Estimated at over 5 million years old, the Green Grotto Caves is the first historic cave worldwide to receive the Green Globe 21 certification, a global affiliation working with travel and tourism companies and communities to develop and maintain good environmental practices. The caves are characterized by coastal limestone and feature a series of interconnected passageways and chambers, light holes, stalactites and stalagmites, as well as two lakes. Their most striking features are rock formations and the small 'grotto' lake at the innermost cavern. Take a 3/4-mile guided stroll through a maze of exquisite dripstone formations and learn about the sensitive eco-system found within and around the caves. See limestone formations that have been christened after the individuals they resemble, including Abraham Lincoln, Freddie Krueger and the cartoon character, Scooby Doo among others. Your guide will demonstrate the cave's musical stones and be sure to toss a coin in the wishing well before your departure. A refreshing beverage is provided at the end of the tour. On the return drive to Ocho Rios, you'll visit Dunn's River Falls. Climb the spectacular 600-foot waterfall at Dunn's River Falls and then shop for souvenirs in the center of town before returning to your ship. Note: This is a walking tour and visitors will be guided through areas that are paved, with uneven surfaces, gravel and rocks. Visitors need to be sure footed and must be able to bend to negotiate small access ways. Slippery when wet caution signs are posted through the caves as a reminder to visitors. There are 62 steps throughout the tour. All visitors are fitted with a sanitary helmet liner and hard helmet and offered a spray of mosquito repellent prior to the start of the tour. The Dunn's River Falls are the highlight of Jamaica and tend to be very congested. All guests participating in a tour that visits the falls should wear foot protection that can get wet. River socks are available for rent at the falls. The rocks at the falls are slippery. Climbing the falls is optional and at your own risk. Participants who do not wish to climb the falls may enjoy the small beach at the base. The walk to the beach is on a slope with many stairs, therefore participants should be in reasonably good health.
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Review 1 for Green Grotto Caves & Dunn's River Falls
The Green Grotto cave complex is an easy hike through a cave complex where you will see typical formations found in large caves. The walk is easy because you are on a trail or stairs most of the time. The beautiful pool is in a second cave system and is sixty feet down a steep stairway. The water is crystal clear and so still that it is hard to see the surface. At the Dunn River Falls you can either climb the six hundred feet of waterfalls or watch the climbers from a series of viewing stations along the route. The climb is led by a guide who deserves a big tip at the top. (He gladly accepts wet money.) He shows you the route up and gets you safely to the top. The climb is not easy. You can make it if you are in reasonable shape and agile. Every square inch of you will be wet. If you bring a camera or watch, then it needs to be waterproof. Don’t try the climb if you have mobility or balance issues. Wear aqua socks or rent them on site. There is an extensive straw market near the exit of the park on the way to the bus. Bring in some money for the guide tip, to rent aqua socks if needed or to buy stuff at the straw market. The excursion also stops at a nice shopping area close to the pier where we bought several souvenirs.
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Review 2 for Green Grotto Caves & Dunn's River Falls
It takes 30 to 40 minutes to get to the caves from the port. While we had great expectations we were disappointed with the caves. Since the caves were used as a night club most of the formations (stalagmites and stalagmites) you would expect to see no longer exist. The Dunn’s River Falls (cascades) are located very close to the port. You really need water shoes if you are going to climb the falls; if you do not have water shoes they are available for rental. [Dec 2011 rental was $7] You are given enough time to hike the falls but not enough time to visit the local crafts market. The shops at the shopping area are the same you see all over the Caribbean.