HELICOPTER TRANSFERS & TOURSWith a helipad just five minutes away, Kanopi is a scenic 15-minute chopper transfer from Kingston’s Norman Manley International Airport or Sangster International in Montego Bay. Helicopters may also be booked for a variety of scenic tours. Plan day trips to Jamaica’s world class golf courses, and vibrant coastal cities or experience the island’s stunning scenery with heli-tours to its more remote natural wonders.
RIVER RAFTINGDrift along the Rio Grande on a four-hour tour through Caribbean rainforest via traditional bamboo rafts. Each is equipped with a two-person settee and, in Jamaica’s take on the Venetian gondolier, steered by a man up front with a pole of bamboo. Rafts may also be stocked with iceboxes and cocktails by our Kanopi House staff on request. Dive off whenever you like and swim alongside, hop back on and sun yourself, legs dangling in the cool water.
A Jamaican buffet lunch of curried fish, jerk pork, bbq chicken, rice, beans, cocktails and iced Red Stripe, can be arranged in a picturesque cove along the way. A stunning excursion, romantic for twosomes and a beautiful, often boisterous, adventure for larger groups of friends and family; this is a page out of National Geographic—with rum/mango cocktails—and an unforgettable experience.
WATERFALLSThe region is a wonderland of waterfalls, the nearby trio, Reach Falls, Nanny Falls and Buff Bay River Falls; each offers an afternoon spent at a gorgeous inland river capped by cascades of pure, cool water. Led by a guide, you’ll make your way up a riverbed, with turquoise lizard-fish darting along the white sand floor, climbing over rocks, diving into deep pools of fresh, pale green mountain water, or relaxing in the natural whirlpools of the rapids. Grab one of the vines hanging down from branches raised high above the river, which will leave your hands perfumed with the scent of tropical jasmine.
MOUNTAIN BIKE TOURSThis full day guided mountain bike excursion takes guests on a scenic tour along trails trough Jamaica’s rainforest in the lush Blue Mountains. Cyclists are treated to a vibrant array of indigenous fauna, flora, butterflies and birds, along with panoramic views of the island’s historic coffee plantations and stunning rivers and waterfalls.
Peaking at 7,402 feet and shrouded in the perpetual mists that give these soaring mountains their bluish color, the Blue Mountains, together with the John Crow Mountains, span 200,000 acres across the eastern portion of the island. Comprising almost six percent of Jamaica’s total landmass, the region was established as a National Park in 1992 to preserve the island’s forests and to protect its largest watershed. Jamaica’s rainforest is home to more than 800 different plant species, 500 of which are flowering including Jamaican bamboo (Chusquea Abietifolia), which blooms once every 33 years (next in 2017).
Both large and small Weride mountain bikes are available with a local guide as well as a support vehicle for those who may not want to ride the entire way.
BIRDINGAs one of the largest migratory bird habitats in the Caribbean, the area is also a bird-watcher’s paradise with 200 varieties of exotic resident and migrant birds. With Crested Quail Doves, Rufous-throated Solitaires, Arrow headed Warblers, Stripe headed Tanagers, and Jamaica’s own colorful Mango Hummingbirds and Woodpeckers, the rainforest is also the only place in the world to spot the rare Homerus Swallowtail (Papilo homerus)—the planet’s second largest butterfly.
HOT SPRINGSIn the tiny town of Bath, a two-hour drive from Kanopi, lie Jamaica’s fabled hot springs. Legend ascribes the 1600s discovery of the therapeutic springs to a runaway slave who found the mineral-rich Sulphur River water soothed his wounds.
By the early 18th century, its curative powers were renowned for healing everything from gout and rheumatism to fever and skin ailments. Attracting visitors from across the island and abroad, wealthy Europeans established local holiday residences, and Bath became an exclusive spa town for well-heeled foreigners like Captain Sir Henry Morgan and his gambling cohorts.
Bordered by the island’s once splendid Botanical Gardens (where buccaneers like Captain Bligh introduced now native plants like cinnamon, mango, breadfruit and jacaranda), the once legendary Bath Hotel & Spa stands as a much faded symbol of 18th century colonial glory, and overlooks the warm, restorative springs to this day.
RUM SHOP TOURSJamaica’s side roads are scattered with colorful local bars stocked with colorful, domino playing locals and an endless supply of the island’s famous rum and tasty dishes. Guided by Kanopi’s inimitable and highly entertaining concierge / house manager, Michael Fox, well, let’s let him explain:
“There are many, of course, but the rum tour takes us to local favourites. The two we like to visit are ‘First & Last’ on the outskirts of Port Antonio and also another in town on the seaside, which is nameless, but specializes in roast conch. That is quite a treat! Patrons are mostly locals and are eager to participate in a drink and conversation. We typically spend two hours or so in the afternoon visiting these spots—but tours can run longer depending on how much bar hopping, rum, food and local company guests are up for!”
DIVING & SNORKELINGWith numerous diving and snorkeling sites, shallow and deep, visitors enjoy breathtaking wall dives and stunning reefs, and can explore wrecks and caverns that are home to sea turtles, moray eels, manta rays and multitudes of colorful fish. All excursions are guided by certified, licensed dive masters. Sites include:
Alligator Head: This 50-160-foot site is for intermediate and advanced divers and is known for its sea fans, sponges and tubes.
Alligator West: A good choice for beginners, this area has calmer waters. Look for coral formations and plenty of colorful fish.
Bluehole: This beginner’s dive is located right off Kanopi's shoreline. Watch for rays in these beautiful waters.
Fairy Hill: This 50-120-foot dive features a pinnacle covered with corals.
Trident Wall: Best for intermediate and advanced divers, this wall dive showcases black coral, sponges and more.
FISHINGPort Antonio is a favorite of deep-sea anglers. Home of the Blue Marlin Tournament, it attracts those in search of tuna, kingfish and wahoo.
SURFINGLong Bay’s forceful waves and spectacular sunrises draw surfers to this rustic, laid back seashore where an Intermediate rated point break offers short rides, low tide, East and Northeast winds and no line-ups. A 45-minute drive from Kanopi, this mile-wide stretch of rose-colored sand and turquoise waters is scattered with fishing boats, small craft shops, and open-air beach bars serving cold drinks and fresh grilled fish.
“A small cove framed by a couple of huge boulders on the south side, Long Bay’s bottom is flat, smooth, grass covered rock. The left is soft and peaky, but workable. On smaller days a fun little right whale will wedge up on the south side of the cove with the right swell. Works best at three to five feet. Beyond that and it begins to close out the cove. A beautiful spot where some company in the water is a welcome sight.”—globalsurfers.com
Seven day surf and swell forecasts for Long Bay, as well as helpful blogs and notes on surfing in Jamaica, are available at globalsurfers.com. Comprehensive surf notes can also be found at wannasurf.com
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