This tour takes you to Nine Mile, the birthplace of Bob Marley, the legendary ‘King of Reggae’. An essential for all reggae lovers. Upon departure from Ocho Rios Cruise Terminal the journey starts with a drive thru Fern Gully. You’ll tour Bob Marley’s house, as well as his Church. This building, with an Ethiopian design, is the resting place of the King of Reggae. The tour then takes you for some shopping at the Taj Mahal Shopping Plaza with a stop for lunch at the Ocho Rios Jerk Centre so you can choose some tasty food from their extensive traditional Jamaican Jerk menu. Jerk is a style of cooking native to Jamaica in which meats are dry-rubbed with a very hot spice mixture called Jamaican jerk spice. The prices are reasonable and there’s plenty to choose from…everything from Jerk pork, chicken, steamed fish, roasted breadfruit, festival, and full bar service. From the Montego Bay and Falmouth Cruise Terminals the tour starts with a view of some of the beautiful Jamican countryside. Then off to Bob Marley’s house, as well as his Church. This building, with an Ethiopian design, Reggae. While traveling from Falmouth and Montego Bay there is a stop at Columbus Park where legendary explorer Christopher Columbus first trod upon Jamaican soil at Discovery Bay, when he landed here in 1494. The Columbus Museum here explores the history and impact of that landing, along with the pre-colonial history of Jamaica’s indigenous people. The open-air museum overlooking the harbor at Discovery Bay is littered with fascinating artifacts from Jamaica’s past.
The Green Grotto Caves are on Jamaica’s north coast at Discovery Bay, west of Ocho Rios. The limestone caves are lined with green algae that gives them their trademark name. The caverns are home to bats and marine life, and over the centuries have been a hideout for fugitives and refuge for runaway slaves. Hidden away in an inner cavern is the crystal-clear Grotto Lake. Overhead, pockets in the limestone provide filtered light through the caverns’ forest of stalactites and stalagmites.
Originally belonging to the family of Elizabeth Barrett Browning one of the most prominent love poets of the Victorian era. The Georgian-style great house was built in the 1780s for a large sugar plantation. The family treated their slaves relatively well and provided them with education. The plantation survived the Christmas Rebellion of 1831, when 60,000 of Jamaica’s slave population of 300,000 revolted and set fire to a great number of plantation buildings. Greenwood Great House is home to the largest antique collection in the Caribbean, and boasts magnificent views of Montego Bay and surrounding areas from it's mountaintop perch.
Visit the spectacular YS Falls, with a beautiful series of seven waterfalls just off the Black River, with swimming in the river pools, if desired, swing on the rope swing or zip line thru the trees over the falls. There are many picnic areas available with a beautiful pool in which to have a refreshing swim. You may also enjoy some traditional Jamaican cuisine from the restaurant on site and check out the crafts at the Souvenir shop.
Blue Hole Mineral Spring, which sits beneath a cavernous opening in Jamaica’s terrain and is completely encased by limestone. The naturally occurring minerals leave behind a luxuriously pure bath for guests to enjoy. You can jump 22 feet off the cliff into the hole or climb down a ladder to swim and bathe in the water. Mud around the water’s edge is said to be good for your skin, and the water itself is reputed to have therapeutic properties. For those who cannot jump or climb down into the hole, there is a mineral water swimming pool on the surface where you can relax or sunbathe on the patio. The site includes a bar, a grill, and changing cabanas. Your second stop would be a trip to Ricks Cafe to experience a dive off the magestic cliffs or just view the professional cliff divers at work, then enjoy some drinks and lunch while you checkout the beautiful vista off the West End Cliffs of Negril. This tour has a small amount of walking, change facilities and bathrooms on site. Swimwear and towels needed. Premises have wheelchair accessibility. Please specify if this is needed when booking the tour.
A trip to the Jamaica Swamp Safari Village will put you in touch with nature and animal life. It is located in a natural mangrove habitat and is home to over 30 of the endangered American Crocodile, Jamaican Boa Constrictor (Yellow Snake), and the once thought extinct Jamaican Coney. Stroll the walk-thru Aviary to view several species of rare local birds. Take a guided tour and gaze upon the animals such as the Capuchin Monkey, Collared Peccary, Grey Fox, Tayra, Mongoose, Raccoon, Agouti, Coatimundi and Green Iguanas. View the 14 ft Crocodile along with his buddy, and gaze at ‘Shakira’ the impressive 18ft Anaconda. The famous crocodile-jumping scene in the James Bond film “Live & Let Die” was shot on location here in 1972. Observe crocodiles being called, fed & handled by their renowned crocodile handler. Take a look see through the Kananga House Gift Shop, enjoy some local cuisine at the Safari Jerk Restaurant and/or relax at the Village Bar for a cool drink. Experience the spectacular Dunn's River Falls, the most renowned tourist and local attraction in Ocho Rios, featuring 600 feet of river climbing pleasure, then visit Ocho Rios for shopping, and Margaritaville for lunch, or an exotic Jamaican drink, and take a ride through Fern Gully.
Dunns River Falls is a series of waterfalls that are more than six hundred feet high. Trained guides help you navigate and climb up falls where there are wading pools to partake in a small swim. After the falls it is time for a bit of lunch at the popular Jerk Centre where you can savour some of Jamaica's traditional Cuisine. Next stop is the Taj Mahal Shopping Plaza for leisure shopping or take a stroll through the craft market and view the wears handcrafted by the local population. The last stop is Columbus Park where legendary explorer Christopher Columbus first trod upon Jamaican soil at Discovery Bay, when he landed here in 1494. The Columbus Museum here explores the history and impact of that landing, along with the Precolonial history of Jamaica’s indigenous people. The open-air museum overlooking the harbor at Discovery Bay is littered with fascinating artifacts from Jamaica’s past. Swimwear and towels are needed for Dunn's River Falls. Water shoes recommended for ascending the falls. Shoe rental available on site. There is quite of bit of walking along with a hike up the falls. Entry to Dunn's River Park is wheelchair accessible but the Falls themselves are not.