Great tour for our family
November 04, 2019
Brian, an owner of the farm, was our host. He knows all the plants, all the animals, and is friends with the birds. This tour was the highlight of our trip.
Sun Valley Plantation
April 24, 2019
The tour was very interesting, and the lunch was also very unique, cooked from the different fruits on the plantation. It wasn't really a plantation as I expected, with lots of workers, etc., but more or less just a small farm with lots of different trees. But the owner (guide) made it very informative. It was quite a drive from the ship, but we got a good view of the country side. It was a bit pricey, but I would recommend it as something to do in Jamaica.
Reviewer: Evelyn Sabo
Great Educational Tour!
April 24, 2019
From our driver to our tour guide we had a wonderful experience, learning about Jamaican history and the incredible plants that were on the plantation. The tour was concluded with a fabulous variety of the plantation's fruits for us to sample, as well as some fruit juices to try. My husband and I definitely recommend this tour for anyone looking to learn about the "real" Jamaica!
Reviewer: Christina Herrera
Wonderful Educational Tour
February 06, 2019
The Sun Valley Plantation was a delightful tour and so personalized. This was a walking tour. We were guided through the plantation in a leisurely manner with detailed information on all that was grown there. The food samples were delicious and added to the experience! If you are curious about how fruit is grown this would be the tour for you! I loved it and could have spent more time there. Thanks to Brian & Lorna!
Reviewer: Sonya Rae Dreiling
Loved this tour
February 03, 2019
I wasn’t sure what to expect but this tour is a walk around a family farm. The bulk of the property is banana and coconuts but the area we saw was filled with a variety of fruits and vegetables. The guide is a family member who was fun and informative. At the end we were served plates of the fruits we just saw ( and some fish). It was delicious and homey. A definite go see if you like gardening.
Reviewer: Lori Goodale
Sun Valley Plantation
January 16, 2019
The Guide was very knowledgeable in all the plants and fruit trees also prepared a awesome fresh lunch and juice very happy with the experience I recommend it to everyone!
Reviewer: panta Nesta
A very enjoyable and informative day
May 14, 2018
Really enjoyed this excursion. If was off the beaten track and allowed us to experience, learn, eat and taste nature at its very best. Our tour guide was very informative, fun and held our interest throughout the tour. Learning about the medicinal use of every day herbs was enjoyable and a great way to test existing knowledge! Eating a grapefruit off the tree was a super experience as well as drinking fresh coconut water. I would highly recommend this tour. Something different, fun and informative. Well done Sun Valley Plantation. We wish you ever success for the future. Best wishes Deirdre & Maurice McCormack (Ireland)
Reviewer: Deirdre McCormack
Sad to miss this tour!
April 23, 2018
We were so looking forward to this tour; especially after our experience with our Cartagena tour. Sadly, inclement weather prevented our ship from docking in Ocho Rios. When we returned home, I contacted Shore Excursions Group to request a refund since the port call was cancelled by the cruise line. I spoke with Jamie who refunded the cost without hesitation. She also refunded the portion of the travel insurance premium that applied to this trip without me asking! Customer service at its finest, which is why we love Shore Excursions Group!
Reviewer: Cheryl Dawson-Voight
February 21, 2018
What an unexpected surprise. This tour was interesting in that the owners son showed us the various trees and spices grown. He also shared how these were prepared and explained medicinal uses for some of the plants and trees. Then his mom prepared a number of food samples using these fruits, some which I was not familiar. I was happy we booked this tour.
Reviewer: Mimi Tomaric
Tour of Sun Valley Plantation
May 11, 2017
The tour was excellent. The family grows most of what they eat and it was fascinating to learn about all the different fruits and to see them growing. We were also able to sample many: coconut water, jack fruit, coconut, plantains, bananas, ackee, and several I've forgotten.
Reviewer: Sue Lavoie
December 14, 2016
Ship's instructions for departure place and time were way off and we went to meet the van on the dock about two hours AFTER they left for the tour. The star rating is moot.
Reviewer: Charles R Smith
December 06, 2016
My husband and I were the only ones on the tour but the shuttle bus driver was fun to talk to. When we arrived, the guide walked us around and was very knowledgeable about all the trees and fruits. He also had a sense of humor to keep the tour fun! We got to see the men cut coconuts and drink samples of everything. We were allowed to smell the different leaves learn a lot! Afterwards they served us samples of different fruits and cooked plantain. The tour was slow and the tour guide allowed for all the questions we wanted to ask.
Reviewer: Melodie Savoca
Great excursion, would highly recommend!
May 07, 2016
The tour is definitely unique, which is a good thing. It starts with a drive from the pier to the plantation. That's interesting in itself, as you get a chance to see Jamaica, off the beaten path. Once we arrived at the plantation, the tour guide was very personable and tailored the tour to our interests. We sampled some juice before the tour and had a full meal afterwards. During a 6 day cruise, I have more photos from this stop than anything else!
Reviewer: Corey and Kaidyn
How much can you grow in your yard?
February 02, 2016
A little too long....very informative....and educational. Nice guide.
January 13, 2016
This plantation tour was great! First of all, we had our own car and driver, Radcliff, and he was super! Very informative and polite, and we were happy not to be on the Holland America bus that had quite a few passengers. The road to the plantation was indeed rough and rutty, as we were warned in the literature, and it took about 45 minutes to get there, but Radcliff kept us entertained with information about the area we were traveling through, the villages, etc. After we got there we had the tour along with the other tourists, and that too was so interesting. It rained a bit while on the tour but they had enough umbrellas for all to use if we wanted to. There were fruits that I had never heard of, and our guide explained how they all grew and were harvested. There wasn't much walking as all of the plants that he talked about were in close proximity. We were given coconut water to drink, with a demonstration of how they use a machete to open the coconut, and at the end of the tour we had several delicious plates of all the different fruits that we saw on the tour. All in all it was a very enjoyable experience and I would highly recommend it. Well worth the money!
April 02, 2015
My husband and I did the Sun Valley Plantation excursion in Jamaica and we were well pleased with the experience. Our guide was very pleasant and informative. I was 21 weeks pregnant at the time and the activity level was just right for me. Interestingly enough, there was another couple who joined us and the wife was 25 weeks pregnant. I enjoyed tasting all the delicious fruits and drinks known to Jamaica/Caribbean as well as seeing the beautiful foliage. I'm talking fresh coconut water, passion fruits, guava, and june plums. I could go on and on, but it's making me hungry. There was a light traditional Jamaican breakfast that was served at the end of our tour. We had ackee and saltfish, green banana, breadfruit, and plantains. That's it, I'm officially hungry just reminiscing. If you're looking for a cultural and exotic experience, Sun Valley Plantation is the place for you.
Reviewer: Caribbean Lover
August 11, 2014
The trip to the location is also an adventure...all together this is a good time.
April 07, 2014
This ended up being a private tour by the owner's son. His personal stories added to the experience as we were guided through the plantation he truly loved! His father cooked the food as we were touring, we saw coconuts being retrieved for us to taste, and were impressed with the flora and fauna as we learned a lot about how the history of the area affected what we were seeing. The food was INCREDIBLE! It felt like a very special, personal experience that we were lucky enough to get in on.