VIV Tours CaveTubing - Any reviews?

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#1
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I'm interested in reading any reviews from people who have used VIV Tours for CaveTubing. I'm trying to decide between them and another tour company for my December cruise. I appreciate any comments!!

I know .bz is really popular, but I'm looking for something a little different.
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When we got on the nice air conditioned coach bus we knew Evan and his crew were going to be a good time. They topped themselves with keeping our saftey first above all else. The ATV course was the best one I have ever done, and they made sure we stayed safe the whole crew did everything to ensure that we were safe and also had a fab time! We then went cave tubbing which was a real nice time and they accomadated out large group to keep us together and again safety number one priorty.
We then ended the day with a nice tamale, a cold beer and back to the boat. Our bus had engine trouble on the way back and by the time we got off we were on another cool coach.
Thanks guys for a great day, best stop of my trip!
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Originally posted by Dallen*
I'm interested in reading any reviews from people who have used VIV Tours for CaveTubing. I'm trying to decide between them and another tour company for my December cruise. I appreciate any comments!!

I know .bz is really popular, but I'm looking for something a little different.

After doing a bit of research myself....Booked VIV TOURS for cave tubing.....we will be there in 2 weeks...will let you know
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Thanks for the replies guys!!

Robman: I'm really looking forward to your review. I hope you have a great time!!

Anyone else??
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I am also thinking of booking with VIV instead of .biz

One of the main reasons why I'm moving towards VIV is that the tubes are clipped together. At .biz, you need to wrap your arm around the feet of the person behind you in order to stay together.

Please let us know how VIV worked out for you.
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ibcnusoon: First, I like your name ... very creative! Second, also look at explore belize caves dot com. They have all new equipment now and I confirmed with them that they hook the tubes together with straps instead of the feet/armpit method.

I'm hoping to hear from a few more people on VIV before making my final decision. I don't cruise until December, so I still have a little time.
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Originally posted by ibcnusoon
I am also thinking of booking with VIV instead of .biz

One of the main reasons why I'm moving towards VIV is that the tubes are clipped together. At .biz, you need to wrap your arm around the feet of the person behind you in order to stay together.

Please let us know how VIV worked out for you.
Where does it say tubes are clipped together? all the pics on Tripadvisor show feet-under-armpits.

Thanks!
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Originally posted by Kryssa
Where does it say tubes are clipped together? all the pics on Tripadvisor show feet-under-armpits.

Thanks!
Interesting ... it says it on their website. I hadn't looked at TA yet. Are the pics on TA current?
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I am also interested in VIV and wondering how large there groups are. Preferably I would like a group of 10 or less. I went on a cavetubing tour a few years back and can't remember what it was called, but we were NOT hooked together at all, and I liked the independence.
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I would also like to hear from anyone who has used VIV tours, we are very interested in this tour and want some first hand information. Does this company keep your dry stuff locked in their van? Is there lunch or snacks available to purchase, or should you bring something with you besides water? Are the vans airconditioned? I really like that the tubes have headrests, and link together. Also, is there a limit to the group size? I thought I read somewhere that it is 8 in each group. We don't want to be stuck in a herd of 10-15.
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Originally posted by splinkaone
I would also like to hear from anyone who has used VIV tours, we are very interested in this tour and want some first hand information. Does this company keep your dry stuff locked in their van? Is there lunch or snacks available to purchase, or should you bring something with you besides water? Are the vans airconditioned? I really like that the tubes have headrests, and link together. Also, is there a limit to the group size? I thought I read somewhere that it is 8 in each group. We don't want to be stuck in a herd of 10-15.
Thanks
I posted a fairly lengthy review in another thread, so I won't repeat it all except to say that we had a wonderful time with VIV. It exceeded our expectations. Our group of 8 rode in a 15 passenger van that had good air conditioning. We rode the same van there and back (our driver was also our tour guide) and we left our stuff in the van. We were assured it would be safe and it was. When you get to the park there are a few vendors with tables that sell drinks and snacks. There were popular ones like Snickers and M&Ms as well as some local offerings. I didn't notice anything that would constitute a full meal. The park doesn't let you bring bottles of water on the tour, apparently too many problems with litter. Not sure if they'd let you bring a reusable water bottle. We just drank water before we left and when we got back. Park rules require one guide for every 8 guests. Many other groups we saw had 10-16 people together with 2 guides. I don't know if VIV always limits it to 8, but the day we went they had 3 groups and all were 8 or less. And the earlier you get off the ship, the earlier your group can leave.
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Thanks CACkles, I am pretty sure we are going to book with VIV. They are a little higher$ than some others, but I really like the idea of the headrests. Was it easy to find them when you got off the ship, and how early did you get back to the ship? One in our party is worried about getting back in time.
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Originally posted by splinkaone
Thanks CACkles, I am pretty sure we are going to book with VIV. They are a little higher$ than some others, but I really like the idea of the headrests. Was it easy to find them when you got off the ship, and how early did you get back to the ship? One in our party is worried about getting back in time.
Thanks
I agree with Stewart. If you follow the directions they give you when you reserve, you can't miss them. We were also back an hour before last tender. Our guide told us that no one has ever missed a tender in the 12 years they've been doing this. Try to get off on the first or second tender to get going earlier, but either way they are going to get you back in time.
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Has anyone gone with VIV tours on their combined Cave-tubing and Altun Ha tour? We would be interested in going to see the ruins but not at the expense of a shortened cave tubing experience...

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Originally posted by Railwaylass
Has anyone gone with VIV tours on their combined Cave-tubing and Altun Ha tour? We would be interested in going to see the ruins but not at the expense of a shortened cave tubing experience...
If nobody replies here, I would recommend e-mailing VIV to see how they do it. When we did the cave tubing by itself we went through two caves. I have to think that if they are adding in the Altun Ha tour, they would have to shorten the cave tubing to one cave. Unless you have a longer time in port than we do. We were there from 8:00 until 5:00 ship time.
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Originally posted by jaredcoreymama
I am also interested in the ruins and cave tubing combo tour. Any reviews?
I did a bit more checking and VIV tours does the combo for $120.00 but didn't answer my specific question about the cave tubing being cut short despite two e-mails.

I had much better luck with Major Tom - he answered my initial e-mail and a follow-up one immediately and is a really likable and funny guy! Their combo is $85.00 and they take you for the full cave tubing experience first and then on to the ruins. That way, you can spend as much time as is safe at the ruins without missing any of the tubing. The whole tour will last about 7 hours. We have booked with them and are really looking forward to the day!

Our stop with the Equinox is 9 hours, so he says that even if we don't get offboard on the first few tenders we will still be all right.

With a shorter stop though, I don't know if it might not be a bit risky.
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I would like to book 6 people for cave tubing with VIV tours on Jan 9. Anybody else happen to be there the same day and make it a group rate (10 or more)? Let me know
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We just went to Belize last week and did the Cave Tubing tour with Rock. He was a great tour guide. I would recommend bringing some snacks from the ship as it does end up being a long day and there isn't much to eat where the cave tubing begins and ends. We did feel a little rushed after our trip to get back in the van to get back to the port. For the money we paid $40 per person for the three of us it was worth our time. I would also recommend purchasing one of those water proof cameras. That was something I didn't think of and wish I was told to do so as we don't have many photos from our cave tubing. I would also recommend one of those wet suite tops they sell now for sun protection as the water was cool this time of year.
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