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Jamaica: Bioluminescent Lagoon Boat Cruise with Transfers

1. Jamaica: Bioluminescent Lagoon Boat Cruise with Transfers

Board a boat for a ride on the bioluminescent lagoon to see the illumination of the water that occurs as the boat disturbs the microscopic organisms inhabiting the lagoon. On this boat ride after the sun goes down your boat captain and guide will tell you the story of the lagoon and why it glows. As your boat approaches the center of the lagoon, your captain will tell you about the folklore around swimming in the lagoon. Then you’ll have a chance to slip into the lagoon, which is less than 5 feet deep. As you swim, the water around you will begin to glow. Watch as your hands begin to sparkle as if covered in glitter. After exploring this Jamaican natural wonder, you'll be transferred back to your hotel.

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

2. 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

3. 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.

From Ocho Rios: Dunn's River Guided Hike

4. From Ocho Rios: Dunn's River Guided Hike

Discover the beauty of Dunn's River Falls, Jamaica's number 1 attraction, on this tour with a local guide. After getting picked up from your hotel in Ocho Rios, travel to the falls in the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle and learn more about the history and traditions of Ocho Rios from your driver. Upon arrival at the falls, enjoy an invigorating hike to the top of the 600-foot-tall cascading waterfall with an experienced local falls guide. When you reach the top, take in the magnificent landscapes and admire the scenic tropical views. Remember to take a picture at the sign for proof that you went and hiked this amazing waterfall. Get dropped off back at your hotel at the end of the hike.

Dunn's River Falls: Tour from Montego Bay, Negril, Ocho Rios

5. Dunn's River Falls: Tour from Montego Bay, Negril, Ocho Rios

Journey to Dunn’s River Falls along Jamaica’s North Coast. Dunn’s River Falls is one of Jamaica’s most beloved natural attractions, and is known for its lush setting. The area is often referred to as a living phenomenon due to it being continuously rebuilt from sodium and calcium carbonate deposits in the river. Dunn’s River Falls is also one of the only waterfalls on earth that empties straight into the ocean. After you arrive, you will listen to a brief introduction from your guide, before then enjoying 2 hours of free time to experience the falls however you wish. You can put on non-slip water shoes (available for rental if you don’t bring your own) to climb up the 600-foot (180-meter) terraced falls, carefully walking up the "steps" formed by the naturally chiseled rocks. You can also stop along the way to swim in one of the small pools that have formed on the different levels, and as you reach the top, you will be rewarded with a great view. If you’d rather relax, you can hang out on the deck located near the river to admire the falls, or go swimming in the natural lagoon at the bottom. When your time at the falls is up, you can head to a nearby restaurant for a 1-hour lunch break. Once there, you will be free to refuel with a traditional Jamaican jerk meal and can also relax over a beer or rum cocktail if you wish.

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

6. 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.

Ocho Rios: Blue Hole and Bamboo Blu Beach Club Adventure

7. Ocho Rios: Blue Hole and Bamboo Blu Beach Club Adventure

Your Blue Hole adventure will begin with your pickup at your hotel lobby or the Ocho Rios cruise terminal. From there you will be driven in comfort on a scenic road to the Cascade Rainforest. At the Island Gully Falls and Blue Hole, you will enjoy rustic nature at its best. You will be free to jump, dive, or swing from ropes into the pristine watering hole. you can swim under the waterfall and discover hidden caves, or just sit on a rock and relax under the calming waters of the falls. You can also hike along the stream and discover more pools and waterfalls, or relax on a rock and just absorb the sun’s rays, all while in the capable hands of expert tour guides. Next up it will be time for your Blu Beach experience, a must do for all visitors entering the town of Ocho Rios. Enjoy a scenic ride to the private, white sand, warm, blue waters of Blu Beach. Once there, you can choose from a wide range of beach activities designed for fun and relaxation. At the end of your amazing experience, you will enjoy a comfortable drive back to your hotel or cruise ship with a heart filled with Jamaica!

Jamaica Bobsled and Zip Line Adventure Tour

8. 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.

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

9. 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

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Ocho Rios

Overall rating

3.4 / 5

based on 22 reviews

It was great, such an unique experience and we learn a lot too. The guides and captain were funny, knowledgeable and very helpful. Even if you can't swim, there're lifeguard vest on board that you can wear so you won't miss this one in a lifetime swim. The water is warm, so don't be afraid to go in the water. You should bring a towel, water shoes and your good mood!

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!!

We so enjoyed this excursion but what made it all work was our bus driver, Robert! He did a great job taking us to all our excursions! The guide for the falls was excellent as well and we felt so safe climbing the falls!

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!!!

we had a really good time. Mark and Jason was great! definitely will use Mark again!!