This is supposed to be the diving Mecca of the Southern Caribbean, but we don’t dive (yet… on my bucket list), so we booked the Cave Tubing excursion while on our Norwegian Spirit cruise last Thanksgiving.
I remember sitting on the bus during the 40 min or so drive thinking it wasn’t very pretty, not like I expected, and definitely not like Roatan. All we could see from the bus were fields of, what looked like, dried broken trees.
The excursion was fully booked with multiple cruise lines in port. The plan was to do the tubing, then we would have lunch at their buffet (included). But the tubing was backed up so we were sent for an early lunch. Unfortunately, we barely got to eat before we were herded back in line to begin the tubing adventure.
We collected our tubes, helmets and lifejackets, then made our way to the beginning of the river. It was quite a hike, but not too much for my 72 year old dad. The water was shockingly cold but that’s half the fun! We were all lined up, feet in our neighbor’s armpits and off we went.
The caves were fascinating. It was probably a good job we were all connected since there seemed to be multiple branches of tunnels. A waterproof camera is a great accessory for this type of excursion, even if you don’t take pictures inside the cave. You can only see the entrance or exit when you’re tubing down the river.
The hike was probably 30 minutes, and the tube adventure another 30+ minutes. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed it and it was definitely value for $.