The Enchanted Gardens, Bird Aviary, and Waterfall is a 15-acre tropical garden conveniently 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 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. 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 travel on to Ocho Rios 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 Falmouth port tour in town are responsible for their transportation back to their hotel or cruise ship.
loved the excursion
Reviewer: Ron Gordon
We enjoyed our guide from the ship to the gardens and back. She provided interesting information about Jamaica and Falmouth city. The gardens and waterfalls were beautiful and our guide at the gardens was knowledgeable and interesting. The gardens do need some attention for maintenance. The aviary should not be mentioned as part of the attraction since it was small and housed few exotic birds and almost as many chickens. We did enjoy the tour and the cost was appropriate to the excursion.
Reviewer: Kelly Ford
We had an amazing day trip to the Enchanted Gardens. Our Guides Trisha and Radcliffe were full of fun info and even got us some Jerk Chicken on the way back to the ship.
There's a new owner and new name for this former resort. Turtle falls. Its perfect for those that want pictures by the lime stone falls but with steps and walkways to get up to them. The Bird aviary had different types of birds where you could feed them, some would sit on your shoulders or the small ones would eat from your hand. 'Micheal' Jordan made the tour very entertaining. Our driver and guide from Falmouth were very knowledgeable and made the drive in interesting. It was difficult to find them however, the 'white tent' isn't easy to find as everyone in the the port will direct you to where all the tour buses park but they aren't there. Go to the bus area then walk across the plaza on the brick road to what looks like a staff parking lot - then you'll see the white tent
It was difficult to find the tour's meeting place at the Falmouth pier. Had to ask two Jamaican port officials for the location, which was in a far away parking lot. Be prepared for a one hour ride to the gardens. The place has changed ownership and name. Tour guide, falls and aviary were enjoyable. There were no gardens to speak of, just a native rain forest environment.