Call us today on 020 7644 1755

Bamboo Rafting (martha Brae)

Duration: 6 Hours

bamboo rafting (martha brae)

If you want to get close to nature during your holiday in Jamaica, river rafting on the legendary Martha Brae River will provide the perfect opportunity. Relax and enjoy the scenic beauty of this three-mile river ride in an untouched paradise.

Located near Montego Bay in Falmouth, Trelawney, Martha Brae River is one of the most scenic and well known waterways in Jamaica. Abundant with wildlife, it is also one of the best places for nature spotting. Enjoy a complimentary rum punch or fruit drink on arrival, and then sit back and marvel at the captivating scenery as you float gently down this peaceful river on a 30ft carved bamboo raft. Imagine times long ago when sugar was like gold and similar rafts transported this precious cargo to merchant ships in the harbour.

Your experienced captain will teach you all about the native flora and fauna on the riverside as you glide past dense tropical forest and other exotic vegetation such as giant mango, breadfruit, and calabash trees. Listen to the songs of the tropical birds singing in the trees and look out for many other wildlife species in this beautiful ecosystem. You can stop on the way to explore the lush tropical riverbanks, try out the Tarzan Swing at Tarzan’s Corner or take a refreshing dip in the cool river waters.

During the trip you will also learn about the intriguing folklore surrounding Martha Brae. The river allegedly takes its name from an Arawak Indian woman, who was believed to be a witch living on the banks of the River Matibereon. According to legend, Spanish treasure hunters looking for gold forced her to show them where the treasure was hidden. Rather than reveal its whereabouts, she led them into a cave and disappeared. Frightened, the Spaniards rushed out of the cave to find that the witch had used her powers to divert the course of the river towards them. The cave was flooded, the Spaniards subsequently drowned and the secret was safe. The current name of the river is a misunderstood English translation of the original Spanish word “Matibereon”.

This three-mile river journey takes approximately 90 minutes. Your tour begins and ends at the Rafter's Village in Trelawny, which is set in six acres of beautifully-landscaped gardens. Here you can browse local handicrafts in the gift shops, enjoy a picnic lunch and beverages or swim in the pool. The tour price also includes entertainment provided by the Village Mento Band. This relaxing adventure is one of the most memorable experiences you can enjoy during your Caribbean holiday.

Jamaica Holidays Browse all

Best Value

From £1389 per person
jolly beach resort and spa + mangos jamaica

Jolly Beach Resort and Spa + Mangos Jamaica

Jolly Beach Resort and Spa is set amongst 40 acres of tropical gardens on an amazing mile-long white sand beach. This...

From £1519 per person
the courtleigh hotel and suites + couples sans souci

The Courtleigh Hotel and Suites + Couples Sans Souci

Begin your stay in Kingston at The Courtleigh Hotel and Suites, a premier hotel that enjoys a convenient city location –...

From £1669 per person
the courtleigh hotel and suites + jewel dunns river beach resort and spa

The Courtleigh Hotel and Suites + Jewel Dunns River Beach Resort and Spa

The beginning of your Jamaican travels will take place in Kingston, staying at The Courtleigh Hotel and Suites. This...

From £1759 per person
hilton miami downtown + secrets wild orchid montego bay

Hilton Miami Downtown + Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay

This fantastic packages kicks off with four nights at the Hilton Miami Downtown where you can swim in the rooftop pool...

From £1839 per person
hilton miami downtown + hilton rose hall resort and spa

Hilton Miami Downtown + Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa

The Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa is a golf and beach lover's paradise set between the lush Blue Mountains and the...

From £1869 per person
couples sans souci + couples negril

Couples Sans Souci + Couples Negril

Couples Sans Souci Resort & Spa rests between Jamaica's beautiful Emerald Mountains and the fine sand beaches and blue...

Talk to a specialist

sejal

Call 020 7644 1755 to speak with our award-winning travel consultants.

Opening hours 10:30 - 17:30 GMT

Zoetry Montego Bay resort marks brand's debut in Jamaica

AMResorts has announced the launch of its newest luxury resort in the Caribbean. The Zoetry Montego Bay Jamaica opened its doors to holidaymakers recently on the north coast of Jamaica, where they can enjoy an all-inclusive experience within tropical surroundings. The new luxury resort marks the debut of the Zoetry brand in the country, and it focuses on spa and wellness.

Jamaica launches "Adopt a Beach" scheme to clean the island's beaches and coastline

Locals and tourists in Jamaica are being encouraged to look after the island’s coastline in a new environmental initiative launched by the National Environment and Planning Agency. The "Adopt a Beach" scheme is asking people to take action to clean up beaches in Jamaica through monthly or quarterly events to minimise marine litter and stop it from polluting the oceans and harming marine life.

Jamaica looks set for a record-breaking year in tourism numbers

Jamaica has recorded a significant increase in tourists since the start of the year, according to the Jamaica Tourist Board. The organisation predicts 4.2 million international travellers visiting Jamaica by the end of the year, which will beat last year’s record of 3.84 million visitors. The number of cruise arrivals and tourism industry earnings have also increased this year.