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Our most recommended St. James Parish Cruises & Boat Tours

Montego Bay: Reggae Catamaran Cruise With Snorkeling

1. Montego Bay: Reggae Catamaran Cruise With Snorkeling

Board an amazing catamaran with fun party vibes at Montego Bay then set sail along the coastline. Along the way, stop at a fantastic snorkeling spot where you can plunge into the refreshing waters and explore the nearby reefs filled with exotic marine life.  After your underwater adventure, climb back onto the boat to enjoy the music and order drinks from the bar. Indulge in delectable appetizers and unlimited exotic cocktails as you admire panoramic views of the coast. Then, for the final stop, head over to the world famous Jimmy Buffett's in Margaritaville where the fun continues. Bounce on water trampolines and splash into the Caribbean Sea as you slip down the 120-foot waterslide. Experience a unique day on this 'club on water' as you feel the pulse of the island and see all the wonders that the Caribbean has to offer.

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.

Jamaica: YS Falls and Black River Safari Day Tour

3. 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: Bioluminescent Lagoon Boat Cruise with Transfers

4. 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.

Montego Bay: Reggae Family Catamaran Cruise with Snorkeling

5. Montego Bay: Reggae Family Catamaran Cruise with Snorkeling

Embark on a fun-filled day as you set sail to one of the island’s best snorkeling spots. Explore an underwater world filled with exotic marine life. On board, you can sit back and relax whilst soaking up the sun with a tropical refreshment. Enjoy tasty snacks as you sail along the coast, accompanied by the best reggae beats. Stop to swim and snorkel in the beautiful Caribbean waters. Embrace a slower pace of life as the DJ spins chilled out reggae tunes and you make your way to an iconic Jamaican spot. Head over to the world famous Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville where the fun continues. Jimmy Buffett's is fun for all the family. Bounce on water trampolines and splash around in the Caribbean Sea. Refresh with an ice-cold drink paired with panoramic views of the Caribbean.

From Montego Bay: Horseback Riding and Swimming Trip

6. From Montego Bay: Horseback Riding and Swimming Trip

Your Horseback Ride n Swim Adventure starts with your pickup at your hotel lobby or cruise port as you are driven in comfort on a scenic roadway to the Sand N Saddle beach to begin your horseback experience. Your experienced guides, who will be with you every step of the way, will provide an introductory session to ensure your safety and full enjoyment of the tour. The 1-hour ride commences from the private and beautiful beach area and you are taken through the scenic countryside, passing tranquil farmlands of the locals living close by. The friendly and humorous guides give a narration of the scenery and area telling the story of Jamaica. The trail ride meanders back to the beach area where guests are given the opportunity to swim bareback and frolic with the horse in the magnificent Caribbean Sea. The sea is crystal clear and white sands allow for great swimming and picture-taking opportunities. Your ride concludes with the swimming experience. Lounge with a cool drink from the gazebo and spy on the hummingbirds gossiping with the orchids. On the way back have lunch (meals and drinks not included) at one of Jamaica's famous jerk centres or local eateries, enjoying the delicious meal with an ice-cold Red Stripe beer or tropical fruit drinks before heading back to your hotel or cruise ship with a heart filled with Jamaica!

From Montego Bay: Martha Brae River Rafting Private Tour

7. From Montego Bay: Martha Brae River Rafting Private Tour

Board a 30-foot long bamboo raft and embark on a relaxing journey with a local raftsman as your personal guide. View the magnificent scenery of this lush rainforest river lined with an abundance of tropical vegetation and flowers. Learn about the many uses of the plant life and many interesting facts. River rafting is a relaxing experience that will soothe your senses far from the beaten path.

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

8. 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.

Montego Bay: Private Bamboo Raft Cruise on the Great River

9. Montego Bay: Private Bamboo Raft Cruise on the Great River

For the ultimate relaxation, go rafting on the Great River in Lethe. Lethe (pronounced Lee-tie by the locals) is nestled in the hills along the banks of the Great River which borders the parishes of Hanover and St. James. Lethe, a former sugar/banana plantation estate now offers river excursions by experienced raft captains. Enjoy the picturesque scenery while rafting on 30ft long bamboo rafts. The rafts take you along the Great River and under the historic bridge at Lethe, built by slave labor over 200 years ago in 1820. Take a dip in the in the river at suitable locations and enjoy the cool waters as you go up and down the river. Purchase jerk chicken and beverages among other things from raft “shops”. These floating shops along the river are provided by ingenious Jamaicans. Get up and dance to the rhythm of the music blaring from the raft “shops”. Enjoy the foot and leg scrubs provided by the raft captains, using limestone found along the river bank. The captains are patient, informative, friendly and polite adding to your overall rafting experience.

Montego Bay: Luminous Lagoon Night Tour by Boat

10. Montego Bay: Luminous Lagoon Night Tour by Boat

Following pick-up at your hotel in Montego Bay, make your way to Falmouth for the start of a truly amazing adventure. Experience the legendary Luminous Lagoon, and appreciate the magic and beauty of Mother Nature's creation at a unique light show. Stretching along the marshlands of Trelawny, from the small community of Rock to the town of Falmouth, the Luminous Lagoon is a must-see for every visitor to Jamaica. Enjoy a delicious meal and cocktail at the restaurant (own expense) before the natural phenomenon begins. Then take a boat tour out onto the lagoon and marvel as the water is disturbed and organisms begin to glow. See an eerie light show illuminating from the back of the boat and all around from the wake. Witness a miracle of nature for approximately 35-40 minutes. Surrounded by mangroves, the lagoon is home to microscopic organisms that emit a phosphorescent light when agitated. The water glows a beautiful blue and becomes illuminated when these organisms are disturbed. As the fish in the lagoon swim and dart, you can see their outlines as streaks of light shooting around in the darkness. When it rains, the lagoon lights up with the drops of water dancing on the surface for a truly amazing sight! .

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What people are saying about St. James Parish

I loved this tour and all the stops! Dunnes River was excellent and fun, 9 mile was so neat — I’m not a huge Marley fan but I found the whole thing so interesting (minus the very sexist and crude tour guide at 9 mile), and the luminous lagoon was so much fun. I also loved the beautiful views and sunset from the tour van and even the food was pretty good. The main issue is that our tour guide for the overall trip did not speak much and when he did he was very quiet. It was honestly fine though because the view was so beautiful.

Amazing!! Dunns River was out of this world, would definitely recommend and try sticking it out and climbing all the way up! Feels so good! Our tour guide, Hajis, was brilliant and so informative! True gentleman and a laugh too!

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 had an exciting time from start to finish. We loved the energy of the staff, wonderful music, snacks, drinks, and the stop at Margaritaville. I would highly recommend.

the lady driver was very good l would like to use her for tomorrow's trip