A main reason this day was fun to the max amounted to the lack of safety precautions and the fact that this would never happen in the United States. We're too wary of lawsuits and just generally people unnecessarily dying*. This waterfall and those dolphins would never exist in any amusement park over here in the States. And that is why it was so gosh darn fun.
Dunn's River Falls basically consists of rushing water flowing constantly at your face at about 30mph while you climb a 45 degree incline, over a mile. Fun, right?
Also there are no ropes or bars, just rocks under your feet, which of course you cannot see because the water is constantly moving over them.
However you are encouraged to hold onto stranger in front and behind you. This genius move of holding on to someone's hand while climbing hidden rocks and water all over you face made me wonder how there was no medivac helicopter in sight. Or maybe it already left with someone else.
We can't forget the men filming the entire trek and hoping from rock to rock & reminding you that if you fall it's ok, because they'll catch you... on tape. har har har. Or that if your melons pop out, those too will be taped.
Then we headed to DOLPHIN MANIA!
When we first started looking for a honeymoon destination I needed 3 things: 1) beach, 2) a man to bring me drinks on the beach, & 3) swim with dolphins.
As a kid I wanted to be a marine biologist and then a veterinarian. I have this thing for animals and never lost the desire to swim with dolphins. Such beautiful, magical, serene, smart animals. Until you get up close to them. Then they look like aliens. Giant, smiley, beady-eyed, smart aliens.
Then, don't forget to hang on:
This place was crazy. Simultaneously they had no concerns and rules up the wazoo. How they expected us to stay in a straight line while treading water was beyond me. Also don't call the dolphin by a ficticious made up name (ahem, Sebastian) when his name is really something weird because the trainers don't like that.
It was a blast, though. A 100%, paid too much for the DVD & photos, bought shorts that say "Jamaica" on the butt, once in a lifetime opportunity blast.
And I will never do it again.
*honestly that's not the worst thing to be worried about
**only cost $22 American dollars at the resort gift shop