Journey to Portland Waterfalls: Reach Falls
Hearing of Portland Waterfalls such as Reach Falls kept me hungry for an unforgettable experience For a journey that took me three (3) hours from Ocho Rios, Jamaica, many would think it would have drained me. However, it was definitely the opposite. The beauty of the land energized me. No cliche, no overselling, Portland is the most beautiful and relaxing parish on the blessed land of Jamaica.
I pulled over every 10 minutes marveling at the views, however after the third go I realized I would never Reach before sun Falls at this rate. Journeyed past Boston drawn by the scent of jerk pork marinated with the secret spices of Portland Jamaica. After Boston came Long Bay and then came Manchioneal, followed by the signs, “Reach Falls up ahead”.
I visited on a Sunday which was busy. Seeing the crowded waterfall made me disappointed. I met a tour guide Pete shortly after and he shared with me the history of Reach Falls. This would enable my imprinting on this treasure.
The tour guide directed me under the waterfalls. This was a great hiding spot. The maroons and runaway slaves used it. We then took upstream into the unknown, for me at least. Touching base with local tour guides has always been a practice of mine. What better way to experience the Portland Waterfalls?
As I headed upstream, my grin became permanent, I could not believe this had been hidden from me all these years. This did not disappoint me, there were both flora and fauna leaping out at me. It filled my heart, and for a moment I felt I was Tarzan, WILD AND FREE.
The tour guide knows how to introduce this feature, while in the cave peace of mind and solitude was to present. I was hidden and didn’t want to leave. I knew however that more adventure was up ahead.
Free from all the hassle, the programmes and the pollution, both physical and mental. Though popular, the Falls felt untouched, and I myself was very mindful of the trail I left behind. Therefore many times, in an act to protect the flora I opted to swim. Portland Jamaica was like nowhere I had ever experienced.
I literally meant the grin didn’t leave my face. I thought there was no more that could top this experience, until Pete asked if I had ever heard of the Reach Falls Rabbit Hole. Of course I haven’t, he then became silent and continued directing me upstream.
We then came to a stop and Pete pointed to where I would be jumping into. “This is the Rabbit Hole” he said. I smiled, maybe because the grin was permanent. But I was terrified. “Jump and you will see” was the answer to “What is down there?”
This photo is a true depiction of embracing uncertainty. I would share with you lovely people what lies below, but what would be the point? Please ensure you experience the Reach Falls Rabbit Hole. All I will say it that it was Gavmazing.
I am sure you could see I enjoyed myself. And so will you. There are a lot of memories I swam away with. I urge you to create your own.
Reach Falls Price: Admission is J$500 /US$10 for adults and J$250 / US$5 for children under 12yrs.
REACH FALLS CONQUERED. RABBIT HOLE CONQUERED.