Ziplining & Crystal Cave Tubing in Belize

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Woohoo!

Let the cruise adventures continue!

The other excursion that Mal and I did on the cruise was a ziplining and tubing “adventure” tour in Belize. We were really psyched for this one!

Once we departed the cruise ship, we boarded a bus, which drove us 1.5 hours to Jaguar Paw. During the drive, our tour guide shared interesting facts about Belizean culture, history, and geology.

Once we arrived at Jaguar Paw, we were fitted with harnesses and given a brief safety lesson before we climbed up 500 feet to zipline across the jungle. (I’m terrified of heights, so obviously I wasn’t nervous at all.)

Safety first!

Jazz hands second!

There were five different ziplines on the tour, so once I survived the first one, I calmed down and really enjoyed whizzing through the jungle.

Before we started, our tour guide showed us how to put on the brakes using our hand on the line (hence the gloves) since we really picked up speed at times.

We were going so fast on some of the ziplines, there were a couple of guys at the end to physically stop us, which basically meant they got body-slammed each time.

I elbowed one guy so hard in the chest that I apologized to him several times, but he didn’t seem to mind at all. I guess he was used to it since he did it all day long! Poor guy!

After ziplining, Mal and I switched gears and put on life vests for the second half of the tour. We climbed into inner tubes and floated through a crystal-encrusted cave. I didn’t bring my camera since we were going into water, so here’s a pic from the Carnival website, which gives you an idea what it was all about:

 

It was really neat! And, at the end, we were allowed to swim the final part, which was so amazing! I’m not much of a swimmer, but I absolutely loved it. I mean, swimming in a cave in Belize? Wicked cool.

Similar to exploring the Mayan Ruins of Tulum, this excursion took a solid 8 hours. It actually ran longer than 8 hours, so it was pretty hectic rushing back to the ship before it departed, but because we booked through Carnival, we knew it wouldn’t leave without us. There was a lot of waiting around during this tour (i.e. the long drive and crowds at Jaguar Paw), but it was a lot of fun and definitely worth it.

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39 Comments

  1. Awesome! I love ziplining. I’ve been lucky enough to do it twice now in Kauai! Looks like you had a blast on this excursion. I’ve never been on a cruise (it’s actually never really appealed to me to go on one) but with the potential for adventures like the ones you had, it’s becoming more attractive to me! Thanks for sharing everything 🙂

  2. I’ve always wanted to do ziplining in the jungle!!! That’s so awesome! And I LOVE swimming through caves! I’ve done that a few times in the Apostle Islands up in Lake Superior. Haha I bet my swim was a little chillier than Belize… You guys picked some awesome activities!

  3. We did the same kind of ziplining in Costa Rica on our honeymoon. I hated having to use my hand as a brake … it scared me having my hand so close to that wire! I actually got a small burn mark on my wrist from having my hand in the wrong position during one ride (but that was my dumb fault!). Glad you had such an awesome time!! 🙂

  4. Wow, the cave tubing looks incredible! Belize is on our “someday” list of places not only to visit, but to live eventually. I keep telling my husband it’s my 5 year plan, but he doesn’t believe me.

  5. Looks like so much fun! I loved Belize, we spend the day on a small private beach and it was amazing. Would love to go back and try cave tubing.

  6. I stayed at jaguar paw for a night when I was teaching in Belize and did the cave tubing. It was one of the coolest things I have eve done and the guides are always awesome! Glad you got to experience it!

  7. So much fun! When we went on our cruise, our Belize excursion was the jeep tour with caving. It was fun, even though our jeep got stuck in the mud. 🙂 I bet ziplining would have been an awesome choice too!

    Miss vacation yet??? 😉

  8. That looks amazing, I’ve always wanted to go ziplining!! I’ve done a similar think to the tubing in New Zealand. It’s called black water toobing and you float through caves that have glow worms hanging from the ceiling. It was really neat!

  9. This looks like fun! I have also been ziplining before (in Hawaii) and there was this one run where we had to run down a slanted platform and then leap off. The guides said it was kind of tricky and to impress the cute one I said I’d go first…and let go too early and basically rolled off the platform and onto the zipline. My pride was more hurt than my body was and I casually tried to make jokes and laugh about it while my leg was bleeding and people were worried. I think the story is hilarious now.

  10. SO glad you went zipping! We just did an awesome course in Thailand, and I just loved every minute of it. Also glad you went for Carnival (I was a CCL dancer onboard the M/S Fantasy!) and that you had such an active vacation:) Can’t wait to read even more and gather ideas for our next big trip.

  11. My favorite day so far! I can’t believe how much you packed in… I think ziplining would be so fun, and I an not a fan of heights either! The crystal caves look so amazing too, I’ve seen them on TV – was the water extra cold in it? Did you notice the girl looking at you on the bus while you snapped a pic – the look on her face cracked me up. Your pictures are actually making me consider a cruise – which I’ve always said I wouldn’t want to do. 😉

  12. That seems like such an awesome time! The only part I’d be iffy about is swimming in the final part of the cave. I have a HUGE fear of drowing lol

  13. Looks like you guys had a blast! Zip lining would be awesome but I think I would have a panic attack leading up to it and then be fine after that.

  14. When we went on our cruise in January we ziplined in Roatan and i was SCARED TO DEATH! haha it was fun, but one time was enough for me!!

    Was the water in the cave cold? We considered doing a cave tubing excursion but thought it would be to chilly, especially in January!

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