We went to the Blue Hole as part of a tour with Courtney Taylor tours. (Courtney was awesome, by the way - look him up here at Trip Advisor.) It took over an hour to travel from the Royal Caribbean dock to Ocho Rios and the last segment of the trip covered roads that were pretty much dirt alleys, but once we arrived at the Blue Hole we were amazed at the beauty of this place. The water is a light turquoise color, and is surprisingly deep; we learned just how deep when one of the guides took a running jump off a cliff and dropped 40 feet into the water. LOL
The guides play an important role at the Blue Hole as the steps are steep, slick and potentially treacherous. We thought all the guides were fantastic. They were friendly, helpful and patient, guiding each individual to as far in the falls as they wanted to go. We watched them help an older couple with limited mobility and they couldn't have been nicer to them. I've read ugly comments about the guides and I couldn't disagree more. No hounding for tips, no pressure to go farther than you wanted to go. They made it a lot safer than it potentially could have been. Devroe was our guide and he was just the nicest young man.
Devroe led us first to the top of the main waterfall. When we arrived we could see that other falls fed the main falls - these were beautiful and I'll include a couple long exposure photos of them here. After that we backtracked to the other side of the main pool; a smaller pool had a rope swing and some diving ledges. One guide leaped from a ledge. Another did the swing. A third climbed into the canopy of trees above the pond and dropped - these guys are nuts! But it looks like they have a blast. They helped a couple courageous visitors jump and swing as well.
Blue Hole - great place to visit in Jamaica. The stairs are fairly demanding, physically, so keep this in mind if you have any mobility issues. The location is remote so there is very little in the way of dining or drinking facilities around. But I thought this was a wonderful destination and something off the beaten path, something most other people don't see.
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