Ocho Rios Dunn's River Falls Excursion Reviews
The 4 wheel drive tour was interesting - to a coffee plantation, up a mountain, through the jungle The climb up the waterfall was fun - but extremely crowded! The locals were very bold about asking for tips, which may be a difference in culture (you are in a foreign country, so expect things to be different!) from where we're from. It didn't feel comfortable, but it felt even more awkward to just walk away. On the drive around the countryside, it was very obvious this is a very poor country. We were with tour guides and other people the whole time, but we like to wander around a bit by ourselves and didn't really feel comfortable doing that this time. Jamaica is lush and gorgeous to behold, but I'm not sure we would return.
Excellent excursion! Knowledgeable tour guide "Mr T" took us everywhere and showed us up close about plants and fruits. Tour ended with Dunn's River Falls and my other half climbed the river. Bring water shoes if you have them or you can rent for $8 or buy for $10.
Dunn's Falls was pretty cool. My husband got tired of it about half way through. $40 for a video seems too high for what was. And BEWARE, do not touch anything that you do not want to buy (especially on the way out). They will make you pay for anything you touch or sign up for! We will skip this tour next time.
Ocho Rios was a great port. The Dunn's River Falls was perfectly beautiful. Warm waters, and a soft sandy beach. The trek up the waterfall was safe and we had a very nice guide. (They do beg and push donations a lot for the guides). When leaving the falls, beware they will walk you thru tent city which does have some awesome gifts but they are extremely pushy, and will grab you. Stay on path and walk quickly.
The Dunn River fall was a lot of fun but plan on getting wet. You will get a wrist band for the falls at the entrance and you will also need water shoes.You can rent them there but they cost $7 to rent, I think, and $9 to buy. Make sure that whatever you have on you can get wet. They do have lockers but and they cost a few dollars to rent, I wouldn't leave much of value There was a bit of confusion as to groups but the leaders tour guides were pretty good. We had a lot of fun. Word of warning. The falls are slippery and it is quite easy to twist an ankle if you aren't careful. Take your time!At the end they will do a hard sell on the video, which is $40. I don't think it's worth it but to each his own. They will take pictures with your camera as well. We got some good shots going up the falls this way. They will also try to sell you still shots as well as you come out of the falls area. These were $8 or so (cheaper than the cruise pix) so we actually bought one. You have to endure some very aggressive souvenir vendors at the falls but just walk through them and it's just an annoyance.
The town Ocho Rios is to be avoided. We bought some cards in the "Taj Mahal" shopping area and had to walk about a quarter of a mile into town to mail them. It was literally like stepping into a third world country. We had one who pestered us from Taj to the post office and back, wanting us to visit his stand. I basically had to say we weren't interested about 20 times before he left me alone. Jamaica has a laid back facade with a strong undercurrent of violence (it has one of the highest murder rates in the world) so stay in the main tourist areas. The Island Village area has fallen on hard times, many of the shops have closed.
Dunn's River Falls was amazing! Bring water shoes or you'll have to pay $7 to rent them. It was a great experience. Went on a small tour of part of the island. Very poor, lots of desperate people wanting to make a buck. Will do anything for your money including begging, back flips or selling you junk. Bob Marley was around every corner.
We were a party of 16 so we booked a complete minivan to get to Dunn's River Falls but the taxi prices are fixed to 10$/person (kid or adult) and we were not able to bring this price down even just a little. But we had a lot of fun in the falls and you have to do it at least once in your life.
In Jamaica we did Duns River falls cool running’s catamaran was nice and we could leave our stuff on the boat and it was safe that was nice while we climbed the falls. Note to all of you wear glasses you need sport glasses they suggest you do not wear your glasses to climb the falls well that makes it hard to see if you need them. Also if you have a camera it must be waterproof and you need a strap you can get the strap on Amazon. If you just say no thank you and keep walking they leave you alone the vendors
The falls are tough if your older or not in shape there is steps on the side but its 900 feet of climbing and you get wet from head to toe
Jamaica was typical Jamaica. Creepy aggressive people. Polite in speak, but relentless. Another tourist near me actually screamed at someone to just shut up. Not really necessary, but I can see why he lost his temper. Climbing the falls was fun, but so crowded. I've done it before and wanted to try to climb without a guide this time. Should have been easy but it was so crowded there was nowhere to go.
If you're adventurous, skip the long line of people waiting for a tour guide and climb the falls by yourself. you won't be linked up to anyone so you can see much more of the falls and go at your own pace. plus, you don't have to wait in the endless crowds of people.
Fantastic once in a life time experience. The water was chilly at first, but so worth it. The guides that took us up this trek were nice and fun. They made us stop and sit in the waterfall. They we all got to slide down a real rock slide. Our group all got to fall into the water backwards. These are things I would never do on my own, but they encouraged us all to do it and I'm so glad they did. It was a lot of fun.
Falls were awesome; however, getting there was ridiculous. The Jamaican tour group members were not communicating with each other, grabbing cruise guest to put them on the excursion buses (irregardless of whether or not they were traveling w/ another group). The buses did not all have a/c and 1/2 of the time was spent waiting. Once we walked the falls, we had to go through this market gauntlet - constantly harassed for the same stuff. We were then taken to a "private" beach were we were served rum and juice drinks (really bad rum and weak juice) and food (again more waiting for bad food).
If you are interested in Dunns River - get a cab and do it yourself! be prepared to hide your cash as you leave the falls through their market.
Took Kayak adventure to Fall's. About 100 metre paddle. Have seen the Fall's before. Was hoping for Kayaking. Didn't deliver. Jamaica is a sketchy joint with too many beggars and dope dealers
The excursion was Dunn's River Falls with shopping and beach break at Bamboo Beach Club. We started off on a bus ride to Dunn's River Falls with our wonderful tour guides Deandra and Kemone who I believe work with the Bamboo Beach Club. Our guides gave us some directions and information about Jamaica on our way to the falls. Once we got there they organized us and off we went. The falls were amazing and a must see even if you just walk along side of them. My wife completed the walk up even though she was terrified. A good tip when they take through the market after the falls on your way to your bus listen to what your guides tell you and there won't be any problem. I had read a lot of bad reviews about how aggressive they were but I actually didn't find it bad at all. I simply didn't take anything that was offered to me, didn't get into any conversation and tried to avoid eye contact if possible. A couple of time I gave them a firm NO as we were instructed since if you give them a firm NO they will not bother you.
After the falls we were off to do some shopping which was right outside of the port. There is only a few shops which are your typical port shops. Nothing exciting but I didn't care I wanted to get to the beach. The stop was for only 20 minutes which was more then enough and didn't hear any complaints from anyone.
We were then off to Bamboo Beach Club. At first glance not what I was expecting but after a few rum punches and beers everything was good. Things to remember here the put you with your group if you want to wander off let your guides know where you are so they can find you for drinks and food. If you wander off and don't tell them don't complain they didn't server you anything. We received plenty to drink and eat. The Jamaica food was amazing. We then got treated to some dancing by all the tour guides from each groups as well as some authenticate Jamaican style dancing with dancers that are part of the club. As we were leaving we were greeted with another big tray of drinks for the road. This tour was worth every penny. The only thing I can say is the down fall is there are so many people to tip. (Tour guides, bus driver (although I think we were the only ones to tip him), the people helping you up the falls, the guy taking the video tape as you are going up the falls) Tip bring extra money for all the tipping.
Michelle from Mark Morris tours picked us up at the cruiseport and took us to the River Tubing portion of our tour first. This was a great decision since we were able to get there before the crowds. We enjoyed a leisurely trip down the river with a nice young (19 yrs old) guide. Michelle got our tickets, made sure we got off and then met us at the end. We were able to lock our belongings in her van and just take our waterproof camera with us. After the river tubing, we were off to Dunn's River Falls. Again, Michelle got our entrance tickets and guided us into the park. We decided to go without a guide which was a great decision. We were able to walk past hundreds of people waiting for a guide and go straight to the bottom of the Falls. Michelle watched while we got started then went back to the vehicle. We were able to make our way up the falls without having to wait very often. With the groups, they were waiting at many sections for pictures to be taken. Since it was just the 4 of us we could get our pictures and keep moving. It was a challenging climb - we are all in our mid 50's - but the guys were able to help us out when we needed a boost! After we got to the top we were able to make our way quickly through the vendors without much of a hassle - a simple "no thanks" seemed to go a long way. We stopped for a beer before leaving the park. Michelle met us right at the exit and took us back to the van. At this point we were able to go shopping or for lunch or wherever or whatever we wanted to do. We opted to return to the ship since we are not shoppers. Back at the ship we settled up with Michelle - $65 each plus our tip. A very reasonable price for a great private tour (just the 4 of us). I would highly recommend Mark Morris tours for an excursion in Jamaica.
I enjoyed the boat ride to the falls. I did not enjoy the falls so much because our guide insisted upon taking up the middle of the falls away from the wall. I felt that was more dangerous because there was nothing to hold onto but each other.
We did the Dunn's River Falls and exclusive snorkeling excursion here. The snorkeling was a little cheesy...not what we expected. Don't think we'll be doing it again.
The Falls was most definitely a unique experience. Everyone in the tour group had to hold hands and make the trek up the falls. We got a workout from it and got some nice pictures. Overall, a very fun experience.
The only thing we were wary about were the locals. They can be a bit intimidating and pushy, but then again, that's how they make their money. We wanted to go River Tubing afterward, but since we didn't have any cash on us, we couldn't do a whole lot else. Ended up going back to the cruise ship an hour early.
Great time. Pestered to death for tips at every turn.
walk off the ship got into a taxi with 20 others-was $25 each instead of the 60 the ship wanted