Dive in to Jamaica’s Blue Hole

Obviously, there’s a ton to see in Jamaica. But let’s just say, for the sake of argument, you could only see one natural wonder. Think it would be hard to choose? Nope. One place stands way above the rest. And it’s even got four different names. It’s called the Blue Hole Waterfalls, the Island Gully Falls, the Irie Blue Hole and Secret Falls. So now that you know where you’re going, allow us to tell you about what to do when you get there.

Make the most of your waterfall adventure

Okay, here’s what you need to know. Blue Hole has two areas. There’s the swimming hole, and the waterfalls. But the best part of the whole thing is how the large waterfalls invite you to walk along a path to see the natural beauty of the island that surrounds you. That means the best view of the falls is about a seven-minute walk from the swimming hole. So if you want to truly get the Blue Hole experience, you’ll have to go for a bit of a hike. But don’t worry, there are bamboo benches positioned all along the path that make it the ideal spot to spend the day soaking in the view.

Insider tips for visiting Blue Hole

Looking for some insider tips to make your trip truly magical? We’ve got you covered.

  • Avoid visiting on a day when cruise ships are docked near Ocho Rios. This will ensure your own peace and tranquility. Blue Hole does not attract as many tourists as Dunn’s River Falls, but cruise ships tend to increase the visiting population.
  • Bring water shoes, a swim suit, towel and waterproofing for your phone and camera.
  • There is a small entrance fee, and you’ll want to tip your guide if you have one, so bring cash.
  • You may find locals selling coconut jelly along the path, so if you’re interested, bring a few extra dollars.

We know at this point you’re probably beyond excited. But honestly, we can’t talk up this place enough. So make sure you bring your camera, pack along your watercolor set, and be prepared to go swimming, cliff jumping, swinging and anything else you’ve ever wanted to do in a pristine paradise. And if all this seems like too much for you, there’s no shame in hiring a guide to make sure you don’t miss a thing. In fact, we recommend it.

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