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Wednesday, January 06, 2010

My Top 5 Adventures in 2009, Tubing the White River, Jamaica

In February, I had the chance for the second year in a row to float down the mountainous White River, a definite highlight of any trip to Jamaica. High in the hills above Ocho Rios, the water is cool and as clear as gin. Guides sing Bob Marley songs as you flow with the slow-moving current. Or listen to the high-pitched call of the yellow banana quit bird and peer out at the green mosaic of ferns, banana trees, and thickets of bamboo that climb the banks of this sinuous waterway like ivy climbs a wall. What's wonderful about this river cruise is that all ages love the journey, from my 79 year-old dad to my 11 year-old daughter. The River Tubing Safari is one of the many adventures offered by the reputable Jamaican outfitter, Chukka Caribbean Adventures. To see my story on Ocho Rios, visit


Posted by Steve Jermanok on 01/06/10 at 02:00 PM
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This is the kind of inspiring account that everyone should read! It should be essential reading for schools and old peoples homes - there are clearly better ways to spend your days rather than in front a computer screen or a television. How big are the groups and how many guides per person were there.

Picture of Diana Comment by Diana
on 01/23/10 at 01:31 PM

Thanks for commenting, Diana! There were two guides for every group of eight.

Picture of Steve Jermanok Comment by Steve Jermanok
on 01/25/10 at 03:00 PM

I have been to Jamaica twice and loved both trips. Tubing down the white river looks a little fast. Near us in Nova Scotia is also a tubing down the Gaspereau river. The speed is slow, relaxing and takes approx. 30 minutes.

Picture of Bill Comment by Bill
on 12/21/17 at 04:10 PM

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