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About Ocho Rios

Errol Flynn, Ian 'James Bond' Fleming and Noel Coward had two key things in common: they all enjoyed the good things in life and they all chose to spend many years of their lives in Jamaica. The two were definitely connected.

Ocho Rios is one of the island's most beautiful towns. Its name is a corruption of the Spanish for waterfalls, so it is no surprise that Jamaicas best known attraction, Dunns River Falls, is close by. The idea is to walk up this pretty waterfall cascading straight into the Caribbean before joining the reggae and rum beach party below.

Also close by is a large colourful craft market where the haggling is as much fun as the buying. Equally colourful are the Shaw Park botanical gardens on the outskirts of town.  A must-see is Sir Noel Cowards house, 'Firefly', which has superb views over Port Maria while another famous former local resident, Errol Flynn, is reputed to have invented one of the most popular Jamaican excursions - rafting. This involves sitting back on a bamboo raft just big enough for two guests as a languid Jamaican slowly punts it downriver.

 

Shore excursions in Ocho Rios

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

007 Private Beach Break

Activity lowRefreshments includedFamily

Duration: 6 hours

Enjoy the serenity of the secluded private 'Pearly Beach'. Made famous for the Bond Movie 'Dr No'.

A short drive by minibus ride from Ocho Rios, will take you for a day in paradise at the secluded private Pearly Beach.

The pure warm sand and cool Caribbean Sea beckons you. Wade in the gentle waves of the fresh turquoise water.

Capture the ambiance as did 007 when stunning Ursula Andress emerged from the water in James Bond's 'Dr No'.

Upon arrival, you’ll be offered a refreshing drink and have a brief orientation of the beach and facilities. It’s then time for you to sit back and relax on your complimentary beach chair and enjoy the sun, sea and sand.

After your stay, you’ll meet at the agreed time for the return drive to the ship

Essential information

This excursion will operate by minibus. Please remember swimwear and a towel if you wish to swim, and sunscreen. US Dollars are accepted for purchases. Beers, Sodas and water are for sale on the beach. Please refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages prior to any swimming activities. There may be independent suppliers on the beach that offer watersports. These are provided by parties unconnected to P&O Cruises.

3-In-One Rainforest Adventure

Activity medium

Duration: 4 hours

Experience 3 exciting activities on this all in one Rainforest adventure

On your Rainforest adventure you’ll experience the Sky Explorer chairlift, the Jamaica Bobsled and a zip line canopy tour through the tropical coastal forest.

Board your air-conditioned minibus for a short transfer to Mystic Mountain. Embark the Sky Explorer chairlift for a fun ride up 700 feet through the tropical forest canopy. At the peak, spend a few minutes exploring the interesting educational displays about the history and culture of Jamaica and her people. You’ll also visit the mesmerising butterfly and hummingbird garden.

Next, get ready for the thrill of a lifetime on the one and only Jamaica Bobsled Adventure ride. After an orientation, board your specially made Jamaica Bobsled and hold on as it plunges through 3,280 feet of twists and turns down the mountain. After coming to a controlled stop, you are slowly lifted back up to the top on an elevated tramway.

For your third and final adventure, the Zip Line, you’ll receive an orientation, safety equipment and harness system, before your flight through the canopy begins on a series of cables and pulleys that are interconnected on both tree and land-based platforms. The canopy tour ends at the mid-station of the chairlift, where you can catch a ride back to the top. You can spend as much time as you wish admiring the panoramic views, swimming in the infinity pool and enjoying an optional tasty lunch from the restaurant.

When you are ready to depart, simply take a ride on the Sky Explorer chairlift back to the bottom, where a shuttle will take you back to the ship.

Essential information

This tour will operate by minibus and on foot. This tour is only suitable for those in good, physical condition. It is not suitable for those with injuries or conditions, which may be affected by the bumpy ride. Pregnant women, children under 8 and those under 3 feet, 10 inches may not participate. There is a weight restriction of 19 stone. Please note that the chairlift does not stop for boarding; it just slows in motion. Please remember swimwear and a towel if you wish to swim, and sunscreen. US Dollars are accepted for purchases. Flat, non slip shoes are advised

4x4 Safari To Dunn's River Falls

Activity highRefreshments included

Duration: 4½ hours

Experience the lush tropical interior of Jamaica and the highlight Dunn’s River Falls on this off-road adventure.

Our safari jeeps will take you on an adventure through Fern Gully for a glimpse of the 200 different ferns and wonderful mountain views.

You’ll pass through small villages seeing scenes of local life. Visit one of Jamaica’s oldest working coffee plantations, where you’ll have the chance to sample some of Jamaica’s wonderful fruits. Journey to the scenic Murphy Hill where you can capture breathtaking views over the city.

The highlight of your tour will be Dunn’s River Falls, where you can climb the 600-foot cascades.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by 4x4 and on foot. The Dunn’s River Falls climb is strenuous and slippery, over uneven rock surfaces. The whole climb takes approximately 30-40 minutes. Passengers climbing the Falls must wear water shoes (flip-flops and sandals are not suitable). Please remember swimwear, towel and local currency for purchasing photos or hiring shoes. Guides at the Dunn’s River Falls generally expect tips. This tour is not suitable for those with injuries or conditions, which may be affected by the bumpy ride. Pregnant women and children under 6 may not participate.

Bamboo Blu Beach Getaway

Activity lowRefreshments included

Duration: 5½ hours

Discover Ocho Rios’ most secluded and intimate beach at Mammee Bay.

After a short drive from Ocho Rios, you’ll arrive at Bamboo Blu Beach in Mammee Bay. All around an island famous for its beaches, the warm ivory sand and the cool turquoise water make it exceptional.

Unwind in this private and tranquil paradise. Exotic tropical plants and trees enhance the Caribbean ambiance.

Enjoy a complimentary welcome drink in the double-decked, open-air, oceanfront restaurant, where the breeze is pleasantly constant and the food is deliciously Jamaican. Wade or swim in the tranquil Caribbean Sea. Play volleyball, collect tropical shells, or just relax on a sun lounger under the warm West Indian sun.

Essential information

This excursion operates by minibus and on foot.Passengers are reminded to wear swimwear, take a towel, sunscreen and also a dry set of clothes to re-board the minibuses. Showers and changing facilities are available. US Dollars and local currency are accepted for purchases. Please refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages prior to any swimming activities. There may be independent suppliers on the beach that offer water sports, these are provided by parties unconnected to P&O Cruises.

Best of Ocho Rios

Activity high

Duration: 4 hours

Discover the beauty of Ocho Rios - tropical gardens, forest countryside and, of course, Jamaica's main attraction - Dunn’s River Falls.

Dunn’s River Falls is a 600-foot waterfall cascading down tiers of smooth rock. Some 185 steps take you to the bottom, where you begin your climb up the Falls. Experienced guides will lead your climb up the spectacular falls, and if you do not wish to make the entire climb, you may choose to relax in one of the naturally formed freshwater pools. Alternatively, you may prefer to remain at the base of the Falls and enjoy the beach and warm Caribbean Sea.

After your waterfall experience, you’ll visit the tranquil Shaw Park Gardens. These Gardens boast an impressive collection of Jamaican fruits and flowers. A local guide will provide a short tour of the manicured grounds with their reflecting pond and its own small natural waterfall.

Enjoy a scenic drive through the tropical Fern Gully. This verdant forest of spindling trees, clinging to steep hillsides, is home to a variety of ferns.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by bus and on foot. The Dunn’s River Falls climb is strenuous and slippery, over uneven rock surfaces. The whole climb takes approximately 30-40 minutes. Passengers climbing the Falls must wear water shoes (flip-flops and sandals are not suitable). Please remember swimwear, towel and US Dollars for purchasing photos or hiring shoes. Guides at the Dunn’s River Falls generally expect tips.

 

A selection of cruises to Ocho Rios

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