Reviewer: Aaron Meier
If your looking for a small group and personal guided tour. My wife and I has a blast it was just us and the driver. He was willing to stop and let us take pictures anywhere it was safe to. (Side of the road overlooking the bay) He also answered any questions we had. The falls was great. We walked up on our own, not sure why they have guides. Would book with skymiles cruises again for excursions.
This was a unique tour. We are a family of four (children aged 16 and 13) so finding things that keep everyone interested can be a challenge. We like to explore a little off the beaten track and combine the fun, the cultural and special interest in our tours. This one appealed as being a little different from the standard ""tourism"" tours, and that is exactly what it turned out to be. We were picked up from the ship and taken a short drive to a drop off point where multiple tours originated. Quickly and efficiently we were assigned to our group, which turned out to be just the four of us with a driver in a comfortable, air-conditioned taxi. Our driver was excellent - knew the area like the back of his hand, and very informative on local culture, flora and fauna. First stop was on ""spice hill"" where a local Jamaican spent 15-20 minutes telling us about the local fruit and spices with samples of all of them to taste. He told us how they were used in local cooking the highlights were the local spices and to cook jerk chicken - so powerful and fragrant - we couldn't help but purchase some to take home with us. The tour continued through Fern Gully (didn't stop) and then into the Jamaican countryside with explanations and stops to point out items all along the way. Our next full stop was at a local school, catering to 4-11 year olds. The children were all in school, in uniform, but we were greeted by the head teacher who gave us a brief tour through. Fascinating to see all the kids working - and great to see what they were learning (definitely 1-2 years AHEAD of similar levels in a US school). The kids were wonderful and had a few questions for us which we answered - they loved a quick photo and to see the picture of our ship. From there we went on down to Dunn's River Falls, again with stops and information. We stopped wherever we wanted for photo's or just to look closer. Dunn's River is covered in many reviews, so will let you read them for that detail......
Reviewer: Pack-N-Go Joyce
My fellow traveler and I were the only two in our tour group, so it could not have been a more personalized experience. Enjoyed seeing various areas around Ocho Rios as well as meeting residents and learning about their vocations. The smiles and hugs of the beautiful school children were priceless! The falls were crowded but the guides made it fun. Great first experience on this island. Organized, friendly, knowledgeable guide.
Reviewer: Dave the Rave
We were only couple on this excursion and had our own personal wonderful guide in his private luxurious taxi. Took us to off the beaten track plantations and local markets, explaining in detail all about our location, history,etc. everywhere we went from dock to mountain top. Took us into Dunes' Falls park, ducking the hustlers,showed us where to get our Red Stripe once up the falls, waiting patiently for over an hour whilst we checked all out. Then to a shopping plaza, advising which stores to avoid, to buy gifts. A true gentleman and Jamaicam Ambassador!! Thanks Sutton!
The guide and driver were both excellent. We did a small group trip for our wedding party and everyone loved this tour. The trip to the school was great and the kids were so cute. We also went to a coffee plantation and learnt about local spices. Then it was off to Dunns River Falls to climb the falls. Great value and appreciated that the guide was very friendly and helpful with some in the group that could not climb the falls.
This tour was great! Our tour guide really knew everything he was talking about and answered all our questions. He was very nice and professional - he even watched out for us when we were out of the car in shopping areas to be sure we weren't bullied into buying things we didn't want. He was very accommodating when we wanted to take pictures, and even turned around at one point when we didn't get a picture we wanted. It was a very interesting tour - he gave a lot of information about the history of Jamaica and its culture. The only down side was that it was a longer tour, but there was no time built in to get lunch - and since it was an excursion I booked for a cruise, there wasn't a lot of time after it to do food and shopping, so I opted for shopping!