Ocho Rios Irie Blue Hole Excursion Reviews
I am not a fan of Jamaica and tried the Blue Hole rather then Dunn's River Falls. Unfortunately, you must be "guided" by people who make it clear they aren't being paid by the property owner even though one already pays an admission. Therefore, it is another tip and they make you want to give them as much as possible. Unfortunately I fell down and my knee was bleeding and I elected to leave early (sorry for the gross details). I also saw Ocho Rios (not much to see) and saw some of the ghetto areas in St Mary's parrish (this is where the tour guide took us). I would have elected something nicer for the day. Next time, I will stay on board if I am in Jamaica!
This was by far one of the most beautiful, fun excursions I have ever done. The tour guides were amazing, really fun & knowledgeable. This was certainly off the beaten path, after a bit of a drive on a super bumpy road, we climb down to this beautiful waterfall on the river. The water is gorgeous, we did some climbing, jumping, swinging, swimming. It was great. The guides took tons of pictures of us. We were the only group there, it was like our own private oasis!
Blue Hole was amazing!! It is a must see! Our guide, Omar was really a sweet kid! He was helpful, careful and stood by our side the entire time. You will enjoy every minute of the experience, it is beautiful. Wear water shoes and shorts. Go to The Blue Hole and ask for Omar! And give Omar a nice tip too!! He deserves it!
This company was recommended by a friend. They offer many choices, Made reservation ahead on-line, and they had our names and were expecting us. This port is very organized and it's easy to get on a tour. (Honestly doesn't look like those booked with the cruise line are any different.) The ride is about 1/2 an hour, it was interesting and you see how the people live there. Our guide spoke the whole way...There is a pretty waterfall, you get to jump into the water with several options of where to go in...either from a high jump, a lower jump or even in a cave that goes under the waterfall, and then swing from a tarzan rope in another section. You NEED water shoes...I didn't have them and wish I had. Something else I wish I would have known is that You can ask to stay longer and play in the water (once you get used to the COLD temperature), you can go on the rope again or jump again... but you need to know to ask or they tell you to go to the side and wait for the driver...we waited doing nothing for 45 minutes and then the driver said we could stay another hour and he would come back but we already got dressed. If you don't it's a pretty short excursion if you don't combine it with something else like tubing or Dunn's River falls.
We booked with an independent named Noel through Chris Linton tours. The whole island is full of people haranguing you for dollars, it is a very poor country. He took care of us and we never felt unsafe except for some of the crazy driving that all the locals do. Took us to the blue hole, which was incredible, Skotchies in the jerk village (best chicken we've ever eaten), and a beach where the water was so gorgeous!...all for 150 plus tip and meal. We also paid $10 for the blue hole and paid our guide Ice Cold, who was equally amazing a $20 tip. These are kids, but very attentive and practiced in navigating the falls safely with all kinds of people. The Blue Hole is not to be missed. As far as
Our driver, there always seemed to be something sketchy going on in the background. We observed him getting paid off to take us to a shop to buy souvenirs...I told my party as soon as we got there that he was getting a kickback for bringing us, it was very expensive, even though he sId he was taking us to a less expensive area. But all in all. It is the way of these very poor people. We had a great day, felt safe, he was very personable and took good care of us for what we felt was a very reasonable price and stayed with us the whole time. We were also informed at the end that the original tour guide Chris, who did pay us a visit , was going to take a cut of the money of course, so we ended up tipping him another $20 each couple. Beautiful place, but be awAre that everyone is on the take and expecting a tip for everything.
Irie Blue Hole is the best of Jamaica. Imagine Dunns River Falls without 2000 people combined with cliff diving... Our guides (Mike and Taj) were the best, personable and very helpful, knew the river and falls like the back of their hands and were well deserving of their tips. Our taxi driver was ours for the day at $25/per person and was the best. Google search "Rusty Irie blue hole" to find his info. Icebread at yahoo if you cant find it yourself. Had a blast.
Amazing! Awesome! Beautiful!! Totally recommend! Cliffs to jump off and ropes to swing from!! The water was really cold, but refreshing! The guy that took us from top to bottom of the Hole was Great! He carried my daughter who is 4 yrs old during the hard parts of the climb! This place hardly had any people and we had spent a good 2 hours here! It was the best part of the cruise! This place is Awesome!!!!