Montego Bay, Jamaica

Introduction to Montego Bay, Jamaica

A busy, vivacious town, Montego Bay is perhaps the most exciting place in this vibrant country. Stroll along the main street, Gloucester Avenue, where you’ll find plenty of shops, bars and cafés. Stop at Doctor’s Cave Beach, with glorious sands and turquoise waters. Or head further into town to see the Sam Sharpe Square and the Museum of St. James.

Montego Bay – Jamaica’s second largest city - is perhaps the most exciting place on the island. The epitome of paradise, ‘MoBay’ is one of the world’s most sought-after holiday destinations, and when you feel the warm sands between your toes and catch glimpses of the stunning sun-drenched landscapes you soon understand why.

Aside from the seemingly endless golden beaches and glorious crystal clear waters, one of Montego Bay’s greatest attractions is its energetic city centre. The Downtown district is hectic 24 hours a day and offers an interesting and exciting insight into day-to-day life in the city, away from the idyllic sun-kissed shores. The main street - Gloucester Avenue - runs parallel to the beach and has the best shops, bars, hotels and restaurants in the city. It is lively, but the welcoming atmosphere and stylish cafés make it a great place to relax and indulge in a spot of people watching. 

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BLACK RIVER SAFARI, CROCODILE MUSEUM & NURSERY (TOUR A)

  • Enjoy a leisurely boat ride along the Black River
  • Keep an eye out for local wildlife
  • Get up close to small crocs with a visit to a crocodile nursery

 

Price£45.00 - £55.00
DurationApproximately 6.5-7 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Snack includedSnack included

This tour combines a scenic boat ride along the Black River with a visit to a crocodile nursery and mini museum.

Departing from the quayside, travel towards Reading and up the ‘Long Hill’ before passing through the rural villages of Anchovy, Montpelier, Ramble and Haddo. At the border of the parishes of Westmoreland and St Elizabeth, you can see local fishermen and women preparing and selling fishes along with a popular Jamaican staple called ‘Bammy’, which is made from cassava.

Your scenic tour proceeds into the countryside, until you reach the Black River. Here you will board a boat for a short safari along the river, taking you through Jamaica’s largest wetland area – the Black River lower morass, which is home to over 100 species of bird. With any luck you may be able to spot some of them! Your guide will offer a commentary on the history and ecology of the area. During your journey, you should also keep your eyes peeled for endangered American crocodiles, which are often sighted here.

Following your river cruise, proceed to the crocodile nursery which houses sub-adult crocs; from hatchling stage to four and five year olds. During your tour a handler will feed the small crocodiles whilst fascinating you with information about these interesting creatures. You will also be able to view an exhibition of crocodile paraphernalia at the mini museum, featuring all aspects of crocodile life – included are displays of marine turtles, the West Indian manatees and the Jamaican Hutia.

En route back to your awaiting ship, lunch will be served at Bluefields Bay. 

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Is this tour right for you?

Please note that your journey from Montego Bay to the Black River will take approximately one hour and 45 minutes each way. There will be some walking involved in this tour and uneven ground and steps will be encountered. Unfortunately this tour is not recommended to guests with limited mobility. Some of the roads you will travel along are likely to be rather bumpy. Binoculars will certainly add to your enjoyment of this tour. For your reference, the crocodile nursery is a captive environment. Unfortunately we are unable to guarantee what flora or fauna might be seen during this tour. A non-alcoholic drink will be included with lunch.

 


CATAMARAN SNORKEL & DOCTOR’S CAVE BEACH (TOUR E)

  • Sit back and relax as you enjoy a leisurely catamaran cruise
  • Explore the underwater world of Montego Bay
  • Soak up the sun at Doctor’s Cave Beach

 

Price£30.00 - £40.00
DurationApproximately 4 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Swimming time includedSwimming time included

On this tour experience a scenic catamaran cruise and snorkel at one of the finest reef locations in Montego Bay, before savouring free time at Doctor’s Cave Beach, one of Jamaica’s best-known beaches.

Your tour begins with a cruise of the Montego Bay coastline. Sail in the beautiful harbour before pausing to snorkel at one of the best reef locations in the marine park. Have your underwater cameras to hand as you keep your eyes peeled for marine life. Back onboard your catamaran, enjoy the sounds of Reggae music, and if you wish, participate in Jamaican dance lessons. Refreshments will be served before you arrive at Doctor’s Cave Beach Bathing Club.

The club got its name from the medical doctors who used to access the tiny beach through a cave (which was subsequently destroyed by a hurricane). At the end of the 1920s, a famous British osteopath, Sir Herbert Barker, visited the beach and later published an article declaring that the waters had curative powers and could cure several ailments. This heightened the allure of the beach and Doctor’s Cave became famous overnight as visitors far and wide came to try the water. Enjoy approximately two hours of free time at the beach, during which you can sit back and soak up the sun, swim in the warm Caribbean waters or explore the nearby shops.

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Is this tour right for you?

This tour involves a moderate amount of walking and some steps to negotiate. Unfortunately wheelchairs cannot be accommodated. Guests wishing to snorkel must be confident swimmers in deep water and occasional currents. As with all creatures in their natural environment, the presence of marine life cannot be guaranteed, and tickets are non-refundable should a sighting not occur. The clarity of the water cannot be guaranteed. For reference, there will be approximately two hours of free time at Doctor’s Cave Beach where the amount of walking is at the discretion of the individual. Beach chairs, umbrellas and snorkelling equipment is available to hire at your own cost. Fresh water showers are available at the beach. Come wearing your swimming costume underneath casual clothes, and don’t forget a towel and sun protection. Please note that rum punch will be served onboard the catamaran, however we do not recommend that guests drink alcoholic beverages if they intend to swim. 

 


DUNE BUGGY ADVENTURE (TOUR G)

  • Embark on an exciting dune buggy experience
  • Admire your beautiful surroundings

 

Price£45.00 - 55
DurationApproximately 3 hours
LimitationVery limited capacity
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

Explore Jamaica's rolling hills and rustic countryside as you take to the wheel of an all-terrain four wheel vehicle (ATV).

From the pier, you will be transferred to the ATV base where, after a safety orientation, demonstration and practice, you will head out onto the beautiful Blue Hole Estate in your buggies.

Ride past historic ruins and through canopied trails, as you weave through rural communities, where your guide will delight you with cultural stories and historic information about this one-time working sugar plantation.

Back at the base, you will have the opportunity to purchase some Jamaican jerk chicken and an ice cold Red Stripe beer or soda, before returning to the pier. 

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Is this tour right for you?

Please do not forget to bring your valid driving license with you, as failure to do so will result in you not being able to participate as a driver on this tour. Drivers must be at least 17 years of age; the minimum age for passengers in the buggies is 12 years old. Each buggy will accommodate a driver and one passenger. The maximum weight limit is 250 pounds (approximately 17 stone) per person. We do not recommend this tour to pregnant ladies or guests with neck and back problems. Make sure you travel lightly and bring adequate sun protection – please be prepared to get dusty and dirty! A bottle of water may prove to be a handy addition to your bag.

 


ISLAND TOUR & SWAMP SAFARI VILLAGE (TOUR F)

  • Admire one of the oldest Anglican churches in Jamaica
  • Enjoy a visit to Swamp Safari Village
  • Witness crocodiles being fed, and view rarely seen local wildlife

 

Price£30.00 - £40.00
DurationApproximately 4 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

On this tour, discover the historical town of Falmouth as you enjoy a visit to St Peter’s Anglican Church before admiring the wildlife and reptiles found at Swamp Safari Village.

From the pier, a scenic drive will take you through Montego Bay, passing elegant resorts and Rose Hall Great House, an outstanding relic of colonial times, with a fascinating and detailed history of dark rumour and intrigue. The story of Annie Palmer, the mistress of Rose Hall Great House, is not easily forgotten! Legend has it that the ‘White Witch’ murdered her three husbands here, in addition to numerous slaves who worked on the plantation. It is also said that Annie Palmer was murdered by one of her lovers; a cunning slave who was determined to take revenge on her.

Continue along the north coast to Falmouth, capital of the Parish of Trelawny. Falmouth boomed in the late 18th century, becoming one of the busiest towns in Jamaica, with its economy based on the slave trade, however its fortunes as a commercial centre declined after the emancipation of slaves in the British Empire. Upon arrival here, visit St Peter’s Anglican Church, one of the oldest and largest Anglican churches in Jamaica. The supporting columns are made of solid mahogany and the floor includes crosses inlaid with mahoe and mahogany. Its cemetery contains graves over 200 years old.

Your tour continues to the Swamp Safari Village. During your visit here, you will explore in small groups, and can observe crocodiles being called, fed and handled by the crocodile handler Buddy. Discover the walk-through aviary and view several rare local birds, such as the Mountain Witch and ring-tailed pigeon. You can also admire the rare and endangered Jamaican coney and view a variety of rarely seen animals from the region, such as the Agouti, Tayra and Spotted Paca.

Venture into Kanaga House and hear about the famous jumping crocodile scene in the James Bond film Live and Let Die, which was shot on location here in 1972. Next relax at the Village Bar with a refreshing tropical drink before the return drive to Montego Bay. En route back to the quayside, you will pause at the craft market where you can browse for souvenirs.

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Is this tour right for you?

This tour involves a moderate amount of walking and there will be some steps to negotiate. All guests must be able to board the coach unaided. 

 


OCHO RIOS & DUNN’S RIVER FALLS (TOUR D)

  • Marvel at one of Jamaica’s top natural attractions – Dunn’s River Falls
  • Admire your lush surroundings
  • Have your cameras to hand to capture this impressive sight

 

Price£50.00-£60.00
DurationApproximately 6 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Snack includedSnack included

Get up close to Mother Nature as you enjoy a visit to the beautiful Dunn’s River Falls, Jamaica’s most famous waterfall.

Travelling through Jamaica’s beautiful countryside, you will pass through historic sites and districts en route to the world-famous Dunn’s River Falls. It is said to be the site of the famous 1967 battle of Las Chorreras, fought between the English and the Spanish for possession of the island. The English won, and under British rule, Charles Pryce took control of Las Chorreras, which over time became known as Ocho Rios.

Described as a living and growing phenomenon, Dunn’s waterfall continually regenerates itself from deposits of travertine rock, the result of precipitation of calcium carbonate from the river as it flows over the falls. The water cascades 600 feet over giant staircase rocks into the Caribbean Sea.

Those feeling adventurous can make the climb up the waterfall, where you can pause and experience the soothing effects of the water as it cascades over the rocks, while others can view the waterfall from the balconies along the cataract.

Following your visit, you can enjoy lunch at the Almond Tree Restaurant, located by the sea, before making your way back to Montego Bay and your awaiting ship. 

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Is this tour right for you?

This tour involves a moderate amount of compulsory walking, some of which will be over uneven and slightly inclined ground, and there will be some steps to negotiate. Unfortunately it is not considered suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Please be warned that it is both strenuous and slippery to climb the Dunn’s River Falls, but nevertheless it is a worthwhile and exhilarating experience. If you are wishing to climb the falls, you will require a towel and don’t forget to come already wearing your swimwear; please also ensure you have adequate sun protection and shoes that you do not mind getting wet. The climb will involve negotiating 200 steps. Lunch will be buffet-style and include a tropical drink.

 


RAFTING ON THE MARTHA BRAE (TOUR C)

  • Enjoy a river rafting experience along the Martha Brae
  • Keep your eyes peeled for local flora and fauna 

 

Price£35.00 - £45.00
DurationApproximately 4.5 hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Venture in to one of the most picturesque places in Jamaica, the land of ‘Wood and Water’ for a unique Jamaican experience.

Departing from the quayside, enjoy a scenic drive along the coast en route to the town of Falmouth. Here you will discover St Peter’s Anglican Church, one of the oldest and largest Anglican churches in Jamaica. Its supporting columns are made of solid mahogany and the floor includes crosses inlaid with mahoe and mahogany. Graves more than 200 years old grace its cemetery.

Following your visit, you continue to the rural town of Martha Brae, which was created by Henry Cunliffe in 1762 out of the eastern portion of his sugar estate, Holland. Here you will be greeted with a tropical drink before boarding your bamboo raft, built for two. You will glide slowly down a river that meanders gently through whispering groves of bamboo and ferns whilst listening to the soft chatter of birds and the ‘chop-chop’ of the raft man’s pole.

As your raft makes its way past shaded banks and dappled sunlight, the mild you breeze will wash over you. You will be invited to listen to the story of ‘Matibereon’ as we relax in an atmosphere of tranquillity over the three mile journey before arriving at the Rafter’s Rest, where your tour vehicle awaits for your return transfer to Montego Bay. En route, time permitting, there may be chance for you to stop at the craft market and enjoy a brief spot of shopping.

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Is this tour right for you?

Please note that this tour does involve a moderate amount of walking over uneven terrain and there will be a few steps to negotiate at all of the stops. We recommend you wear clothes and shoes that you do not mind getting a little wet. It is worth bearing in mind that the rafts you will travel on are basic constructions. Please ensure you wear adequate sun protection and insect repellent may prove to be a handy addition to your bag. It is possible that there may be a short wait whilst all guests board the rafts. 

 


THE GREAT HOUSES OF MONTEGO BAY (TOUR B)

  • Explore two of Montego Bay’s most famous great houses
  • Discover the chilling tale of the White Witch as you visit Rose Hall 

 

Price£40.00 - £50.00
Duration4.5 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Step back in time as you enjoy a visit to Greenwood Great House, before learning of the legend of Annie Palmer at the fascinating Rose Hall.

Leaving the quayside, you begin with a drive to Westgate Hills, a section of Montego Bay, which was owned by the Kerr-Jarrett family, owners of Belfield Great House. The area is currently a residential area showcasing many Jamaican homes of varied architecture.

Leaving Westgate Hills behind, continue through the busy main street of the town, before passing by the Barnett Street Police Station, which is of great architectural significance and dates back to the late 19th century. Constructed of cut stone, the design features of the building are symmetrical and therefore indicative of the Georgian-style architecture. The stone wall surrounding the compound is in pristine condition and is one of the few remaining walls of its type in Montego Bay. Your tour will then proceed onto Queen’s Drive, where you can admire views of of the airport and the seacoast, as you drive through the resort corridor of Montego Bay.

Continuing into the beautiful countryside, you will discover Greenwood Great House, nestled in the lush greenery. The house was built in 1690 by the Right Honourable Richard Barrette-Browning, for lavish entertainment of fellow plantation owners and their guests. Upon your arrival you will be able to view a fine collection of antiques and rare musical instruments.

At the famous Rose Hall Great House, which was once home to the ‘White Witch of Rose Hall’, you will be greeted by your house guide and given a welcome drink of ‘Witches Brew’- a drink named after the infamous witch who once ruled the Rose Hall Plantation. Legend has it that the witch – Annie Palmer – murdered her three husbands here, in addition to numerous slaves who worked on the plantation. It is also said that Annie Palmer was murdered by one of her lovers; a cunning slave who was determined to take revenge on her.

Following your informative tour, you will make your way back to your awaiting ship, passing by the Spring Farm and Ironshore area, where can admire residential homes of diverse architecture. You will also travel past the 'Hip Street' passing Doctor’s Cave Beach; once the playground for the rich and famous; and landmarks such as the Casa Blanca, one of the first hotels in Montego Bay.

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Is this tour right for you?

Please note that this tour will involve approximately one and a half hours of walking whilst touring the Great Houses, over varying terrains; there will also be 75 steps to negotiate in total. Unfortunately it is not considered suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. 

 


THE ULTIMATE KAYAK & CANOPY ADVENTURE (TOUR H)

  • Embark on a kayaking adventure along the Great River
  • Enjoy an exhilarating zip lining experience through the jungle canopy 

 

Activity Tour
Price£50.00 - £60.00
DurationApproximately 5.5 hours
LimitationVery limited capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

Experience the adrenaline of kayaking down the Great River before soaring over 150 feet through the forest canopy!

Departing from the quayside, you will have an approximate 40 minute journey to the jungle outpost, where your adventure begins. Following a short safety briefing from your guide, make your way to the riverbank where your kayak awaits!

Travelling on the currents of a two mile course down the Great River, you will forge your way through the first few rapids to where the second stage of your adventure begins. Adrenaline still racing, disembark your kayak on a bamboo-lined riverbank to begin your short hike to a hidden platform, which is your launching pad to the first of three traverses. These zip lines will enable you to fly through 150 feet of forest canopy and over the same river whose rapids you must still conquer!

Following another short safety briefing from your guide, you will be able to enjoy the serenity and excitement of this flight as you connect to an intricate system of cables leading back to the river banks, where you rejoin your kayak to continue with your adventure. The exhilaration will continue as you paddle down the ever-changing course, tackling the final cascades.

Once you have conquered the full two mile course, you will return by truck to your starting point, where you have the chance to purchase jerk chicken to feed the appetite you just worked up (at your own cost) or browse the gift shop before returning to the quayside in your jungle trucks.

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Is this tour right for you?

This tour is considered strenuous; therefore guests must ensure they are physically fit before opting to take part. You will be kayaking for approximately 45 minutes and also zip-lining for approximately 45 minutes. It is not considered suitable for pregnant ladies or guests with heart conditions, neck and back problems. The minimum age for participation is 12 years of age. The maximum weight limit is 250 pounds (approximately 17½ stone). Come already wearing your swimsuit under light clothing which you don’t mind getting wet and don’t forget your towel and adequate sun protection. Toilet facilities will be available at the jungle outpost. A bottle of water may prove to be a handy addition to your bag. For your reference you will use single kayaks. Unfortunately it is not possible to opt out of any part of this tour. 

 


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