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Be prepared for a lot of work going up the falls but it is going to be fun, and wet, but a lot of fun. Our guide Sheryl was so nice and helpful and at the falls our guide Floyd was hilarious and attentive at the same timem
Arranged the trip through Viatours and saved money on similar trip arranged through the cruise ship. We were picked up from the cruise port in a small group of 10 and had a friendly local guide Cheryl throughout our tour. As well as going to the falls I don't need to go in to great detail as other contributors have said it all we also got to see Fern Gully, and had an excellent freshly prepared lunch. Climbing the falls in a human chain is great fun but physically quite demanding as you climb several hundred feet over slippery rocks and pools. I would recommend taking water shoes with you from home to save paying the inflated prices for cheap Chinese ones in the souvenir shops. Alternatively rent them for 7 if you are coming through the cruise port at Ocho Rios. You can no longer rent them at the falls themselves. We had to endure a couple of tourist souvenir shops on the way to the falls, but this is common to many trips I have been on in Britain and Europe. Overall this is well worth the money and a safe way to experience a small slice of Jamaica. The trip took about 4.5 hours
Alexis B. United States of ...
This excursion was well worth the money! We had a tour guide and a driver. Iyona and George were wonderful! They went above and beyond what was expected and really got to know our group of 11. They had gifts for the kids and would turn around and stop if we saw something we were interested in. They taught us about the island, culture and even gave us a lesson in Patois. Dunn's River was a fun and exciting experience and the food was delicious. But Iyona and George really took this excursion from GREAT to AMAZING!! Completely worth the money.
Awesome tour, loved the river falls, highly recommend!! We had our own tour guide as there were two ships in and two different tour times. We got the earlier tour with Mr. Big who took us to the falls, waited for us, and then took us out to lunch at a great Jamaican Jerk place on the island!!
It was very convenient. Smaller group and the representative met us at the port and transported us to the Dunn's River efficiently. Would highly recommend.
We had a great time climbing the Falls!
We were met by the excursion representative as we disembarked and directed to the transport van. Both the guide and the driver were professional and informative on the drive through Ocho Rios.
The climb is not for the faint of heart, but exhilarating and challenging.
The only con to this trip was the stop at a local store to purchase water shoes...wait and get them at the falls, they are 10 and in Jamaican colors.
We met our tour guide and private van right outside the port of Ocho Rios. The tour included a short shopping trip, the Dunn's River Falls adventure, and then lunch at a local spot. Our tour guide got us our tickets to the Falls and set up us with the next tour. Wear your swimsuit to the Falls - you will get soaked and be prepared to climb up some pretty big rocks. We made it back to the port with over an hour to spare, so that was greatly appreciated!
Had a great tour guide and driver. They were very friendly and fun. Dunn's River was great fun. Bring your own GOPro. Don't buy the video that the park offers. It was complete junk. Only 8 minutes of actual video and poorly edited. But that is on the park not the tour
The Jamaican tour guides to and from the falls were extremely friendly. The offered us a and #34;taste and #34; of Jamacia throughout our cab ride. They stopped along the way to take us to a duty free shop and had awesome Jamaican chicken for lunch with cold beers. The photos and videos are $40 at the falls.
Was great...had our own driver for our family of 4. Driver was great, looked out for all of our needs. He even took us through the market to avoid a lot of the hassle, while making purchases.
This is the first time we have used Viator to book an excursion and was not sure what to expect but were overly pleased with the result. Private tour provided by our guide, Kingsley, included tour of the surrounding area: gardens, fern gully, shopping, road side stops at our leisure and as much time as we wanted at the falls following with lunch at a local establishment. Going this route allowed us to experience the falls at our own discretion rather than touring with a group. Kingsley provided superb personalized service and was very accommodating with no pressures on time. We definitely recommend asking for Kingsley if you are interested in booking this excursion.
Sorry--I just submitted and rated the wrong shore excursion!
This was a highlight of our Caribbean trip. Fun, exhiliarating, feeling a bit dangerous despite the lines of people all creeping up the falls. Excellent guides...although we didn't appreciate the videographer and pressures to buy his product6 at the end of the climb. Spectacular scenery, great jerk chicken lunch. Great tour guide.
islandflower73 United States of ...
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.
Great fun. Yiona and Richard were great and the food at Scotchies Jerk Shack was awesome.
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!
Henry and Sherryl were great guides! They were very relaxed and accommodating and made sure we weren't overly harassed by all the people on the street trying to sell you stuff. Only reason it's not 5 stars is because the lunch provided was the worst jerk chicken I've had! The falls are hard but fun.
Although we came ashore on the 3rd tender the tour left without the 6 of us and therefore we missed part of the tour.
The falls were beautiful and fun to climb. Our guide was very nice and the videographer was funny. Butt the place is a huge tourist trap- very commercialized. SO many people. Plus you have to exit thru a row of vendors trying to sell tons of junk before you can get back out the exit.
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
First, our guide was very shy and did not say anything on the trip unless we ask him. The restaurant for lunching was pretty, but the food not to desirable.
Dunn's River Falls is amazing! The only problem I had was that this tour was the same as just taking a taxi to the location. Our driver Baker did not give any history of the area or tell us anything interesting. He just dropped us off at the Falls and then drove us to lunch and then finally drove us to an overpriced tourist shop that was much more expensive than stores near the port. Our reason for taking the tour such as this was to get a Jamaican experience but it would have been cheaper and probably better as we could set our own schedule by taking just a regular taxi.
We should have checked more closely what the excursion entailed. The park was beautiful, but the main activity was climbing the falls which we weren't able to do and so I don't feel we got much bang for our buck there. Our driver was efficient and polite. Overall, probably not a good choice for us.
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