It seems as you have "Been There And Done That" when it comes to Ocho Rios, and Dunns River Falls. If you could answer just a few more questions please. I appreciate your experiance and opinions. You said in a previous post of mine that it was about a $5.00 cab fee for the Falls. Is this per cab? Per person? One way? Or round trip? In other words how much would it cost for 4 people round trip to the Falls by cab? Also how dangerous is this excursion? Is the water flowing fast enough to sweep you away if you were to slip on the rocks -and if you are not with a large group holding hands. We have 2 adults and 2 kids (11 and 13). If we will be safe I would like to save the extra money and do this ourselves. We dont plan on shopping there. After the falls we are going to Jimmy Buffetts for a while. Thanks Again!
Saw your post and we have done Dunn's River Falls and also know of someone who did it themselves. We did the excursion booked throught the ship on a catamaran that takes you to the Falls. It was the best boat ride there, with Calypso music and drinks and dancing on the way back. Once there, they lined us up to hold hands to climb the falls. I won't lie, but it is dangerous. The rocks are very slippery and steep, and the water is ice cold, but it was one of the best things I have ever done. I was lucky to have a husky muscular man pulling me up in front of me. You just have to be very careful. They have guides along the way in case something happens. My husband, whom I had to pull up since I was a better climber, slipped and fell and injured his kneecap at one point. But if you are careful it is absolutely fantastic and should be done at least once in your life. At some points the water rushes along the rocks where you are stepping (also slippery)but not enough to sweep you away. Friends of mine took a cab there and were ripped off when the cab driver decided to take them on a little tour in a not so nice section beyond the falls, and then demanded extra money for the fare. I always recommend doing something booked thru the cruiseline since they are responsible if something happens. I would never jump in some strangers cab in Jamaica. Of course we always spend hours at Jimmy Buffets and get smashed. The best part of the trip!
Butterfly, we booked this excursion thru the ship. We had no idea what to expect. It looked so exciting. There are many different paths going up the falls and many "human chains" making their way up the falls. The rocks are slippery and the water is forceful in many places. Be sure to wear watersocs or shoes with good tread. We had people of all ages and sizes in our group. Unfortunately my husband hit his head on the overpass and we decided to take the stairs the rest of the way up. One place I was standing for a moment was knee deep, I stepped forward for a moment to rest and went under in a 3 foot whole and scraped my knee. Two of our tablemates also had scrapes from their climb. I am glad we tried it but we would never do it again. I agree with Cheryl, it is dangerous but hundreds do it everyday. We also went to the shopping market there on the right and they were down right rude to you if you passed them up. I found a nice lady who was very polite and bought from her.
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It is ironic you mention that overpass where your husband bumped his head since it is the same spot my husband fell while trying to crouch underneath and banged up his knee. He almost couldn't walk to rest of the day and thought he broke his kneecap and went to the ships doctor when we got back. He was ok, just badly bruised, but that is a bad spot on the falls underneath that bridge He also bumped his head but that was minor compared to his bloody knee.
Hi, Two years ago My husband and I were on the conquest and went to Ocho Rios. We booked the Dunn's River Falls excursion through the cruise line. On the pier there was a bus waiting for us and others to take us to the falls. It was quite a long trip but got to experience the real Jamaica scenery and roads. It was a rough ride but the tour guides were hilarious trying to teach us how to talk "Jamaican". It was worth the long ride.
When we got there, They had special shows for us to put on to climb. They also had a man video tape us while we were climbing. (for an extra fee) but it is fun to watch. It's really hard to get pictures while your climbing so it gave us a souvenier of the trip.
I meant PP so it should be about $20-25 for the taxi and that is round trip. You also do not pay until he gets you safely back to the ship or MaragetiaVille as you indicated. The water flows at differant rates depending on the rainfall and we have been there both when it was lots of water and when it was low. In both cases the water is not enough to wash you away. Good shoes are necessary though with a rubber sole. The main areas that are climbed are not too slippery but the 'off-route' areas that some of the more adventeous take is a little slippery. I honestly don't think it is that dangerous just follow the groups and take you time and enjoy and be sure of your footing, that's the main thing. I am not sure what the entry fee is but something like $10-15 pp.