Bamboo Rafting on the Martha Brae River

by Joanna E
Bamboo Rafting on the Martha Brae River

I always find myself in the water on vacation whether it be going to the beach, relaxing in the pool, exploring the ocean via submersible scooter, taking a glass bottom boat tour, or sailing on a catamaran. When planning our girls weekend in Montego Bay, I just HAD to add a water activity. Bamboo Rafting on the Martha Brae was exactly what we needed. If you’re planning a trip to Montego Bay or looking for a cruise stop excursion, read more about our experience Bamboo Rafting on the Martha Brae River in Falmouth, Jamaica.

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Playing “Captain” while Bamboo Rafting on the Martha Brae River

Martha Brae River Facts + About the Martha Brae Rafter’s Village

Bamboo Rafting on the Martha Brae is the #1 rafting attraction on the island. The Martha Brae Rafter’s Village is located about 20 miles from Montego Bay in Falmouth, part of the Trelawny Parish. During the plantation era, Bamboo rafts were used to float sugar and other crops to the harbor before being loaded on ships headed to Europe.

Traveling to the Martha Brae Rafting Village from Montego Bay

Since we’re somewhat “spur of the moment travelers” and sometimes travel on a budget, we searched online to see how much rafting on the Martha Brae would cost. The best option we saw for our last minute planning was via Jamaica Rafting. The Martha Brae rafting cost at the time was $65 which included roundtrip transportation, welcome drinks and the three-mile raft ride on the Martha Brae River.

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Bamboo Rafting on the Martha Brae River

Before embarking on the tour, we were greeted with a welcome fruit punch and walked through “Miss Martha’s Herb Garden” which included many plants and herbs used for medicinal and healing properties. After getting our drinks we walked over to meet our raft captain Danny. In addition to enjoying the scenery and pointing out various fruit trees along the ride, Danny shared historical information about the area and island as a whole including the Legend of Martha Brae.

Martha Brae River Bamboo Raft

The Legend of Martha Brae

The Legend of Martha Brae is the story of a Taino witch who was tortured by Spanish settlers looking for gold. She pretended to share the location of the gold, she led the settlers into a cave, disappeared, and changed the course of the river.Views from the Marth Brae River Bamboo raft

martha brae rafting tour

Bamboo rafting on the Martha Brae was one of the most relaxing experiences I’ve ever had. On my next trip to Jamaica, I hope to visit Port Antonio for rafting on the Rio Grande.

Bamboo Rafting on the Martha Brae

Have you gone bamboo rafting in Jamaica before?

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Jhunelle J ♦ June 14, 2019 - 9:36 PM

This is still one of my favourite dates / activities here! So peaceful and beautiful

Joanna E June 14, 2019 - 10:33 PM

Yes! I swear I could feel the presence of the ancestors here. So calm


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