We got a non-ship excursion to Dunn's River Falls thru Island Marketing/Denton Pendergast. It included Dunns River Falls/tubing/Fern Gulley and fruit punch. We didn't go to Fern Gulley or get the fruit punch and the drink was much needed! It was a long time from getting off the ship till we could eat/drink. We waited about 30 minutes for the tour van to arrive. When you're excited and everyone else is leaving, 30 minutes seems like forever. Once at the falls we got a guide and hiked up. It was great and my 8 yr old had no problem. We even bought the video at the end. HINT- you can bargain at everything. We paid $30 for the $40 DVD. Maybe you could get it even cheaper. The video was pretty good.
I am now officially on the "I hate the vendors at the end of Dunns River Falls" group. Very pushy and deceiving. Any hint of interest and they latch on to you. Then they have to follow you around their store like you're going to steal their t-shirts or something. One guy was leading us to his shop and another took me by the arm then the 1st guy actually took a swing at him. It was very uncomfortable. Next time (if there is one) we will walk right back to the parking lot and ignore everyone. You have to walk thru the market so no getting around it. Ugh!!!!!! It really turned us off on Jamaica. I'm glad we at least read a lot about it so we were somewhat prepared. Once out of the market, we again had to wait for our van for another 25 mins and be pestered by people trying to sell us junk. I was getting more frustrated with this tour.
I was so thirsty and looking forward to our fruit punch but there was none when the van arrived. There was no way I was going to walk back into the market for a drink though! There was no fern gulley either and the other people wanted to do more sighseeing so my group of 3 were along for the ride.
The river tuning was a lot of fun. The river moved quickly and the bridge to jump off halfway through was fun. This trip took about 45 mins. I see why the cruise lines don't offer the tubing excursion- the place is very "ghetto". It's really small and the streets to get there (like ost of Jamaica we saw) were very narrow and in terrible condition. The actual tube ride was very fun. I recommend it.
We were dropped off at the market by Margaritaville and had a nice, but very expensive lunch. At least they had soda and other drinks there (although they were pretty slow too).
There's a lot of private tour companies out there so I would try someone other than island Marketing/Denton Pendergast next time.