I had paid a deposit to Marvin through their website and the charge appeared on our credit card as exactly as it was suppose to.
We found the booth within minutes and was greeted by the very helpful staff. Within minutes Marvin was at the booth and explained the Credit Card charge deposit that was laready made, and what the balance was. We paid the remaining balance with cash. Price was exactly as advertised.
We had time to kill until the rest of the group came, so we went around to do some shopping.
As you are standing outside of their booth, the locals will HOUND you to come to them.. Recommend not waiting for too long in front of the booth. As we were waiting we were walking around and really was not impressed with the shopping in the port area.
We checked back a couple of times and finally the group was ready. I say group, but honestly, it was my wife and I, a father and son, who also read this board and had booked prior.Than there was a family of 6 (husband, wife and 4 daughters.)
We were introduced to Charlie and walked to the shuttle bus. Bus was in great shape, A/C worked and was very clean. Charlie was VERY informative about the area, their lifestyles (He was very happy, they had just gotten cable tv) and just an all out informative guide.
We got to the cave tubing area and went to the bathroom/changing area and than led to get our tube, lifevest and headlamp. You were not required to wear the vest, just keep it strapped to the tube. The walk is about 35 minutes, but Charlie was very informative as to different plants and trees.
We were shown where the cruise ships put in and offered to walked 10 minutes to another cave. The walk was not bad and it WAS WELL worth it. You can either jump from about 15 feet into the water or lower yourself 3 feet in with a rope. My wife was hesistant, but after some very good encouragement from Charlie, She JUMPED. I have a photo to prove it..LOL
Once in the refreshing water, you do have to paddle some, but it was not tiring at all. You do hit some areas that were very shallow (Quote:"Butts up, I mean Bottoms up!") Charlie made sure that everyone stayed together and made sure that everyone say the different formations in the caves.
On the trip was a very inquisitive 14yr old girl. She asked everything and Charlie answered everything. It was very refreshing to see such a inquisitive person taking up everything and in turn watching someone that loved to help a person and answer their questions. This same girl also was having problems keeping up in the water. Charlie hooked onto her tube and proceeded to carry her along the whole way down the river. All the while answering every question that her imagination could think up. Charlie never wavered in being of help and answering our questions. We would definatley recommend Charlie and Marvins to EVERYONE.
After the tubing we stopped at Amigo's for Stewed Chicken, rice and beans, coleslaw, rolls and soda. The food was included in the tour. We were not required to and nothing was asked about leaving a tip, but we all did.
At the end of the tour, we got back to the port with about 15-20 minutes to spare. During the whole tour and up to the very end, Charlie NEVER EVER mentioned about a tip. Which I wish I could say this for the other excursions that we have taken. It was the lack of asking for the tip that led us to tip even more.
Wet and Wild is definatley worth it, we could not have asked for a better excursion. This was definately one of the highlights of our total cruise.
For value, you are taken for 30 minutes extra tube ride in a cave, you get lunch included, and you are not 1 of 250 or more taking the same excursion. Try to learn something when you are 1 of 250..
I hope this helps other make a informed choice on Cave Tubing in Belize. Feel free to ask if I failed to answer a question that you may have...
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