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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.

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Dolphin Swim Encounter – Dolphin Cove, Ocho Rios, Jamaica

2. 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!

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Jamaica: Bioluminescent Lagoon Boat Cruise with Transfers

3. 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.

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

4. 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.

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Ocho Rios: Dunn's River Catamaran Cruise with Snorkeling

5. Ocho Rios: Dunn's River Catamaran Cruise with Snorkeling

All aboard a fantastic catamaran cruise to one of Jamaica's natural treasures, Dunn's River Falls. Enjoy drinks, music, dancing and, a secret-ingredient signature cocktail. Relax as the DJ spins a reggae soundtrack, and the crew plays host on this luxury catamaran adventure. Take in the panoramic views as you sail across crystal, blue waters. Stop to swim and snorkel in the warm ocean, meeting a variety of underwater wildlife. Back on board for another delicious cocktail, as you head toward towards more breathtaking natural beauty.  As a highlight, experience the majesty of Dunn’s River Falls, led by expert guides. Join hands to form a human chain, as you wind your way up the rocky slopes of this 600 foot waterfall. Pose for snapshots amid the luxuriant foliage that lines the sides of the ascending falls. Cascading down from its untainted source high in the mountains, feel refreshed as the water hits your skin.

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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!

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Swim With The Amazing Sharks of Dolphin Cove, Ocho Rios

7. 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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Jamaica: Dunn’s River Falls and Jungle River Tubing Tour

8. Jamaica: Dunn’s River Falls and Jungle River Tubing Tour

Meet your guide at your hotel and drive along scenic roads to the town of Ocho Rios. Enter the natural park and break off into groups, where experienced guides will conduct a brief safety and introductory session before climbing up the falls. Wander through the tropical flora of the park to the famous Dunn’s River Falls, admiring the beautiful scenery.  For those who do not wish to climb, enjoy taking pictures and take in the view from the boardwalk along the falls. After your waterfall experience, stop for lunch at one of Jamaica’s favorite jerk centers. Savor a delicious meal with an ice cold Red Stripe beer or tropical fruit drink. A short drive later, board your tube in the cool waters of the White River. With the assistance of your guide, enjoy the rapids and the calms of the river. Relax and admire the natural beauty as you drift downstream. At the end of your amazing experience, unwind during the comfortable drive back to your hotel or cruise ship with a heart filled with Jamaica.

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From Ocho Rios / Runaway Bay: Day Trip to Dunn's River Falls

9. From Ocho Rios / Runaway Bay: Day Trip to Dunn's River Falls

Climb to the top of the famous Jamaican waterfall with the help of your guide, stopping to take pictures along the way. Feel invigorated as the water from the cascading falls massages your feet. Stay cool during your walk up the giant, terraced steps of the waterfall thanks to the shade provided by the bordering forest. Marvel at the natural rock slides and swimming lagoons of the waterfall that empties directly into the Caribbean Sea.

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Ocho Rios: Dolphin Cove Tickets

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Ocho Rios

Overall rating

3.4 / 5

based on 22 reviews

We so enjoyed this excursion but what made it all work was our bus driver, Robert! He did a great job taking us to all our excursions! The guide for the falls was excellent as well and we felt so safe climbing the falls!

we had a really good time. Mark and Jason was great! definitely will use Mark again!!

Great experience. We added the lagoon tour. From beginning to end the tour was great.

Picked up on time, well organized. The driver was very friendly and explained a lot.

Great excursion. Party of 4 and we thoroughly enjoyed the trip