White Water Kayaking and Montego Bay Overview
As if heart-pounding, white-water kayaking wasn't enough for one Montego Bay day, it's only the beginning! After meeting your driver on the pier, set off with your small group for the scenic drive along the coast to the river, approximately 60 minutes away. Your adventure begins with a short walk through the rainforest to meet your guide.
After some instructions, you and your co-paddler board your two-person kayak and enter the fast-flowing water. The swift currents carry your kayak downstream, challenging you and your partner to paddle confidently through various areas of exciting white-water rapids and picturesque river pools. You will use teamwork to paddle through the twists and turns of rushing white-water rapids. The river rapids are rated class 1 and class 2 (easy to moderate) and the river flow is rated class 3 (swift-moving water). Recent weather conditions can affect the river flow and level. Average time on the river is 90 minutes.
The river currents carry your kayak over one final cascade as you pass under an old colonial stone bridge and head towards the Caribbean Sea, where you will paddle your kayak to a private beach. Here you will have approximately 30 minutes to swim, sun or purchase a refreshment from the beach bar.
Returning to the Montego Bay area, you will make a stop for approximately 40 minutes at the Shoppes at Rose Hall, where you can shop or relax with a cup of Blue Mountain coffee. You will then have a driving orientation along the "hip strip" of Montego Bay, the most popular area with visitors.
Reviewer: Anniversary cruise
The tour guide Devon, was Great,and informative and the river guide, Richard was extremely kind and helpful during the whole tour. I would definitely recommend this to people who want to experience the beauty of Montego Bay and a relaxing trip down a tranquil river that had a few faster paced rapids that were just enough to make it fun and not work.
Reviewer: Ex-CT Couple
This excursion was taken on May 1, 2013. My wife and I are in the 45-55 age category and we both have very high fitness levels. So, if you can't handle some non-flat terrain, getting wet (or are afraid of water) and don't have good upper body strength, this IS NOT the adventure for you. But if you do, you will be rewarded. This was one of the best excursions of the 24 that we have been on. The van ride seemed a bit long (over an hour) but good things come to those who wait. We were fortunate to have our own guide. He discussed all the equipment and how to use it. He emphasized the importance of safety. We started by walking for about 10 minutes on a semi rough path up river to the kayak launch. It took us some trial and error working together but that was part of the fun. Some parts of the river were quick moving and there was definitely that adrenaline rush you get with that type of activity. Our guide was very accommodating and was able to get some pictures of us as we navigated our way downstream. Partway down, we pulled to the side where they have a rope swing. We scampered up to the platform that was about 20 feet over the river. I felt like a 10 year old again without my mother telling me I couldn't jump off. My wife forced her way in front of me to go first. What a great time. Back to the kayaks for the rest of the way. Got to a small beach to unwind for a bit and have a beverage before heading back. It's hot and sunny bring your sunscreen. Also recommend bug spray applied liberally beforehand.