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Jamaica: Dunn's River Falls, 9 Mile and Optional Lagoon Tour

1. Jamaica: Dunn's River Falls, 9 Mile and Optional Lagoon Tour

With this excursion, instead of taking 3 days out of your vacation to see all of these popular Jamaican attractions you can visit them all in just 1 day. Climb Dunn’s River Falls. With the help of your guide, you’ll climb 600 feet to the top of this magnificent waterfall that’s tiered like a wedding cake. Stop for a swim in the refreshing rock pools. With the guide’s help, it’s an easy climb that everyone can enjoy. After the falls, you’ll have a tour of the town of Ocho Rios with a stop for souvenir shopping and to enjoy a typical Jamaican lunch. Next, you’ll head off on a drive through small market towns and hills to 9 Mile, the birth and final resting place of reggae superstar Bob Marley. Hear the story of his childhood and rise to stardom. Option Bioluminescent Lagoon Cruise and Dinner As you head back towards the coast you’ll stop at the Joe James Restaurant and Art Gallery. Enjoy Mr. James’s artwork and sit sown for a Jamaican family style dinner (included). Finish your tour with a visit to the Luminous Lagoon, inhabited by microscopic organisms that emit a phosphorescent light when the water is agitated. Shortly after sunset, you’ll board a boat that takes you across the lagoon. As the water is disturbed, you’ll see the water illuminated behind the boat. Stop to enjoy a swim and watch your body glow. This luminous phenomenon is only seen in 3 locations on the planet.

Ocho Rios: Dunn's River Catamaran Cruise with Snorkeling

2. Ocho Rios: Dunn's River Catamaran Cruise with Snorkeling

All aboard a fantastic catamaran cruise to one of Jamaica's natural treasures, Dunn's River Falls. Enjoy drinks, music, dancing and, a secret-ingredient signature cocktail. Relax as the DJ spins a reggae soundtrack, and the crew plays host on this luxury catamaran adventure. Take in the panoramic views as you sail across crystal, blue waters. Stop to swim and snorkel in the warm ocean, meeting a variety of underwater wildlife. Back on board for another delicious cocktail, as you head toward towards more breathtaking natural beauty.  As a highlight, experience the majesty of Dunn’s River Falls, led by expert guides. Join hands to form a human chain, as you wind your way up the rocky slopes of this 600 foot waterfall. Pose for snapshots amid the luxuriant foliage that lines the sides of the ascending falls. Cascading down from its untainted source high in the mountains, feel refreshed as the water hits your skin.

Bob Marley Nine Mile Tour

3. Bob Marley Nine Mile Tour

Our Bob Marley Reggae adventurous experience takes you on a mystical journey to the birth place and the resting place of the legendary "King of Reggae," Robert Nesta Marley (Bob Marley), who has taken reggae music to the four corners of the world.  This experience will take you on a tour to visit the home, burial ground and the place where the King himself gathered his thoughts for his songs - the rock he meditated on. Get the chance to view many historical artifacts including guitars, awards and photographs. Nine Mile is where Bob Marley’s musical career began and also influenced many of his songs. This experience is out of this world so, try it today!

Dunn's River Falls Park and Shopping: 6-Hour Tour

4. Dunn's River Falls Park and Shopping: 6-Hour Tour

Dunn's River Falls Park is a popular site for family fun and relaxation, with the 600-foot cascading splendor of the falls the centerpiece of the attraction. You’ll have a chance to explore the park on this 6-hour excursion. If you’d like to climb the falls, you’ll form a human chain with other visitors, and be led by an experienced falls guide. Pause at the area known as the massage parlor, and experience the soothing effects of the water as it cascades to the sea. If you’re not feeling so brave you can live vicariously and watch the activities of the more intrepid from the safety of the terrace or deck. Sun lovers will enjoy some time at the beach, on golden sands lapped by the aquamarine water of the Caribbean Sea. After you're finished exploring the falls area, you’ll head to Ocho Rios town to enjoy some shopping.

Jamaica Bobsled and Zip Line Adventure Tour

5. Jamaica Bobsled and Zip Line Adventure Tour

Your adventure starts with your pickup at your hotel lobby or the cruise terminal and you are driven in comfort on a scenic roadway to the adventure park. Once you are checked in for your tour, you will be greeted by your friendly guide who will secure you in the Sky Explorer chair to make your way up to your Bobsled starting point. This provides a great opportunity to take in the scenery of Ocho Rios as you soar above the treetops on the skylift. It's now time for the main event, strap in and hold onto your hat. Inspired by the famous Jamaica bobsled Olympic team, your bobsled ride will have you whooshing down a 1000-meter long track installed into the side of the mountain. As you slide through the dense tropical landscape you’ll be able to control the speed with a special handbrake, allowing you to slow down just enough to drink in the wonder of your vacation in a Jamaican rainforest. Next, receive an orientation, safety equipment and harness system for your flight through the canopy on a series of zip line cables and pulleys that are interconnected on both tree and land-based platforms. The canopy zip line tour ends at the mid-station of the chairlift where you can catch a ride back to the top. At the end of your tour, stop at the top of the mountain. You can relax and enjoy the stunning views from the infinity pool, slide down the water slide or get a bite to eat at the nice restaurant with full bar. Witness some of Jamaica’s most beautiful butterflies and hummingbirds as they fly around the flowers and plants in the garden.

Negril: Beach Visit, Times Square, and Sunset at Rick's Café

6. Negril: Beach Visit, Times Square, and Sunset at Rick's Café

Spend a full day taking in the best of Negril: hang out on the beach, browse the shopping center, and go cliff-jumping at Rick's. Start your day with a drive along Jamaica’s beautiful north-western coastline, which takes you past rural villages and the Lucea Harbor, to arrive at Negril’s famous beach. The Seven Mile Beach is a gorgeous stretch of sugar-white sand and bright turquoise water. Here you'll have 3 to 4 hours of free time at the beach to enjoy as you please: go swimming, sunbathing, or visit a beach bar for snacks and drinks. Next, head with your guide to Times Square, a popular Negril shopping center where you can look for souvenirs and gifts at a variety of shops. During your 1 hour here, browse the selection of duty-free goods like jewelry and watches, as well as Jamaican items like rum, coffee, cigars, and textiles. Restaurants and snack bars are also available if you get hungry or thirsty. Finish your Negril experience with a 1-hour stop at Rick’s Café, the area’s iconic bluff-top restaurant where visitors line up to jump from the cliffs into the clear sea below. Take part in the action or just watch—it’s up to you. Purchase an ice-cold beer or a cocktail and settle in to watch the Negril sunset.

From Ocho Rios / Runaway Bay: Day Trip to Dunn's River Falls

7. From Ocho Rios / Runaway Bay: Day Trip to Dunn's River Falls

Climb to the top of the famous Jamaican waterfall with the help of your guide, stopping to take pictures along the way. Feel invigorated as the water from the cascading falls massages your feet. Stay cool during your walk up the giant, terraced steps of the waterfall thanks to the shade provided by the bordering forest. Marvel at the natural rock slides and swimming lagoons of the waterfall that empties directly into the Caribbean Sea.

Blue Mountain Bicycle Tour

8. Blue Mountain Bicycle Tour

This amazing bike tour has been featured in Vogue, Departure Magazine, Town & Country Magazine, the Discovery Channel and the Travel Channel as a must-do Jamaican tour. You will be picked up from your Ocho Rios hotel, and travel in air-conditioned comfort to the lush tropical hills of the Blue Mountains. The tour begins high up in the Blue Mountains, on a road referred to by the New York Times as “One of the best scenic vistas in the Caribbean”. You will learn from your guide about Jamaican culture while enjoying a leisurely downhill bicycle ride, meandering through lush tropical rainforest. The Blue Mountains is home to hundreds of species of bird and blossoming plant life. If you're lucky, you might see one of the world largest and rarest butterflies, only found in Jamaica! Guests will also be able to view acres of Blue Mountain coffee plantations, producing some of the world’s most rare and expensive coffee. The tour ends at one of Blue Mountain's cascading waterfalls, where guests can bathe in the natural, rejuvenating spring water. Enjoy this exciting end to a dynamic and educational tour.

From Montego Bay: Dunn’s River Falls Experience

9. From Montego Bay: Dunn’s River Falls Experience

Dunn’s River Fall’s is renowned worldwide. Located on Jamaica’s north coast in the garden parish of St. Ann, the falls is 600ft tall. The falls is continuously regenerating itself from deposits of travertine rocks. A stone’s throw away from the town of Ocho Rios the falls empties into the warm Caribbean Sea. Go picnicking in the Tranquility Garden by the river or spend the day in Central Gardens by the splash pad or the water slide. Be adventurous and climb the 600ft cascading falls. Relax under the falls for an invigorating massage. Climb the falls with the help of tour guides. Take short breaks for photographs & video recordings. Try zip lining over the falls (at your expense) before cooling down at the beach. Have fun lazing on the powdery white sand while gazing at the aquamarine waters of the warm Caribbean Sea. Enjoy mother nature’s gift of bursting tropical foliage – ginger lilies, crotons, ferns, bamboos, orchids, a variety of palms and breadfruit trees. Visit the Adventure Depot or craft market and buy your official Dunn’s River Falls memorabilia. Take a piece of the falls with you.

From Montego Bay: Blue Hole Waterfall Experience

10. From Montego Bay: Blue Hole Waterfall Experience

Journey to the garden parish of St. Ann for the adventure of a lifetime. Blue Hole, located near the world renowned town of Ocho Rios, is a series of sinkholes carved from limestone. The attraction takes its name from the deep azure hue of the water. Take the journey up the windy roads, it maybe tiring but the destination is worth it the ride. Take the entire family to swim in the lagoons or hike the mini falls. There is something for everyone. Take a dive from the cliffs or bridge into the river. Embrace your inner Tarzan and swing from a rope and jump into the river. If jumping into the river is not for you, you may climb down the rocks to get to the river. Walk through the small rainforest to get to the falls. Explore the secret falls or the small caves or relax in the small pools/Jacuzzis and get a wonderful back massage. Take in the beautiful scenery with the explosion of flora as you hike along the river to be covered in clay found along the banks of the river. Unwind and let the clay take your stress away.

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What people are saying about Ocho Rios

Overall rating

3.8 / 5

based on 41 reviews

Christina the tour guide was excellent. We enjoyed every bit of this excursion. Be warned that the trip to nine mile was narrow long and bumpy but that was part of the fun. If you’re in doubt about this trip.. don’t be!!

Nice tour. Our guide Ilyona was amazing and very informative. Likewise, our driver Devon was very safe and well on the road. It's a long drive from runaway bay, but definitely worth it.

Our driver Michael was incredible! He made it ten times better with his conversation, knowledge, and guiding advice throughout. He's a great asset for Holiday Services, thank you Michael!!!

Benji was so much fun and so animated! I think we enjoyed it most because of him. Also gave us very interesting facts about Bob, it was a cool experience.

It was great. Our guide was lit. He was passionate and informative. Seeing bob marley final resting place was very powerful.