Martha Brae River Tours

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The Martha Brae River, a 20-mile (32-kilometer) stretch of turquoise water winding through Jamaica’s tropical inland rain forests, is an essential stop for nature lovers traveling through the Caribbean island. Though primarily a stopover for a quick rafting trip, the river’s prime location near other natural attractions and its wide diversity of wildlife makes it a worthwhile addition to any Jamaica vacation.

The Basics
Whitewater rafters can leave their need-for-speed behind—rafting tours on the Martha Brae River float along on island time. Board a traditional bamboo raft for a calm ride led by raft captains who paddle and steer using long stalks of bamboo, leaving you free to focus on the diverse wildlife lining the shores. For a more active outing, combine a rafting trip with visits to nearby attractions such as the Luminous Lagoon, flush with bioluminescent phytoplankton that cause the water to glow at night, or the climbing course and natural water slide at Dunn’s River Falls. Most guided tours include refreshments, lunch, and round-trip transportation.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Martha Brae River is a must-see for nature lovers.
  • The disembarkation area offers amenities such as a restroom, lounge area, and bar.
  • Luminous Lagoon is best seen after dark, so plan for a late-afternoon start if you want to see both attractions in one trip.
  • Private Martha Brae river-rafting tours offer a romantic and personalized experience.
  • Miss Martha's Herb Garden, located at the embarkation point at Rafter’s Village, makes for a quick but informative stop to learn about Caribbean traditional medicinal and culinary herbs. 

How to Get There
The small coastal town of Falmouth is the closest city to the Martha Brae headwaters, located just three miles (four kilometers) away. Montego Bay and Ocho Rios are each roughly an hour’s drive.

When to Get There
Jamaica’s year-round warm temperatures make it easy to plan a trip during any season, with the exception of May and October through November, which bring rain and hurricanes.
Location
Address: A1 Highway, Falmouth, Jamaica
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Hours: Open Daily
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Admission: Free
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Martha Brae Rafting and Luminous Lagoon Tour

Experience Jamaica's aquatic attractions by day and by night. Float down the scenic Martha Brae River on a bamboo raft, and swim among the enchanting natural glow of the Mystic Luminous Lagoon. Soak up local culture, too, as you visit a medicinal herb garden, tour the historic town of Falmouth, and end the day with a Jamaican beach party.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Private Dunn's River Falls and Martha Brae River Rafting Tour from Montego Bay

This Montego Bay excursion combines a waterfall climb and river rafting adventure—allowing you to experience multiple island highlights in a single trip. Trek to the top of Dunn’s River Falls safely with a guide, then float down the calms of the Martha Brae River on a bamboo raft and easily navigate its rapids, twists, and turns. During the tour, you'll also have time to shop for souvenirs.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Martha Brae River Rafting Private Transport from Montego Bay

Enjoy a convenient and comfortable ride to Martha Brae Rafting Village from your hotel in Montego Bay with this private round-trip transfer service. As you ride, catch sight of the beautiful scenery from your vehicle’s windows as your guide tells you all about the area’s history. Plus, you can relax with a beer or fruit punch on board before you arrive at your destination.Please note: This is just a private transfer service to Martha Brae Rafting Village from Montego Bay. A river rafting experience must be purchased separately. 
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Luminous Lagoon Night Tour from Montego Bay

Learn about the bioluminescent Luminous Lagoon through a guide's insightful commentary on this nighttime tour from Grand Palladium or Montego Bay. Take a boat ride on the river and learn about the microbes that live there, making this a must-see attraction on Jamaica. Booking your tour ahead of time ensures availability and guarantees against the disappointment of sold-out tours.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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USD82.00
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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Private Dunn's River Falls and Martha Brae River Rafting Tour from Negril

On this private tour for just you and your party, combine visits to the Martha Brae River and Dunn's River Falls. This private tour includes round-trip transportation from your Negril hotel, lunch, and all entrance fees.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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All Inclusive Thrill and Adventure Falls Tour from Montego Bay

This activity-packed Thrill Seekers Pass is the best way to experience multiple island highlights in a single trip. Drive your own ATV or ride as a passenger along Jamaica’s rugged terrain. Soar above the rain forest canopy on a zipline, tube down the Martha Brae River, and visit Adventure Falls. Your tour includes a guided distillery tour and rum tasting at Appleton Estate, and hotel pickup and drop-off in Montego Bay.
  • Duration: 7 to 8 hours
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  • Duration: 7 to 8 hours
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Luminous Lagoon Tour from Montego Bay

Learn about the natural phenomenon that makes the Luminous Lagoon light up on this evening tour from Montego Bay. After hotel pickup, transfer to the lagoon and step aboard a boat to explore the lagoon, watching as the tiny microorganisms light up around you. Swimmers can jump right in and experience the phosphorescence firsthand.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Half-Day Self Driven MINI Cooper Tour from Montego Bay

Skip the big tour buses and get in gear for a completely different way to explore Jamaica’s north shore. Get behind the wheel of a Mini Cooper and follow a guide through backroads and historic landmarks, making pit stops to shop for souvenirs and watch how authentic Jamaican jerk is prepared over a wood fire. Midway, give the pedal a rest with a relaxing float down the Martha Brae river in a bamboo raft.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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USD91.33
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Rose Hall Great House and Luminous Lagoon Combo Tour

Combine two of Jamaica's national treasures—the Rose Hall Great House and the Luminous Lagoon—in a single tour from Montego Bay. Tour the Great House and learn about its grand owner and haunted past. Once the sun dips behind the horizon, head for the Luminous Lagoon, where you'll embark on a cruise and jump in for a swim if you wish. Listen to a guide's commentary on the phosphorescent phenomenon that makes the water light up, one of just a few such lagoons in the world.
  • Duration: Flexible
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