Enchanted Gardens, Bird Aviary and Mini Waterfall from Ocho Rios
The Enchanted Gardens, Bird Aviary, and Waterfall is a 15-acre tropical garden located in the resort town of Ocho Rios and features 14 cascading waterfalls on the Turtle River which flows through the property.
During your approximately 70 minute guided walk through the property, your tour guide will point out the varieties of indigenous and endangered plants such as a wide range of palms, Heliconias, Lilies, Ferns, Hibiscus, Anthuriums, Orchids, Bromeliads and tropical Fruit trees. This tropical paradise will take your breath away with its rustic charm and natural setting. As you transverse the paths that criss cross this hillside local, you will also have the opportunity to see a Lilly pond, and a Koi pond with different kind of Japanese Koi.
The Gardens are dominated by the breath-taking waterfalls. Throughout this Ocho Rios excursion, lose yourself amongst our fourteen natural waterfalls with meandering streams and spring-fed pools. The Rainforest surrounds the most majestic of the waterfalls and also surrounds the upper steeper portion of the property. The many and famous viewing platforms along the river provide the perfect viewing point to appreciate the plant diversity of the rainforest.
Clearly seen along the river walk are the four levels typical of a rainforest, namely, the emergent level, the canopy, the understory and the forest floor, providing fantastic educational opportunity on the world's imperiled rainforests and what is required to preserve them.
The Walk-In-Aviary is 140 feet in diameter and 75 feet in height (382,329 cubic feet) covers approximately 15,400 square feet of land and is stocked with colorful tropical birds including some of the 27 species endemic to Jamaica.
After the guided portion of the tour, you will have approximately 60 minutes of free time to explore further on your own. The Aviary offers a vivid interactive experience for visitors who are permitted, as additional entertainment, to interact and feed the birds. For the more adventurous, you can climb the falls and refresh and revitalize your body in their rushing waters while taking memorable photographs against the majestic backdrop.
Next, you have the option to travel to Falmouth where you can be let off in town to do some shopping or be dropped back at the cruise pier or your hotel. Guests ending their tour in town are responsible for their transportation back to their hotel or cruise ship.
Reviewer: Michael Backenheimer
We loved this tour! Lovely walk through lush landscaping filled with beautiful flowers and waterfalls. Jordan our guide was excellent! Very knowledgeable about the area with a great sense of humor and enjoyed the Bob Marley songs he sang to us! There are many steps to climb so would classify as moderate and not suitable for anyone with walking disabilities. Would recommend this tour to anyone visiting Ocho Rios.
Reviewer: C & P
We enjoyed the private walk up the easy stairway next to the falls. He said some people walk up the falls but we didn't want to get wet.The guide was very knowledgeable and told us about all the plant life and creatures that were in the garden plus the history. We took a lot of pictures of scenery without all of the people in them. We came to the aviary and went inside. The guide gave us bird feed and the birds came to eat out of our hands, We were the only people there that day. It is too bad that more visitors don't go there.
We found where to go off the ship, but there were other excursions mixed in as far as transportation to where we needed to go so it was a little confusing. It was raining the day we went on this, but they provided everyone with umbrellas.The description said to have water shoes or similar, but we did not walk in any water. My feet weren't even wet from the rain.There are stairs involved, but I think all had railings. Not a bad hike. The birds were awesome. They land on you, so if that freaks you out, stay on the outside. Not much to see for gardens, but it might have been the wrong time of year. All in all, fun, informative trip.
The guide and the photographer were very knowledgeable and friendly. The bird Aviary was really neat but the birds do land on your head and there is very little you can do to keep them from landing on you. One bird pooped on a lady's head so I would wear a hat for this excursion. The birds are friendly and you can feed them. The waterfalls were better than Duns Falls as far as I am concerned because they are not as high up and not really that dangerous to climb. You get to see 8 different falls within the rainforest. Very awesome and worth the cost. The photographer took excellent pictures and sells you the dvd for $25 again worth the money.
We really enjoyed the Enchanted Gardens and the waterfalls were just delightful. Our guide was very considerate of our age and stopped several times going up the steps to the top of the gardens. We especially liked the tour because it was small (8-10) people. You are able to speak with the guide and get to know your fellow tourists. It was a very wonderful day.