The Black River Safari in Jamaica was both beautiful and ominous. After exploring the Northeastern Jamaican countryside by horseback, we decided to go on another adventure and hunt us some crocodiles. The eery waters where crocodiles stealthily lurked, kept the hairs on my neck at attention. Our group of 10 shared a pontoon with a British family of 6, including two very active kids. Their movements made me nervous. I imagined either one of them falling over board or their rambunctiousness flipping us all into the blackness. Travel tip for parents going on a boat tour where there are no seat constraints: For your safety, the safety of your kids, and for the sanity of the other passengers, please hold on to your children. Innocent frolicking can quickly turn bad, creating a nightmare for everyone on board.
My choice of seating was strategic but it changed before our tour was done. Gratefully, there were no incidents and no toddler fingers lost. I think one of my side glances to the parents encouraged them to make their kids sit down. The only things that continued to run wild were the crocodiles and my imagination.