Call us today on 020 7644 1755

River Rafting on the Martha Brae

Duration: Half Day

River Rafting on the Martha Brae

If you are looking for an unforgettable eco adventure during your holiday in Jamaica, river rafting on the legendary Martha Brae River will give you the perfect opportunity to get close to nature whilst learning about the colourful folklore of the region. Relax both your mind and body on this enchanting journey in paradise.

Flowing out of the Cockpit Country and down to the sea at Falmouth, Martha Brae River is one of the most scenic and well-known waterways in Jamaica. The best way to appreciate its natural beauty and abundant wildlife is to take a leisurely rafting trip down the river, guided by an experienced “captain”. After being welcomed with a Jamaican rum punch, you will board a 30ft carved bamboo raft for two people.

Sit back and marvel at the captivating, unspoilt scenery as you float gently past river banks covered with dense tropical forest and other exotic vegetation such as giant mango, breadfruit, and calabash trees. This tranquil ecosystem offers one of the best places for nature watching in Jamaica as hundreds of wildlife species can be spotted both above and below the water. Your guide will teach you all about the native flora and fauna as you glide down the river, but you will be able to stop on the way to explore the riverbanks. Both children and adults will have fun on the Tarzan Swing at Tarzan’s Corner, or why not enjoy a relaxing swim in the cool river waters.

Aside from its natural beauty, Martha Brae is steeped in legends and history which will be revealed on your journey. 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 folklore, 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 vanished. The Spaniards fearfully 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 reputedly a misunderstood English translation of the original Spanish word “Matibereon”.

This three-mile river trip lasts approximately 90 minutes, starting and ending at the Rafter's Village in Trelawny, which is set in six acres of beautifully-landscaped gardens. Here you can shops for local handicrafts, enjoy a picnic lunch or swim in the pool. This memorable experience will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your Caribbean holiday.

Jamaica Holidays Browse all

Best Value

From £1459 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 £1709 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 £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 £1989 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...

From £2179 per person
strawberry hill + goldeneye

Strawberry Hill + Goldeneye

Begin your stay on this amazing holiday at Goldeneye, where you can live as James Bond's creator once did and even stay...

From £2259 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...

Talk to a specialist

vishali

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

Opening hours 09:00 - 19:00 GMT

S Hotel Montego Bay to open in Jamaica later this year

Crissa Hotels has announced its new S Hotel Montego Bay in Jamaica will open later this year. The new contemporary property overlooks the island’s famous Doctor's Cave beach, and will have 120 guest rooms. The hotel's facilities including bars, a cafe, a swimming pool, a Sky Bar and Lounge, a restaurant serving international cuisine, a luxury spa, and a fitness centre.

Excellence Oyster Bay Resort in Jamaica officially opens doors

The new Excellence Oyster Bay has opened its doors to guests in the Trelawny area of Jamaica. The launch marks the debut of the Excellence Group’s brand outside of Mexico and the Dominican Republic. The luxury property has 315 guest suites, and facilities including eight dining venues, nine bars, a fitness centre, three swimming pools, and the Miilé Spa.

Half Moon Jamaica Awarded High Green Globe Compliance Score

The Half Moon Jamaica resort has recently been awarded a Green Globe compliance score of 88 percent for its environmental and sustainable practices. The luxury resort has recently undertaken a turtle-watching programme that will help protect critically endangered Hawksbill Turtles. The seven-month programme enables the turtles to have a safe journey from beaches to the sea, and guests can take part in the experience.