Wooo first post of 2016! Hope you all had a wonderful holiday season. I’m so not ready to go back to school. Today, I wanted to share my river rafting experience from a few weeks back while I was in Jamaica. This was actually our very first stop outside of our resort. The rafting tour took about 1.5 hours roundtrip, but depending on how long you decide to spend on the mini island they take you to, it could be longer or shorter. Each raft seats 2 people, and it’s $55 per raft. The rafts are handmade by each guide out of bamboo from the bamboo forests that you’ll pass by during your tour. They’re extremely sturdy so don’t worry about falling in. Even if you do, the water is very shallow. The water gets so shallow at certain points during the tour that the guides have to step into the water and pull the raft instead of rowing it.
You pass by a lot of interesting sights along the way. The leaf that I’m holding up in one of the pictures above is from a special plant that is used to cure hangovers. Jamaica is home to so many different plants/herbs. Our driver Mr. T told us that most Jamaicans never go to see a doctor when they get sick. Instead, they resort to looking for appropriate plants in their own backyard.
It was a very relaxing tour, overall. The guides are very friendly and knowledgeable of the area–feel free to ask them any questions you may have! You pass by a fishing village at the end of the tour (hence all the boats). There are quite a few fish in this river! We also caught a glimpse of some crabs as well–they were huge! My one word of caution…WEAR MOSQUITO REPELLANT. I felt so stupid. I had completely forgot to put it on in the morning before we left the resort, and when the tour ended, I counted 9 bites on my legs. I was itching uncomfortably the rest of the day. Actually, the rest of the week. But, other than that, I really enjoyed the whole rafting experience 🙂