Belize Caves Branch River and 5 Cave Kayaking Excursion (S2061)

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  • Round trip transportation from your Belize cruise ship tender pier!
  • Air-conditioned, fully licensed and insured transportation!
  • English speaking certified kayaking guide!
  • Entrance fees and government taxes to visit the Caves Branch River!
  • Kayak, instruction and safety equipment!

For those guests arriving at Harvest Caye, Belize please see our Harvest Caye Excursions.

As you kayak through not just one but five different caves, discover the enchanting underworld of Belize and its ancient Mayan history at famous Caves Branch! This Belize kayak excursion is for those guests wanted to really get out and see the natural beauty of Belize.

Meet your English-speaking river kayak excursion guide at your cruise tender terminal and head on your air-conditioned transportation for a 60-minute comfortable ride to the cave river kayaking base camp located in the lush jungle.

On arrival, your experienced cave kayaking guide will provide you with the kayaking equipment - life vest, helmet, headlamp, paddle, and kayak - as well as a short safety briefing and how to get the most out of your Belize river kayaking excursion. there are both single and double 2 person kayaks available first come, first serve.

There is a short 30 minutes hike to the riverside. When you reach the riverbed, your Belize excursion guide will assist you into the awaiting kayak. As you begin to paddle, you will head into the first cave, turn on your headlamp and be in awe of the beauty. You will see various stalactites and unique cave formations as well as learning more about ancient Mayan rituals, traditions and much more. The caves are simple to navigate and no previous experience is required to participate. All the river caves are linked so that you can follow your experienced kayak excursion guide through each one with ease. The water flow in the river is fairly calm and easy to paddle.

You may also see various tropical birds and other surrounding wildlife such as butterflies, monkeys, and iguanas near the cave entrances. Be sure to bring a waterproof camera, as the views from both inside the caves and downstream are stunning.

You will also see fairy tales like waterfalls, high-ceilinged caves that sparkle from water and rock reflection and unique shaped boulders. Your guide will be with you at all times to ensure primarily your safety and your enjoyment. As you paddle out of the last cave, you will head downstream and return to the base camp. Total time kayaking on the river is approximately 2 hours.

After your kayaking adventure, your transportation will take you back to your Belize City cruise tender terminal.

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Belize Caves Branch River and 5 Cave Kayaking Excursion Reviews


Journey into Belize's beautiful surroundings created by nature on this fun guided five cave river kayak cruise shore excursion at Caves Branch!

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Cruisin Arkansas
Best time ever!!! Kayak dont tube.
     5/5 Visited in October 2016

I was a little hesitant to book this, at the time of booking there was only 1 review but I am so thankful I took a chance. Best time ever. Rock our tour guide was very informative and funny. He was very polite and patient with my 8 year old who asked 101 questions. He did so well with him, even joked and said he was a future tour thats what my son says he wants to be! Lol i love it! After a short but beautiful hike thru the jungle you jump in the kayaks (already there waiting for you) same place the cave tubers put in but instead of going downstream you go up stream to some of those most beautiful caves ever. They take you to a underground waterfall and then head back down stream. Lunch was in the van bc we were cutting it close to the time to board, but they made sure to get us back. When you get to the meeting spot to board the van before the trip, walk a lil ways down the side walk and take a picture with the big rainbow belize sign. There wasnt wifi on the van like it said, but it was kinda nice cause i paid attention to the tour guide. Once i got back on the cruise ship, i heard so many people complain about the cavetubing, saying it was short and boring. Kayaking was the best decision i made.
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blauren Montgomery, Texas
Best Excursion Ever!
     5/5 Visited in July 2016

We had so much fun on this excursion. To start off, we walked out of the pier and they were right there waiting for us holding a sign. They then walked us to the van they would be taking us in. There was a total of 9 of us in the van with four staff members. The ride to the caves took about an hour but the tour guide talked the whole way about the island. When we arrived two of the tour guides took the kayaks up stream so we didn't have to carry them. We then hiked up the path to the caves where he continued to show us more plants and animals. The hike took about 30-45 minutes. There are five caves in total and we started at the third cave and paddled upstream to the fifth cave. We got to get out of the kayaks a couple times and explore some of the small caves. If you are trying to decide tubing and kayaking, defiantly go with kayaking! You get to go two more cave systems than the tubers and spend more time in the caves. Also, do not book with the cruise ship. First of all they do not offer kayaking but their tuber groups were 20 people long and paid a whole lot more for a lot less! The will make sue you get back to ship in time don't let the cruise ship convince you they won't!
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Cathy Dallas, Texas
Unique excursion, excellent guides
     5/5 Visited in January 2018

Spelunking in a kayak was great fun for our party of 6. We joined a small group of additional tourists with our headlamps and 2 expert guides. We had the choice of single or double kayaks, and had a brief lesson on managing the kayaks before starting off. Our tour started at the crowded drop-off point, though we quickly paddled our way though to some private areas and caves, and stopped for a break where one of the caves had a landing point and a small place to get out and explore. At one point we stopped paddling, turned off our lights and sat for a brief moment silently in pitch black. Super cool. Our tour guides and bus driver treated us well and we enjoyed time to converse with them during the bus ride to and from the river. At the river stop is a bathroom and small snack/gift shops. Our guide also offered to run over to a little "restaurant" at the river and purchase (for our money) traditional chicken and rice lunch for those who wanted to eat on the way back to the ship. Our transport to and from the trip was reliable, on time, and easy to locate. On our way back to the ship, the driver noticed a load of tourists from our ship who were stopped on the side of the road with car trouble, and stopped to pick them all up to get back to the ship in time. Nice people, great experience.
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Caro Germany
Recommended! -> NO WIFI in the car!
     4/5 Visited in December 2017

We also made it back in time to the cruise ship and want to recommend this excursion. We had no experience with kayaking before and topped over once. Nonetheless it was lots of fun, but be aware that this may really happen to you and be sure that you can cope with getting yourself up again from under the kayak. We could leave our things in the van during the kayak tour. Unfortunately I missed a small power bank afterwards; perhaps it slipped out of my bag. Make sure to check your things better than me before leaving the van in the end! When we asked for the promised free WIFI within the van, our driver was very puzzled and told us that he never heard of any vehicle in Belize offering WIFI... This false promise should be eliminated out of the description!!!
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BayouE Cut Off, LA
Way better than Tubing!
     5/5 Visited in May 2017

Had an hour plus drive through the City into the country and got a good history and information about the country from our guides Cardinal and Abner. Got the place and jumped in Kayaks and went opposite direction of tubers, up river, on our own private adventure, 5 Kayaks total. Clear, cool cave waters where we stopped and swam at some beaches both inside caves and outside caves. Nice little nature hike to the River with guide and got to taste some mint and carrot flavored termites and little coconut type nuts from local trees. Had a nice meal and a little shopping after the kayaking before heading back to the ship. For what you generally pay for excursions, this is quite the bargain.
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Sam9292 Dallas TX
Fabulous and Abener, tour guides are EXCELLENT
     5/5 Visited in November 2016

The guides were superb and incredible fun to be with - full of life, energy and excitement, even though they do this every time. They go out of their way to make sure you have a super fun time. Easy to meet at the Belize port, but leave an hour to get off your ship to get to port since it's a tender port. Someone will be waiting (for you and the) hour's drive which is filled with information on Belize so it goes by quickly. Be sure you go in your swimming costume and carry only things that you are ok with getting wet. Rest of your stuff (towels, etc) can be left in the van - it's safe. Since there's a 20-30 min hike to the canoes (one way only - you don't have this on the way back), be sure to wear swim shoes or crocks (again whatever you are ok with getting wet). They do rent used shoes for $3 each, but better off taking your own. The caves and bats are interesting, but it does go on for a while and you do get tired. Most of the kayaks are double passenger, with 1 that's a single. Overall a unique experience, but once you've seen a couple of caves and the bats, you're done and ready to get back. Lunch is served just before the return journey and for us, was tandoori chicken, rice and a mango drink - different and tasty after all the kayaking. There are showers to wash off feet - make sure you take your towel to dry off otherwise you'll be sitting in a wet seat for an hour back to port and then another 30-60 minutes back to the cruise ship. If you want to just sit back and watch, stick with cave tubing - much slower and less strenuous, but also less involved.
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Texas Drums Missouri City, TX
Absolutely awesome!
     5/5 Visited in July 2016

Kayaking the caves was definitely a worth-while experience! The meeting guide was at the port exit gate earlier than the posted time, which is a good thing because we needed every extra minute to make it back to port in time (there was traffic on the way back)! I've been on a tour to the Belize cave area before on a large bus, and you have to wait for everyone. This tour operator, took my wife and I who were kayaking, and 6 others from the ship who were tubing, in a van to the cave area. They kept us entertained on the 45-60 minute ride. When we got to the site, we geared up and the two guides Nelson and Roc, took us on a 30-45 minute easy hike to the launch site. The hike was actually relatively easy, and very fun and informative. They told us about many trees, plants, and animals/insects as we passed each. Nelson found us a tarantula to hold, and stuck his arm in a termite mound so we could TASTE one! (they taste like mint!). Along the hike we crossed the river three times - it was cool but felt VERY good! One awesome thing is that we did not have to carry our tubes or kayaks. They had them ready at the launch site. As we were hiking leisurely stopping to see different things, many groups from other tour operators passed us in a hurry - they were carrying their own tubes! My wife and I were the only ones that day kayaking (in any group!), so we had Nelson all to ourselves on the kayak trip (which is a lot longer and much more active than the tube trip). The kayak trip goes deeper into the caves, at a faster pace. Nelson showed us many details of the cave walls and ceilings, and even a waterfall area. After kayaking, lunch was provided (BBQ chicken, rice and slaw). You don't have to be an experienced kayaker (I am not but I have done it a couple times so I know how to steer, stop, turn and can paddle decent enough), but if you have never kayaked before, you might not want to do this as it might be difficult to keep up, especially in some of the skinnier sections of the cave.
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Sue J Rogers, MN
Very fun kayak tour!
     5/5 Visited in January 2016

This was an awesome tour! My husband and I chose this activity for our day in Belize while on a cruise. There were no reviews when my husband and I did this excursion so I feel compelled to write one. This was a very fun tour especially since we own kayaks and enjoy the activity. We had a nice hour or so drive before the walk to the river. Our guide, Nelson, was very knowledgeable and fun and we learned a lot about the region and country. We learned more on the walk to the river and Nelson make it especially enjoyable. There were many tube tours which take the same river but with the kayak tour you go through 2 or 3 caves that the tubers don't see as you first kayak upstream through these. If you want a lazy trip through the caves the tubing tour is for you but if you want to see quite a bit more and get some exercise this is your trip. If the weather is cold the tubing may not be as fun either. After the kayaking there was also a meal with local food. This would be fun for families as they have both single and double kayaks. I'm 60 and love some adventure at new places so this was perfect for me. Bring water shoes as flip-flops won't work or you can buy them there for a nominal fee. I wore tennis shoes and they worked fine too.
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