Martha Brae River
Martha Brae River
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Float along the Martha Brae River in the heart of the Jamaican countryside. travelers will love gliding on the bamboo raft through the jungle, where wildlife and historic sites abound. During the hour-long ride, you can get on and off the raft as you please to swim in the river’s calm and crystal-clear waters. The guides will tell you all about the local plants and animals and the area’s history as you pass through the lush vegetation along the way. Most guided tours include round-trip transportation from Montego Bay. – Tripadvisor
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  • Faith
    35 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Peaceful & healing experience
    I visited in August of 2023. This was the most peaceful and healing experience. I highly recommend this tour. 90.00 per raft (up to 2 ppl). Vendors along the riverside had a variety of items for sale, handcrafted items were my favorite.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 2, 2023
  • Enos G
    Basildon, United Kingdom142 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Family Holiday
    My 4TH Time Back To Montego Bay Jamaica. My Son And Daughter Second Time Our First Time On The Martha Brae River . What A Geat Time We Had Will Do It Again Thats For Sure . ps no snakes or crocks in the river only ones that i saw are on peoples feet.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 15, 2023
  • Stacey P
    24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely relaxing ride with beautiful scenery!
    A really beautiful, relaxing ride. Our captain wasn’t that talkative but the captain of the raft my kids and brother were on was very knowledgable and told us lots about the river and the area. Life preservers are provided and I was able to take my 3 month old on too. Stunning surroundings, beautiful weather and they would let you stand up on the raft and paddle it if you wanted. Great trip out
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 30, 2023
  • Isabellash
    Miami, Florida14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best raft captain: Clive
    Clive was our raft captain. He was so profesional and really made our experience peaceful and enjoyable. The river is beautiful. He took pictures of us and even told me how to pose to get better angles! Thank you Clive!! You made our day!
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 2, 2023
  • Andrea R
    15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Rafting was great!
    We had a great day with our guide Simms on the river. The rafting company was efficient, clean and safe PFDs (personal flotation devices) were provided. We bought a bottle of rum punch, although you could bring your own things if you wanted, we enjoyed it thoroughly. We bought pictures, rum cake, and a coconut for our kid. We felt safe, the river was exceptionally beautiful. DON'T FORGET to TIP YOUR GUIDE!
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written February 11, 2024
  • Kathy R
    18 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A relaxing change of pace
    Our guide was very helpful, especially since I'd injured my foot. He made sure I could still safely do the photo ops and gave a GREAT leg and foot massage. The trip itself was pretty short though, just a mile long, but interesting none the less.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 11, 2024
  • Linda L
    Gloucestershire, United Kingdom9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not to be missed
    Leon, our tour guide was excellent. He picked us up spot on time, was friendly, courteous and professional. He certainly helped make the trip enjoyable. He also took photos on my phone for us as we left on our raft and promised to forward additional photos he took on his phone for us. Excellent service, would recommend him every time.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 16, 2024
  • Susan B
    Minneapolis, Minnesota5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best River Rafting in Jamaica
    There are several bamboo rafting scams in Jamaica, but the Martha Brae is the real deal. A very relaxing, slow ride (about 1 1/2;hours) down a small winding river with lots of foliage all around you. It cost $100 the raft that seats 2 people. The rafter let's you try the pole, and that was fun. No pressure but he does sell some items at the end for $20. Whatever you do, don't do the Rio Nuevo River rafting. You go about 2 blocks and half that is trying to get the raft out of the mess of rafts around theirs. At another block or so they turn around and pull you back up.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 19, 2024
  • Nick P
    68 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Relaxing glide down the river
    Try to pick a day when there are no cruise ships docked. On our visit we more or less had the location to ourselves. The drop off point is upstream. Here there are a few stalls selling souvenirs and a bar. Getting on board the raft is easy. You don't particularly need wet shoes. There then follows a glide down the river of about 3 miles, taking an hour or so. Some attractive stalls on the right hand side of the river although we didn't stop or ask to stop at any of them. At the end of the trip there's the official photographer, offering to sell you pictures of your arrival for $10 a piece, there's a small store with souvenirs and a cafe. We tried spiced chicken wings at $15 - bit pricey, but spicey hot. Bring cash for any purchases and trips
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 22, 2024
  • ErikaC1984
    Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania45 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Limestone Rub and Rafting down the River
    Going down the Martha Brae river is awesome. It is so relaxing and calming. Try to have a raft host that knows the history of the river. It helps the experience since your are going down the river over the course of 2-3 miles. They provide life jackets if your not a swimmer and if you are a swimmer you don't have to wear them. You don't go fast down the river and your host will point out all sorts of fascinating things about the river and down the river. Some of the locals have little spots on the sides of the river that you an purchase if you wish. The host also sells carved shells that you can purchase and he will add your name and year to it. (Yes I did buy one!) They also offer a limestone rub for an additional fee. That part was AMAZING! I had my legs done which covered my mid-thigh down to my toes. It dry's on you for about 4 minutes and then the river water is used to rinse it off. Once its off they put on pure cocoa butter oil. When its all done my skin never felt smoother. It felt so smooth, hydrated and soft that I really didn't want to take a shower later to wash it off. I would recommend asking about the limestone rub before you choose your host b/c each host offered a different price. While my host was awesome, his price was more then what I was quoted on shore before we started. They also allow you a chance to steer the raft down the river which is also really cool if you dare to give it a shot. Overall a great experience and a calm one. I recommend for everyone to try whether you can swim or not.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 5, 2024
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Pozzza
Stoke-on-Trent, UK183 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Saw this on Ainsley Harriott chef programme. Bit of a trek from Negril, probably much better if you're based in Montego Bay.

Gift shop on arrival (you'll not go back at the end). Tip: If you're looking at buying a small raft model, wait until you're actually on the raft, not at the shop - you'll get one offered cheaper.

Two persons per raft (double), plus the tour guide. Life jacket mandatory to start but you can take if off (own risk) later for comfort.

A gentle punt along the river, taking in the awesome scenery & wildlife pointed out by the guide. He'll even let you have a go & take some snaps with your camera. You'll pass a few stores along the bank, no pressure to stop/buy & the guide will offer you crafts made by himself - again no pressure to buy. They will expect a tip but it’s not mandatory. Guides do put you at ease though & build up a good rapport.

Controlling the raft yourself is a must do, just for the photo opportunity. There's also a 'professional' photo at the end, which includes the guide+passengers. Also some small bamboo gifts on offer as you depart.

You could quite easily spend a bit if you get sucked into all the gifts & photos as we did but we didn't mind as we left with a few mementos & good memories. Purchases were our decision, nothing forced nor expected. No pressure to buy anything at all, just bear in mind they can all mount up.

A really tranquil place & unique experience. You've gotta try this.
Written March 22, 2020
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Trudeman
Panama City Beach, FL288 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Family
Emerald, slow moving jungle stream voyage just downstream from water treatment plant. Relaxing trip along winding stream dotted with bankside peddlers selling Jamaican towels and handmade replica rafts. Your guide (raft captain) will answer your questions about island customs and his family life. Worth a visit for this two-hour excursion which includes jungle drum serenade at departure point and small tiki-bar.
Written February 1, 2020
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Janet W
Bridlington, UK241 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Its several years since the last visit to Jamaica and this excursion was missed off last time. Well worth the wait.
Seated comfortably on the sturdy bamboo raft....and poled expertly down the flowing river we were told never dried up. Plants and bird life in abundance, bananas, cloves, nutmeg...Every shade of green.

Simply wonderful.
Thank you
Written February 9, 2020
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ela03
Johnstone, UK369 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
This was our 2nd visit to Martha Brae and it did not disappoint in fact we enjoyed this visit more as there was more of an atmosphere when arriving with live music, complimentary drinks on arrival.

Our raft experience was fantastic and our Captain very informative and friendly. This is one of my favourite things to do when visiting Jamaica and will definitely be back in future trips.
Written January 4, 2020
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Elizabeth R
10 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Friends
The price for this rafting tour varied. We were told one price beforehand but when we arrived, the price increased by $10 without an explanation. The ride down the river was very nice and relaxing! Our “guide” was not very pleasant and “hurried” us off as we approached the end.
Written September 4, 2022
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maz592
Eastbourne, UK61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
Can’t praise this highly enough. It was relaxing but still heaps of fun. It’s nice to go somewhere a bit off the beaten track and not overly commercial.

Our captain was incredibly knowledgeable and was great fun, letting us steer the raft and taking lots of photos for us.

We did purchase a carved vase at the end, in our mind it was all part of the trip and it’s good to be able to support the locals. There were vendors along part of the river but a friendly ‘no thank you’ was all that was needed.

I’d definitely take the trip again if I visited the area.
Written January 14, 2020
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Clare
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Family
Definitely the best of the excursions in that part of Jamaica which is located in Trelawny between Montego bay and Ocho Rios. This place is unreal! Beautiful is an understatement.

For me it was a memorable, serene, peaceful and therapeutic experience made all the more enjoyable by our friendly Raft Captain Peter.It was a joy and privilege to be in his presence.

We bought the $22 dollar bottle of rum punch served in a bag of ice at the bar before boarding. There were vendors selling souvenirs, drinks. fruit and coconuts etc...placed at intervals along the riverbank but not enough to make it feel intrusive and there is absolutely no pressure to buy. I would advise that you take some extra money to tip your raft captain at the end to reward his efforts.

A must do if you want to capture the real natural beauty of Jamaica.
Written March 26, 2022
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JESSie
Los Angeles, CA2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Family
Highly recommend this tour. the scenerie is breath taking, the water is clear/clean, the surrounding is vibrant green and we had a great time with our Raft Captin Rolando aka Rasta Pasta. Rasta engaged with us, provided us with history about the rivers, the limestone healing mineral rock, taught us how to raft and took wonderful pictures. Positive vibes 100% MUST DO ACTIVITY in Jamaica 🇯🇲
Written April 11, 2022
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ErikaC1984
Marcus Hook, PA45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Friends
Going down the Martha Brae river is awesome. It is so relaxing and calming. Try to have a raft host that knows the history of the river. It helps the experience since your are going down the river over the course of 2-3 miles. They provide life jackets if your not a swimmer and if you are a swimmer you don't have to wear them. You don't go fast down the river and your host will point out all sorts of fascinating things about the river and down the river. Some of the locals have little spots on the sides of the river that you an purchase if you wish. The host also sells carved shells that you can purchase and he will add your name and year to it. (Yes I did buy one!) They also offer a limestone rub for an additional fee. That part was AMAZING! I had my legs done which covered my mid-thigh down to my toes. It dry's on you for about 4 minutes and then the river water is used to rinse it off. Once its off they put on pure cocoa butter oil. When its all done my skin never felt smoother. It felt so smooth, hydrated and soft that I really didn't want to take a shower later to wash it off. I would recommend asking about the limestone rub before you choose your host b/c each host offered a different price. While my host was awesome, his price was more then what I was quoted on shore before we started. They also allow you a chance to steer the raft down the river which is also really cool if you dare to give it a shot. Overall a great experience and a calm one. I recommend for everyone to try whether you can swim or not.
Written May 5, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Stephanie H
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
The best experience I had in Jamaica! Water and ride is so beautiful and peaceful. We saw lots of birds, turtles, and learned some more history of Jamaica. There are people along the side who sell drinks as you ride. We got fresh coconut water only $5. Make sure to bring extra cash for shopping and tip. Everything is very clean. The staff is also great. You are offered a complimentary drink when you arrive which is very fresh. Restrooms are clean and there is a nice gift shop as well. Our captain Howard was very friendly and helpful. He also took great pictures of us on the raft. Well worth your money and experience.
Written February 7, 2020
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