Cave Tubing in Belize
Water sports are almost a requirement for beach vacationers. Snorkeling, scuba diving, and surfing are high on the list of activities that people often participate in when traveling to the coast. But when traveling to a place like Belize, where the beaches just right up against the jungle, vacationers are presented with numerous other water sports that can be found in lakes, rivers, and streams of these exotic locations. If you’re looking for an awe-inspiring adventure, plan a day for cave tubing in Belize.
Take Me Cave Tubing in Belize
The landscape in Belize, much like the culture, is lush and diverse. Its wonders can be explored in so many ways: by foot, on water, underwater, in the air. But one of the most spectacular experiences is found floating through a cave formed many millennia ago by the waters that slowly worked their way through the heart of the Maya Mountains.
Lay back on the inner tube as it floats with the current of the river. Cruise under an alternating kaleidoscope of lush tree canopies and massive cave ceilings. At times, sunlight peeks through gaps, casting a spotlight on the brilliantly formed caves. And sometimes, the only light seen is from a headlamp (supplied by your tour company). Cave tubing in Belize is unique because of the naturally occurring geologic formations of the mountains.
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Much of Belize was once covered by shallow seawater. Over time, the sea level dropped enough to expose a shelf where large chunks of limestone rock were deposited. The shelf was formed from a combination of rainwater, air, soil, and time, that eventually formed the caves seen today. A few thousand years ago, the sea level began to rise again, covering the deepest parts of the shelf and allowing rivers to flow through the caves where you can go tubing today. The caves in Belize can drop to depths as low as 120 meters in some place (similar to the depths of the Great Blue Hole).
The caves have become a kind of self-contained ecosystem for the organisms that now call them home. These caves have their own microclimates that developed because of the limited sunlight and cool moist air within. The caves in Belize are home to a variety of plants and animals, adding to the country’s reputation of biodiversity.
What to Expect
There are several outfitters that take groups cave tubing in Belize, some of which are mentioned below. With so many caves and rivers to choose from, each outfitter may start in a different location. Depending on where the outfitter is located, the drive to your drop-off point may take 20 to 45 minutes. After the bus drop and a short hike, tubers enter the water with a tube, life preserver, and headlamp.
Participants are encouraged to bring along a towel, proper footwear (tennis or water shoes) and an extra bag of clothes. If the rain has been generous, there may be points on the river where tubers can stop to cliff jump (check with your guide first). Watch the video below to get a better visual!
Cave Tubbing in Belize
Belize Cave Tubing Spots
Because of its unique geological formations and steady flow of water, Belize is one of the only places in the world where cave tubing is available. There are several tour companies to choose from in southern Belize, including the following:
Truly Wild Belize: The trip begins in Placencia with a shuttle ride to the jungle. After a short hike, during which the tour guide educates participants about the flora and medicinal uses of plants in the surrounding jungle, you arrive at the river. A picnic-style lunch is included.
Ocean Motion Tours: The tour guides will discuss the history and culture of Belize during the drive to the river. Ziplining is included in this tour, which lasts about 45 minutes. Cave tubing continues afterwards for about an hour on the river. Lunch is also included.
Roam Belize: Guests are taken to Jaguar Paw, a popular location for cave tubing in Belize. Cave tubing and ziplining are both included in the all-day adventure.
Pirate’s Point Adventure Tours: This tour also includes both cave tubing and ziplining. The experience accounts for a full day.
Cave tubing in Belize is one of the most adventurous excursions available in this extraordinary Caribbean country. With such a wide variety experiences – like fishing, snorkeling, ziplining, and exploring the Mayan ruins – visitors return to Belize many times to enjoy them all. With so many return trips to this beautiful country, many visitors decided to purchase a vacation home of their own. In fact, some even decided to purchase a private island.