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Jamaica: YS Falls and Black River Safari Day Tour

1. Jamaica: YS Falls and Black River Safari Day Tour

Experience a different side of Jamaica and discover that the country is so much more than a beach! Begin this full-day tour enjoying a scenic drive through the hills of Jamaica. Continue on through the hills of St. Elizabeth to what seems to be a small shop on the side of a long country road. You’ll board a jitney that will take you through a forest into a landscape of waterfalls surrounded by lush gardens and magnificent trees. There are 7 waterfalls in all, several of which cascade into natural pools. Lifeguards on site will indicate which areas are open for swimming. There is a natural pool that’s fed by underground and above-ground springs that is suitable for children and those not able to swim. Once you leave this tropical oasis your tour continues to the Black River on the south coast. Stop en route for a local Jamaican lunch before boarding the boat for a nature expedition on Jamaica's longest river. As you cruise the Black River, you’ll see native wildlife, including various species of birds and the Jamaican crocodile. At the end of the boat tour you’ll board the bus for the scenic drive back to Jamaica’s north coast.

Jamaica: Black River Safari, YS Falls, and Appleton Rum Tour

2. Jamaica: Black River Safari, YS Falls, and Appleton Rum Tour

This trip takes you to the town of Black River, where you will board a boat before traveling the longest navigable river in Jamaica. The Black River was very essential in the past when the island was a major producer of sugarcane. You will sail through the interior of the rainforest, before traveling through rural villages dotted along the coastline. You will be able to observe as you travel past exotic birds, plants, and wildlife such as the endangered American Crocodiles. There are plenty of crocodiles, so prepare your cameras to take snapshots. Soon you will be able to take a short break and enjoy a traditional Jamaican lunch, before journeying into the western side of the island passing through the historic Bamboo Avenue, a true masterpiece of nature. You will then head over to a nature-based attraction, YS Falls, which will give you the opportunity to explore the amazing waterfalls which are engulfed by lush botanical greenery and magnificent trees. You can change into your swimwear and take a dive into the crisp waterfalls, enjoying the splendor of this 120-foot-high marvel. Next, you can fascinate yourself into the operations of the Appleton Distillery, which has been producing the world-renowned Appleton Rum for decades.

St Elizabeth: River Safari and Y.S. Falls with Lunch

3. St Elizabeth: River Safari and Y.S. Falls with Lunch

This trip takes you to the town of Black River, where you will board a boat and travel the longest navigable river in Jamaica, the Black River. This river was very essential in the past when the island was a major producer of sugarcane. You will sail through the interior of the rain forest then through rural villages dotted along the coastline. As you travel, you will be free to observe exotic birds, plants, and wildlife ,such as the endangered American Crocodile. There are plenty of crocodiles along this river, so prepare your cameras to take snapshots. You will later take a break, during which you will enjoy a traditional Jamaican lunch. Following lunch, you will journey into the western side of the island passing through the historic Bamboo Avenue, a true masterpiece of nature. After this, you will head over to a nature-based attraction, YS Falls, where you will have the opportunity to explore the amazing waterfalls which are engulfed by lush botanical greenery and magnificent trees. It will be here that you can change into your swimwear before taking a dive into the crisp waterfalls and enjoying the splendor of this 120-foot wonder.

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What people are saying about Montego Bay

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 12 reviews

Jamaica; no problem!

We had originally booked the combo with Appleton Estates, but this was not available- instead we were offered a very small group with a wonderful guide Julian who was multilingual and switched back and forth from French to English with ease, and and incredible driver Michael, (Jamaican roads are craaasy!) My partner was talking to them a bit about traditional Jamaican food and they pulled over twice for us to experience different aspects ('bad akee mon'- wasn't ripe, so is poisonous; and crayfish!) We went 1st to Ys, which is an amazing set of falls, this is a great place for people of all abilities and we had a guide up the falls and to use the rope swings for just the two of us, who catered to our abilities to get the best out of the experience! Then we headed to the Black River delta, where we had a traditional lunch of Jerk chicken, rice with beans, and beef in brown sauce. Out onto the river, we were told about the Croc reserve- only 300 left wild, and we saw three that day!

Driver was fantastic! Tours were fun and exciting. My only issue is that it could have been a little longer.

Black River and YS Falls tours were fun. Could be longer.