Ocho Rios Dunn's River Falls Excursion Reviews
At Dunns River Falls, there was another locker situation, however this was $8 and you got $3 back. We got into our groups and headed to the bottom of the Falls. It was not what I expected at all. It was scary! You couldn't see where you were putting your feet and water was rushing over them so it was hard to balance and then at the same time everybody has to hold hands which just makes it ten times harder. We all made it to the top without any problems but everyone was shocked at how dangerous it was. You have to have river shoes/surf shoes to go or they won't let you up there. The guides were really really helpful and I was truly grateful to them. I was glad when it was over though.
Pickup late twice. Dunn's river overrun with cruisers but still nice,
Really enjoyed climb up the falls, but it is difficult. Hard to take your own pictures and not thrilled with the video/pictures we bought from guide but they are OK. Celebrity docks at a very dumpy location. After climbing the falls we tried to walk to a nearby beach and they were dirty and we didn't really feel safe, even at the pay beach. If you want a good beach you'll have to pay for it. And celebrity gouges you for 50-70 per person just to take you to a good beach. Seems like that ought to be includes.
I've done this several times before. This one was horrible. The crew was pushy and rude. Got there late so we only had time for the top half. The most unfriendly bunch of ass-holes I've ever had to deal with. I usually tip generously, but I had no problem stiffing the entire crew. Cheap-Cheap-Cheap. RC should be ashamed for recommended them!
It was a pleasant surprise that the ship was detoured here from Falmouth. It meant that we were only a short cab ride ($10/pp return) to the falls. Entry to the falls was $20/pp. We did end up buying (required) water shoes ($10/pp). This was a significant savings from the same trip sold by the ship. The only thing I found was that the falls are VERY commercial, we were lead up by a guide, almost like cattle. There were some nice opportunities to stop and take family pictures, but there was a feeling of needing to move the group along. Make sure to take your water camera, but NOT your cell phone (My husband made this mistake!!).
We did the Dunn's River Falls Express. This is a great excursion, worth every penny. Take cash to buy the DVD because you will not have a lot of time to take pictures while you climb and unless it is waterproof your tour guide will be holding it and taking your pictures or handing you the camera. The tour guides are a lot of fun.
If you want to see Dunn's River Falls, book thru jaital.com. It's only $35/person. Cruise lines cost more than twice than for the same activities. Don't let the cruise lines use their scare tactics to prevent you from booking an excursion with an independent company!!!!
Jaital has Very safe and reliable guides. Stacey and Orlando took care of us. Very kind and generous people. Stacey took our pictures with our cell phone as we climbed the falls. She stood on the boardwalk, where spectators can look on and stay dry while others climb the falls. She also held onto our stuff so that we didn't have to get a locker!!! She was very kind.
It was also refreshing that neither her nor Orlando (our taxi bus driver) asked for tips. We gave them a very generous tip because they earned it and they never asked for it!!! They were very kind and hospitable people. Stacey gives a lot of historic info on Jamica as you travel on the short taxi ride.
Went to the falls on a tour but did not climb it nor would we ever. This place would definitely not pass in the USA nor would insurances cover it. The people who did do it said they really enjoyed it. This tour also went to a botanical garden but we didn't want to so we left the tour early. If I had done my research better I wouldn't have taken this tour. Also we were not crazy about Jamaica.
Excellent time, besides being offered drugs on way out of Dunns
Unless you have already done it, climbing Dunn's River Falls is undoubtedly THE THING to do on excursion at Ocho Rios. Although not for people with mobility challenges, the Falls are very doable for the majority of cruise passengers. We chose a local tour operator, Mark Morris, who charged significantly less than other excursion companies but still provided excellent service and a very entertaining and welcoming experience. I would recommend Mark to anyone visiting Ocho Rios. We were glad to have taken the self-guided option of climbing the Falls, but I spoke to lots of fellow passengers who enjoyed the entertainment provided by their guide. Your choice, but don't miss it!
The actual experience of climbing the falls itself was great. I would recommend this while visiting Ocho Rios. However, the gauntlet of aggressive locals forcing their goods on you that you are forced through upon exit is horrible. We decided not to even bother going into town to avoid a similar experience.
We did the NCL excursion that went to Bobsled Jamaica and then Dunn’s River Falls. It was a great excursion and I would definitely recommend it. The most unexpected and pleasant part of the excursion was the chair-lift (Sky Explorer?) ride to the top of the mountain for the bobsled experience. It was about a 20 minute ride, so peaceful, amazing views – I loved it! (My sister-in-law, who is terrified of heights yet somehow wound up on this excursion with us, did not. So if you have a paralyzing fear of heights, probably best to skip it.) The bobsled ride had a bit of a line so we had to wait maybe 20-30 minutes before getting a “sled”. There was a beautiful infinity pool right next to where you load into the bobsleds, and it had a water slide as well, but no one ever suggested we could use the pool or the slide (although the NCL literature does speak about these features as though they are included). In any case the bobsled ride was much more fun than I expected – I thought I would be pushing the handbrake (you can control your own speed) the entire ride, but it turned out it was fun to let it go a little bit. It was like a make-your-own roller coaster. At the bottom the track pulls you onto a cable and then all the way back up the mountain again (picture the long uphill climb on a roller coaster). At the top of the mountain, you leave your sled and there is (of course) a gift shop and some artisans there, as well as some barbecue. You board the chairlift again to descend the mountain, and while it’s much less scenic than the climb (it’s a lot lower and sort of shaded by trees), it’s a lot cooler because of the shade! Next we were sent to buses that took us up the street (less than a few minutes) to Dunn’s River Falls. We were assigned a woman who took us into the site, got our wristbands, gave some instructions about lockers and such, and then turned us over to the line where we waited to be put together with our guide. The guide is the one who leads a large group of people (15-20, I’d say) up the falls. Typically they want everyone to hold hands. Side note, the sign by the lockers says NO personal effects, including cameras, on the falls, but when we got down to the bottom, everyone had their waterproof cameras with them, so I guess that should be noted as a SUGGESTION (I was very disappointed to have followed the “rules” only to find I could have brought it along). The lockers cost $8, $3 of which they give back when you return the key. I don’t recommend carrying anything else as it’s a fairly strenuous activity! Oh, and BRING WATER SHOES or you will have to buy them there. You can’t climb without them. I wasn’t sure I’d make it all the way up – I’m not in anything resembling good physical shape. The guide was very helpful and after the initial part of the climb, which was somewhat grueling, I inquired about departing and walking up the stairs that go alongside the falls. He assured me that the hardest part was over and that he would get me up! And he did. It took about an hour to climb the falls. All told this excursion is listed at like 3.5 hours but I think it took a bit longer, and could take longer still if you did much in the way of shopping in the markets. (Yes, the vendors at the artisans market after the falls are “pushy”, in the sense that they want you to buy stuff, but most were perfectly fine with a “no thank you” as you kept walking by. The sad thing is they all sell the same stuff.)
our first time in Jamaica. we booked this tour for 2 adults and 5 kids. ages 14-19
it was a lot of fun. we were able to leave our things on the boat to do the falls. did not have to worry about renting a locker. the people on the party boat were a lot of fun. they did take photos and I bought a disc for $10.00 that had 3 photos on it. the falls are very pretty. 2 of my boys did not go up. one has a disability and the other said the water was too cold! I did the dry walk and hopped in to the falls half way up. I had a water camera on my wrist and was able to take photos. The guides take many people up like a human train. they get you up as fast as they can so they can get another group up. they video and want you to pay $40.00 for it when you are done. we said no thanks. they were very pushy!! we stuck to our guns and said no. party on boat after was a lot of fun. lots of rum punch. we were back to the ship by noon. still in a party mood. we got a cab (through one of the workers on the excursion) and he took the 7 of us to a beach for $70.00 it was clean, food was good and we had a good time, his original price was $20 per person, to take us to Montego bay, we didn't have enough cash on us so he took us to another place. it had a restaurant and bathrooms. we had a good time. we called him when we were ready to go back to the ship.
The falls were beautiful. We had the option of walking the boardwalk instead of the Falls and it was still way more exertion than I expected for a Level 1 excursion. Also, we got rained on (lightly) in a rain forest, which was kind of cool in some way. Good guide. Great driver.
We have been to the falls before and knew what to expect. I feel the shops afterwards are very pushy and they all sell the same thing. And you cant exit without going through the market. So you have to actually be rude because they are so pushy. Don't linger to look at anything or they pounce on you. I would have spent money there if they would just leave me alone and let me browse!
The falls themselves are beautiful.
We did a Dolphin SeaTrek in Jamaica and it was amazing. We went to Dunn's River Falls afterward as part of the tour, but I could have done without that and spent more time at Dolphin Cove instead. The falls were not as large as I expected from the advertisements, however, they were beautiful!
Dunn's River is a must.
Jamaica was beautiful, but I was turned off by how aggressive the locals were trying to get us to buy things. I understand that tourism is their main source of revenue, and I was prepared to spend some money, but being harassed by people every time I took a step was not enjoyable. The Dunn's River Falls were pretty cool.
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
Ocho Rios...It is true what they say...you will be harassed by the natives, but this did not stop us from having fun. We learned to say, "No thanks Man!"
We booked "Dunn's River Falls and the Dolphin Cove". Climbing the falls was so much fun. It seemed never-ending in the moment, but ended up being a blast! The Dolphin Cove wasn't that great, as the show was somewhat boring. I'd suggest booking another excursion which includes the falls. Some people swam with the dolphins. That looked like more fun.