KONOKO FALLS & MURPHY HILL FARM TOUROcho Rios, Jamaica
Experience Jamaica’s nature at its fullest on this waterfall hike and gastronomic farm tour. Wear your swimsuit and bring a towel. Upon arrival at Konoko Falls & Gardens, you’ll be guided through river gardens with streams tumbling into gentle waterfalls, as you hike 30 minutes up the limestone rock formation from the base of the 600-foot falls that stem from the Milford River, which feeds 2-million gallons of water a day to Ocho Rios. Continuing through Konoko’s botanical gardens and zoo, you’ll be introduced to a wide array of endemic animals and tropical plants with different aromas emanating from sinuously shaped flowers of various colors. Yssasi Lookout Point offers a spectacular bird’s-eye view of Ocho Rios and the bay below, including the ship at port, while Konoko’s on-site museum traces the history and culture of Jamaica’s original inhabitants, the Taino Indians. After leaving Konoko Falls, a scenic 30-minute drive through the countryside and hills of Claremont brings you to Murphy Hill Farm, the latest passion of owner Anna-Kay Tomlinson, the well-regarded Jamaican chef and owner of Miss T’s Kitchen Restaurant in Ocho Rios. “This is me,” she says, eyeing the fields of cabbage and carrots and pointing to where the Scotch bonnet peppers and scallions will be planted. The idyllic farm setting, located some 1,800-feet above sea level at the highest point above Ocho Rios, offers spectacular views of the town and Caribbean below. In this farm-to-table experience, guests will walk through gardens, reaping a variety of organic seasonal vegetables and herbs that will be used to prepare a sumptuous buffet lunch cooked in the farm’s open kitchen and restaurant. If that doesn’t whet your appetite, some of Miss T’s dishes should do the trick, such as jerk chicken pasta with sundried tomatoes and crispy cassava sticks; crispy panko-crusted fish fillet in a coconut sauce served with peas and rice; smoked goat with local curries; and escovitch ackee with pickled onions, carrots, Scotch bonnet peppers, pimento and coconut-steamed bammy. With your belly full of authentic Jamaican cuisine, you’ll begin the journey downhill back to port.
Maximum Number of Guests: 20
Duration: 5 hours
Available on: MSC Seaside
Code: OCH55*Prices shown are per person, subject to change without notice and can only be purchased after you've booked your cruise.