Blue Hole Jamaica otherwise known as the Irie Blue Hole or the Secret Falls is located in the hills of Jamaica on the border of the parishes of St. Ann and St. Mary, around 25 minutes from the town of Ocho Rios.
The Blue Hole has been rated by tripadvisor as the top attraction in Ocho Rios and should definitely be on your list of things to do in Ocho Rios when you visit. There are quite a few tours to the Blue hole you can click the link below to view the full list of tours.
General Information about the Blue Hole Jamaica
If you are just getting started on planning your tours and excursions in Ocho Rios you are in the right place. We have compiled of list of all the information you will need when you are visiting the Blue Hole. If you are in a hurry the main points of our blog post are listed below:
Blue Hole Jamaica – Swimming Hole and Waterfall
The Blue Hole is divided into two sections. There is the main Blue Hole with its turquoise Blue waters that just begs you to jump in. The view is surreal. If you are feeling adventurous there is a Tarzan swing you can use. The Blue Hole is somewhere you want to relax and inhale the beauty that surrounds you.
The other section of the Blue Hole is the waterfall section. This waterfall is around 20 feet in height. There is a path that runs along the river. You will rejoin the river further upstream. The waterfall is a 7-minute walk from the Blue Hole.
Travel Tip: be sure to pick up a coconut jelly from Jermaine when walking along the path to the Blue Hole waterfalls (Cost JA $120, US$1).
You are supposed to have a guide; however, it is possible to explore the Blue Hole by yourself. This is possible if you don’t plan to swim and just want to walk along the paths. However, if you plan to swim or cross the river we would recommend that you hire a guide. The rocks can be very slippery and the guides will tell you the best spots to swim. If you are a first time visitor it would probably make sense to hire a tour guide for the Blue Hole.
There are some bamboo benches across the river just below the large cascading waterfalls which is breathtakingly beautiful. This is the type of place where you just feel like lounging around all day inhaling the natural beauty around you. You can pretty much spend the day watching others jump and dive off the various cliffs.
The beauty of the Blue Hole is it is not as commercialized as Dunns River Falls (another popular waterfall attraction in Ocho Rios). Basically, you are visiting a beautiful swimming hole and waterfall in their natural surroundings. If you are a visitor to Jamaica the Blue Hole should be on your bucket list of things to do in Jamaica.
Did you know there is more than one Blue Hole in Jamaica
Yes there are two places named Blue Hole in Jamaica. There is a Blue Hole in the hills of Ocho Rios and there is another attraction called Blue Hole in Westmoreland (near Negril). The information on this page refers to the Blue Hole attraction near Ocho Rios.
Currently (as of June 2016) the entrance fee for the attraction is $15 US. You will also be expected to tip the guides so bring some extra cash.
The price for most Blue Hole tours from Ocho Rios varies depending on if you are doing a standalone tour or if you add tours other than the Blue Hole tour. The entrance fee per a person is $15. If you are travelling with a large group the price should be negotiable. Click here to see a list of all the tours to the Blue Hole.
If you are in Ocho Rios take the road to St. Mary. Turn on to the road to Exchange. At the gas station stay right continue along the road; go pass the Upton Golf Course. When you approach Lodge square, turn left onto the Thatch Hill road. Continue along this road.
On the right-hand side, you will see a JPS power station. You will see a marl road adjacent to the JPS power station. Turn onto this road and drive for around 100 meters. You have arrived at the Blue Hole
The Blue Hole should definitely be on your list of places to visit in Jamaica. We have tours from Ocho Rios, Runaway Bay, Discovery Bay, Falmouth, Montego Bay, Negril and Kingston. If you have a group larger than 10 people you can email Ocho Rios Jamaica for a quotation. Click here to see a list of all the tours to the Blue Hole.
Opening Hours – 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
What to Bring – water shoes, waterproof camera, towel
Tips for Guides – recommended
Distance from Ocho Rios – It is around 25 minutes from Ocho Rios
Distance from Falmouth – It is around 1 hour and 20 minutes from Falmouth
Distance from Montego Bay – It is around 2 hours and 20 minutes from Falmouth
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