Jamaica is one of my favourite ports simply because there are so many gorgeous places you can go to. I listed all sorts of options to Mel and Jess for our day there and they picked the Blue Hole.
Tours are not offered to the Blue Hole. It's not all finished with a snack bar or souvenir shop or even washrooms. It's left completely untouched. And that's why I love it there.
I went last year while on the Liberty with some other crew members. Generally it's just crew members who go there, because we learn about it by word of mouth from each other. It was one of my favourite port days I've ever had so I was very excited to take Mel and Jess there.
It took a bit of convincing to find a driver to take us. It's farther away than the typical tourist stops so any driver who takes you has to spend the whole time with you out there. One tried to scare us off saying it was "dangerous" because she'd had a couple have their money taken out there - but really, if you leave your stuff unattended anywhere that's a risk
right? But we didn't have valubles with us, found ourselves a driver willing to go and we were off.
The Blue Hole is about a half hour drive away from the cruise pier in Ocho Rios, along part of the White River. Having been on many tours around Jamaica since the first time I went to this spot, I had a much greater sense of where we were - and I couldn't believe how close it is to other spots I've been to! Our driver wound along back rounds past villages and through forest then pulled down a gravel lane. We stopped seemingly in the middle of nowhere. But I recognized where we were and knew that just behind the trees at the edge of the road was a little spot of paradise.
There is a small clearing in the forest where the White River flows over water falls and pours into a bright sparkling blue water hole. Mel, Jess and I swam in the water and explored in the caves under the falls. Both of them took turns on the rope swing and jumping off the falls. The current was much stronger this time compared to when
I'd been before making it much more challenging to swim right up to the bottom of the waterfall. I loved just floating on my back looking up through the trees to the sun shining and the clear blue sky. Like I said, paradise.
After some time there, we walked farther upstream along the river. There is another set of falls where you can also swim and climb or run and jump. I was crazy enough last time to run (well, timidly make my way down) the falls and jump off. Not this time. Once was enough. Mel and Jess didn't care for it, so they just explored around the falls themselves more. Then we hiked even farther up, enjoying more of the water and the scenery there.
The same local guy, Kevin, who showed us around last year, met us today. I liked that.
The girls loved it and I'm glad. It's such a beautiful spot.
Back in Ocho Rios, the girls we had some lunch on the ship. Then the girls went off to do some shopping while I headed to work for the afternoon. Only one more port day until they'll be leaving me
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