In 1494, when the Spanish discovered Jamaica, they named the village Ocho Rios, after the wondrous 'eight rivers' they saw here. Today you'll explore one of those eight rivers that the Spanish found - the amazing, untouched White River. Take a step back in time when your adventure begins at the 17th-century landmark, Spanish Bridge. This is a site you can only see on your river tubing expedition. As you get ready to journey down the cool waters of the White River, which gained its name from the pristine clarity of its water, you'll receive a safety briefing from your experienced guides who will also outfit you with all of your safety equipment for your journey ahead. This three-mile ride down the White River not only gives you the rich history of Jamaica, it shows you the beauty of our land as you pass by coconut plantations, bamboo groves and along river banks filled with indigenous flora and fauna. The real adventure lies in the White River as you enjoy her many moods, which will bring you to challenging rapids and enchanting lagoons. The breathtaking views and vistas of this tour, which takes you between two of our island's most scenic parishes, St. Mary and St. Ann on what locals call the 'Interparish Express', can only be found on the River Tubing Safari Tour. As you disembark the White River, you'll find yourself in one of Jamaica's most beautiful valleys. The White River Valley property is a garden paradise with over 100 species of flowers for your viewing pleasure. The property's facilities and buildings mirror the architecture of a traditional Jamaican village, so be sure to stop by Parrot Bar and indulge in some of our traditional Jamaican jerk cuisine, refresh yourself with a cool drink, browse the Valley Trader gift shop or just take in the sights of the real Jamaica.
Note: Participants must be at least 6 years of age and weigh no more than 300 lbs. This tour is not recommended for guests with heart, neck/ back problems or pregnant women. Tour participation is limited.
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2 of 2(100%)customers would recommend this to a friend.
We began by meeting our driver at the very crowded and chaotic pier. Once we were out of the heat and ensconced in an nicely air condtioned van, our journey began. My DH had the privelege of sitting in the left side front passenger seat next to our knowledgable and informative, (did I also mention funny?) driver. From narrow streets to dirt road switchbacks, he kept us completely entertained as we climbed the jungleicious mountains to the White river base station. We were outfitting with safety helmuts and reboarded our van for the last climb to the entry to the river. We met our guides and received our vests and were plunked into our tubes with a friendly splash of the cool water. Once there were about 20 of us, off we went! From tranquil pools (some get stuck in these but the guides are ever ready to lend a hand or oar to tow us back into the current. There were a few faster "rapids" that were exhilerating and really fun! Time really did stand still and I think we rode the river for about an hour. We did not see much fauna but the flora was plentiful and I was amazed at the size of the bamboo. When our tubing was over we ended at the base which had a bar and gift shop. Unfortunately I spent so much time picking out the photos they had taken of us, I never got to the gift shop. DH had 2 red Stripe beers and now has a new fav refreshment. The pics were pricey but the shots we picked were 2nd to none. ($25 for 7 pics on a disc). I had brought my underwater camera for this and my shots were ok but they got the action rapids shots and we just had to have them. The ride home was just as entertaining with great commentary from our driver who dropped us off at the pier and we still had time to explore the port area. I highly recommend this tour, it was well worth the money and folks of all ages were able to do it.
it was so much fun I wanted to do it again 'n again, but, after about an hour on the river, with a beer stop mid-way, we went to the Bamboo Beach resort. The guides on the river were wonderful, so much fun, you knew they were enjoyin' the time as much as was our small group, ranging in age from 8yrs to 60+. This is so well worth the cost of admission, especially when paried with the Bambood Beach resort, because there, FREE FREE beer, mojiots, Jamaican rum punch, lemonade, water, all you want, all you can drink, no limit, take 4 at a time if you want. FREE FREE local traditional native foods, served to you while your seated comfortably in a chair on the beach right at water's edge or in it if you want, food served TAPAS-style, all you want, desserts, too, 'n all so delicious. While on the river tubin' a native climbed a tree 'n brought me fresh almonds to sample, 'n then, some fresh sugar cane I watched him chop, 'n also, planteen, all so yummy, 'n the people, all so warm, genuine 'n sincere, not pushy to sell, just enjoy yourself.