Thursday, August 25, 2016

Blue Hole Adventure Jamaica

Our last stop of the cruise was August 11th in Falmouth, Jamaica. We had a hard time deciding what we wanted to do with our day in Jamaica because there were a lot of options but not a particular thing it is known for it seemed. Mike and I were both pretty excited to see Jamaica finally and it was definitely beautiful and tropical. Although we really enjoyed our day here I am curious what people do that come and spend their whole vacation here. Maybe the other side of the island has prettier beaches? We were picked up by Jamaica Exquisite Transfer and headed to Blue Hole Falls, which apparently is wanting to be known as Island Gully Falls?, in Ocho Rios.
It was a bit of a drive to get there but nice to see more of the island and once we got up to where the falls were it was really, really beautiful. We rented our water shoes and our guide for the falls got us started. We LOVED Dwayne! He was so nice and especially good at keeping track of Preston ;-). I wasn't sure how Ella would do with all the cliff jumping because she gets pretty nervous about heights but was so proud of her because she did almost every jump. Preston ended up being the dare devil of the bunch and leaped off anything Dwayne told us we could. At the very end there was a SUPER high jump and Preston and Addie went right off with no problem so I had to be brave and just go for it too haha. Dwayne grabbed our waterproof camera at the beginning and took pictures the whole time for us and they also had photographers on site and we agreed to pay him to come with us which ended up being so worth it! $60 for almost 100 pictures and it meant we could just completely enjoy the experience and not worry about anything else. We definitely would go back and do this again if we make it back to Jamaica because we all had the best time!
We stopped for a yummy lunch and then asked to stop by a beach for a bit instead of going to Dunn Falls. We had just done a lot of hiking to tropical rain forests in Ecuador and we were all wanting a little more relaxing on this trip so I emailed them right before we left for the cruise to let them know (plus entrance fees for those falls were going to be an extra $100). The kids were thrilled to play at the beach for a bit and would have stayed much longer if we'd had the time. It was a fun last day of adventure for the trip!
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our Bachelor moment (I edited out Addie's head swimming behind us ;-), Ben and Jojo were here on his season
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this jump was the only jump Addie wouldn't do and it was a little more scary than the others because there was a little ledge down below that stuck out. despite Dwayne assuring her she wouldn't hit it, she and Ella opted to walk down to the ledge and jump from there :-).



Mike was the first one down this waterfall and admitted he was pretty nervous!
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last and tallest jump

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Mike used to eat these in the DR, there they call them limoncillo, so we bought some on the drive back and the kids all really liked them. You peel off the outside and inside is a gooey kind of sour fruit that you suck on and then spit out the pit in the middle. We don't remember what they called them in Jamaica.
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this family was being paged as we were ready to leave the port that afternoon and it was hilarious. All of us with balconies on that side of the ship were outside watching for them and everyone started cheering when they were spotted running to the ship haha!
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