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Private YS Falls and Black River Safari from Runaway Bay

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Runaway Bay, Caribbean
Private YS Falls and Black River Safari from Runaway Bay

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icon11 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


Combine a safari boat trip down the Black River and a visit to YS Falls during this full-day private tour from Runaway Bay. With your dedicated guide and private party, explore the island's South Coast on a tour that promises a flexible itinerary and personalized attention. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
  • Full-day tour to Jamaica's south coast from Runaway Bay
  • Private tour for just you and your party with a dedicated guide
  • Explore YS Falls' waterfalls, natural swimming pools, rope swings, and zipline canopy
  • Take a boat safari on the Black River
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in Runaway Bay
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
Transport by private vehicle
Professional guide
Local taxes
Bottled water
Entrance fees (Kindly add $40 per person for entrance fees and lunch package)
Food and drinks (available to purchase)

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up from most Runaway Bay Hotels. All customers are required to contact us at the contact information provided at least 24 hours prior to the time of pickup to reconfirm your booking and to arrange a central pickup point.

Departure Time

7:30 AM
Be ready for hotel pickup bright and early at your Runaway Bay hotel. Meet your dedicated guide, then climb into your private tour vehicle and begin your journey to Jamaica's south coast. 

Relax along the way, watching small villages pass by as you wind through the hills and mountains. Listen to your guide's commentary on the history and culture of the area during the drive. 

Arrive at YS Falls, where you'll climb into a tractor-hauled jitney for a short ride through the woods up to the falls. Spend time exploring the falls and the surrounding area, which includes two natural pools for swimming, a rope swing, and zipline canopy, and a restaurant (activities and food at own expense). 

You can also choose to stop for lunch at the Riverside Dock (own expense) before boarding the pontoon boat that will take you up the Black River. As you ride, listen to information about the surrounding environment and keep watch for nesting egrets, eagles, and crocodiles. 

Back on land, reboard your tour vehicle and head back to your original departure location for drop-off.
Pass By:  
Runaway Bay
This tour takes you through one of the most popular towns on the Island. Runaway Bay is naturally beautiful and is certainly one of the most scenic areas in Jamaica. It sits between the beautiful, crisp coastline to one side and the lush green mountains to the other. There is much debate as to how the town of Runaway Bay got its name. some people believe it got the name because that is where the last batch of Spanish soldiers ran away from when they were retreating from the attacking British Troops lead by Governor Ysassi right after the 1655 British invasion of Jamaica, while other argue that it was the point from which the Slaves from inland plantations used as an escape route to runaway to Cuba. Get your cameras ready to go as you make your way through this area.
Stop At:  
Columbus Park
The town of Discovery Bay is where you will find Columbus Park. It was originally named Puerto Seco “Dry Harbour” by Christopher Columbus in 1494 when he and his men landed on the Island. It is said that could not find fresh water to drink. They later found fresh water in another area about 5 miles west of the town. The water was so good that they named the location where it was found Rio Bueno (“Good River”). However, the town of Puerto Seco was later renamed in 1947 to Discovery Bay because Discovery Bay is where the Spanish, lead by Christopher Columbus landed when they invaded the Island on May 4, 1494. There is a park with several old relics and artifacts on display. There will be a brief stop to take photos and capture the rich history of this historic town.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Greenwood Great House
The Greenwood Great House (Plantation home) was constructed in the early 18th Century. Like most, if not all the other Great Houses in Jamaica, the Greenwood Great House was built at high elevation. One could say that this was a strategy used back in the plantation era as a means of overlooking the plantation and also for security purposes. This house, unlike the Rose Hall Great House, is not haunted but of a more peaceful and relaxing atmosphere. The history and the architecture of the house is what will blow you away. As you pass by, feel free to take photos when your tour guide slows down.
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Rose Hall Great House
This Rose Hall Great House is an early 18th century plantation home that sits on a high elevation on thousands of acres in Rose Hall, Montego Bay. The Rose Hall Great House was once owned by the famous and certainly one of the wickedest plantation owners to walk the land of Jamaica, Annie Palmer. She owned hundreds of slaves. This house became haunted after her gruesome death in 1831. The house is scary to look at even in the daytime. There is no stop at the Rose all Great House on your way to Negril however, your tour guide will tell you the history and slow down so that you can take photos.
Stop At:  
YS Falls
Explore the South Coast of Jamaica on this private, full-day tour. Driving the countryside, going across the mountains, through small farming villages where nearly all the locals live off the land? The ride to the south coast is approx.. 1hr 30mins. At YS Falls, tractor jitney will take you on a 10 minutes ride through the 2,600 acres property and up to the falls. The YS Falls property is home to horses, cattle, massive guango and mango trees. At the Falls you can soak yourself in the 100% natural pools, swing on Tarzan Ropes, swim, etc. It is the perfect choice for a romantic getaway or if you wish to break away from the hustle and bustle of the busy resort property. The YS Falls is an attraction highlighted by a cascading, 7-tiered waterfall. There is also an expansive wading pool, exciting canopy ride which careen down the alley high above the falls, and river tube rides — all with spectacular views of the surrounding area Total time at the YS Falls will be approx.. 1hr 30mins.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Black River
What a memorable day it has been so far! Now you are at the Riverside Dock. After lunch, you will meet your Safari Tour Guide, hop into a safari boat and float along the Black River. Along the way, watch for crocodiles, eagles, and more wildlife in their natural environment. Black River and its wildlife, including endemic bird species, crabs, rare or endemic plants such as water lilies and others - North American crocodiles and Tarpons also occupy their space in the Black River. Get your cameras ready as your Safari Captain call the crocodiles, feed them chicken meat and pet them - no, your tour guide is not crazy but they have an excellent relationship with their friends from the Safari and are ready to share their experience and expertise with you! You might even see local fishers snorkeling the river collecting their crab traps or spear fishing right there among the crocodiles and other wildlife - and no, they're not crazy! It's just a way of life!
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by a paying adult
  • Please bring USD $40 per person for entrance fee and lunch
  • Minimum drinking age is 18 years old
  • Due to uneven surfaces, persons with walking disabilities or anyone using a wheelchair may not be able to access all areas
  • The duration of transfers are approximate. The exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions
  • Limited amount of infant seats available
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Limited amount of wheelchair vehicles available
  • Dress code: Casual. Please wear comfortable clothing
  • Things to take: Cash, Camera, Towels, Water Shoes
  • Due to the nature of this tour and the safety of all guests, the customer can be prevented from participating in the activities if they are found to be intoxicated or show signs of intoxication. If, as a result, your tour is canceled, you will not be entitled to a refund
  • There is a possibility that the pickup time might be changed base on the local traffic or inclement weather conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY SNL Jamaican Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private YS Falls and Black River Safari from Runaway Bay?
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during Private YS Falls and Black River Safari from Runaway Bay?
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Private YS Falls and Black River Safari from Runaway Bay?
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private YS Falls and Black River Safari from Runaway Bay?
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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, Jun 2019
Driver on time. Happy to answer questions on the trip to the attractions. Falls were running fast so could not spend as much time in the pools. Black river safari was able to get us close to four to five crocodiles which was exciting.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2019
Dear Customer, Thanks for booking with us! We know you have choices so we are excited that you chose us! We love to get your feedback so we can see where we are. There might have been rains in the mountains before you got there. Usually when that happens, the water will run a little faster. We are happy that you were able to get in the pools to have that great firsthand experience. We look forward to seeing you when next you travel to Jamaica! Kind regards, Natalia McFarlane Manager

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