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: Arda MacIntyre
Loved it. Guide was delightful. Refreshing, and cool. Birds were tame and colourful. Would go back!
Reviewer: Kristina Reister
This was by far the best excursion experience we have ever had. This was our 2nd cruise and our 3 excursion on this trip but the best by far. It truly lives up to the name enchanted gardens. We had done the dolphin excursion and flown over Grand Cayman island but this was just breath taking, relaxing. Not to mention our camera man and tour guide were so much fun and so full of information.
This excursion has to be one of the best hidden gems in Jamaica! The whole experience was flawless, from the Yardi tour guide, to the enchanted Gardens. We ended up being the only ones on our excursion (my wife and I), and had our own personal tour of the gardens and waterfalls, which was AMAZING!
Reviewer: Robin Mills
What a find! We were a group of 10 people, ages 3 to 74 and we had the entire park to ourselves for most of our visit. We were met just off this ship and driven to the park. Our guide, Jordan, was very friendly and informative and taught us a lot about the local plants. We were able to swim and climb the falls when we wanted. The water was so refreshing and the canopy of trees also kept the heat from being uncomfortable. Jordan sang to us, took pictures of us with our cameras and taught us a lot. Feeding the birds was a hoot. Our driver was available to us afterward for as long as we wanted him. He took us somewhere for lunch, dropped us off for shopping and even took us to a beach at our request. I would have enjoyed spending more time swimming in the falls but am glad we were not fighting the crowds I have heard about at Dunn's River Falls. There are a lot of stairs to climb. Not steep, but if you have trouble walking this might not be the excursion for you.
Reviewer: Judy K
Our tour guide was excellent. He knew so much about the plants and animals, as well as local culture.