yhony by name. Another person offered the following "oh yes, he is famous - you will find him over there in the blue shirt (pointing). She was right! This outfit is first class and very customer oriented! Would recommend and use again!

jpcruiser

springfire
January 15th, 2006, 10:38 AM
Thanks for all the reviews, I decided to go with Major Tom and his group. He was quick to respond to all my needs and queshton's. I have not seen many negative reviews so I feel that most of the major cave tube tour operators do a wonderfull job. Thanks again for everyones review, it really helped. I hope when I get back I can give Major Tom a good review, we will see.

twenty
January 15th, 2006, 05:07 PM
Hi, I highly recommend www.*********************** (http://www.***********************) I had a day fo fun that I will never for get, Dennis was great.

megsterl
January 21st, 2006, 12:25 AM
can anyone tell me why the names of some of the cave tubing companies appear as ************* only? thanks meg

TravelWorks
January 21st, 2006, 01:35 AM
can anyone tell me why the names of some of the cave tubing companies appear as ************* only? thanks meg
I don't know I have been asking this on other boards for days....
They only seem to be allowing certain companies names to appear...I thought they weren't supposed to be bias on these threads...It is really annoying.... Tom ********* is like the head of the Cruise tourism for Belize and he also owns the original cave tubing company there... he also puts together other tours if you pre-arrange it with him

I recommend only the best....
b e l i z e c a v e t u b i n g . n e t

If they do this *****crap again to my posts....

ANYONE can email me at cruisephotos@gmail.com and I would be happy you give you his info....
People have always given reviews based on who they went with and at what price....I have never seen ********* this junk before!

vabeachmegan
August 3rd, 2010, 01:45 PM
Can you give me info to get in touch with Nacho my e-mail address is Vabeachmegan@aol.com Thanks so much.
Megan & John

markstudy
August 3rd, 2010, 03:39 PM
Has anyone heard of guides who offer private, advanced, or small groups?

We don't mind paying extra, but I go to take nature photos and would prefer
to get photos without the chain of 12 other tourist all packed together into one big group of rafts.

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff180/markstudy/RubyPrincess437a.jpg

NextOne
August 7th, 2010, 06:48 PM
I noticed that most of the recommendations on this thread were from 2005 - 2006. DH & I would like to do this in November, but would appreciate some more recent information. Thanks!

paul07ss
August 9th, 2010, 09:24 AM
I Just did the Cavetubing and Ziplining combo tour with http://www.ncqadventuretours.com/ and Nacho and Cynthia were great. They had a nice van and Nacho gave a good tour on the way to the hills. They stayed with your belongings as you went ziplining and cavetubing. after you were done with both there was a nice all you can eat buffet that was really good. Great people and easy to work with.. :D

NextOne
August 9th, 2010, 08:23 PM
Thanks! That's just the sort of information I was looking for. I'm debating between NCQ and Jacquar Paw. We really aren't interested in zip lining (did that in Costa Rica) but looking for a relatively uncrowded and unrushed experience in the caves.

DixieBelle5
August 10th, 2010, 01:14 PM
Our family of 6 just did the zipline / cavetubing excursion with Nacho & Cynthia (NCQ adventures) at the end of July. It was great! The drive to the zipline and cavetubing went by very fast as Nacho had lots of interesting facts about Belize. Had lots of fun and it was nice being in a small group (just the 6 of us) for both the zipline and cavetube. Nacho and Cynthia were there waiting for us when the adventure was over and we had a very good lunch. They got us back to the cruise ship terminal in plenty of time to shop before taking the tender back to the ship. Very nice people! I wouldn't hestitate to book with them.

Chilehead
August 10th, 2010, 09:16 PM
Thanks for all the reviews, I decided to go with Major Tom and his group. He was quick to respond to all my needs and queshton's. I have not seen many negative reviews so I feel that most of the major cave tube tour operators do a wonderfull job. Thanks again for everyones review, it really helped. I hope when I get back I can give Major Tom a good review, we will see.

You will definitely not be disappointed with Major/Minor Tom.

We used them last month and they were phenominal. We were there right after a Tropical Storm Alex hit and the river was rather high and fast. Rather than have a 25 minute excursion as some others here described, we did two seperate cave systems and went bluff jumping into the river when we had finished. Of course not everyone jumped, but those who wanted were able to. It was great.

Our 14 year old son and 6 year old daughter were with us and they loved it. Mogley hooked his innertube directly to our daughter just to be sure she was safe, but there were no issues at all. She even jumped off the bluff...several times.

They taught us about the history of the island sang songs on the bus ride and taught us all about the jungle on the trek to the river. Some of us even ate termites...minty. lol

I cannot recommend Major/Minor Tom highly enough.

Great choice. You're going to have a blast! :)

paul07ss
August 12th, 2010, 02:32 PM
Thanks! That's just the sort of information I was looking for. I'm debating between NCQ and Jacquar Paw. We really aren't interested in zip lining (did that in Costa Rica) but looking for a relatively uncrowded and unrushed experience in the caves.

you want ncq then.. no rush only a few people and you can watch everyone else in there huge groups rush passed you :p

mystery_chick
August 14th, 2010, 01:29 PM
you want ncq then.. no rush only a few people and you can watch everyone else in there huge groups rush passed you :p

on their website ncq says that the tour would return to port at 5pm but my ship's scheduled to depart at 5pm (which means the last tender would be at 4?)

I'm also looking for a good cave tubing company for maybe 6-10 people? I've read some really good things about Jaguar Paws until the management changed. Has anyone had any recent experiences with them? There are members of my group who really isn't interested/ isn't physically able to walk an hour and Jaguar Paws seems to avoid that. I've also looked at cave-tubing.com and their groups can get quite large... help? :confused:

pvfd304
August 14th, 2010, 01:56 PM
http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g291968-d1214839-r74293263-Belize_Cave_Tubing-Belize_City_Belize_District.html

www.cave-tubing.com is GTG

bcs819
August 14th, 2010, 06:09 PM
the .com guys are the best. Butts up!!!!!

christinaharris80
August 15th, 2010, 12:51 PM
Has anyone heard of guides who offer private, advanced, or small groups?

We don't mind paying extra, but I go to take nature photos and would prefer
to get photos without the chain of 12 other tourist all packed together into one big group of rafts.

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff180/markstudy/RubyPrincess437a.jpg

Major tom will take you in private groups. I contacted him when we couldn't decide which tour to do and he offered it at the normal price (we wanted both ruins and cave tubing) and he offered it for the normal price of $85 if we had 4 or more in our group.

christinaharris80
August 15th, 2010, 12:53 PM
Major Tom!!!!

I have received such wonderful customer service from Major Tom! He was willing to accomodate our special requests and put together a private tour for cheap. Iv'e heard nothing but good things about cave tubing experiences with his group!!!

christinaharris80
August 15th, 2010, 12:55 PM
on their website ncq says that the tour would return to port at 5pm but my ship's scheduled to depart at 5pm (which means the last tender would be at 4?)

I'm also looking for a good cave tubing company for maybe 6-10 people? I've read some really good things about Jaguar Paws until the management changed. Has anyone had any recent experiences with them? There are members of my group who really isn't interested/ isn't physically able to walk an hour and Jaguar Paws seems to avoid that. I've also looked at cave-tubing.com and their groups can get quite large... help? :confused:

email major tom at .net and he will probably be willing to take you in your group of 6-10. I believe that their groups are in smaller vans, so the groups aren't large anyway. Not sure how to get aroud walking, but if there is a way, I'm willing to bet that he'd try to help you figure it out. He was very helpful to me when I had lots of questions.

markstudy
August 15th, 2010, 07:19 PM
Major tom will take you in private groups.

Thanks for the tip. Great info ;)

SpanishJohnny
August 16th, 2010, 10:56 AM
We used NCQ and made it back to the port with time to shop. I did a lot of research and they never had a bad review. If you go with them I'm sure you will be glad you did.

GinaBry
August 17th, 2010, 10:07 AM
3 years ago we went to Belize via a Carnival Cruise. I researched online for different tour operators and found Major Tom. At first I was hesitant to book a tour that wasn't through the cruise line but decided to try it, and since Major Tom required no deposit and I had the option to pay in cash THE DAY OF the tour.... what did I have to lose?
It was just my 9 year old daughter and I along with a few others and we were met as soon as we got off of the ship. Major Tom was there to arrange everything and got 2 vans there right away and off we went. Guides were informative and FUN for the drive to the caves Branch. I never felt uneasy and was put at ease right from the start. Even my daughter who was a little scared eventually was able to relax when she saw everyone having such fun.
You don't have to worry about getting back on time for the cruise... you will! They have back ups set in case of any scenario! So don't watch your watch and enjoy every second you have in Belize!!
Last year we returned to Belize and wanted to try something different,,, to make this short... I booked a different tour going to a different cave with a different operator (MISTAKE)... had to but a deposit down ... got there and NO GUIDE, no one met us... we waited for 3 hours and made several phone calls and still no guide and no tour! DISAPPOINTMENT and I thought all was lost for the day..... then.......
MAJOR TOM WALKED RIGHT BY US AND ASKED WHO WE WERE WAITING FOR... I quickly explained what happened... he gave us his cell phone to call again and demanded our refund and MAJOR TOM took us for the cave tubing tour with what little cash we had (less than what he charges).....he saved the day and the entire trip. Totally redeemed Belize for us!!! ( we did get our deposit refunded to our credit card)
This year we are going back to Belize and are using MAJOR TOM with no questions in our minds. We won't do anything else unless he recommends it!!
NO WORRIES!! YOU WON'T BE DISAPPOINTED!

kinseysmom
September 26th, 2010, 08:33 AM
just returned from 9/4/2010 carnival dream cruise. i cannot say enough positive things about jaguar paws resort. i am so glad we took the "50% deposit" chance (other posts were very negative about this). first of all, as soon as we arrived in belize, they were herding all the cruisers to various excursions in droves. our instructions were to walk outside the gates and two blocks to the radisson resort. you could see the large sign for it at the port. this was our first time in belize with a 10 yr old and we were a little nervous. as we exited the port gates a number of people were approaching us for taxis, etc. but all we said was "radisson resort - jaguar paws" and they simply pointed us in the two block direction to get there and left us alone. as soon as we arrived to the parking lot of the radisson there was a driver there waiting for us. we travelled in a nice a/c van along with one other couple from ga. we had a nice drive to the countryside to the resort. it is definitely closer to the drop off point than other tours. we had a very short walk to the entrance of the caves. no exersion at all. a guide was with us the whole time, from the moment of arrival until departure. after the tubing, we had a wonderful meal at the restaurant (with a/c) located right there. by the way, we were virtually alone at the caves, arriving prior to the massive amount of buses from other tours. it was very peaceful. our guide even let us float freely and not leg locked. WHAT A GREAT DAY!

no other tour company will offer more personal service than jaguar paws, how can they, our group just had 4 adults and one child!

Marie321
October 1st, 2010, 11:47 PM
The cave tubing sounds interesting. In the past, however, when I tubed I was thrown out of my tube and hit some rocks when going through some rapids. Is there a chance of this happening here? Or is the water very calm. Someone has posted a picture where the water looks very churned up.

PunkinsDad
October 6th, 2010, 02:44 PM
We went with Yhonny and his employees in April 2009. It was an awesome experience from start to finish. They truly understand customer service, and will do anything possible to make sure you have a safe and enjoyable time. We were so impressed with them that we are going to repeat the experience during our upcoming April 2011 cruise.

The only other independant tour operator that we have been this impressed with is Victor Bodden (www.boddentours.com (http://www.boddentours.com)) in Roatan.

People like Victor, Yhonny, and Sonny Liston (St. Thomas) are a big part of why we enjoy cruising so much.

Do your research, and be careful, but IMHO the independant tour operators generally offer a better experience for a much better price.

PunkinsDad
October 6th, 2010, 02:49 PM
The cave tubing sounds interesting. In the past, however, when I tubed I was thrown out of my tube and hit some rocks when going through some rapids. Is there a chance of this happening here? Or is the water very calm. Someone has posted a picture where the water looks very churned up.

I think it depends on the season. We were there in April, which is the "Dry Season" there. THe water was very calm and shallow. So much so that our guide literally had to drag our group (Myself, DW, DD,DS and FIL) through some of the shallower parts of the caves. In comparison, some of the folks on other tours were forced to walk and carry the tubes through those same sections.

bonafidebeachbum
October 8th, 2010, 11:13 AM
Has anyone used Vitalino (or dot bz) for cave tubing tour???? We considering this tour and he has boat loads of positive reviews on TA. Haven't found anything on CC yet about him. Any feedback would be appreciated.

AryMay
October 9th, 2010, 04:42 PM
Has anyone used Vitalino (or dot bz) for cave tubing tour???? We considering this tour and he has boat loads of positive reviews on TA. Haven't found anything on CC yet about him. Any feedback would be appreciated.

Our family did a tour with Vitalino in August. I am just finishing up a VERY LONG review of our Carnival Legend cruise and have a lot of information and photos from our day in Belize. Here is the link to the review: Carnival Legend Review with Photos. (http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1270052&highlight=) (The Belize portion of the review starts on page 8 in case you don't want to go through the whole thing.)

Based on our experience I can highly recommend Vitalino's tour. We had a guide just for our family of 7 and loved the small group and personal attention. The tour also included a stop at Vito's sister's house for lunch...all included in the cost of $45/person.

Take a look at my review and if you still have any questions, I would be happy to answer!

I don't think you can go wrong with Vito!

bonafidebeachbum
October 9th, 2010, 10:21 PM
Our family did a tour with Vitalino in August. I am just finishing up a VERY LONG review of our Carnival Legend cruise and have a lot of information and photos from our day in Belize. Here is the link to the review: Carnival Legend Review with Photos. (http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1270052&highlight=) (The Belize portion of the review starts on page 8 in case you don't want to go through the whole thing.)

Based on our experience I can highly recommend Vitalino's tour. We had a guide just for our family of 7 and loved the small group and personal attention. The tour also included a stop at Vito's sister's house for lunch...all included in the cost of $45/person.

Take a look at my review and if you still have any questions, I would be happy to answer!

I don't think you can go wrong with Vito!

I just spent an hour reading through your review of Belize and Roatan as well. Not only have you helped me make up my mind about Vito, but Victor Bodden as well for Roatan. I loved all your pictures and comments. Thanks for sharing!

April2412
October 13th, 2010, 10:03 PM
I vote for cave-tubing.com all the way. Just did it last week and these guys are great! One of the best tours I have ever done!

joesuefree
October 31st, 2010, 10:06 AM
After reading through this post, it almost seems that it doesn't matter which tour company you hire. If you live to tell about it, your experience is a good one.

Tell me this, though, is there an advantage to booking in advance, or is it just as good to book at the port?

nutcasefam
October 31st, 2010, 02:15 PM
With so many posts, I still have a question on this.
We want to go with a smaller group or just our family. We CANNOT tube with our legs/arms wrapped due to a paralyzed shoulder with one of the participants. Who do you feel will be the best accomodating company? Also, no major 40 minute walks? I'm thinking JaguarPaws but am definitely still confused!:confused:
Thanks in advance!!
Ali

TheSpecialSister
November 2nd, 2010, 11:09 PM
I was so looking forward to cave tubing with this company until.... I was on vacation the week of the 10th in October on our 1st cruise and honeymoon. I understand its hurricane season and we were taking our chances...yes there was a hurricane and we missed out on 3 of our 4 ports. ( Carnival took us to Jamaica) (It was the best day of the week too) We had cave tubing booked in Belize with Major Tom and now I'm getting the run around about getting our money back. It wasn't our fault the ship didn't go to port! If you decide to do this excursion don't pay in advance! You may be waiting to get the money back like us!!

papilliontraveler
November 3rd, 2010, 09:08 AM
Sorry to hear about things, I hope it all works out. That is why we are going with cave tubing dot com, we don't have to pay until the excursion is over.

amc4835
October 10th, 2013, 04:52 PM
How much is the cave tubing for 2? How do i get a price?
Thanks for your help

Andy

mitsugirly
October 10th, 2013, 07:07 PM
How much is the cave tubing for 2? How do i get a price?
Thanks for your help

Andy


I...Errrr, Um... This thread was started 8 years ago. I'm sure you found it by searching the forums. You might want to look at some more updated threads. There are plenty of people to chose from (others than what was mentioned on here). So the price and what you get with the tour will vary. Find someone you are interested in and go to their website and you can find the pricing.

We have used cavetubing . bz twice now and loved them. :) You can find 2 reviews in my signature link if you are interested in pictures as well.

sugarplumb2013
October 15th, 2013, 10:18 PM
We did cave tubing a few years ago. The group that took us was " bottoms up" not sure if this was the name of the tour company or a nickname