Hi - we are booking through Royal Caribbean cruises and they have a warning that it could be strenuous - ie. wondering if the walk is suitable - we are late 50's and of moderate fitness but one of us has a dodgy neck - so not able to look up for long periods - do you think it would be ok? Also how many steps/steep hills etc.
Our tour will follow a 200m long wooden boardwalk inside the caves. There will be approx 40 steps up and down, with one step ladder with handrails approx 14 steps long. We have handrails all the way through. When you exit the caves you will follow the bushwalk back to the office. This usually takes 5-10 mins. It is 350m long with approx 100 steps up and 150 steps down, it is steep in places.
We walk at a slow walking pace, throughout the caves and we have a number of guides on tour who can bring you back through the caves if you are finding the first stairway difficult.
If you find the initial stairway fine but do not feel you can walk through the steep bushwalk, we offer our cruise ship bus groups the option of returning at the end of the our through the caves(less steps) at the end of the tour .We offer this option to the entire group, and usually we will have 2-3 people who return this way.
We would recommend good walking shoes(running shoes) and a warm jumper. If you have any more queries please let us know, kind regards, Kawiti Caves
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