Jamaica is known worldwide for beautiful jungles, waterfalls and streams that lure thousands of visitors each year. One of its best-kept secrets is located in Reach Falls in Portland Parish on the east side of the island. Reach Falls is made up of a waterfall system with plenty of tunnels and rock cavities for you to explore. Its secret delight is a waterfall that empties into an underground cave beneath called the Rabbit Hole. That name is for good reason: if you dare to jump into the hole, it will feel like you’re falling through a portal into another world just like in Alice in Wonderland. In fact, the Rabbit Hole has recently caused a stir online with many adventurers documenting their jump into the hole on YouTube and Instagram.
Want to journey down this otherworldly hole yourself? Jet set to beautiful Portland Parish in Jamaica and start your journey! If you’re a nature lover and thrill-seeker, this is the place to be.
Journey to Reach Falls in Portland Parish, Jamaica
The Rabbit Hole is located in scenic Reach Falls, a wide and rounded waterfall system that rushes 10 meters (33 feet) down a rock face into an emerald pool. The many cascades, smaller waterfalls and underwater cave make this natural wonder especially stunning and unique. Nestled in the Montane Forest on the foothills of the John Crow Mountains, Reach Falls was first discovered by runaway slaves who sought the area for refuge. It has since been featured in Hollywood films like Tom Cruise’s Cocktails and the remake of Lord of the Flies. The area has many rare bird species and wild pigs to see as well!
You can drive to this remote gem from Port Antonio, a coastal town on Jamaica’s east side. Once you arrive, you’ll be met by a lifeguard who will show you the best diving sites and secret spots. Bring your own swimwear, water shoes, towels and snacks, as this area is off the beaten path. Try to go on a “closed” day with a tour guide, because that way you’ll have the place pretty much to yourself.
Jump Into an Otherworldly Adventure at Reach Falls, Jamaica
The Rabbit Hole is a hidden swimming hole only be reachable by jumping down one of Reach Fall’s rock cavities. The water in the hole gushes pretty fast and it’s a bit unnerving, but it’s definitely worth the experience. Once you’ve jumped into the gaping hole, you will plunge down the waterfall into a flooded underground cave—like you’ve crossed through a portal into a secret underworld! There is also a small open-air gorge hidden here. You’ll have to dive through an underwater pool in order to get to the outside, where you’ll emerge back at the main waterfall—this may not be for the timid. If you have a waterproof GoPro, definitely take it along. You’ll take once-in-a-lifetime footage!
If you decide at the last minute not to jump into this underworld, don’t fret! There are plenty of wonderful sites to explore at Reach Falls. For true pampering delivered by nature, relax in Reach Fall’s natural, heart-shaped jacuzzi, where the channels of rushing water from all sides massage you like a real spa.
Where to Stay Near Reach Falls, Jamaica
Consider staying at the stunning Great Huts Resort in Port Antonio. This beachfront, tree-house style resort is nestled on cliffs overlooking Boston Bay and the Eastern Caribbean Sea. It was recently voted “Jamaica’s Most Unique Resort Experience” by the Travel Channel. The resort features yoga and meditation classes, a large pool and access to nearby Boston Beach, which has excellent surf. The resort also offers ATV tours and cliff-jumping opportunities for the thrill-seekers in your group. For those less interested in hurling themselves off a cliff, consider the scenic Great Huts Snake Trail Walk or the stunning African Cultural Show. Transportation to the Rabbit Hole in Reach Falls and other activities are offered as well as assistance in planning. You’ll be in good hands, so relax and enjoy!