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This tour was punctual and great for the price. Tour groups were right size for excursion; however hiking both falls is physically challenging and this should be called out at booking. There were individuals in our group that struggled and may have passed had they known. Beautiful scenery could have skipped lunch given it is not included and is scheduled at end of tour. You will also be bombarded in the tourist market exiting Dunn's River. Not avoidable, but be prepared to shop or decline.
The driver was on time picking us up. The car had us and 2 other couples. The Blue hole was really beautiful, but the only downside is it was super rushed. They have you jump in, get out, swing in on a rope, pose for a quick photo and back out again. I would have liked to swim in the water and relax. The next area is Secret falls, which is in the same area as Blue hole. This was beautiful and fun. They do sell photos on CD. Finally we got in the car and headed down the road to Dunn River Falls. This is a lot harder than it looks. I ended up having bruises all over my legs. There are several areas to get out if you can't handle it. I loved the Dunn River Falls and would do it again.
The Blue Hole/Secret Falls was AMAZING! I loved every part of it. Being able to jump off of 2 cliffs and swing like Tarzan was unforgettable. The scenery was beautiful as well. The Blue Hole and Secret Falls were essentially the same location and I would go back for sure. The Guides were awesome as well. They were super helpful the entire excursion. Like I said...it was AMAZING!
As for Dunn's River Falls, I was thoroughly disappointed. Personally, I didn't enjoy myself very much. This comes with disclaimers though. The Falls were a wonderful site to see but climbing them was not a good experience for me. I have a surgically repaired knee so it's not as strong as my other knee. The Guides force 20 or so people to hold hands, face a certain direction, and climb as one unit on slippery rocks. I fell and had issues several times because they wouldn't allow me to climb the way that would have worked for me. While it was a wonderful site to explore, it was frustrating due to the process.
Also, I will say communicating with the transportation company proved to be difficult as well. We didn't receive notification of our departure time until really late. We also had trouble calling for information due to the international number. Overall, the Blue Hole/Secret Falls was AMAZING...Dunn's River, not so much. I would do the Blue Hole/Secret Falls again for sure.
Omar was our driver for the day, and he was very nice. I do have to say that we weren't sure what to do when we were dropped off. Our driver did not come in with us. We just kept walking until we got to the line. I do recommend getting there early, as the crowds get bigger as the day goes on. Take waterproof items only as you will get wet. You can rent a locker for 10, you get 3 back when you return the key. I was wishing I had a go pro like some of the other people did. I had a real camera in our water resistant back pack, but it was VERY inconvenient to get it in/out. The waterfalls are amazing, and where Dr. No was filmed. It was much more adventurous than I realized and I don't think they would do something like this in the states due to liability issues. Parts of the waterfall you hold hands to help each other up. Other parts the guides lend you a hand. I did fall a couple of times on slippery rocks, but was not injured. You are walking against the flow of the waterfalls as you walk up it. There is an option where you can walk the walkways and stop at the landings, where you are not in the actual waterfalls. I ran down and took a couple of pics from the landings after we finished. I'm glad I did. We purchased the DVD, which is video, not pictures ,and couldn't be played on my computer. I had to use our dvd player. The dvd was not high quality and there were a lot of close ups, where I wanted views of the whole scene. Plus it's the video of everyone in the group, so we weren't in a lot of it. I think it was 40 for the dvd. I would have liked more time there as I would have enjoyed doing it again by walking up the walkway part and taking pics on the way up. We also didn't have time to look at the shopping, which there were a lot of vendors set up. We were there about 1.5 hrs. Next, our driver took us to Blue Hole/Secret Falls. This was about 20 min. away and more remote and rustic. I did take my camera with us, and didn't buy their photos. The guides took pictures for us on my camera, so I made sure to compensate them for that. It is beautiful there, and you can jump off certain parts of waterfalls. Blue Hole is first, then you hike back to Secret Falls. I'm glad we did not skip this part. Some tours offer just the Dunn's River Falls part. On the way back, instead of stopping at Scotchies, our driver stopped at Tracks and Records in Ocho Rios. This is the restaurant chain owned by Usain Bolt, and we enjoyed stopping there.There is a gift shop next door, if you end up waiting for everyone else in your group to finish eating.
I booked this trip for part of our bachelorette experience while we were out in Jamaica. We had a great time. The guides were friendly and fun. They made sure that we all made it up Dunns River safely. A bunch of jumping off cliffs and stuff so if you aren't into that this probably isn't for you. We were so we had a great time.
Marlon Kennedy GREAT GUIDE!!! picked us up in an AC van and took us out to the Falls. We got there early so they weren't too packed. There are some slippery spots on the rocks, even in non-slip water shoes. Fun experience in refreshing cool water! Very helpful guides. Continued on the the Blue Hole. AMAZING!!! This is really focused on jumping off the cliffs and rocks. You don't have to, but it's a lot more fun if you do! The guides are helpful and accommodating. I bought the cd of pictures so I wouldn't have to carry around my camera. It was worth it!! They capture your jumps from great angles! You may want to get pics of the whole area though, which was not the focus of the photographer. DO NOT miss the Blue Hole! They are currently working on better bathrooms and changing rooms. I would suggest going and changing beforehand for now.
Lunch at Scotchies was one of the reasons I booked THIS tour. It was said to not miss their jerk chicken. It was really good, but their rum ribs was even better! Great relaxed place right off the highway.