We did the Riri River tour. We were on a cruise ship and were picked up and taken to a craft shop on the way. We had 14 in our group, and when we arrived at the river we were put into groups of 3-4 for the 20 minutes it took to get to the swimming hole. It literally was a dug out tree trunk, with a local doing the paddling. The ride up the river was beautiful, with a few fish to be seen in the crystal clear water. We spent a few hours at the swimming hole. Water was very cool but refreshing as it was a very hot day. A basic toilet and change area was provided and a few seats, but nothing else, so take some water with you. Those who did not wish to swim just sat around and enjoyed the secluded beauty of the area.
We had an adventure on the return trip down the river. We were in a canoe with 5 of us (too many), when we started leaking slightly at the front. One of our group put his foot over it, and it may have been ok, but the guide pulled over to the side and told us to move up closer to the leak. This caused the front of the canoe to be lower in the river so water started coming in on the sides. We all got out and 3 of us got in another canoe who came to our rescue. I might add that we were in no danger whatsoever. We thought the incident funny, even though we didn't laugh for fear of offending our guide. The water here was only around 2-3 feet deep. We continued our trip and were dropped off. The local 'chief' was there to collect the $10 pp fee for access to the blue hole and transport by canoe. When the other 2 in our group arrived in the original leaking canoe, she told us that the local had asked her for $10 for the trouble the leaking canoe had caused, as he had to scoop out the water!!! I was flabbergasted. If anything, THEY should have paid us for the trouble the leaking canoe caused! The couple gave him $5. This is no reflection on Paradise Tours. The locals who paddle the canoes would probably be members of the chiefs' family who own the area, and may or may not even get paid for their time.
We were then taken to Oyster Bay Resort for lunch, which was not included in the price of the tour. In all, a very good tour, and the small hiccup the leak caused added to the fun of the tour.
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