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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: Bobsled and Dunn's River Falls Adventure Tour

3. Jamaica: Bobsled and Dunn's River Falls Adventure Tour

Your Jamaica bobsled and Dunn's River Falls adventure begins with pickup at your hotel lobby or cruise terminal. From here you will be 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. It will provide 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, as you strap in and hold onto your hat for this wild ride. Inspired by the famous Jamaica bobsled Olympic team, your bobsled ride will see you whooshing down a 1,000-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 soak in the wonder of your vacation in the Jamaican rainforest. Next up will be a stop to the famous Dunn's River Falls. Each guest will receive a pre-purchased ticket to enter both the falls and park. Once inside the park, guests are put into groups and assigned a trained guide who will conduct a brief safety and introductory session before the climb up the falls. The boardwalk along the falls provides easy access for those who wish not to climb. These people will be free to photograph their friends and family, meaning nobody is left out of the fun. On the way back you will be free to have lunch (meals and drinks not included) at one of Jamaica's famous jerk centers, enjoying the delicious meal with an ice cold Red Stripe beer or tropical fruit drink. Following lunch, you will head back to your hotel or cruise ship complete with a heart filled with Jamaica!

Rose Hall Great House: Private Tour from Montego Bay

4. Rose Hall Great House: Private Tour from Montego Bay

Visit the former Rose Hall Sugar Estates outside Montego Bay on a private, 2-hour small-group tour. The plantation is one of Jamaica's most popular attractions. You’ll hear many stories about its history, and also about its former owner, Annie Palmer, and her cruel treatment of the slaves. Legend has it that the Great House is haunted by her spirit and that you might see or feel the presence of Annie's ghost roaming around the house. See the historic Georgian house and its furnishings, restored to its former glory. Visit the tomb of Annie Palmer and the gift shops and snack areas on the grounds. A guided tour of Rose Hall Great House is also available, but is not included in the transportation price.

Dunn's River Falls and Bob Marley Mausoleum Tour

5. Dunn's River Falls and Bob Marley Mausoleum Tour

Escape in the garden parish of Ocho Rios and get your feet wet as you climb the famous 600 ft waterfall featured in the movies of Tom Cruise and James Bond. This exquisite landmark, The Dunn's River Falls, provides the perfect environment for fun and relaxation and is one of the island's highlights In addition to the falls, the location also has a beach for swimming and sunbathing, and a cafeteria that provides visitors with exceptional Jamaican cuisine. Each guest will receive a pre-purchased ticket to enter the location. Once inside the park guests are put into groups and assigned a trained guide who will conduct a brief safety and introductory session before the climb up the falls. The boardwalk along the falls provides easy access for those who wish not to climb, and those who want to photograph their loved ones. After your adventure climbing the beautiful Falls, embark on a musical pilgrimage from Montego Bay to the birthplace and final resting place of the King of Reggae, Bob Marley. Take in the beautiful scenery as your driver navigates the narrow, winding country roads to the mountain village of Nine Mile and enjoy tales of the life and times of young Bob Marley. This mystical experience exposes you to the world famous Rastafarian religion, culture and practices, a must for every reggae enthusiast. Your visit to Bob Marley's home at Nine Mile includes a tour of the property from Rastafarian guides, which usually includes a rendition of one of Bob's songs, memorabilia, his famous "rock pillow" where he rested his head for inspiration and the Marley mausoleum. See the two tombs in the mausoleum, where Bob Marley is buried along with his half-brother, Anthony Booker. The second tomb is that of Cedella Booker, Bob Marley's mother or "Mamma Marley" as she was sometimes called.

Montego Bay City and Rose Hall Haunted House Tour

6. 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.

Bob Marley Nine Mile Tour

7. Bob Marley Nine Mile Tour

Our Bob Marley Reggae adventurous experience takes you on a mystical journey to the birth place and the resting place of the legendary "King of Reggae," Robert Nesta Marley (Bob Marley), who has taken reggae music to the four corners of the world.  This experience will take you on a tour to visit the home, burial ground and the place where the King himself gathered his thoughts for his songs - the rock he meditated on. Get the chance to view many historical artifacts including guitars, awards and photographs. Nine Mile is where Bob Marley’s musical career began and also influenced many of his songs. This experience is out of this world so, try it today!

Montego Bay: Bob Marley Tour to 9 Mile, St. Ann

8. Montego Bay: Bob Marley Tour to 9 Mile, St. Ann

Go on a journey through the life and music of Bob Marley on a full-day tour to 9 Mile in the parish of St. Ann, Jamaica. Departing from Montego Bay, your guide will transfer you to the quaint little village in the beautiful mountains, where Bob Marley fans from across the world make a pilgrimage to pay their respects. Discover where Marley was born, and where he was laid to rest, and see a part of Jamaica that few visitors ever get to appreciate. See many historical artifacts used by Marley, including his guitars, awards, and photographs of events throughout his life. An undoubted highlight is the rock pillow where he rested his head seeking inspiration. His body lies buried with his guitar in the marble mausoleum of a tiny church of traditional Ethiopian design.

Rose Hall Great House

9. Rose Hall Great House

Overlooking the glistening Caribbean Sea, lay the plains that were once known as the Rose Hall Sugar Estate, upon which, sits the legendary Rose Hall Great House. Long in ruins, the house has now been restored to its former glory. This restored Georgian mansion’s decorated with silk wallpaper printed with palms and birds, ornamented with chandeliers, furnished with mostly European antiques, and features a downstairs bar and restaurant – Annie’s Pub. Said to be the greatest of Jamaican great houses, the Rose Hall Great House has a story with all the elements needed to complete an intriguing novel. Come learn of the former mistress of the plantation, who had devilish schemes to rid herself of her husbands and several slave lovers. “The White Witch of Rose Hall” has fascinated generations, and even today, there are those who claim sightings of Annie passing through the Great House. Go on a guided tour of the Rose Hall Great House, and then visit the tomb of Annie Palmer. Perhaps you’ll have eerie encounters yourself!

Greenwood Great House: Private Tour from Montego Bay

10. Greenwood Great House: Private Tour from Montego Bay

Visit the Greenwood Great House and learn about its history on a private, 2-hour tour in Montego Bay. Tour the grounds of this museum and find out about its former owners while learning about life on a sugar plantation. The museum, which was opened in 1976, once belonged to the Barretts. This wealthy British family once owned more than 84,000 acres of land and more than 2,000 slaves. Today, the house is a national monument. On your tour, you will see the historical museum, with much of its original furniture, family portraits, and rooms still intact. It contains the largest plantation library in the island, with up to 300 books, some dated as early as 1697. It also houses exotic musical instruments and antique china silverware. While at the house, you will also enjoy complimentary drinks, including Red Stripe beer, fruit juice, and bottled water.  

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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!

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.

Absolutely amazing experience! Claude was a great driver and was very knowledgeable. We appreciated the great service!! Highly recommend!

Had a great time, and an awesome driver. There were only 2 of us so we ended up having a private tour