Island Gully Falls
(Irie Blue Hole)
This is an amazing nature action activity.
First Of All! Usually I not a fan of pre booked tours, but here I highly recommend going with a pre booked tour guide.
Why? Because at the beginning of the trip, some random hustlers (safety guards) block the street and will harass you until you book one of them.
You can avoid that by pre booking a tour and going with a tour guide.
We Broke The N°1 Safety Rule
We didn't book a tour So while getting persuaded one of the Safety Guards demanded that we would drive him to the parking spot, so stupidly we opened the door of our rental car and let the stranger/safety-guide in. So we just broke the N°1 safety rule right there, NEVER LET A STRANGER IN YOUR CAR. Fortunetly nothing happended and he really just showed us where to park.
How To Get There
If you want to go by yourself anyway the hustlers there will show you where to park. You will park on the side of the road.
Obviously if you take a tour you don’t have to worry about that.
I really like the Irie Blue Hole because it’s a nature experience combined with action.
First there are some lockers where you can put your stuff in (cost additional 2$), if you get here with a tour, usually the tour guide will take your stuff. And there is the first clear water hole where you can jump in.
Where Are We Going?
After that you get to a path that goes through a Jamaican neighborhood.
As we went there we were very concerned about our safety because we didn’t knew where we were going, with the hustler that forced his way on us. But ultimately after 600ft (200m) we got back down to the water and saw that there are more waterholes where you can jump in.
Fun and Action
So this is the main area which looks very beautiful and has a couple of different waterfalls and waterholes.
There is one bigger waterfall at the end where you can rope down, and jump off, and even go under after you jumped.
Our guide did a fairly good job telling us where to go and where we could jump in. There are some smaller jumps as well as a bigger 10-15ft (3-5m). There is also a rope where you can jump in. This is all “supervised by the hustlers (safety guards).
Cost (Tip The "Safety Guard")
The entry of the Irie Blue Hole costs around 20$ per person.
After we finished the tour the Safety Guard was ready for tips.
We were aware of that because he told us like 10 times that he just works on tips.
At the beginning I thought ok, 5$ would be enough, but after we finished we spent easily an hour there where we were guided by him.
So he was pretty direct that he now expects a tip around 40-50$.
I first gave him 20$ and after a short discussion I gave him another 10$.
Because we didn’t have a pre booked tour, we were never certain that we were safe in this environment, especially as we got out of the first hole and just wandered around a neighborhood, which we later know, was necessary to go to the other holes.
The whole organization is very sketchy and not regulated, so be prepared for that if you go by yourself.
Other than that this is a great nature experience with a lot of fun.
You can climb waterfalls, jump into blue shining water and enjoy the sight of the nature there.
Insider Tip1: If you really want to go by yourself and not with a pre booked tour fix a price in advance with the safety guard, and tell him if he does a good job he can get a little tips afterwards so he keeps his interest doing a good job for you. But pay everything at the end (except of the entry fee and the lockers)!
Insider Tip2: Bring water shoes. You can buy them there, but they cost 10$ and are very low quality.