5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

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  • Location:Ocho Rios, Jamaica
  • Duration:5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Best Ocho Rios Shore Excursion: Dunn's River Falls

When your cruise ship pulls into Ocho Rios, take a shore excursion to nearby Dunn’s River Falls, one of Jamaica’s most popular natural attractions. Climb up the naturally formed terraces of the waterfall, if you wish, and swim in the natural pools formed by the river. Or just hang out on the deck at the bottom of the falls to relax and watch your family. You’ll also enjoy a traditional Jamaican lunch at a local restaurant. Round-trip transport from the cruise port is included.


  • Ocho Rios shore excursion to Dunn’s River Falls
  • Don’t miss one of Jamaica’s most famous sights!
  • Climb up the waterfall’s natural terraces, and swim in the small pools along the way
  • Enjoy a traditional Jamaican lunch at a local restaurant
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

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What You Can Expect

Best Ocho Rios Shore Excursion: Dunn's River Falls

Explore Dunn's River Falls while in port in Ocho Rios!

Upon your cruise’s arrival in Ocho Rios, meet your local guide at the port and board your coach or minibus (depending on total group size) for your shore excursion to Dunn’s River Falls, just about 2 miles (3.2 km) west of Ocho Rios on Jamaica’s northern coast.

One of Jamaica’s most beloved natural attractions, Dunn’s River Falls has been featured in movies like Cocktail and Dr No and is known for its lush setting just off the beach. Often called a living phenomenon because it’s continuously rebuilt from minerals in the river, Dunn’s River Falls is one of the world’s only waterfalls that empties directly into the ocean.

When you arrive, listen to a quick introduction from your guide, and then you’re free to enjoy the falls however you wish. Put on non-slip water shoes (available to rent if you don’t have your own) to climb up the 600-foot (180-meter) terraced falls, carefully walking up the ‘steps’ formed by the naturally chiseled rocks. Take breaks along the way to swim in the small lagoons formed on the different levels, and when you reach the top, you’ll be rewarded with a nice view.

If you prefer to just relax, you can hang out on the deck to admire the falls, or go swimming in the natural lagoon at the bottom. When your free time comes to an end, head with your guide to a nearby restaurant for a 1-hour lunch break. Refuel with a traditional Jamaican jerk meal, and relax over a beer or rum cocktail, if you wish (lunch is included; alcoholic beverages are at your own expense).

When lunch is over, head back to the Ocho Rios port to re-board your cruise ship.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return to the Ocho Rios port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

Customer Reviews

islandflower73 United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This was my second time at Dunns River Falls and my husband first. A MUST see and do when in Jamaica! Our driver Kingsley Brown was very nice and professional. He took us on a tour of the surrounding area in Ocho Rios where we saw a beautiful ferngully mountain and he also took us to a hill top where one can see the cruise ships from the view. The only negative thing I would say about visiting Dunn's River falls is that after you have done climbing and are trying to leave you have to walk through a market where the vendors are VERY aggressive and just plainly a nuisance. I understand they are trying to make a living, but they are wayyyy to aggressive! Our guide, Milton, lead a group of us to the top of the river. He actually carried a couple childI strongly advise against taking a child who is younger than 10 years old..it's not fair to the tour guide, other guests or the child! The rocks are slippery and grown adults were having problems trying to climb!!! Some things re not meant for kids!!! while doing this. He also took pics of everyone who asked. There was a video photographer who recorded the entire climb and at the end was selling a copy of the CD for 40bring cash. After Dunn's River we went to a restaurant SCOTHIES..I love this place! To me it's the best place in Jamaica to get jerk chicken or pork! Just bring your patience because the employees work slow, but the food is worth it! Take cash with you so that you can tip and if you decide to buy souveniors. Take small bills otherwise you will get Jamaican money.

James G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Great fun. Yiona and Richard were great and the food at Scotchies Jerk Shack was awesome.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

Mellissa E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

My husband and I loved this tour! We were taken to the falls By our personal guide, then given the opportunity to climb the falls with a tour or on our own (we opted to go it alone), then after climbing the falls we were taken to a local restaurant for delicious local fare (included)...great day!

Jennifer G

3 star rating: Worth doing January 2015

The falls are worth seeing however the mandatory shopping stop was pointless. I was not interested in shopping and would have been happier spending more time at the falls themselves. Finding the tour operator was difficult as the voucher did not say where to meet them once disembarking the ship

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