Ocho Rios

A marvellous dream location
The Cobaya Gardens and Museum
The Dunn River Waterfalls

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Ocho Rios

The City of the Eight Rivers

Ochos Rios means eight rivers in Spanish, and it precisely its rivers, as well as its crystalline sea, that are its main characteristics; characteristics that will not disappoint visitors to Jamaica wishing to immerse themselves in the lush vegetation of these marvellous dream locations.


Just like a mirage, the white buildings of Ochos Rios seems to appear unexpectedly from lush vegetation covering the coast. On Main Street, you will be able to shop or pass your day on solid ground. However, during your MSC Caribbean cruise, we suggest you try the many outdoor activities offered on its rivers, such as kayaking and tubing. With an MSC excursion, you will be able to admire the Cobaya Gardens and Museum: an explosion of tropical plant and animal life with different aromas emanating from sinuously shaped flowers and colourful parrots at every corner.  Another must-see attraction are the waterfalls along the Dunn River: almost 200 metres of natural steps over which the water flows to then fall about 60 metres directly into the sea. To enjoy this spectacle to the fullest, these enchanting waterfalls can be climbed via stairs set on either side. The beach below with its extremely fine, pure white sand is equally beautiful. The sea of Ochos Rios will also grant you the opportunity of a close encounter with a very popular sea mammal: the dolphin.

An excursion will take you to Turtle Beach, hidden among almond and palm trees: if you look towards the blue horizon, you will see Dolphin Cove, where the dolphins love to pass their time. A must-go for adventure lovers is a safari in a Jeep 4x4: an exhilarating itinerary in a completely wild and uncontaminated setting.  

Must see places in Ocho Rios

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  • BAMBOO RAFTING ON THE MARTHA BRAE

    ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

    OCH02

    Venture to one of the most picturesque places in Jamaica, the "Land of Wood and Water", for a unique Jamaican experience. Enjoy a countryside drive along the coast; see the rural life-style of Jamaica en route to the Martha Brae rafting center where you will be greeted with a welcome tropical drink on arrival. Picture yourself on a bamboo raft built for two, gliding slowly down a river that meanders gently through whispering groves of bamboo and ferns. As the raft makes its way past shaded banks and dappled sunlight as the mild river breeze washes over you, hear the story of the “Matibereon” as you float along the river, relaxing in an atmosphere of tranquility. Arriving at the Rafter’s Rest, the bus await for the return trip to Ocho Rios. The final stop on your excursion takes you to Taj Mahal Shopping Centre for a chance to browse for that perfect souvenir to remind you of your visit to Ocho Rios. Please Note: The raft carries two passengers and is guided by an expert rafts-man. Insect repellent is advisable.
    • Drink included

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      5:30 h

    • Adults£49.00Price per person

    • Children£45.00Price per person

  • BOBSLED JAMAICA & FALLS

    ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

    OCH32

    Board your air-conditioned transportation for the brief drive to Dunn’s River Falls. Upon arrival follow the local guide as they lead you up the 600 feet of cascading and slippery falls that empty into the Caribbean Sea. After this refreshing and exciting climb return to the transportation for the short drive 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. Next, get ready for the thrill of your life on the one and only Jamaica Bobsled adventure ride. After an orientation embark your specially made bobsled and hold on as it plunges through 2780 feet of twists and turns down the mountain. After coming to a controlled stop, you are lifted back to the top on an elevated tramway. Admire the panoramic views. Hop a ride on the Sky Explorer chairlift back to the bottom. Please Note: A liability waiver is required for this tour. Wear sturdy rubber-soled shoes or bring a pair with you if you choose to climb Dunn's River Falls. Please be advised that the Falls can be very slippery in places. Jumping from the falls is not permitted. Bring a swim suit and towel; lockers are available at the falls for a nominal fee. Children must be at least 54” in height to ride the bobsled without being accompanied by a paying adult. Guests wishing to climb the falls must be at least 92 cm/3 ft. in height.
      • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Moderate

      • Duration
        4:30 h

      • Adults£65.00Price per person

      • Children£59.00Price per person

    • CANOPY TOUR

      ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

      OCH10

      Challenge yourself to the ultimate thrill of a zip-line adventure high up in the rainforest canopy on this enchanting tour, which begins with a coach ride to the starting point of your arboreal experience. Before you set off, a complete safety briefing and demonstration of techniques will be given by a certified canopy specialist, who will also act as your guide throughout the activity. Look forward to stunning views from the unique vantage point of these lofty heights. Apart from revealing views of the Cranbrook Flower Forest, your adrenaline-pumping canopy journey is likely to be the closest you will ever come to knowing what it feels like to fly. Your return to the ship marks the end of the tour. Notes: Minimum Age on the tour is 6 years old. Weight Limit is 260 lbs. All guests are required to fill out a waiver form. It is mandatory to wear closed shoes (e.g. tennis shoes or sneakers). Guests are recommended to bring cash for additional purchase. This tour is not suitable for pregnant women or guests with mobility or health problems.
        • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Moderate

        • Duration
          4 h

        • Adults£72.00Price per person

        • Children£65.00Price per person

      • Catamaran Sailaway, Beach & Snorkel

        ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

        OCH42

        Catamaran Sailaway, Beach & Snorkel
        • Drink included

        • Possibility of swimming

        • Limited seats

        • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Moderate

        • Duration
          4 h

        • Adults£62.00Price per person

        • Children£45.00Price per person

      • DUNN’S RIVER FALLS EXPRESS

        ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

        OCH34

        Leave the ship for a while and instead venture out to one of Jamaica’s most popular natural wonders, the Dunn’s River Falls near Ocho Rios, which you’ll reach by coach. The waterfall is fed by spring water with a high concentration of calcium carbonate, which in turn leaves deposits of a rock called travertine. As a result, the falls count as a living – and growing – phenomenon. Once at the falls and following a safety briefing, you’ll form a human chain and be led up the naturally terraced river bed by your experienced guide. Then enjoy a stop at the so-called “massage parlour” and experience the soothing effect of the cascading water on its way to the sea. For a more leisurely look at the falls, you can also spend the time comfortably seated on the terrace or deck and simply watch the proceedings. The surrounding forest, by contrast, provides the perfect setting for a walk through tropical vegetation including ferns, bamboo, ginger lilies, orchids, palms and breadfruit trees. Your return to the ship finally brings the tour to an end. Please note: guests are recommended to bring a towel as well as to wear high-factor sunscreen, swimwear and non-skid water shoes, since climbing the many steps of the falls is both strenuous and slippery. Water shoes are available for hire at the waterfall. Guests wishing to climb the falls must be at least 92 cm/3 ft. in height.
        • Limited seats

        • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Moderate

        • Duration
          3 h

        • Adults£42.00Price per person

        • Children£39.00Price per person

      • GOLF AT UPTON GOLF COURSE

        ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

        OCH26

        The course at the Sandals Golf & Country Club, formerly the Upton Golf Club, provides a formidable test for even the most skilled golfers. The 18-hole golf course stretches out over heavily undulating terrain that is covered in dense vegetation including verdant fruit trees and exotic tropical flowers. Out-of-bounds stakes and strategically placed bunkers spread throughout require precision and strategy. Small, sloped greens and a topography that plays mostly uphill provide additional challenge. More than just a difficult golf course, golfers can also enjoy panoramic ocean and mountain vistas. The Sandals Golf & Country Club also offers practice facilities including a putting green and driving range. Please note: To avoid disappointment, guests are requested to follow the Golf Club’s strict dress code: Jeans are not allowed. Proper attire includes a collared shirt, tailored non-denim shorts or pants/slacks with sport socks and golf shoes. No halter tops, or bathing suits allowed. Participants will be asked to sign a waiver form. Price of the tour includes Green fee, shared golf cart, use of the practice facility and golf club rental.
          • Duration
            5:30 h

          • Adults£135.00Price per person

          • Children£122.00Price per person

        • HORSEBACK RIDE & SWIM

          ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

          OCH31

          After leaving the ship and boarding an air-conditioned coach, this equestrian excursion begins with a scenic drive along the beautiful Jamaican coastline to reach the stables where you will saddle up prior to going for a ride. Experienced guides will accompany your horseback experience, providing information on the island’s rich history, culture, flora and fauna on the way. Look forward to enjoying the fresh breeze in your face and breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea as you travel towards Chukka Beach for the water-based leg of the tour. After your mounts have been unsaddled by your guides, you can then ride bareback right into the Caribbean Sea – a swimming experience like no other. To round off the outing, there will be time for you to visit the gift shop. Cold drinks and jerk chicken are also available for purchase at the bar and grill. A scenic return journey to the ship brings the tour to a close. Please note: guests must be at least 6 years of age, weigh no more than 250 lbs. and be required to sign a waiver form to take part in the tour. The tour is not suitable for pregnant women.
            • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

              Difficulty Level
              Moderate

            • Duration
              00 m

            • Adults£79.00Price per person

            • Children£72.00Price per person

          • OCHO RIOS & DUNN’S RIVER FALLS

            ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

            OCH29

            Time to leave the ship and instead visit one of Jamaica’s premiere attractions, the gorgeous Dunn’s River Falls near Ocho Rios, which you’ll reach after a scenic drive. A plaque provided by the Jamaican Historical Society marks the spot as the site of the battle of Las Chorreras, fought by the English and the Spanish over land rights in 1657 – with the English as the victors. The land was ultimately acquired by the Jamaican government in1972, since which time it has served locals and visitors alike as a popular recreational area and park. The spring water that feeds the falls is rich in calcium carbonate, which results in deposits of travertine and makes the falls a self-regenerating “living” phenomenon. After a drive to the Dunn’s River, your guide will lead you up the naturally terraced river bed as part of a human chain. The climb includes a short pause at the so-called “massage parlour”, where the cascading water can soothe tired shoulders. As an alternative to the climb, there are safe spots from which to watch the others ascend the falls or there’s the beautiful tropical forest to explore, with such plant life as ferns, bamboo, ginger lilies, orchids, palms and breadfruit trees to discover. Next up is a tasty Jamaican buffet lunch by the sea, after which a sightseeing drive around Ocho Rios rounds off the tour before you return to the ship. Please note: guests are recommended to wear swimwear under comfortable clothing, high-factor sunscreen and to bring a towel plus a change of clothing if swimwear is not worn at the waterfall. Slip-proof or water shoes should be worn since climbing the falls’ many terraced steps is both strenuous and very slippery. Guests wishing to climb the falls must be at least 92 cm/3 ft. in height.
            • Lunch or dinner included

            • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

              Difficulty Level
              Strenuous

            • Duration
              5:30 h

            • Adults£45.00Price per person

            • Children£39.00Price per person

          • RIVER TUBING IN THE WHITE RIVER VALLEY

            ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

            OCH03

            Treat yourself to bags of fun on this exciting and scenic river tubing tour down the White River, giving you plenty of time to both enjoy the ride and the spectacular landscape to either side. Start your adventure at "Spanish Bridge", the 17th century landmark where your guides await. Participate in a short orientation and begin your three-mile adventure down the White River. To round off your tour, you can browse through the merchandise or purchase souvenirs and photos. Please note: Food can be purchased at an additional cost and storage lockers are available for rent. Max. weight per guest is 250 lbs. Minimum age to participate is 6 years. The tour is prohibited for women who are pregnant. Guests are recommended to wear swimwear under outer clothing, to use sunscreen and insect repellent as well as to bring a towel. Guests are requested to sign a waiver.
              • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

                Difficulty Level
                Moderate

              • Duration
                3 h

              • Adults£65.00Price per person

              • Children£55.00Price per person

            • ZIP LINE CANOPY & TUBING COMBO

              ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

              OCH33

              When Mother Nature dished out scenic beauty at the dawn of time, she certainly gave Jamaica a large portion. This half-day excursion will have you savouring the most sublime views from both the air during the zip-line activity and from the water as you tube down the White River. After a 30-minute drive through verdant countryside to the White River Valley, a safety briefing precedes a nature walk to the first platform. With trained guides close by throughout, you can simply enjoy the exhilaration of soaring over the canopy on three different traverses covering from 20 to nearly 50 m/65 to 160 ft. in length. This the perfect time to practise your best Tarzan yell before you then settle into your tube for the following White River adventure. You’ll first be given a safety briefing and issued with your gear in preparation for your roughly 3-mile/5-km ride down the picturesque waterway. Keep an eye out for the 17th-century Spanish Bridge, a landmark you can only see from the water, but also soak up splendid views of coconut plantations, bamboo groves, bankside wildlife and tranquil lagoons on the way. A few challenging rapids also form part of the route, adding a frisson of excitement to the ride. Once back at the White River Valley property, you can enjoy a traditional Jamaican village, after which you can visit the Parrot Bar & Grill, browse the Valley Trader gift shop or just sit back and relax before returning to the ship. Please note: guests must be at least 6 years of age to take part. A maximum weight restriction of 118 kg/260 lbs per guest applies. Drinks and snacks are available for purchase at the Parrot Bar & Grill at additional cost not covered by the price of the tour. Guests are required to wear closed shoes and are recommended to bring swimwear, a towel and water shoes. Pregnant women, guests with mobility problems, with back and/or neck injuries or guests who cannot walk/stand unaided are not allowed to participate in this tour.
              • Limited seats

              • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

                Difficulty Level
                Moderate

              • Duration
                4:30 h

              • Adults£89.00Price per person

              • Children£79.00Price per person

            • DOLPHIN ENCOUNTER & DUNN’S RIVER FALLS

              NATURAL WONDERS

              OCH13

              Enjoy a short drive in air-conditioned comfort to the world famous Dunn’s River Falls where you will climb 600 feet of cool refreshing water as it cascades over natural limestone terraces. Guides are provided to assist you when ascending the rushing waters as it plunges directly into the pristine Caribbean Sea. After this invigorating experience you are transported to Dolphin Cove, where you will participate in a brief orientation and then enter the world of nature’s most fascinating creatures: The Dolphins. Get to know these gentle creatures from a platform in shallow water, experience the emotion as you caress these beautiful animals; enjoy a splash and even a kiss or two. Enjoy a leisurely walk through the lush tropical jungle and get an up close experience with our beautiful and friendly birds, snakes and iguanas. Visit "Little Port Royal" a replica of Jamaica's most famous pirate "Haunt" and witness pirates roaming through town. Browse through the largest gift shops of any attraction in Jamaica, stocked with the widest range of dolphin souvenirs. Listen to the rhythms of the Caribbean music. Shuttle buses are available at 10-minute intervals to return you to the ship or optional shopping at your convenience. Please Note: We recommend comfortable clothing, Comfortable Shoes, Water Shoes to climb the falls, Swim Wear, Change of Clothes, Towels, Sun Screen. lockers are available for rent at both Dunn’s River Falls and Dolphin Cove. Children 8 and Under must be accompanied by an adult. Guests under the age of 18 years must have an adult to sign the waiver form. Guests wishing to climb the falls must be at least 92 cm/3 ft. in height.
                • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

                  Difficulty Level
                  Strenuous

                • Duration
                  4 h

                • Adults£72.00Price per person

                • Children£69.00Price per person

              • ISLAND SIGHTSEEING & GREEN GROTTO CAVES

                NATURAL WONDERS

                OCH39

                Take a scenic drive through the town of Ocho Rios, which is known for its abundant rainfall, verdant landscapes and rolling hills. Other outstanding vistas will be seen along the way, as you travel to Green Grotto Caves, for a touch of adventure and a journey into the underground. The caves are situated no more than 1 km from the spot where Christopher Columbus landed in 1494 and the fact that Runaway Caves numbers among their many former names is testament to one of the uses to which they were put in the 18th century. The caverns also provided sanctuary for the Spanish in the 17th century, later facilitated the activities of arms smugglers and were then used to store rum. Impressive dripstone formations such as stalactites and stalagmites, interconnected passages leading to larger chambers and the grotto itself – with a pool of crystal-clear water – are just some of the attractions that go to make this place so special. On your way back to the surface, a stop will be made at the so-called “Wishing Well”, a pool into which you’ll do well to throw a coin, for luck, for love, for anything your heart desires. Once you return the surface, the coach will be waiting to take you back to your ship in Ocho Rios. Please note: this tour is considered to be unsuitable for guests with mobility problems.
                • Limited seats

                • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

                  Difficulty Level
                  Moderate

                • Duration
                  4 h

                • Adults£45.00Price per person

                • Children£39.00Price per person

              • CHUKKA BEACH BREAK

                SEA & SUN

                OCH35

                A seemingly endless ribbon of beach, the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea and the hot Jamaican sun combine to form the perfect setting for your half day at the beach. A scenic drive along the coast begins your tour, during which the on-board guide will share information on the island’s rich culture, music and history. Once at the beach location, grab yourself a free sun lounger, hire an umbrella and then do just as you please. Work on your tan, go for a swim or explore your surroundings before you head back to Ocho Rios and your ship. Please note: umbrellas are available for hire at the beach at extra cost; use of a lounge chair is included in the price of the tour. Guests will be required to sign a waiver prior to departure.
                • Limited seats

                • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

                  Difficulty Level
                  Easy

                • Duration
                  5 h

                • Adults£29.00Price per person

                • Children£25.00Price per person

              • Bob Marley's Nine Mile

                SOMETHING SPECIAL

                OCH43

                Bob Marley's Nine Mile
                • Lunch or dinner included

                • Limited seats

                • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

                  Difficulty Level
                  Moderate

                • Duration
                  5:30 h

                • Adults£75.00Price per person

                • Children£52.00Price per person

              • FLAVOURS OF JAMAICA

                SOMETHING SPECIAL

                OCH36

                Good food is one of life’s most basic pleasures and this half-day tour will give you a chance to cook up some of Jamaica’s varied cuisine yourself. Whether you’re a budding master chef or tend to shun the kitchen, you’ll find this experience is at once fun, educational and a treat for your taste buds. You’ll first travel from Ocho Rios to the beautiful Prospect Plantation Great House, which originally dates back to the 18th century. During a visit to Jamaica in the early ‘50s, Sir Winston Churchill planted a mahogany tree in the grounds, under which you will first be greeted by your friendly hostess and then taken on a scenic walk through the ornamental gardens. There’s also a fabulous view of the sea to enjoy before you head for the veranda and your cooking class. With chef “Irie” at the helm and you at your own workstation, you’ll find out how to make “Dolphin Cove Special Blend Jerk Sauce” and coconut with shrimp, prepare a leafy green called callaloo ready for steaming and knead dough for lovely little deep-fried dumplings known as “Jamaican festivals”. You’ll also prepare your own jerk chicken, which you can then savour when you sit down for a typically Jamaican lunch. The outing ends with your return to the ship. Please note: guests must be at least 10 years of age to take part. Guests are further recommended to wear comfortable clothing and shoes as the tour involves a longer period of standing. Guests are advised to leave jewellery and other valuables on board the ship.
                • Lunch or dinner included

                • Limited seats

                • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

                  Difficulty Level
                  Easy

                • Duration
                  4 h

                • Adults£59.00Price per person

                • Children£52.00Price per person

              The excursions in the programme above are intended to provide MSC Cruises guests with an idea of the different tours which can be arranged in each port of call; this programme is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise. 
              Shore excursions programmes and itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour.
               
              Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

              Jamaica

              Stunning landscapes
              Stunning landscapes

              Rightly famous for its beaches and music, beautiful, brash Jamaica is much more besides. There’s certainly plenty of white sand, turquoise Caribbean sea and swaying palm trees, but there are also spectacular mountains and rivers, tumbling waterfalls and cactus-strewn savannah plains.
               
              Far more than just a resort, the island also boasts vibrant towns and cities such as sprawling Kingston, which inspired the music of Bob Marley and countless other home-grown reggae superstars.
              Jamaica is a country with a swagger in its step; proud of its history, sporting success and musical genius; but also with a weight upon its shoulders.

              As the birthplace of the “all-inclusive” hotel, Jamaica is well suited to those travellers who want to head straight from their cruise ships to the beach. But to get any sense of the country at all during your cruise to Jamaica, you’ll need to do some exploring.

              It’s undoubtedly worth it, as this is an island packed with first-class attractions, oozing with character and rich with a musical and cultural heritage; if you’re a reggae fan, you’re in heaven.