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.
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.
Reviewer: Serena A Rasmussen
The actual experience was awesome. The tour guides getting us there left much to be desired. They didn't communicate well, lots of standing around waiting which was unnecessary. We ditched the tour back in town because it was so bad, and got back to the ship on our own. Will only book thru cruise line from now on. Learned my lesson as it's not worth the few bucks you save.
This tour was great; the tour guide was very knowledgeable and made the tour very enjoyable with his personal touch.