Description: Belize is home to the largest cave system in all of Central America. A visit to Belize, would be incomplete, without at least one cave adventure.
Once you arrive to the site, you will receive a short safety briefing, and be given a life jacket, helmet, headlamp, and inner tube. You commence your adventure by taking a 30 minute hike through the jungle, to the Cave Branch River’s edge. Here you will get situated into your inner tube, as the gentle, crystal clear waters, whisks you away on your journey.
Just sit back and relax, as you float through a series of caves. You will get to see impressive stalactites looming overhead, and an underground waterfall (which flows into the crystal cathedral cave chamber), an area once considered sacred by the Mayan people.
Caves were once considered by the Mayan people, to be the gateway to the underworld. This is a very relaxing, refreshing, and exhilarating tour. Cave tubing has become, one of the most popular adventure in Belize.
Note: If you would like to experience the entire river/cave system, consider taking the cave kayaking tour.
Nohoch Che'en Cave Reserve
Cave tubing in Belize is done at the Nohoch Che'en Cave Reserve, which is most commonly known as Caves Branch or Jaguar Paw. This experience is hands down one of the top things to do in Belize and should be on your travel bucket list if you're visiting Belize. Why? Because cave tubing is truly amazing? It's a relaxing and exciting adventure where you enjoy drifting down the Caves Branch River while learning about the historical value of the cave system to the ancient Maya. You get the best of both adventures and education whilst on this tour!
Nochoch Che'en Cave is located at Caves Branch Archaeological Reserve, which is near Belmopan City in the Cayo District of Belize. To get to the site, you must drive down the Hummingbird Highway for about 30 minutes from Belmopan City.
Why Go Cave Tubing in Belize?
Of all the activities and things to do in Belize, this stands out as being the most unique. You definitely need to put this on your "bucket-list" for Belize. It's a safe but exhilarating experience, as you float down a river in an inner tube, with other people and your licensed tour guide. No worries about the darkest sections of the caves: everybody will be outfitted with helmet lights.
What is the best way to experience Cave Tubing?
The cave system is managed by Belize’s Institute of Archaeology, a single tubing experience offers a splendid variety of sensations to tickle your senses. Sit back as you float along the river, and take in all the sights & sounds. Floating along in a tube, allows you to enjoy the jungle, and the cave entrance at a leisurely pace. This is a great opportunity to marvel at the foliage, birds, sounds, flora and animals of the rainforest.
Where is Cave Tubing in Belize located?
The Nohoch Che'en Cave is located west of Belmopan City, at the Nohoch Che'en Cave Branch Archaeological Reserve. You take "Unnamed Road" off the Hummingbird Highway to reach the reserve. It's about 30 minutes from Belmopan City, or one hour from San Ignacio, Cayo.
What is the best way to get to Cave Tubing?
From Belmopan, travel George Price Highway an hour to Mile 37. Drive 6 miles to the reserve entrance. If you’d prefer not to drive (a wise move for vacationers), book a tour that includes a professional guide, transport and a picnic lunch. On the other hand, if you come solo, you won’t starve. Grab a bite at the Canopy Café buffet.
When is the best time to go Cave Tubing?
The dry season is the best time to go cave tubing, which also correlates to high season for tourists. June through October, is typically known as the wet season, when Belize gets more rain. While the river rises and falls with seasonal changes, it is more susceptible to flooding during rainy season. Once water levels reach a certain point, they will close the cave down, until it can be declared safe.