Konoko Falls, River Gardens, Taino Museum, Fern Gully & Ocho Rios Highlights Tour from Ocho Rios
Description For This Excursion
You will be met by one of our friendly guides who will take you through the Ocho Rios town centre, downtown, a local neighborhood, an upscale Neighborhood and Fern Gully. Enjoy aerial views of your Cruise ship in port, the country side, aerial views of the Ocho Rios Bay and coastline as well as Jamaica’s flora and fauna. Next go for a visit of the Konoko Falls, Taino Museum and River Gardens which is nestled in the hills of Ocho Rios overlooking the town and one of the Island’s best kept secrets.
Discover the diverse and serene experience at the Konoko Falls. Konoko is an Arawak word meaning ‘wooded area’ or ‘rainforest’, come and see why the Taino (Arawak) Indians, the island’s original inhabitants chose this location as a settlement site.
History shows that the indigenous peoples of Jamaica were the Taino Indians, whose native tongue is said to belong to the Arawak Indians language family tree.
The Taino Museum exhibit offers a look at Jamaica’s turbulent past, from the Taino Indians to the present day era. Rare maps, artifacts and pictures illustrate scripted summaries of all major periods, as well as some local history.
Take a stroll through a unique and beautiful garden offering a variety of tropical flora that is fed by streams that rise on the property and meander through the gardens. The gardens offer many secret spots to relax and enjoy nature at its very best.
The crystal clear water of the river flows into several ponds that are home to a variety of koi carp and tilapia fish.
There are many pathways and bridges which allows you to take in the crystal clear waters of several of the streams that run their natural courses throughout the property.
You may enter the falls at the ONIKHAN Deck and start climbing and stop at the MAJA swimming pool and take a plunge in the cool and refreshing water.
You may also decide to check out Yssasi Lookout Point in the park which offers a spectacular view of the Ocho Rios town.
You can also choose to climb up to the first cascading fall and get soaked beneath the curtain of water. Keep climbing until you reach the very top and immerse yourself in the NANA swimming pool. Then take the stairs to the bottom of the falls, stop and have a cold beer at the bar before beginning your second climb.
We will give you many opportunities to take pictures so you can have special memories of this experience. You may even choose to end your tour at the Island Village Shopping Centre, this is a favorite as it’s walking distance from your cruise ship pier. Island Village has a beach, the Jimmy Buffets Margaritaville and a Harley Davidson store are right across the street. If you would like to go to the beach before returning to your cruise ship, please tell your guide and this can also be arranged. If you would like to try some local Jamaican dishes like “Jerked chicken or pork” this can be arranged as well. Our guides AIM TO SATISFY, are flexible and accommodating.