If you had to think of an adventure activity that is both thrilling and relaxing, where would your mind take you? While there aren’t many possible answers to that question, cave tubing in Belize is one rare find that seldom makes it to that list. Seated on air-filled tubes, floating through the insides of limestone caves, and surrounded by the Belizean rainforest is one of the most serene and adventurous experiences of all time.
Enclosed by the breathtaking Caribbean sea on the east and the lush rainforest on the west, the Central American nation of Belize is the go-to destination for those looking to try out the finest of water activities. Among those, cave tubing has grown to become the poster child of Belize tourism, and rightfully so.
Cave tubing in Belize is a surreal experience that immerses you in the ancient Mayan underworld as you travel back in time and explore dark caves and tunnels while floating on a tube. These caves have immense pre historical significance as the Mayans (the most prominent ancient civilization that Belize was home to) were known to conduct important spiritual rituals and ceremonies there as it was believed that the caves were where the Gods resided.
Cave Tubing In Belize: Does It Live Up To The Hype?
The Caves Branch River (Nohoch Che’en Caves Branch Archaeological Reserve) is the most popular site for cave tubing in Belize City and requires a 30-45 minute hike through the rainforest before reaching one of the cave entrances where the adventure begins. All you need next is your rubber tube, helmet, and headlamp, and you’re ready for the ride of your life.
Once you hop on your tube and start following your tour guide, you are teleported to another mysterious world where you float downstream in the turquoise waters from one cave passage to another. As you enter pitch dark caves that were once home to ancient Mayan Gods and are currently inhabited by thousands of species of nocturnal creatures, you get to experience the Belizean archeological and geological heritage first hand.
While the dark caves may seem frightening at first, the light at the end of the tunnel (quite literally in this case) will be the most serene site you’ve ever seen. The entire experience of floating into dark caves and then emerging into light is what makes the activity thrilling and calming at the same time.
At some point during your journey across the Caves Branch River, you can also hop out of your tube and hike or swim to the other end if the water is shallow enough (and you are brave enough).
The verdict: Is Cave Tubing In Belize Worth Your Time?
The entire experience of living and breathing inside of an ancient archeological marvel while floating on a tube in the Caribbean waters is one of a lifetime that you don’t want to miss. While not for the faint hearted as you definitely need an adventurous bone in your body to sign yourself up, you will find the entire experience to be far more soothing and relaxing than daunting.
As you find your way through the rocky Belizean caves, you get a sense of what life must have been like back in the day for generations of communities that called Belize their home. You will get to soak in the deep blue waters of the Caribbean that you had only seen from far until then.
The bottom line is that the cave tubing experience deserves to be on your adventure bucket list because it is one of those rare thrilling water sports that is as tranquilizing as it is riveting.
What To Know Before Booking Your Package For Cave Tubing In Belize
As you plan your trip and make your reservations for cave tubing in Belize, there are a few things to keep in mind to make the most of your vacation.
Book a package that includes multiple activities to get a better deal and make the most of the time you spend in the Belizean rainforest. For example, zip lining courses are located in Nohoch Che’en Caves Branch Archaeological Reserve as well, so you can enjoy both experiences in the same day trip to the Caves Branch River.
- Do your research and go with a tour company that offers customizable packages so you can create one that best suits your interests and don’t end up paying extra for activities you don’t plan on doing.
- Carry swimwear or lightweight clothing for your cave tubing experience as you are likely to get wet. Also, you are going to need comfortable, water-friendly shoes for your trip that are suitable both for the hour-long hike as well as the actual water ride.
- Opt for a package that provides pick up and drop off facilities. That is not only convenient as you won’t have to locate the starting point of the hike yourself, but also adds to your experience as you will have a local guide who can tell you more about the history of the city, the Mayan mountains, and the lush rainforest during the drive to Nohoch Che’en.
- Don’t forget to carry enough sunscreen and mosquito-repellent as you will need both to get through your day trip.
- Carry a waterproof phone case so you can take loads of pictures and videos tubing through the caves.
Immerse Yourself In An Unforgettable Tropical Experience With Reef, Ruins & River Adventures
If cave tubing in Belize sounds like something you want to give a shot, Reef, Ruins & River Adventures is here to make that dream a reality. At RRR Adventures Belize, our aim is to provide you a Belizean experience that you cherish for a lifetime. No matter what your interests and requirements are, we are more than happy to customize a holiday package for you. We also have a pre-curated and wide selection of vacation packages that you can choose from.
So, whether you are planning a trip for cave tubing in Belize or are looking forward to experiencing some of the other thrilling activities that you can enjoy in the island such as scuba diving, snorkeling, and kayaking, you will find a package that catches your eye. Our team of expert tour guides make sure you get to truly immerse yourself in the Belizean life and enjoy your activities to the fullest.
Our packages also offer a plethora of sightseeing tours where you get to explore the town of San Pedro, Belize and learn about the rich, cultural heritage that it boasts.
The best part about booking with us? We have tie ups with the Bella Vista Resort and Aji Tapa Lounge and Restaurant so you can trust us with your entire vacation itinerary as we plan it to the T – including your stay, meals, activities, and experiences while you enjoy your luxury stay besides the deep blue Caribbean waters.
With RRR Adventures, you can rest assured that you are booking only the best in Belize and are guaranteed a soul-stirring experience of a lifetime. If that sounds interesting, reach out to us to start planning your holiday today!