Ocho Rios Nature & adventure

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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.

Jamaica: Bioluminescent Lagoon Boat Cruise with Transfers

2. 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.

Ocho Rios: Dolphin Cove Tickets

3. Ocho Rios: Dolphin Cove Tickets

Listen to the rhythm of Caribbean calypso, hold friendly stingrays, and visit Little Port Royal - a replica of Jamaica’s most famous pirate haunt - to watch pirates roam through town, with a full-day admission pass to Dolphin Cove in Ocho Rios, Jamaica’s top marine attraction. Your ticket gives access to a full range of activities and adventures, including the chance to cross the crystal clear Caribbean waters in a glass-bottom kayak, and stroll through the jungle looking for snakes, iguanas, and exotic birds. Pet and feed stingrays, while swimming among the graceful creatures in complete safety. Watch dolphins at play, and hunt for treasure in the shops of Little Port Royal pirate’s village. Captain your own boat on the waves of the Caribbean Sea, enjoying spectacular views of the coast as you go. Sample tropical fruits and spices, and the legendary Blue Mountain Coffee of the Star Buccaneer’s Coffee Shop. Get some braids in your hair, or just relax and unwind as you enjoy your day in the sun.

Dolphin Swim Encounter – Dolphin Cove, Ocho Rios, Jamaica

4. Dolphin Swim Encounter – Dolphin Cove, Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Get to know the dolphins of Ocho Rios with an unforgettable swim encounter and day under the sun at Dolphin Cove, Ocho Rios! Take the plunge into adventure at Jamaica's most popular marine park and enjoy swimming, playing, or just relaxing in the natural lagoon. After a brief presentation on interacting with the friendly marine mammals, it's into the deep for a 30-minute frolic with your slippery friend. Pucker up for a dolphin kiss, do a water dance... you may even get a belly ride! Enjoy splashing around with your new friend in an exciting experience you'll remember forever. Spend the rest of the day basking in the sun and enjoying the cool water lagoon at Dolphin Cove, Ocho Rios!

Montego Bay City and Rose Hall Haunted House Tour

5. Montego Bay City and Rose Hall Haunted House Tour

Get acquainted with Jamaica's second city on a tour of Montego Bay, known to locals as 'Mobay." Discover a mix of old and new as you learn the city's rich history. Pass through downtown to see how the locals live and journey through narrow streets watching street vendors, school children and the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Go to the "Hip Strip" before visiting the residential area of Ironshore, where you will get a first-hand experience of Jamaican residences, from small homes to extraordinary mansions. Grab the chance to do some souvenir shopping at stops where you can purchase coffee, rum and spices. Then, as the sun sets, visit the home of Annie Palmer, known as the "White Witch of Rose Hall." Follow your guide on a candlelit tour through the haunted house, learning its history. Listen to the floors creak beneath your feet as the former plantation comes alive to Annie's story. She famously killed her 3 husbands and countless lovers before being murdered in the house, which she continues to haunt to this day. Watch out for ghosts, including Annie herself! You then have the option to continue to the Luminous Lagoon to see the microscopic organisms that emit a phosphorescent light when the water is agitated. Shortly after sunset, board a boat that will take you across the lagoon, and marvel at the effects as the water is disturbed. Stop for a swim to experience the miracle of seeing your body glow! This is only available in 3 locations on the planet and is a must see in Jamaica.

Ocho Rios: Full-Day at Dolphin Cove & Swim with the Dolphins

6. Ocho Rios: Full-Day at Dolphin Cove & Swim with the Dolphins

On your Jamaica holiday be sure to spend some time at Dolphin Cove, the country’s number 1 marine attraction. The adventure includes a full day’s access to the park. A highlight of your visit is a swim with the dolphins! After a brief presentation, you’ll enter the world of these amazing creatures and have the chance to interact with a pair of bottlenose dolphins. During your 30-minute dolphin swim in the beautiful natural lagoon, they may give you a dorsal pull or a foot push. You can pucker up and enjoy a kiss from your new dolphin friends, or try a dance. Whatever you decided to do with the dolphins, it’s sure to be an up-close and memorable experience!

From Ocho Rios: Yaaman Adventure Park ATV Tour with Lunch

7. From Ocho Rios: Yaaman Adventure Park ATV Tour with Lunch

Begin your fun-filled day with your pick-up from your hotel lobby by our friendly guide and driver and after a scenic drive, you will arrive at the Yaaman Adventure Park. Explore the 1,000-acre property full of lush gardens and homegrown local crops and as you can wander through the land, be witness to the breathtaking bird aviary, where exotic and local birds fly overhead. After a brief orientation and helmet fitting, the tour will get rolling as you start your engines and get ready to get dirty! Enjoy a 45-minute experience of a lifetime as you truly take these machines off-road through magnificent tropical scenery with breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea from 1100 feet above. After your ATV experience, you will have some time to sightsee the property and enjoy lunch from the buffet area. At the end of your day, enjoy a comfortable drive back to your hotel with a heart filled with Jamaica.

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

8. 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.

From Ocho Rios: Dunn's River Guided Hike

9. 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.

Swim With The Amazing Sharks of Dolphin Cove, Ocho Rios

10. Swim With The Amazing Sharks of Dolphin Cove, Ocho Rios

Explore the Treasure Reef of Dolphin Cove with one of the most fascinating and fearsome of all sea creatures: the shark. Join this adventurous tour for the chance of a lifetime to swim amongst sharks, learning from their amazing trainers how they like to play and what they love to eat. Learn the deep secrets of the Caribbean Sharks from highly trained shark encounter facilitators. Push yourself out of your comfort zone and into a world of adventure and discovery. Finally, sneak away from your new shark friends to enjoy the rest of the amazing park, including the pirates found at the shark's cove, as well as the rambunctious, hilarious Shark Show. The best part is that you have all day!

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What people are saying about Ocho Rios

Overall rating

3.4 / 5

based on 22 reviews

Great day out. Long day of travelling but worth it to climb up the falls and visit Bob Marleys house. Also made better by the knowledgeable tour guide Washington and his friendly driver David.

AMAZING EXPERIENCE! The my guide was 50 and he took great care of us to ensure we didn’t fall going up and that we got great videos Definitely will do this again when I return

Robert was great. He was pleasant and made sure everyone was comfortable. He was very familiar and skilled with challenging roads up to 9 mile.

Our driver was great and very personable which made the drive go by fast. The guides at the park were very pushy at the end asking for tips.

Great day out, friendly staff, nice activities !!!