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“A Grand Day Out”
Review of Jaital

Jaital
Ranked #5 of 17 Transportation in Ocho Rios
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Jaital offers low cost excursions to cruise ship passengers and resort guest visiting Ocho Rios Jamaica.
Useful Information: Activities for young children
Reviewed February 1, 2013

We decided we wanted to do River Tubing in Ocho Rios, but the ship wanted to charge a lot of money for the same trip, so we did an internet search and settled on Jaital.com. We saved $30 each over the ship excursion and had a great day! Our driver, Alfanso, was awesome and picked us up promptly 30 minutes after the ship docked. He took us to the White River tubing centre, singing all the way and pointing out local landmarks, and dropped us off. We were the first people there. We were able to leave our bags in the van for safekeeping. The tubing was such fun and Rafael, our guide, and his two little dogs kept us entertained. The dogs even jumped onto the tubes with us for part of the ride. Rafael sang Jamaican songs all the way down the river and we stopped part way for a photo session. The printer for the photos was leaving a line down the picture, so the photographer gave us a disk with all the photos on it for $20 which was really good value. We then headed to Mahogany Beach for a couple of hours and had lunch there and swam in the beautiful warm water. Alfanso picked us up from there and took us into town to do some shopping and pointed out the better stores to us. He then drove us back to the ship in good time before it sailed. We felt very safe and well looked after.

Thank Clair B
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Reviewed January 28, 2013

My husband and I booked the Dolphin Touch and Dunns River Falls Tour Package through Jaital Tours. We thought the price was very reasonable considering it included round-trip transportation to Ocho Rios from our Montego Bay hotel, and the complete cost of the Dolphin Cove entrance and program, and the Dunn’s River Falls admission. The excursion is booked through Jaital, but is confirmed and ran by Dolphin Cove. Tanika, our tour guide and Thomas, our driver were a lot of fun. Tanika gave us a lot of info including common Jamacian expressions and Jamaican history and culture. It was a fun 1 ½ hour bus ride from our Montego Bay hotel and they made the time go by quickly.

Dunn’s River Falls and Dolphin Cove are literally across the road from each other. We checked in at Dolphin Cove first, then those of us who also purchased the Dunn’s River Falls admission now went to do Dunns River first. This is a must do activity in Jamaica! Don’t listen to the negatives. Do use water shoes, sneakers are no good (you can rent them for $7), don’t go without a guide (it can be dangerous if you don’t), don’t buy the CD (it will be of some other group but not yours!), and don’t tell any of the vendors your name or accept anything they give you or the vendors will ask payment for it. The vendors are not bad at all. Just walk through them quietly at the end of the tour and they will leave you alone. Do take a waterproof camera. The pictures come out a little grainy, but they are still pretty good. A regular camera has absolutely no chance of staying dry! If you are not fit or have any physical problems, don’t do the climb. It is a little demanding in a some spots. You can walk along the side and watch as others climb the falls, and take some great pictures.

Next we went back to Dolphin Cove for our Touch Program. This program is for those who aren’t good swimmers, but still want to get close to the dolphins. The others (Encounter and Swim) require you to be a reasonably good swimmer. We were in waist deep water, and the dolphin would come up to you in your cupped hands and give you a kiss, and you can pet them! (The only problem is you can’t take pictures while in the Dolphin programs, and the pictures cost $69 for 5 pictures!) The trainers also have the dolphin do various tricks, and the dolphin is literally a few feet from you. This is also a good program for kids. You can watch the other programs, and it was fun to see the dolphins in their routines. No where else can you get this close to them. It is money well spent. At Dolphin Cove, there is snorkeling, a shark encounter and a sting ray encounter. They have tropical parrots that will sit on your shoulder and they will take your picture with them. There are plenty of things to see and do here, and the time goes by quickly. This Dolphin Cove package is relatively inexpensive here in Jamaica. It costs a lot more to do in Florida and Hawaii. There also is a location in Negril.

Make sure when you go that you take some food/snacks with you. The only food they have at Dolphin Cove is snack type items and ice cream. And the way the tour is set up, there is no time specifically set up for lunch.

I would highly recommend this tour package and this tour company. It was one of our most fun days in Jamaica. Ya Mon!

Thank spitzy135
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Reviewed January 27, 2013

We had a great experience with Jaital Tours in Ocho Rios. We took the Dunn's River Falls and White River Tubing Adventure tour. Our driver Alfonso was awesome! He made us feel very safe and cared for, giving us advice about the peddlers (stay away from them!!) and information about the island. He kept his van very clean and allowed us to keep our backpacks in the van while on our excursions. He was waiting for us at the end of each adventure and made sure the guides took great care of us on the tubing adventure. We will definitely book our excursions through Jaital the next time we are in Jamaica!!

Thank 796Family5796
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Reviewed January 10, 2013

My family recently visited Ocho Rios and we booked an excursion with Jaital Tours and had the best guide/driver anyone can ask for! We were booked on a Monday for the excursion but because of a passport issue one of the family members couldn't join us until Tuesday evening. The driver told us no problem and scheduled us for Wednesday instead. Our driver and guide, Alphonso took such good care of us and showed us some sights of Ocho Rios. Anyone who is going to Jamaica and would like to book Dunes River Falls and tubing down the river need to book it with Jaital and definitely ask for Alphonso he will take care of you!

Thank luvstoread10
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Reviewed January 9, 2013

We had a great experience with Jaital tours. Our driver was Sylvan and he took us everywhere we needed to go. He was knowledgable about the area, took us shopping, and took us to our destinations. Jaital was still cheaper than the tours the cruise line was offering, and we had a private driver all day. If we went back to Jamaica we would definitely choose Jaital again!

Thank Jorge P
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