Here’s how our tour started…..
We were picked up an hour late from the actual scheduled time, which was okay I guess….seems like everyone in Jamaica is always running later. Once we got to 9 mile the tour was good, you’re only there for maybe an hour at the most. The trip back I could have done without as my thoughts were it should have ended then. But you stop for lunch which is a part of the tour. That was fine however our tour guide insisted on ordering our food, which was strange because all you could order was jerk chicken. Well when we got our food it was cold and disgusting, I think it was from the day before.....seriously. My guess is that she bartered for it as she waited tables for them while we were there and also tried to sell her jewelry. Another guy in our group ordered food and paid for it on his own and it was fresh. After that I thought we were definitely done but we stopped again at some place to go shopping. Now mind you there is a place to go shopping at 9 mile. In my opinion there were way too many stops the tour could have ended earlier. I honestly felt like a kid trapped on a school field trip.
it was Lovely...very nice tour indeed...nine miles was nice because the guide were funny and tell things in a very good way
Not what I was expecting. The Falls are extremly packed so its hard to get around and enjoy the beauty. People from the market place are very pushy! 9 mile is a long drive to the top of the mountain. This is not a hike!! Once you get to Bob Marley's house you get a peaceful sense. You feel him there
The falls was so much fun and not quite as challenging as it looks. The Bob Marley 9-Mile was an interesting experience in more ways than one. The driver and tour guide were not the best. The tour guide was limited as far as speaking clear English. She did not narrate at all during the duration of the close to 2 hour bus trek. The driver and tour guide appeared to be at some kind of odds at certain points of the trip. The ride to Bob Marley's 9-mile was very tedious in the mountains on what appeared to be a single lane road...rocky/dirt at times with our big tour bus. Several times the few cars in sight had to stop or ride on the very edge because of our bus. A van even had to back up to let us through. I am not sure if this was a real road...the driver seemed suspect throughout. However, once we arrived at the Falls and Nine Mile the excursions were well worth it. The transportation aspect (driver and tour guide on the bus), were the only negatives. I would definitely recommend using "Vacation Express" for scheduling excursions and NOT "Holiday Services" We had both and it was definitely a difference.
Great tour! Our guide, priest Jerome, was very entertaining and also informative. A rather long drive was turned into a fun and enjoyable one. Nine Mile is as expected quite commercialized, with t-shirts and all types of goods for sale, but the guide there was also great!
The value of the trip was fantastic! We were picked up on time and greeted warmly at our hotel. Now the things I didn't like or appreciate was there was not a lot of interaction on the long ride to Nine Mile, having been once before I already knew of several "hot spots" along the way from my previous guide years prior, but my 2 sisters had never been and neither had the other 2 guests aboard. I was disappointed that our guide didn't point out more along the way up. The second thing I really did not appreciate is that we were hustled into buying water shoes for Dunn River Falls by what seemed to be a set up with a vendor on the side of the road, again, I have been before and did not need water shoes but our driver insisted we HAD to buy them or they wouldn't let us climb the falls. Well, as I remember it's only suggested you wear water shoes not mandatory you could also rent some if you didn't want to buy some. So we were all out $12 that could have gone toward a better tip for our driver or other guides. So beware...at the falls water shoes are not mandatory and you can rent them there. I am all for supporting local business but don't hustle me. Please....but again I would highly recommend the tour for price alone...good deal.
Tour guide was great.. Didn't really enjoy the drive to Nine Mile but other than that it was awesome.. Best price I could find!!
Oy! Well, the short version of this story is that the guide you get means a lot. Having said that, we had a rough day, but I am sure this tour would be better had we had a better guide.
First off, we got picked up in Negril. We were the first on the bus at 8am. Our driver arrived 20 mins early which we were happy about, but this made for a long day. By time we picked other passengers at their hotels, the guide (in Mo Bay), and finally made it to Dunn's River Falls it was noon.
Second, the guide. English was her second language. She was filling in last minute for the English tour guide that apparently called out. She gave us zero info (minus the situation she was in) on the tour. No heads up on where we were, what we were seeing, what's coming up next. She rushed us off the bus at Dunn's River and kept complaining that we were not "on time". Not to mention her fighting with the driver. She was not pleasant.
Finally, our driver ran out of gas before getting us back to our hotel. We had to take a $20.00 US cab ride home from another Negril hotel to get back. This was the nail in the coffin after a 15 hr day that consisted mostly of driving and staring out the window at we were not sure what since our guide was silent.
Tips for this trip
- If you are getting picked up from Negril, prepare for a LONG day
- Bring food. You get fed once so snacks to have on the bus are paramount. We got lunch at 2:30pm and did not get back to the hotel in Negril until 10:00pm
- The ride to 9 Mile is treacherous with windy crap roads with one lane off the face of a cliff. Would have been nice to get a heads up on that. The ride from Dunn's River to 9 Mile and back to the hotel is the majority of the trip. Prepare to spend hours and hours on the bus
- Bring change to tip, as you would on any tour
- Luminous Lagoon option? This was not mentioned once by our driver or the tour guide. Rule it out if you have to make it back to Negril
This was one of the worst days of my life. We had only been in Jamaica for a day and we went on this tour. From the moment we boarded the bus, I began to have bad feelings. The ride to nine mile was like a roller coaster that never stopped. The driver never told us the itinerary for the day or anything. When we arrived at Nine mile people were passing out and selling marijuna. Some of the people in our group were buying it, stopping and eating brownies with marijuna, etc. I was very uncomfortable with the whole situation. Our guide at the nine mile was pretty good. Then we got back on the bus; still nothing from the driver. We stopped about 2:15 for lunch. Lunch was good. We got back on the bus and stopped to buy shoes for the river. We were told we had to have them and we would need to buy them since if we rented them we had to leave our shoes behind. This cost us 20 dollars. Then during the river part, I decided to not do it since I was afraid I'd fall and some man tried to hustle me and take money from me. This made me very uncomfortable. I couldn't wait for the group to return. Our group had to wait a good 30 minutes for a guide as the guide that was assigned to us abandoned us. Then back on the bus. My husband and I were dropped off at glistening waters for the next tour....we waited about 75 minutes for our tour.....which was NOT worth the wait. I was scared and very uncomfortable. We were starving and my husband who is diabetic really needed to eat. We finally got back to the hotel at 9:50. I will NEVER do this again.
Absolutely awesome day out and learned lots about Bob Marley's life and career. The staff were very friendly and our guide, Captain Crazy was absolutely fantastic. A must-do trip for anyone who is interested in Bob Marley or the Rastafarian culture and the jerk chicken place we stopped off for lunch was lovely. Great trip to compliment our honeymoon.
Great tour! The stops were all awesome!!
There was a spiritual presence at Bob Marley's Nine Mile. It was inspirational and well worth the hike to get there! Lunch was tasty authentic Jamaican food, but it wasn't enough. We were pushed for time at Dunn's River, but it was fun. Take your camera! Warm water in the lagoon! Horace=great driver!
Great tour guide
One of the highlights of my trip. Bernard was an amazing guide and truly fun to hang out with. Didn't realize that we would be stopping for Shopping, Columbus Park and be having dinner before the luminous lagoon, which was a great surprise. Good times!
Loading more reviews