Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Blue Hole Waterfall, Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Introduction to Ocho Rios, Jamaica

A former fishing village, Ocho Rios sits around a small bay.

There are now several shopping malls, selling everything from handicrafts to duty-free goods. There are also lots of restaurants and cafés.

Ocho Rios means “Eight Rivers” in Spanish, but is thought to be a corruption of Las Chorreras — the waterfalls, a highlight of the immediate locality. Dunn’s River Falls is spectacular – great to swim under and wonderful to climb – while the Eden Falls are also well worth seeing. For a nice walk away from the sea, the Fern Gully is a deep valley which twists and turns its way inland, up towards the mountainous centre of the island. There are lots of tropical ferns here; in parts the valley is so deep that sunlight hardly reaches the ground and the temperature is noticeably cooler.
 

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BLUE HOLE EXPRESS - TOUR C

  • Visit Jamaica’s best kept secret
  • Take an exhilarating dip in one of the many natural swimming pools
  • Admire the breathtaking natural beauty of the area
Activity Tour
Price£35.00 - £45.00
DurationApproximately 3 Hours
Shopping time includedShopping time included
Swimming time includedSwimming time included

Go off the beaten track with this tour to the hilly interior of St Ann’s and explore hidden, underwater caves, tunnels and daring dives.

During an approximate 30 minute drive by air-conditioned minibus, passing quaint rural villages and fertile farmlands, your guide will provide you with an informative commentary about the history of the area.

On arrival at the majestic Blue Hole Falls, you will be invited to explore this stunning natural attraction under the supervision of your local guide. Climb along the many cascades and jump off rocks into the turquoise, natural pools; discover hidden caves and tunnels or, for the more adventurous, experience daring dives or an exciting rope swing.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This is an activity tour, and is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Please bear in mind that you will encounter grassy, uneven terrain, steps and slippery rocks. The minimum age for participation on this tour is six years of age. The maximum weight limit for this tour is 280lbs (approximately 20 stone). We recommend that you come already wearing your swimming costume under comfortable, clothing. It is important that you wear closed in shoes that you do not mind getting wet, and not flip-flops. Do not forget to bring a towel and adequate sun protection. A bottle of water would be a handy addition to your bag. For reference, you will spend approximately two hours exploring the Blue Hole Falls. Please follow your guide’s safety instructions at all times.


BLUE MOUNTAIN COFFEE EXPERIENCE - TOUR EXC

  • Enjoy a guided tour of a 200-year-old coffee plantation
  • Learn about the production of the world famous Blue Mountain coffee
  • Savour a delicious lunch, with spectacular views
Price£115.00 - £125.00
DurationApproximately 8 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Snack includedSnack included

This exclusive tour offers the opportunity to gain an insight into the history of coffee production on the island, including the entire process from planting to roasting.

The Blue Mountains are home to the highest point in Jamaica, known as Blue Mountain Peak and boasting a height of 2,256 metres (7,402 feet). The temperature in the mountains is noticeably cooler than at sea level, and the layer of mist that enshrouds the peaks gives the mountains their blue tint. This climate, together with the rich, well-drained soil, makes the coffee produced here one of the best in the world.

Departing the quayside, sit back and enjoy a scenic drive across the island to Kingston. From here, you will cross Jamaica’s capital, with views of Devon House, constructed by George Stiebel – Jamaica’s first black millionaire. Pass through neighbouring residential areas towards Strawberry Hill, a pleasant resort located at the heart of the southern slopes of the Blue Mountains.

On arrival, you will walk approximately 25 minutes through woodland to Craighton Estate. This historic plantation dates back to the early 19th century, but fell on hard times in the 1950’s. It was purchased by the Ueshima Coffee Corporation of Kobe, Japan in the 1990s, and restored to its former splendour. The plantation remains Jamaican-run, and in 2008, Craighton was the first coffee estate in the Caribbean to receive certification from the Rainforest Alliance, thanks to rigorous controls introduced surrounding the growing of coffee. Your knowledgeable guide will give you a tour of the great house, the plantation and the roasting facility, imparting their extensive knowledge of the history of the coffee and explaining the process, before you are invited to sample a taste of the world famous coffee and rum cake.

Returning to Strawberry Hill, you will be served lunch. This former coffee plantation has a long history dating back to the 18th century. The property was visited by Admiral Lord Nelson, has served as a Foreign Officers Naval Hospital, and has been owned by a string of prominent families. In 1972, Chris Blackwell, founder of the much-reputed Island Records, which launched the legendary career of Bob Marley, acquired the estate. After lunch, admire the breathtaking views of Kingston, 3,000 feet below, before returning to your awaiting ship.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate amount of walking over varying terrain, throughout the tour. This tour is not considered suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Lunch will be jerk chicken, or quinoa salad, accompanied by a soft drink. Further drinks are available to purchase at your own expense. Please advise us of any dietary requirements at time of booking. For reference, the journey to and from the Blue Mountains will take approximately two and a half hours, and comfort breaks will not be made. Winding mountain roads are encountered on this tour, and guests suffering from motion sickness are advised to take precautionary medication.


BOB MARLEY EXPERIENCE - TOUR M

  • Jamaica is the undisputed home of reggae music
  • Visit Nine Mile – the ‘Graceland of reggae’
  • Gain an insight into the life of the island’s most famous son
Price£65.00 - £75.00
DurationApproximately 6 ½ Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Snack includedSnack included

A must for Bob Marley fans. Don’t miss this opportunity to visit the birth, and final resting place, of the reggae legend.

Your tour begins with a scenic drive along the coast to Runaway Bay, and then south in to the countryside. Traverse winding mountain roads, passing through rural villages, before pausing in the bustling market town of Brown’s Town.

Continue to Nine Mile – the birthplace of Bob Marley, an icon of reggae music. A member of the Rastafarian community will regale you with stories of the life and times of the ‘King of Reggae’. Visit the mausoleum, where the legend’s body is entombed, and meet the residents of the village, still living the true Rastafarian lifestyle.

As you make your way back to Ocho Rios, pause for lunch at Columbus Park, where you will be invited to enjoy a selection of traditional Jamaican dishes, before returning to port and your awaiting ship.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that this tour involves a moderate amount of walking, with approximately 40 steps to negotiate at Nine Mile – ramps are available. Lunch usually consists of jerk pork, jerk chicken, rice & peas, festival (a type of dumpling) and pasta salad. If you have any dietary requirements, please notify us at time of booking. For reference, you will spend approximately two hours at Nine Mile.


DISCOVER THE BLUE MOUNTAINS - TOUR A

  • Admire the beauty of Jamaica’s rugged coastline
  • Learn about the production of the world famous Blue Mountain coffee
  • Take a glimpse into the island’s rich historical past
Price£70.00 - £80.00
DurationApproximately 7 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Snack includedSnack included

Enjoy a scenic drive through winding roads and rolling mountainsides as you discover Jamaica’s interior.

Departing the quayside, sit back and enjoy a scenic drive along the north coast towards Annotto Bay. Admire the pristine beauty of the rugged coastline, most of it unchanged and just as Christopher Colombus first saw it in 1494.

The Blue Mountains are home to the highest point in Jamaica, known as Blue Mountain Peak and boasting a height of 2,256 metres (7,402 feet). The temperature in the mountains is noticeably cooler than at sea level, and the layer of mist that enshrouds the peaks gives the mountains their blue tint. This climate, together with the rich, well-drained soil makes the coffee produced here one of the best in the world. Visit a working coffee plantation, where you will learn more about the coffee roasting process, before having the opportunity to savour the taste for yourself whilst taking in the quaint rural atmosphere.

Continue to Charles Town, located in the foothills. The village here is home to the proud descendants of the Maroons – a band of African slaves that escaped from the sugar plantations to the Blue Mountains to evade their captors. For decades, the Maroons established an elaborate system of mountain trails, lookout points and signals to battle the British slaveholders, until eventually, the British were forced to recognise their independence. Learn more about this proud battle, and gain an insight into the daily life here, before enjoying a lunch of traditional Maroon dishes, including ackee – Jamaica’s national fruit.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate amount of walking over varying terrain, throughout the tour. Please advise us of any dietary requirements at time of booking. For reference, the journey to and from the Blue Mountains will take approximately two hours, and comfort breaks will not be made.


Dunns River Falls, Montego Bay, Jamaica

DUNN’S RIVER FALLS - TOUR O

  • Visit the world-renowned Dunn’s River Falls
  • Climbing the falls is an experience not to be missed
Price£50.00 - £60.00
DurationApproximately 3 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Swimming time includedSwimming time included

Don’t miss the most famous and most visited attraction in Ocho Rios.

Departing from the quayside, you will be taken directly to Dunn’s River Falls – perhaps the most recognised landmark in Jamaica.

You will have approximately one and a half hours to spend as you wish – swim in the refreshing natural pools, climb the 600 feet (183 metre) high waterfalls, or simply admire the majestic beauty from one of the many vantage points.

Later, you will be taken to Ocho Rios for a short sightseeing tour and perhaps a little souvenir shopping, before returning to your awaiting ship.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that this tour involves a moderate amount of walking – strenuous if you choose to climb the falls. Please bear in mind the rocks will be slippery – it is recommended that you wear rubber-soled water shoes, or trainers that you do not mind getting wet. We recommend that you come already wearing your swimming costume underneath casual clothing, and do not forget to bring a towel and adequate sun protection. Insect repellent may prove to be a handy addition to your bag.


JEEP SAFARI - TOUR H

  • Marvel at the dancing flames in Fire Hole
  • Meet members of the local community
  • Admire the towering greenery as you traverse the unique Fern Gully
Price£60.00 - £70.00
DurationApproximately 3 ½ Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Swimming time includedSwimming time included

Immerse yourself in the ‘real Jamaica’ as you venture off the beaten track on this jeep safari.

Departing the quayside, enjoy a short drive through local communities to Windsor, located in the hills of St Ann’s Bay. Here, you will be able to watch in amazement as your guide demonstrates this intriguing natural wonder, setting fire to water. This natural spring has a high concentration of natural Sulphur gases, and is believed to have healing properties.

Continue along roads inaccessible to tourist buses, enjoying the surrounding nature and get a real feel for local life. Visit a school, where you will be invited to meet and spend time with the pupils, before heading back to Ocho Rios via the beautiful Fern Gully.

The gully was formed in 1907 when an earthquake destroyed one of the eight rivers in the area. The riverbed was subsequently made in to a road - this winding, three-mile long stretch links the village of Colgate to Ocho Rios. The area gets its name from the wide variety of ferns which grow in the area – towering above the road and forming a shady tunnel of lush greenery. Keen botanists will enjoy seeing the approximate 300 varieties of fern, in addition to the many other species, including Blue Mahoe and Banana trees.

A stop will be made at a local beach where you may wish to take a refreshing swim in the Caribbean Sea, or simply top up your tan before returning to your awaiting ship.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour is not considered suitable for wheelchair users, passengers with limited mobility, neck or back problems or pregnant ladies due to the bumpy terrain encountered. The minimum age for participation on this tour is six years old. All jeeps which have steps to board them are fitted with seatbelts that must be worn at all times. There is a moderate amount of walking over varying terrain throughout the tour. Winding roads are encountered, and guests suffering from motion sickness are advised to take precautionary medication prior to joining the tour. Activity undertaken during the beach break is at your own discretion. At Fire Hole, locals may offer to provide a ‘massage’ in the hot spring – guests are reminded that this does not constitute part of the tour, and any additional charges incurred are at your own expense. If you wish to swim at the beach, it is recommended that you come already wearing your swimming costume underneath casual clothing, and remember to bring a towel and adequate sun protection. A bottle of water would be a handy addition to your bag.


Cruises to Port Antonio, Jamaica, Caribbean

PORT ANTONIO & FRENCHMAN’S COVE - TOUR G

  • Admire beautiful vistas of the Jamaican coastline and Blue Mountains
  • Visit the historical town of Port Antonio
  • Relax on the secluded beach at Frenchman’s Cove
Beach Tour
Price£65.00 - £75.00
DurationApproximately 7 Hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Snack includedSnack included
Shopping time includedShopping time included
Swimming time includedSwimming time included

Spend a day discovering the most beautiful part of the island.

Begin your tour with a drive along the north coast to Port Maria. The town was the second to be established in Jamaica by the colonising Spaniards, and was formerly a bustling seaport. Set in the centre of a deep inlet of the northern coastline, the bay is considered  one of the most picturesque on the island. A short photo stop here will enable you to capture views of the coastline and the Blue Mountains.

Continue to Port Antonio, a historical town with Georgian architecture. Here you will have approximately two and a half hours to spend as you wish – wander through the quaint streets, mingle with friendly locals, and spend time in the paradise popularly known as Frenchman’s Cove.

This secluded white sand beach, surrounded by lush tropical vegetation is the perfect spot to relax and enjoy a tasty Jamaican lunch.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? The amount of walking undertaken during your time at leisure is at your own discretion, and so is considered suitable for all guests providing they can get on and off the coach unaided. Please bear in mind that the terrain encountered will be sandy and uneven. Lunch is included in the cost of the tour, and usually consists of chicken or fish, salad, vegetables and dessert. We recommend you come already wearing your swimming costume underneath casual clothing, and don’t forget to bring a towel and sun protection. For reference, the drive to and from Port Antonio will be approximately two hours in each direction, and no comfort breaks will be made.


RAFTING ON THE MARTHA BRAE - TOUR B

  • Unwind on a tranquil raft ride along the Martha Brae River
  • Learn the legend of ‘Matibereon’
  • Keep your eyes peeled for native wildlife along the banks
Boat Tour
Price£80.00 - £90.00
DurationApproximately 6 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Snack includedSnack 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, glimpsing the rural lifestyle along the way.

Upon arrival, you will be welcomed with a tropical drink before boarding your bamboo raft, built for two. Glide slowly down a river that meanders gently through whispering groves of bamboo and ferns, whilst listening to the chatter of birds and the ‘chop-chop’ of the raft man’s pole.

As your raft makes its way past shaded banks, dappled with sunlight, the mild river breeze will wash over you. Listen to the story of ‘Matibereon’ as you relax in an atmosphere of tranquillity over the three mile journey before arriving at the Rafter’s Rest, where the tour bus awaits.

Continue to the quaint port town of Falmouth, for a short sightseeing tour affording you the opportunity to admire the Georgian architecture – considered some of the finest outside Britain.

Finally, enjoy a delicious traditional lunch before returning to Ocho Rios and your awaiting ship.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that this tour does involve a moderate amount of walking over mainly flat terrain, with approximately 30 steps to negotiate. This tour is not considered suitable for wheelchair users. 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 we shall 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 passengers board the rafts. Lunch usually consists of rice & peas, jerk chicken, jerk pork, festival (a type of dumpling), pasta salad and a soft drink. Please advise us of any dietary requirements at time of booking.


RELAX AT PEARLY BEACH - TOUR F

  • Bask in the Caribbean sun at a private beach club
  • Soak up the Jamaican laid-back ‘vibe’
Beach Tour
Price£55.00 - £65.00
DurationApproximately 5 ½ Hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included
Swimming time includedSwimming time included

Let the waves of the Caribbean Sea gently wash away your cares with a day of relaxation on the beautiful Pearly Beach.

Just a short drive from the port at Ocho Rios, lies Pearly Beach – a private beach club where you will have approximately four hours at leisure. Swim in the warm, turquoise waters, enjoy a delicious Jamaican lunch and soak up the sun – the time is yours to spend as you wish.

All too soon it is time to return to your awaiting ship, enjoying a short tour of Ocho Rios en route.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? The amount of walking undertaken on this tour is at your own discretion, and so is considered suitable for all guests providing they can get on and off the coach unaided. Please bear in mind that the terrain encountered will be sandy. Lunch is included in the cost of the tour, and usually consists of jerk chicken, jerk pork, salad, rice and beans, and a soft drink or mineral water. Additional drinks are available to purchase at your own expense. We recommend you come already wearing your swimming costume underneath casual clothing, and don’t forget to bring a towel and sun protection.


TOUR J - HORSEBACK RIDE & SWIM

  • Saddle up for a memorable experience
  • Gain an insight into the area’s rich cultural history
  • Enjoy spectacular views of the Jamaican coastline
Activity Tour
Price£55.00 - £65.00
DurationApproximately 3 Hours
LimitationVery Limited Capacity
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Swimming time includedSwimming time included

Admire panoramic coastal views from a new perspective with a leisurely horseback ride – no experience necessary.

Departing from the quayside, a short journey by bus along the scenic coastline of the picturesque parish of St. Ann will bring you to Chukka Cove Farm, where you will be invited to experience an opportunity of a lifetime.

Upon arrival at the farm, you will receive a safety briefing before ‘saddling up’ for your horseback ride and swim. Ride along Papillion Cove, a popular movie filming location.

Throughout the trail along the charming coastline, your experienced guide will convey information about the island’s rich history, culture, flora and fauna. A brief stop will be made to enjoy complimentary refreshments whilst your guides unsaddles your horse and prepares for the highlight of your tour - an amazing bareback ride in the Caribbean Sea.

Following this wonderful opportunity your horses will be re-saddled for the return journey back to the ranch, where you will be invited to take a refreshing swim before returning to your awaiting ship.


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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This is an activity tour, and is not suitable for wheelchair users or ladies who may be pregnant. Please note that the minimum age for participation on this tour is six years of age. The maximum weight limit for this tour is 250lbs (approximately 17½ stone). For your reference, approximately eight to ten experienced guides accompany each ride. We recommend that you come already wearing your swimming costume under comfortable, casual trousers and a t-shirt. It is important that you wear closed in shoes that you do not mind getting wet, and not flip flops. Do not forget to bring a towel and adequate sun protection. Souvenirs will be available for purchase (at your own expense).


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