Ocho Rios Exclusive Dunn's Falls and Area Highlights
Escape the large cruise ship tours on this exclusive small group excursion to famous Dunn's River Falls and the many highlights of Ocho Rios.
Dunn's River Falls is roughly 600 feet above sea level, with beautiful crystal-clear water running down the mountain into the ocean. It takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes to climb all the way up the mountain. There are places along the way where you are able to slide down into pools of water, take a swim and climb again. For those who wish to stop climbing, there are multiple points where you can leave the falls and walk on the adjacent path. There are local "guides" at the falls who will lead you up. These guides are separate from your Ocho Rios tour and will expect a gratuity when you reach the top.
Next, you will depart for your tour of the highlights around Ocho Rios, which includes a drive through Fern Gully. Once a river bed, Fern Gully is now a rainforest known for its incredible biodiversity, and is home to many different species of ferns, which you will see on both sides of the roadway. Your first stop will be Shaw Park Lookout. From this lookout, you can see across the lush 25 acres of tropical foliage in the garden (the garden itself is not visited on this tour) to the town of Ocho Rios and the beautiful Caribbean in the distance. You will also have an up-close look at a Banyan Tree that is over 200 years old.
You will drive to the village of Spice Mountain, where you will see how some of the locals live. Your driver will stop at a spice shack where you can purchase some of the local spices. Finally, you will head down through Ocho Rios where you can stroll through local shops before returning to your ship.
Reviewer: Randy and Karen Mehagan
First, would like to thank Shore Excursions for working with the tour company for changing our date and pickup place for us. We had to be picked up from Falmouth due to a port change. This gave us a chance to see Jamaica as we traveled back to Ocho Rios. So much garbage everywhere; on the streets, in the bush, on the beaches, everywhere. Very disappointing. Dunn's Falls was nice. But didn't really get much time to enjoy it as I ended up having to help others who had problems with mobility as since I was put between them. But the falls is beautiful for sure. The "highlights" were limited since we had a long ride back. But an old local who shared his knowledge of the country and bought some spices from him. Overall this tour provided you what we were to see and we did enjoy ourselves. Would recommend it.
The trip started with a tour of the island with a stop at a small roadside stand where a local man was selling spices. After giving us some samples of local fruits he described his spices, reasonably priced and locally produced, we bought several spices. We then went to Dunn’s River Falls and although both of us are in our 70’s climbed all the way to the top. The guides are very helpful and encouraging. After we went to a local shop where they had arranged discounts. The best thing was the guide’s handling of a bad situation. Someone had “mistakenly “ taken a box of ours with a couple bottles of rum. Alysia, the guide, waited while we went back on the ship to try and contact the others on the tour. After that came up empty, she hailed another tour bus, took me back to the store to purchase more rum, tracked down a cab there and came with me back to the ship. Talk about service! We would recommend the tour, it was one of our best, and especially recommend Alysia.
Good times with group. Expect to get very wet! I suggest having sturdy wet shoes- I used my jet ski shoes. Many lost "slipper style" shoes in waterfall due to rushing water.
Reviewer: Ramesh ,Manju Mandal
the Dunns falls was an exceptional experience. Well organized, coordinated and a fun event. A great opportunity to meet people with the same motive- to get to the top of the falls.
Reviewer: Brian Peck
This was my cruise highlight as at almost 80 years old I was able to complete the 180 foot climb through constant rushing water and huge smooth granite boulders, from the sandy beach all the way to the top in roughly 90 minutes. Remember, in Jamaica, you end every sentence with the word MON, with emphasis.