I have been hearing about the Blue hole for such a long time that I felt it was about time I visit; I am so glad I did!. This attraction should definitely be on your bucket list if you are visiting Ocho Rios. The Blue Hole used to be considered the area’s best kept secret; however, I think the secret is out. When I arrived there were already a few tour buses in the parking lot.
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.
You are supposed to have a guide; however, I tried to do it by myself. 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 I 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 one of them.
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.
Visiting the Blue Hole reminded me of my childhood days when we used to spend our summers playing in the river near my home in Jamaica. The only difference is this is one of the most scenic spots I have ever seen in Jamaica. If you are a visitor to Jamaica I think the Blue Hole should be on your bucket list.
- Hire a guide. You might feel a bit pressured to do so, but not doing so is being penny wise and pound foolish. They will help you navigate the rocks. They know the slippery spots to avoid. They can also tell you whether it’s safe to jump off the various cliffs on the bank of the Blue Hole. Keep in mind this is not a licensed tourist attraction. There is no first aid station nearby.
- Bring water shoes, swimsuit, towel and waterproof camera.
- Avoid visiting on a day when cruise ships are docked in Ocho Rios.
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.
The Blue Hole is not an official tourist attraction. At the moment, they are trying to get a license for the attraction, so there might be a change in the price listed on this post. Currently (as of May 2016) the entrance fee for the attraction is $10 US.
You will also be expected to tip the guides so bring some extra cash. Since the Blue Hole is not a licensed tourist attraction some of the larger tour companies don’t go there; however, a few of the smaller tour companies or a private cab will take you there.
The price from Ocho Rios is around $30 – $35 US per a person plus the $10 entrance fee. If you are traveling with a large group the price should be negotiable.
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 larger tour companies in Jamaica don’t go to the Blue Hole because it is not a licensed tourist attraction. Most of the smaller tour companies will take you there. You can book a tour with a tour company online or you can ask your hotel to organize transportation to get to the Blue Hole.
Entrance Fee – US $10
Opening Hours – 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (unofficial hours, it is not a licensed tourist attraction)
What to Bring – water shoes, waterproof camera, towel
Tips for Guides – recommended
Distance from Ocho Rios – It is around 15 – 20 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