Welcome to Discovery Bay


A giant bauxite-loading facility dominates the town. Large freighters are fed by conveyor belts from a huge storage dome that looks like a rusty pumpkin – it was used as the villain's headquarters in the James Bond movie, Dr No. You can follow the road signed ‘Port Rhoades’ uphill 1km to a lookout point offering fantastic views over the bay.

Locals believe this to be the location where Christopher Columbus first landed on Jamaican soil in 1494, though others say it was at Rio Bueno.


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$115 Day Trips & Excursions

Blue Hole Adventure from Falmouth

Your driver will pick you up at the Falmouth Cruise Ship Terminal and take you on a scenic drive along the North Coast Highway traveling through local communities. Your first stop is at Discovery Bay. Here you will learn some historical facts about Jamaica and get a panoramic view of where Columbus landed when he first visited Jamaica in 1494.Then, you will travel through local communities up into the mountain where you will find the most spectacular cascading waterfalls. Learn about the history and culture of Jamaica while driving through the small towns and also see the different lifestyle of the people. Once you arrive at the Falls you will be introduced to the guides that will navigate you on the excursion and ensure your safety. Enjoy nature in paradise at the Blue Hole. You can swim in the blue hole, climb in the caves backwards, jump off cliffs, rope swing or just enjoy a good body massage in the water. Make sure to get some memorable photographs. Your time at the blue hole is approximately one hour.After the blue hole, your driver will take you to the popular Scotchies for lunch (cost not included). Enjoy a taste of authentic Jamaican jerk chicken or pork.Your day tour continues with a trip to the Bamboo Blu beach where you will spend an hour. Enjoy some of the most pristine white sand beaches and calmest water in Jamaica. Relax on the beach before going back to your cruise. We will ensure your timely return to the port.

$72.86 Kid Friendly

Blue Hole, Secret Falls, and Shopping from Montego Bay

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Runaway Bay, JamaicaThis 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 Museum, JamaicaThe 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 minutesStop At: Blue Hole, Ocho Rios, Saint Ann Parish, JamaicaAfter the scenic drive you will head to Cool Blue Hole and Secret Falls just in time to meet your knowledgeable guide who will be your best friend for the next two hours until the end of the activity. Hidden on the border of Saint Ann and Saint Mary Parishes up in the mountains and away from the hustle and bustle of the busy towns is where you find this unspoiled, untouched rare gem. The Cool Blue Hole oasis offers an array of natural beauty and electrifying fun. Take in the gorgeous, bright blue water in the natural mineral pool surrounded by lush, tropical rain-forest. Have a blast jumping off the edge into the deep pool, swinging on Tarzan ropes or swimming up under the caves. Then, there will be a 5-minute hike through the woods to the amazing Secret Falls. You are in “awe” as you make your way through the magnificent, lush green vegetation up to the Secret Falls. There you can allow the cascading waters to hug you while you take amazing photo shots. Feel free to take lots of photos on this tour. Independent professional photographers are available to take photos at a cost however, if you prefer to take your own feel free to do so at your own risk.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Taj Mahal Shopping Center, Ocho Rios, Saint Ann Parish, JamaicaShopping in Ocho Rios on this day trip will be at the Taj Mahal Shopping Center. A wide variety of items are available in this one area. Items includes rums, coffee, T-shirts, hats, jewelry, Harley D products, etc. however, since this is a private tour where you get to call the shots, you have the choice of requesting or have dialogue with your tour guide to take you to other shopping spots within that geographical location.Lunch stop at ScotchiesScotchies Outdoor Garden Restaurant is undoubtedly the best jerk chicken and pork spots you can find anywhere. We recommend that you cap off your day’s activities with a stop for the ultimate jerk experience at Scotchies. The food is prepared with the whole family in mind so even the children can take advantage of this amazing experience of tender juicy pork and succulent chicken with festival. Steamed vegetable is also available for non-meat eaters. Don’t forget to challenge the homemade Scotchies specialty hot sauce made from local sun ripened Scotch Bonnet Pepper.Duration: 2 hours

$60 Shore Excursions

Ocho Rios Shore Excursion: Green Grotto Caves

Make the most of your time in port in Ocho Rios by enjoying Jamaica’s spectacular outdoors. A shore excursion to the Green Grotto Caves will allow you to do just that. You'll be picked up at the port upon disembarking your cruise ship and your excursion can begin!A fascinating piece of both Jamaican nature and history, the Green Grotto Caves are near Discovery Bay. As you explore the caves, you’ll see stalagmites, stalactites and a subterranean lake. Hear stories of slaves who hid in the caves, and marvel at the limestone formations. As a route of escape for the Spaniards during the English invasion in the 1600s and as a place to hide rum barrels during WWII, the history of Green Grotto Caves is rich.This fantastic Ocho Rios shore excursion gives you the chance to see some of the best of Jamaica during the short time that you are in port. Worry-free Shore Excursion: We will ensure your timely return to Ocho Rios for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. See our terms and conditions for full details.

$81.84 Shore Excursions

Blue Hole Swim and Ocho Rios Shopping Tour from Montego Bay

Meet your friendly and professional tour guide at the designated meeting point near the Montego Bay cruise ship port. Once you board the clean, air-conditioned bus you will travel east towards the north coast until you reach Ocho Rios. Along the way, your guide will give you loads of information about the beautiful island of Jamaica. You will be in awe as you look at the breathtaking coastline. There will be a brief stop at Coconut Tree Rest Stop in Discovery Bay.After the scenic drive you will head to Blue Hole and Secret Falls just in time to meet your waterfalls knowledgeable guide who will be your best friend for the next two hours until the end of the activity. Unspoiled, the Blue Hole oasis offers an array natural beauty and fun. Take in the gorgeous bright blue water in the natural mineral pool surrounded by lush, tropical rain-forest. Have a blast jumping off the edge into the deep pool, swinging on Tarzan ropes, or swimming up under the caves. Then, there will be a 5-minute hike through the woods to the amazing Secret Falls where can allow the cascading waters to hug you while you take amazing photo shots.After an electrifying experience at the waterfalls you will be taken to do hassle-free shopping in Ocho Rios. Search for souvenirs, rums, coffee, T-shirts and more! Once your shopping is complete, you will be taken to lunch at Scotchies Outdoor Garden Restaurant. Enjoy an authentic Jamaican jerk chicken and pork lunch for an additional cost. After lunch you will be transported back to the Montego Bay cruise ship port.

$112.49 Kid Friendly

Dunn's River Falls, Luminous Lagoon Tour from Montego Bay

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Runaway Bay, JamaicaThis 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 Museum, JamaicaThe 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 minutesStop At: Glistening Waters Luminous Lagoon Tour, Falmouth, Trelawny Parish, JamaicaGlistening Waters in Falmouth is home to the rare wonder, the Luminous Lagoon adventure. As you get on the terrace you will be greeted by a Glistening Waters Representative who welcomes you and take you directly to the bar where you are served a healthy drink of rum punch or fruit punch (take your pick). You will also be feted briefly with age old Jamaican dance moves - a mix of the African and British dance cultures. At the end of the entertainment which is about 6:45pm you will board your glass bottom boat and set out for a one hour adventure. Get your cameras ready to take photos of the fishes as they pass by with a glow! Word has it that if you swim in the water it makes you look 10 years younger! Be sure to take your swimsuits and towels along with you in case you wish to take a short swim. Your captain is very knowledgeable and will give you all the history - feel free to engage.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Dunn's River Falls and Park, Ocho Rios, Saint Ann Parish, JamaicaA rare experience awaits you as your tour guide take you to the world famous Dunns River Falls. By now, you should be wearing your swimsuits so all you have to do is to meet with your resident guide, go through the briefing, sign the waiver form and get on with the fun at hand. Your friendly resident guide will walk you do to the beach where the tour starts. The total climb from the beach to the top is approximately 600ft (183 meters). There are pools along the way where you will stop for photo shoots. If you are unable to complete the climb it's no problem - there are exit points along the way. Your total time at Dunns River Falls will be approx. 1 hour 45 minutes. Feel free to ask your tour guide just to point out the areas of the falls that featured in the James Bond movie (Doctor No).Duration: 2 hours

$65 Shore Excursions

Falmouth Shore Excursion: Green Grotto Caves Tour

Spend time exploring the Green Grotto Caves of Jamaica while in port in Falmouth! Named for the green algae that cover the limestone walls of the caves, these spectacular natural wonders have a rich history.After pickup from your cruise ship port, your driver will take you to the Green Grotto Caves, located near Discovery Bay. Explore the beautiful caves and discover stalagmites, stalactites and a crystal-clear subterranean lake. Learn about the interesting history of the caves from your local guide and discover how they were used as an escape route in the 1600s. Marvel at the limestone formations and take time to explore at your leisure.After spending time in the caves, your driver will take you back to the cruise ship port.Worry-free Shore Excursion:We will ensure your timely return to the Falmouth port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.