Excursion to Reach Falls

It didn’t take long for a group of 30-something cruisers to get together and organize an excursion. What better way to see Jamaica than by splitting the cost!? We did minimal research; chatted with locals and the marina to determine the most cost effective way to obtain transportation to/from the falls. When the time came to get on with the show, while sitting leisurely aboard Nila Girl until mid-morning, we hired Harry who conveniently showed up at the docks and told us he’d be back around 12:30pm to take us. We loaded ten people; Matt & Jessica (sv/Serendipity), Ren, Ashley, & Nick (sv/Nila Girl), and Piers, Jason, & Jimmy (sv/Tamarisk) into Harry’s van along with a cooler filled to the brim with ice and beer.


We can always count on Ashley to bring snacks!


First viewpoint, Trident Castle.


The Blue Lagoon is a beautiful blue hole that obtained its fame during a 170-foot dive made by Jacques Cousteau. The lagoon was also the location for filming the movie “The Blue Lagoon” starring a young Brooke Shields.



Ren and Ashley look right at home at the Blue Lagoon. Don’t let their tourist clothes fool you, these all-star free divers would be at the bottom of that hole in a jiffy


Matt and Jessica strike a pose after Matt’s taken a refreshing dip in the lagoon.


Piers shows us how to explore with style while Jason and Jimmy chat with the group.



We never miss a photo opportunity.


After our visit to the Blue Lagoon, another 20-minutes in the van brought us to Reach Falls.



We followed a paved road to a well maintained set of stairs leading us to the base of the falls.


I’ll admit that I was not impressed with the 30-ish foot waterfall and lack of hiking. We did have a fun time scampering up and down the riverbed, though. We were led by a guide (for a tip) upstream about one mile. The stream had deep pools for swimming and the highlight was a cave that we could drop down into under the stream and swim out farther downstream. Brian ended the trial with a jump from the waterfall.


Thanks to Jason for taking and sharing this fabulous group photo; what a good looking bunch of cruisers!


We ended our excursion with a stop at Boston Beach where we sampled the “famous” jerk pork and jerk chicken served there. The meat was delish and very spicy! It was served with a side of festival bread; sort of bland, yet a tad sweet, fried bread sticks. Brian and I were also suckered into our first souvenir at Boston Beach, hand-made necklaces made from red coffee beans. Stylish!


Navy Island

We took a self-guided, dinghy excursion along with Serendipity and Skebenga to Navy Island. Here is what Wikipedia has to tell us about Navy Island, which is now abandoned.



No diving!

Brian and Luki picking mangos.

The very ripe mangos were turned into this delicious pie.

After our hike around Navy Island, we took a dip in the warm waters for some snorkeling. There wasn’t much to see, we’d certainly been spoiled in the Bahamas. Still it was a fun, free excursion!