Dunn's Fall was also much more exhilarating and challenging than I had thought it would be when I booked. I managed easily, even with a slightly dodgy knee (6 weeks after an arthroscopy). Water shoes are a very good idea. I did mine in sneakers, which was also fine but a bit cumbersome at times. Take a towel & change of clothing. Lockers available at a fee. You cannot walk up the falls with a backpack! Got a kick out of "Mama Anette" who was my quintessential Jamaican woman.
This was a little out of my element but I'm glad to say I did it. There were people of all ages there to conquer the falls. Great guides are there to help you through all the stages of the falls. It took at least an hour to climb them only because you hold hands with the person in front of you and go pretty slow. Pretty cool excursion.
After the falls we went to Bamboo Beach Club where our guide Rachel took care of us. They have an open bar with rum punch, mojitos and beer. Then it's on to the great tapas that Rachel serves you. It was a nice day at the Bamboo Beach Club to unwind and enjoy the beach after the climb at the Dunn's River Falls
We booked Dunn's River and snorkeling through this older guy with a fanny pack who was clearly in charge of that port once you got off...we joked and called him the pimp of the pier, lol. $55 pp to go to the falls by boat and snorkel for an hour...very good bargain as ship people paid $100pp. We enjoyed the day very much but be warned, Dunn's river is more difficult than you may think...older people and young, thin children would not do well. My husband had to help a couple around 60 as some of the "steps" are two feet...there's nothing to hold unto as you are climbing the falls and water is constantly rushing at your feet. A boy that was about 35 pounds stumbled and started to get pulled...I picked him up fearing he could get hurt...the mom was grateful and obviously stressed. You can rent swimming shoes or wear hiking sandals...no flip flops for sure and gum shoes would get soaked.
We had a hard time finding the tour leader, then she left us standing as a group in the sun for about 15 minutes while she went for the tickets. At least 15 groups arrived after us, but got their tickets and went in before us. This tour company should be reviewed by Norwegian.
We went tubing down the White River and then hiked up Dunn's River Falls. It was probably my favorite excursion of the trip. One thing I didn't like is they took up to a couple of shop before the fun started and tried to make us feel obligated to purchase something. I asked the tour guide why they did this and they said the shops have a contract with the cruise ships to bring passengers there.
To many ships in port and some confusion with the guides, we were a group of ten and they linked us with another group, which we seem to have overlooked, other groups arriving after us were taken in first and after many of the group complained they finally looked after us.
At $49pp this was well worth the $$ Of course you will still (and always) have to battle crowds to get to your excursion but this was the best bang for the buck. Great time battling UP river. NO time constraints and lots of fun. Go in your bathing suit and have fun!!!
Did not understand that you can climb up the falls on the rocks. So bring your bathing suits and prepare to get wet. I did not do the climb and you don't have to. You can take the steps and path to different viewing platforms along the way. If you climb the falls, you start at the bottom where it flows into the ocean. So you start on the beach in your tour group and head up the falls. Looked like fun in the water.
We had a blast on this tour (well, the Dunn's River Falls part.) Climbing up the falls was a challenge, but the guides did a good job of keeping you going. Definitely a sense of accomplishment at finishing! Second part (Bamboo Beach Club, non-VIP) wasn't as good -- uncomfortable chairs, sketchy food, watery drinks.
Climbed up the 150 Foot Waterfall (not next to the waterfall, actually in it) with my family. Water shoes are necessary as well as a swim suit! Doable for myself, fiance, and my 9 and 7 year olds. It was great fun!
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