This was probably one of the most-anticipated activities of our trip and boy, it did not disappoint! After arriving in Belize and taking a tender boat to shore, we boarded our bus (air-conditioned) for the 1 hour and 20 minute ride to the caves. On the way there, the guides shared information about the island – they had celebrated their 30 year independence anniversary the day before. It was formerly known as British Honduras. They also provided an overview of what was to take place and all the safety precautions, etc., it was all very informative – they were super attentive if anyone had questions about anything at all.
We arrived at the facility and I was actually surprised at how well-organized everything was – it was super! They had lockers for rent, water shoes for rent, a snack bar, a photo station to burn CDs for you after the ride, changing rooms, etc. We didn’t bring our camera but they had people taking pics along the way and we bought the CD at the end. They included the pics of your group as well as some nature shots as well (I’ve included some below).
We split into teams of 8 people, got geared up (helmet with a light, life vest, tube), then hiked for about 20-25 minutes to our site – it was under tree cover most of the way and it was flat so it’s an easy hike, although it was muddy and rocky in some areas. The guide gave us info along the way about the trees and wildlife. Again, I loved the info about the island and natural habitat.
We got to our site and were helped into our tubes – we were formed into a train (2 x 4) so we wouldn’t separate as we floated down the river.
We floated down the river and visited two caves, one smaller one where the ceiling was only about 4-6 feet above us, then another large one. In the smaller one, the guide had us turn off our lights and we floated in the dark and the quiet for a while. It wasn’t scary at all – very peaceful. The water was very clear – nothing murky or creepy about it at all. No weird critters in the water either so we had no qualms about letting our hands trail in the water as we coasted along. There were some small rapids along the way as well which added to the fun.
Inside the caves, we got to see tons of formations and it was just fantastic. My favourite parts were when we came out into the open and saw the sunlight streaming through the tree canopy. It was just beautiful…
We floated by these waterfalls – you heard them from so far away and we got to float right by them (at the bottom of them). Awesome.
It was just breathtaking. Everyone ono the bus was sleeping on the way back to the ship. 🙂 We were all pooped!
Life list item achieved – Go Cavetubing!
Lunch was just hotdogs at the snack bar.
Dinner – Chris:
Dessert: New York Cheesecake, cappuccino
Dinner – Val:
Main: Martini-braised basa fillet with sundried tomato, fennel nd potato galette (this was a winning dish in a Bacardi cooking contest)
Dessert: Chocolate melting cake, cappuccino