Blue Hole Ocho Rios

The Blue Hole in Ocho Rios is one of the island’s most attractive spots and a must for many visitors. This Blue Hole in Jamaica really is bright blue (though if there has been heavy rain recently the water can be more brownish in color). 

Sometimes this natural attraction is referred to as the Blue Hole Falls in Jamaica – and in fact the Blue Hole site is really a series of waterfalls. As it’s only a drive of half an hour or less from the cruise terminal, it’s one of the most popular excursions for cruise ship visitors and those staying at one of the all inclusive resorts in Jamaica.

If you want to include the Jamaica Blue Hole in Ocho Rios on your itinerary, this guide will show you where it is, tell you the Blue Hole Ocho Rios entry fee and all the options for getting there. Also covered are the various spots you can visit on your way up the mountain, and the Cool Hole too.  

This article is based on our recent visit to Jamaica, where we stayed at Sandals Dunns River and the tour we took to Dunn’s River Falls and the Blue Hole in one day.

Read on to find about the Blue Hole in Jamaica near Ocho Rios, so you can plan your perfect day trip to this unmissable spot!


BLUE HOLE OCHO RIOS JAMAICA MAP

If you’re considering a visit to the Blue Hole in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, take a look at this map of the location and all the falls. The Blue Hole actually comprises a series of waterfalls, and is about a 20 to 30 minute drive from the cruise terminal. 


BLUE HOLE OCHO RIOS JAMAICA PRICE

  • Entry fee: approx $20pp from any of the entrances (+ tip)
  • Average tour cost: $90-$150

The Blue Hole Ocho Rios cost depends on how you decide to visit the beauty spot. You can take an organized tour to the Blue Hole waterfalls in Jamaica, or get to the Ocho Rios Blue Hole entrance in a hire or private car. If you do the latter, then you’ll need a guide to ensure your safety and show you the way. Tipping is expected in this case. 

Tour costs vary and range between $90 and $150. Which one you choose will affect the cost. We can personally recommend the tour to the Irie Blue Hole in Ocho Rios that also takes in Dunn’s River Falls called the “Double Dip”. There’s more on this and other options below. 


THE BLUE HOLE JAMAICA OCHO RIOS OPTIONS

Once you reach the Blue Hole site, entry point options start with the lowest and work their way up the mountain. When booking an organized group tour, you won’t have the option of which to go to as the tour guide will choose the point of entry.  

Tours operated by Chukka Caribbean Adventures, for example, go to Island Gully Falls. Many of the other organized tours do go to the original blue hole. However your driver may make a decision on the fly, based on the availability of parking spots at each entry point.  

All entrances give visitors access to the larger fall at the top. This is the one that is often seen in pictures, and there are little falls above it too. Island Gully Falls is the best entrance location for accessing the top attractions of the site. 

The original blue hole is a wider set of waterfalls, and one of the most popular spots that’s also shown in many images. From here you can also reach all of the Island Gully Falls, plus a hiking trail- this spot is our recommendation!

The Bridge Farm and Nature Blue Hole Eco Attraction entrances allow you to access smaller “falls” and pools. There is also access to the Island Gully Falls area via a longer hiking trail from here. 

At all locations, a guide who will also act as your lifeguard is required. They will be willing to take you and show you a more private area, if you arrive at the falls on your own and not as part of an organized tour group.

The guide can leave you alone for a while if you ask. You should tip them, though, even if you want to be on your own. This is because they will be assigned to you, and won’t be able to work with anyone else during that time.


Bridge Farm

Bridge Farm is the first spot you’ll reach on the way up the mountain. You can walk to the main falls from here, but they are much further away than from other entry points. 

This area has some small pools and little waterfalls, plus a long nature trail leading up to the Island Gully Area. So it’s good for those who want to walk and look out for local wildlife along the way. 


Nature Blue Hole Eco Attraction

The Nature Blue Hole Eco Attraction entrance is the second spot along the road leading up the mountain. This one comprises a small swimming area with some short falls, and is far more peaceful than the two spots further up.  

A hiking trail up to the Island Gully area can be accessed from here, but there is no access to the falls at the “original blue hole”. 


The Original Blue Hole

This spot is around midway up the mountain, and the third entry point you’ll come to. Here you can find one of the two main waterfalls that you’re likely to have seen in pictures. 

The waterfall isn’t as high as the big fall you can find further up, but the pool is wide. There are several spots to jump in from. Here there is a shorter (around 5 feet) jump from the falls, a rope swing and a medium sized swimming area.  

You can also follow a trail from here to walk along by the falls. This takes you up to the top portion, but we found we could not reach the Island Gully entrance area from here. 

We went to the Original Blue Hole entrance during our recent visit. While it’s more popular and developed than the lower two entrances, it’s not as busy or built up as Island Gully Falls. To us it makes sense to stop here, since all entrances have access to Island Gully area. It’s a good compromise between the more crowded entrances and those that are further away. 


Island Gully Falls

This is always the busiest part, because visitors to all entrances can also access this area. This is where the main, taller waterfall you often see in photos is located. There is also another smaller waterfall, and this one has a rope swing. 

If you go to Island Gully Falls on a cruise ship day, then expect it to be packed. You can also find a series of smaller falls above the big main waterfall here. A cave is also concealed underneath the main waterfall. Our guide told us about this, but the waterfalls were unfortunately too full for us to visit while we were there. 


Cool Blue Hole

The Cool Blue Hole in Ocho Rios is located on a different road, at the other side of the river. There are smaller pools and waterfalls at this site, plus a hiking trail leading to the main Island Gully Falls area. This area isn’t one of the main blue hole spots people visit because of it’s location, but it does still include access to the main falls area.

You can book various tours with Cool Blue Hole Jamaica.  The experience can include swimming in the lagoons, entering a cave and even a mud bath as when accessing the falls from the main sites. If you enter here, the fee is $25 for adults or $15 for kids, so it costs a little more. If you like, you can also add a return shuttle trip from Ocho Rios for $30.  


BLUE HOLE OCHO RIOS TOURS

Blue Hole and Dunn’s River Falls Double Dip Tour

  • Tour cost: about $85
  • Duration: around 5 hours
  • Entry fees included: Yes
  • Hotel pick-up included: Yes

The Blue Hole Dunns River Falls Double Dip Tour is our top pick to see both of the best waterfalls in Ocho Rios in one day. This is the trip we chose to book, and the duration was around five hours. During the day we got to see both of the main waterfalls in the Ocho Rios area, without having to do any planning or driving ourselves. 

The tour includes round-trip transfers from your hotel in an air-conditioned vehicle, plus soda to drink and entry fees for both Dunns River Falls and the Blue Hole. The impressive falls at Dunn’s River are worth seeing because they are almost 200 meters (or 600 feet) tall. 

As with other Jamaica Blue Hole tours, you can also take a dip in the lagoon-like pools, jump off the cliff into the water and try out the rope swing. Make sure to bring swimwear, beach shoes and towels along with you. Lunch isn’t included in the tour price. 

Pick-up can be from any accommodation in Ocho Rios, or from some parts of Runaway Bay for an extra fee. The tour operator will even collect you from the cruise ship terminal if required (also for an additional charge). 

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Other Blue Hole Jamaica Excursion Options

There are many other options when you want to book a Blue Hole excursion in Jamaica. Here are the details of four more you can choose from. 


Dunn’s River Falls and Blue Hole tour

  • Tour cost: about $50
  • Duration: around 4 hours
  • Entry fees included: No
  • Hotel pick-up included: Yes

This Dunn’s River Falls and Blue Hole Jamaica tour is a little more rushed than the one we did, but is a good option when you’re short of time. Pick-up is included from your hotel or Reynolds Pier. Bottled water is supplied, but you’ll need to pay entry fees to the attractions with this one. 

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Cool Blue Hole tour

  • Tour cost: about $60
  • Duration: 1 to 2 hours
  • Entry fees included: Yes
  • Hotel pick-up included: Yes

If you’re really pushed for time, this Cool Blue Hole tour only visits the falls, rather than including Dunn’s River or any other sites. It’s only for an hour or two, and your dedicated guide will tell you about the area en route. Transfers from Ocho Rios hotels are included. You can purchase souvenir photos and DVDs at the end of this tour. 

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Konoko Falls and Blue Hole combo tour

  • Tour cost: about $60
  • Duration: around 4 to 5 hours
  • Entry fees included: No
  • Hotel pick-up included: Yes

You can combine the Blue Hole with Konoko Falls with this tour. At Konoko, you can look around the river gardens at the site while learning about the Taino people of Jamaica. This is also a good place to discover native flora and fauna. Entrance fees are not included in the price. 

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Blue Hole and River Tubing tour

  • Tour cost: about $120
  • Duration: around 5 hours
  • Entry fees included: Yes
  • Hotel pick-up included: Yes

If you want to experience the rush of traveling down the river in a tube, book this combo tubing and Blue Hole. You can do it all in around five hours, and entry fees plus hotel transfers are included. Bottled water and tropical fruit samples are also supplied, and alcoholic drinks are available to buy.  

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How will you see the Blue Hole, Ocho Rios?

If you feel like spending the day seeing waterfalls, swimming, cliff jumping, swinging like Tarzan, discovering a cave or hiking the mountain trails, then we hope this guide helps you plan your trip to the Blue Hole falls.

Whether you decide to make your own way to the Blue Hole in Jamaica or join a group tour that takes care of everything, it’s a lovely spot that no fan of waterfalls, hiking or exploring should miss! 

At under half an hour’s drive from Ocho Rios, the Blue Pool is an option even for those spending just a little time in Jamaica. All tours can also collect you from your accommodation, or the cruise port, to make life even easier. 

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