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Address: Black River, Jamaica
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Enough mangrove trees, wild crocodiles and tropical plants to excite even...

Enough mangrove trees, wild crocodiles and tropical plants to excite even the most stubborn of imaginations.

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Charles Swaby river tour

We were on a day trip from our hotel in Negril Jamaica and one of the stops was a guided tour on the Black River. We were on one of the Charles Swaby boats and it was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Michael F
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We were on a day trip from our hotel in Negril Jamaica and one of the stops was a guided tour on the Black River. We were on one of the Charles Swaby boats and it was fantastic. The Captain / Guide on our boat had worked there for many years and knew every inch of the river, which he... More 

2 Thank Michael F
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We drove to Black River and negotiated with a local boatman to take us up the river. The local boatman did point out a few times that he was here well before the larger tour boats so it was nice to give him some business. We made sure he had a license and in fact a marine policeman hitchec a... More 

Thank merryweather29
Boerne, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took a safari tour on the river and were pleased with the scenery and abundant wildlife. Great for photographers. Guides would "call" crocs to the boat, even feeding one by hand! The boat ride was more beautiful than I imagined, as our guide pointed out the flora and fauna of the area. Great tour for kids, very interesting.

Thank pamelaL74
Barrington, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our family of 20 people took the Charles Swaby riverboat tour and it was the highlight of this trip to Jamaica. I had been on the tour about 3 years ago and it was a nice 1 hour tour. Since we had 20 people this trip, I wanted the family to see the nature, crocs and birds and not be... More 

Thank Kobesan
Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a nice tour. I like the boat ride and out tour guide called to crocodile and it came right up and he was able to put his hand under the chin on the crocodile. Nice thing to do.

Thank goodmom1
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015

Best river tour I have ever been on. Nature at its best. Crocodiles tropical birds and spear fishers ! Friendly staff and amazing experience ! Another piece of heaven !

Thank William Y
Sunderland, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

river boat tour had a great day on the river good tour guide and interesting plenty to see wild birds, crocodile's tour only lasts about one and a half hour

Thank raymond s
Anchorage, Alaska
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

We visited this tour after driving to YS falls and Appleton Rum Estate. The boat pretty much leaves when they have enough people and we were there when a boat was leaving and they turned around to get us. The captain does his best to be funny and points out the crocodiles, birds and other wetland vegetation. Afterwords you go... More 

Thank alaska1986
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015 via mobile

The boat ride up the Black River is absolutely amazing! Our guide (I forget his name) was very knowledgeable and passionate about the conservation of the river. We saw a bunch of crocodiles ranging in size from three feet to eight feet long! We got a lot of nice photos and really enjoyed the trip. Don't miss this trip if... More 

Thank edwardt32
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

Beautiful cruise up the river from the sea. Better to avoid the big cruises and get on a small fisherman boat (obviously, with a local skipper). Mangroves are stunning and you will see alligators and beautiful birds.

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