Michael Murphy

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I Michael Murphy (Micky) am one of your tour guides at Karandas Tours. As a tour guide I take pride in the vast amount of knowledge that I have of Jamaica and years of experience in good customer service in the hospitality industry. These things coupled with a love for my job helps me to give you a memorable and enjoyable experience in Jamaica. I look forward to contributing to your visit!

April 23, 2017

We really enjoyed the Negril Beach Experience with Magaritaville & Ricks Cafe excursion. Our driver Michael was great. We went to Margaritaville first – had lunch there, swam in the ocean – the beach in Negril is the nicest I’ve ever seen. Ricks Cafe was something to see & a few of the group jumped off the 35 foot platform. Again, thank-you to our driver Michael for getting us there and back with no problems.
Sharon M

 

April 10, 2017

We love the Dunn’s River Falls it is fun we would do it again if my cruise ever stop in Ocho Rios.
Tina N

 

March 14, 2017

Hello,
We had a wonderful tour. I unfortunately don’t recall our driver’s name. We had excellent guides both at the Blue Hole and at Dunn’s River Falls and enjoyed the day.
Thank you again! I am planning to submit a very positive review of your company on Trip Advisor which is where I found you and your high ratings.
Jane H

 

January 28, 2017

Hi Dwight,
We used Karandas Tours (excursionsinjamaica.com) to book an excursion to Dunn’s River Falls and Rose Hall. The booking process was simple and we always received a prompt response to any of our questions or concerns. We used this company as it offered the exact tour that we wanted, although my understanding now is that they will even customize tours, if you desire.
Our driver arrived promptly at the time agreed upon. He was professional, friendly and courteous. The vehicle he picked us up in was a private van, which was in good condition, clean and comfortable.
The price was comparable to other tour companies (less than $80 US per person). However, the best part was definitely that it was only our group in a private van with our own driver. It gave us the freedom to spend as much or as little time as we wanted at each place, never feeling rushed. We didn’t waste time having to wait for others or stopping at other hotels to pick up / drop off people along the way.
Our first stop was Dunn’s River Falls, a must see. Because we had a private tour, we were one of the first groups to arrive, which was awesome as we were pretty much the only ones climbing the falls at the time. We didn’t have to wait for other groups nor was it the least bit crowded. By the time we left, the parking lot was full and there were literally hoards of people. We were definitely impressed! Our second stop was Rose Hall, which we also enjoyed. On the way home, we asked if he could drop us off at Scotchy’s (best jerk chicken in Montego Bay)! Not only did he agree, but he also stayed with us for lunch, saving us the cab fare back to our hotel. Thanks, Michael!
Summary: If we had anything negative to say, I think it would be that it would have been nice if our driver had told us a little more about the country, people, and culture or had asked if there was anywhere else that we wanted to stop the way. Otherwise, we thoroughly enjoyed our day and got the biggest bang for our buck! It was so much fun and definitely the highlight of our trip. We would not hesitate to recommend this company to anyone that we know who will be travelling to Jamaica. Thank you, Karandas Tours, for an awesome day!
Jacquie C

 

December 18, 2016

Our driver was great. He was very nice and professional, and he accommodated all of our requests. I was very pleased with the service he provided!
Delveatra

 

December 11, 2016

Hi Dwight,
Like every time in the past, your transfer service and drivers more than met our expectations for hassle free and quick airport to hotel and hotel to airport transfers!!
We will be coming back next December again – and I will certainly contact you for our transfer needs!!
I always mention how well your service performs and how friendly and helpful your drivers are whenever I talk to someone that is need of transfers or tours in Jamaica.
Thanks for your assistance,
George
 

November 16, 2016

Good Morning,
My experience with Excursions in Jamaica was great so much so that we used your company for both port days in Jamaica. Michael was an excellent driver, very attentive and showed us many key points in Montego Bay and Ocho Rios. I am planning on returning to Jamaica on the Jamrock Cruise again next year 2017 and will definitely be using your services and requesting Mike again. Thank you for a great experience!

 

September 14, 2016

Hi,
I sincerely say that our driver was very friendly and polite. it was a very nice experience in Jamaica.
100% satisfied.
Thank you very much,
Doreen V

 

September 11, 2016

Dwight – Our experience with Karandas was exceptional. The transport arrived on time, the driver was interesting to talk to and shared some great insights to Jamaica, and always had safety in mind. We would certainly engage you again should our need arise. Thank you for helping make our stay very enjoyable.
John G

 

September 06, 2016

We had a fabulous time on this tour. Our driver was great. He spoke about things we saw along the way and answered our questions about Jamaica and its people. The transportation was clean and the driver navigated the roads very well. I would highly recommend this tour. Thanks again for helping to make our vacation a great one!
Laura C

 

August 09, 2016

Our experience was perfect, just what I had doped for. The driver was professional and friendly as were the guides on the river rafting tour which was just fun!!!
Thank you!

 

July 13, 2016

Hi Dwight,
We had a lovely experience discovering Jamaica. We were late disembarking, yet our driver waited for us and was very accommodating and pleasant. Zip lining was a great experience for all ages in our group (11-58) as well as the Dunn River Falls. We even managed to stop to pick up some jerk chicken and pork on the way back to the ship.
At the zip line we were surprised to find out that the child rate only entitled our 11 year old to 3 zip lines, maybe we didn’t read the description well.
All in all I would highly recommend Karandas Tours to everybody.
Robert L

 

June 23, 2016

Hi Dwight,
My family had a wonderful experience with Karandas Tours. (see picture attached) Even though I got very nervous when our driver was 30 minutes late, he did show up and was very friendly. The roads were awful, but our driver was the best I have ever seen. Our van was very clean, spacious, and nicely air conditioned.
On a personal note: I’m one of the happiest people I know. For some reason, I began crying the minute our Bob Marley tour began (when 3 men began playing music). Tears streamed down my face for the next hour! I could not stop crying, and to this day, I don’t know what overcame me. The beauty of the gardens along the pathway were more beautiful than I have ever seen. It was a peaceful, joyful, cathartic experience and I would recommend it to anyone.
Sincerely,
Kelly M

 

April 27, 2016

Thanks for a great excursion! Our driver was courteous and attentive. He had good advice and key points of interest during our day!

 

April 26, 2016

Dwight,
We thoroughly enjoyed our tour to the Blue Hole, Secret Falls and the River Tubing Excursion we booked with you. Michael was our driver and he was very easy to find as we got off the cruise ship in Falmouth and he was very attentive all through the day. He answered all of our questions and was a big help in getting us fast service at Scottchies!
At the Blue Hole and Secret Falls, we had Little T as our guide. He was most excellent! We had our five year old granddaughter with us and he took special care of her as he did me (I hurt my back last year and was very cautious). We really enjoyed our time with him.
At the river tubing, we had George. He made this trip down the river very safe and relaxing.
We always look for tours off the cruise ship. We will keep your information for future trips to Jamaica and will recommend you to all of our friends.
Thanks again.
Ronda Lewis

 

April 24, 2016

Hello Dwight,
Our driver Michael was simply excellent. Friendly, engaging, knowledgeable, and ready to meet our needs without hesitation. He did everything well! And we would like to see him on our next trip. He showed up for us on schedule at 4:30AM to take us to our flight home. We were very pleased.
Michael was a SPECTACULAR driver and person. Please thank him for us
Please send our regards.
Mark & Stephanie

 

April 19, 2016

we were completely satisfied with our tour.
Michael Murphy was professional, courteous and did a really great job. We will book with you again in the future.
Thanks again!

 

April 18, 2016

Both our driver and guide were exceptional. We did the Dunn’s River Falls and River Tubing. We LOVED our guide for the River tubing and had an AMAZING time. I would recommend that to everyone. I wasn’t hugely impressed with Dunn’s River falls as it was very crowded but worth the visit. I would definitely come back and do the river tubing again!!!
Thanks,
Rhonda

 

April 6, 2016

We had a blast!
Micheal Murphy was our driver. He was a good driver and very friendly. He was waiting on the parking lot when we arrived at the port. He gave us each a bottle of water and we were off on our an adventure!
When we made it to the secret falls Jason was there to drag us out of the van into the rain. He was energetic and excited to show us the falls. They were beautiful! We climbed up through the jungle and followed Jason up the falls. He showed us where to jump off each cliff/waterfall so we would land in the safest part of the pools below. Wow! It was so much fun! He kept track of our group the whole time and even took some of us by the hand to help us.
We got back to the van and Micheal had kept all our belongings safe and locked up in the vehicle. We took some more pics and said our goodbyes to Jason. We would’ve taken him with us if we could.
Our driver, Micheal was willing to make any stops we liked but we had another smaller group with us that wanted to get back to the port and the shops. So we did.
We were so glad we booked with Karandas Tours! Thank you! We will be back!
Erika S

 

April 5, 2016

Thanks Dwight – we had a great tour. Your group was very helpful in making sure we could meet up with our friends who were stopping in Ocho Rios from their cruise ship. There was excellent coordination among several bus drivers (Uton, Michael, and Hewin). We had a fabulous day.

 

March 2, 2016

Hi
We all had a great time thank you.
The Bob Marley tour was really great! The guides we had were fantastic and ensured those in the the group that were a bit unsure felt completely safe! If there were any negatives it would be that I was not aware how far it was to Bob Marley! Some off us were a bit anxious about if we were going to get back to the ship in time and if we were going to have enough time at the home but of course Dwight assured us it would be fine and it was! The only other comment we have is that we could have been given a bit more info about the island during the journey. Dwight spoke to the people in the front but we could not really hear in the back. Having said that this did not detract from how much we enjoyed the day! I was an experience we will always remember!
Thanks for all your help in organizing it and thanks to Dwight!
Gail M

 

February 25, 2016

Hi Dwight
We had a great time in Jamaica and Michael was awesome. he was very patient with us and he was very knowledgeable and took us to all the right places. he was always on time and never rushed us. We had 5 children with us and he was very patient as schedules sometimes change with kids. Overall it was a great experience and I would definitely recommend him to my friends when they visit.
Thanks
Kartik

 

February 10, 2016

Hi Dwight
We just got back from our holidays and had a wonderful time. I was going to write you today to say thank you so much for the wonderful tour. You and Michael were very accommodating in picking us up (even though we were late), very informative and a lot of fun. We loved both the Dunn River Falls and the White Water Rafting. the tour was well worth the money and we felt an excellent price. I work as a Travel Agent in Canada, and will make sure that I recommend your tours to any of our clients going to Jamaica.
Thanks,
Brenda D

 

February 8, 2016

Hi Dwight
We had a great time in Ocho Rios. Your drivers were superb and the provisions provided for our transfer from Kingston to Ocho were just what we needed after the long flight from the UK. Sadly the transfer took an age because of the bottlenecks at certain roundabouts where the toll road meet the regular roads. The delay was no way down to the driver, just bad timing of the incoming flight!! We were all fairly tired when our driver picked us up and I think he sensed that, so conversation was kept to a minimum so that we could rest. When the roads were clear, he certainly made sure that we arrived at Royal Plantation as quickly as possible. Our return journey back to the airport went without a hitch, and it was much quicker too!
I would definitely recommend your company and look to use you again when we return to Royal Plantation in a couple of years time.
Thanks again to you and the drivers.
Yvonne

 

December 2, 2015

The driver was very pleasant and accommodating.

 

November17, 2015

Rachel and Dennis reported that everything was great! I may be calling upon you again for myself in February when we are looking to revisited Couples.
Gary

 

October 12, 2015

Hello,

We had a great time on our excursion through your company! Our driver was courteous, professional, and very friendly! The excursion was well-arranged by your company, and we couldn’t be happier! Your competitive rates were also a fantastic surprise. We would have paid $49 more per person if we had booked through our resort.

Thank you so much!

Brad & Yuliya W

 

August 26, 2015

The excursion was excellent. Our driver was professional and courteous at all times. We had hoped that he would have stopped for some local food or assist in our desire to shop local goods. A little more local flavor would have been nice. But, we have absolutely no complaints. We will be returning next year, hopefully we will do business again.

Thank you,
John

 

August 13, 2015

Dwight, First I want to thank you for arranging our excursion on relatively short notice. Second, I also want to thank you for arranging for Michael to be our guide the second time around as well. My family members and I cannot find enough kind words to say for Michael. He does an exceptional job and it was a true pleasure to have him spend the day with us once again. The first time I relied on your company for an excursion in beautiful Jamaica we could not have expected more, however, the second one was even more enjoyable than the first! Great job by Michael and my compliments for an excellent company!

Thank you again, Larry McCarty

PS We will definitely contact you again when we make plans to return to Jamaica

 

August 11, 2015

Hi Dwight,

We had a wonderful excursion to the Blue Hole.  The driver was friendly during our trip.  Little T was fantastic, very helpful and full of energy.  He is great with people and seems to love what he does.  The other guide (don’t remember name) also was great.  Maybe someday they can pave the road to the Blue Hole….lol.  Thank you very much for your service.

Andy Anderson

 

August 10, 2015

Hi Mr. Soares:

Good evening. I thank you for accommodating our request for the day transportation to Negril.   As with out past experience, our Driver, Michael was on time, professional, and very accommodating. He made us feel safe and and secure while traveling the busy roads from St. Ann to Negril.  He is a very, very safe driver who is attentive  and knowledgeable about the routes. He was personable, constantly smiling, and made us feel comfortable and at home. He is definitely an asset to your company so please make sure you maintain him on staff.  Because of interaction with Michael, we will continue to seek you out for transportation needs when we are in Jamaica and will definitely make referrals to your company if we hear of anyone needing transportation.  Again thank you for having a professional staff and clean, well kept, and nice looking vehicles.

Diane Green

 

July 11, 2015

Dear Dwight,

Thank you for all of your help and coordination with regard to our tour. I cannot even begin to tell you how unbelievable Michael was! Firstly, he was extremely prompt and professional when he arrived. He made sure everyone was comfortable and that no one had forgotten anything. He even made sure everyone remembered their water shoes and had all of their necessary items with them.

He was an EXCELLENT driver and everyone felt very safe during our journey. When we needed water, he was happy to find a place to stop and made sure we got everything we needed. He always kept us updated with how long it would take to get to the next place and about how long we would be there. We were able to leave all of our personal belongings in the van and knew that Michael was taking care of everything for us!

We are beyond thrilled with the level of service and the value of Karandas Tours. We will most definitely be booking with your company again should the opportunity arise and recommending you any friends who are heading your way!

Please give Michael our utmost thanks again and let him know that our journey wouldn’t have been as much fun without him.

Many thanks again for all of your help and professionalism! We feel that we most certainly got our money’s worth and wouldn’t have changed a thing, except maybe booking another tour the next day!

Kind regards,

Alyssa Toland

 

July 9, 2015

This was a great excursion, Michael was our driver and was great.

 

July 1, 2015

Michael Murphy was our driver/guide and he was excellent. He communicated the entire time in regards to how long it would take us to get to our destination, where he will pick us up at the end of our excursions and if we would have time for shopping. He also provided us with information about the surroundings as we were traveling. I truly enjoyed my time in Montego Bay just wish I had more time to spend. I will most definitely refer your service to others and use you in the near future.

 

June 22, 2015

We had a wonderful time with our driver. Thanks so much for the tour. It was a great tour.

Thanks,

 

June 21, 2015

Good afternoon,

Our tour was great. Everything, from hotel pickup, driving, tours, and back to the hotel, was awesome (I, along with my group, were very satisfied). Our driver, Michael, was just right for us; he even recommended and took us to a good souvenir shop.

Thank you for your services. We’d definitely use you again once in Jamaica.

 

June 4, 2015

OUR EXPERIENCES WITH YOUR COMPANY WERE THE BEST EVER.

Michael Murphy was our driver and we really enjoyed him and felt save with him. He explained everything as we went by and even took us to a great lunch local spot that I wish I had today at home.

Thanks for all ya’ll did to make our trip and our Jamaica excursion the best it could be.

THANKS

SUSAN PALMER

 

May 15, 2015

Our experience was AWESOME!!!!! The excursions as well as the driver. Our driver couldn’t have been more helpful and full of information. We went o different excursions and had the same driver for both and each time he was on time. We had a wonderful time and would use your company again!mmm

 

May 12, 2015

Your other driver, Michael Murray was nice. He was flexible and friendly. Our tour guide Michael Ofield was beyond friendly and knowledgeable. He made our horse-riding experience fun and memorable. He told us about the history of the place and fun facts about the beach and Jamaica in general while we were on the horses. Dunn’s River Falls was nice. We didn’t really have a tour guide or group so the 2 of us just tagged along with 3 other groups. It was a fun experience hiking in the waterfalls

 

May 12, 2015

Dwight, I want to say thank you for helping us with an excellent visit to Jamaica. We have been to your beautiful country many times and, in the past, have had some memorable experiences but our visit yesterday was one of our best ever. Michael was great! He was cooperative, friendly, and knowledgeable. Again, my thank you and we will definitely be using your services again in the future.

Thank you!

Larry McCarty

 

April 16, 2015

The driver was very friendly and I felt comfortable leaving my valuables (phone, wallet, etc.) with him, which is what I was most concerned about before arriving. He seemed to know everyone and made sure that we made it to each excursion and back to the ship. He was also a great driver considering the narrow and curvy roads that we had to take to get up and down from the ziplining area. I would not change a thing and I am glad he was our driver. I am sure the feeling is mutual with everyone else that was in the van.

Thank you for the fantastic trip around Jamaica!

 

April 7, 2015

We really enjoyed the tour to the falls and tubing.  Our driver was great.  Thank you for making this such a memorable experience.

Jim

 

February 9, 2015

Dwight – We had a great time!  Although our ship was a bit late, and getting off took a bit more time than we anticipated, Michael was waiting for us and we had no trouble getting underway.  He was very informative and we enjoyed the pleasant drive.

Upon arrival at the kayaking starting point, we were hooked up with Travis.  Equipment was good (and we had our own water shoes, as we kayak at home in the Northwest US).  Travis was a great leader, patient and helpful.  We really enjoyed the scenery along the river, especially the rapids, and emptying out into the sea was great.

You guys do a wonderful job, and we will certainly have you at the top of our list for when we return to Jamaica.

Thanks again, Karl and Vineta Means

 

January 15, 2015

Hi wanted to let you know we were very pleased with Michael for our guide, also wanted to know if you could ask Michael what the name of the guides for both the ATV part and the blue hole part was.. Thanks again
Linda

 

December  25, 2014

We had a GREAT experience.  Our driver was awesome and we felt very safe with him.  I was hesitant to book with an off cruise excursion, but would have no hesitation doing so in the future because of our driver and the experience we had.  I would highly recommend tubing.  This was lots of fun! Thx again!

 

November 26,  2014

Hi Dwight, I hope that you are doing well.  Thank you for reaching out to us for feedback.  We had a great time visiting the Luminous Lagoon.  The driver was prompt and courteous.  Despite arriving 15 minutes early, we did miss the last boat going out to the lagoon, which they were able to call back to pick us up.  Overall, we had a great experience and enjoyed our time.

Best regards, Sara

 

June 27, 2014

The Blue Hole was great. Michael took us on that tour and he was nice too. Alex our tour guide at the blue hole was incredible! Again Alex took just us 4 on the tour. The Luminous lagoon was beautiful!

The restaurant there was pretty much out of everything except egg sandwich and wings. Ha ha but that was ok it was a great egg sandwich! Our overall trip to Jamaica was about a 7 because the last resort we stayed at was The Grand Palladium.

The service and food were awful. What a shame because it’s a beautiful place.

So rating on a 10 scale: RIU was very good an 8, The Grand Palladium was terrible a 2, Karandas tours FANTASTIC a 12!!!

I am so glad i booked all my excursions with your company. It felt like on the blue hole and the zip line that they were personal tours. I felt like i got a great value for my money. Your tours were the best part of our Vacation!

Garry

 

April 25, 2014

Hi Dwight, we have nothing but good things to say about our awesome driver Michael. He truly was great! He made extra stops for our never ending needs:) and had a smile the whole time. He was very friendly and was always right there when we were ready to move to the next stop. We felt very safe and had a really great experience on our excursions in Jamaica!!

Thank you all so much, we will definitely use Karandas Tours on our next visit to beautiful Jamaica!

Leah Pederson– group of nine:)

 

March 4, 2014

Hello Dwight,

Our excursion in Jamaica was wonderful.  We very much appreciated our driver.  He was friendly and the trip to the stables was very much a pleasure!  Please let the driver as well as the horse ride guides know how much we appreciated their time and talents.

We wish you all the best,

~ Christina

 

February 24, 2014

Hi Dwight,

Thank you for the email.  We enjoyed our stay in Jamaica.  Our driver to the falls was great, he was very helpful and knowledgeable. We enjoyed the transportation.

Thanks for your email and great service.

Janine

 

January 21, 2014

We had a great tour, the van driver was kind and the van was clean.  The horseback riding was exceptional we learned a lot about the area and history and spent a good amount of time in the water followed by a nice walk down the beach.  Overall very good experience with your company.

 

November 26, 2013

We enjoyed the tour that we booked with your company, in Jamaica. Our cruise ship (because of poor weather) got to Jamaica a day early, so we “surprised” your group and I know that they were very busy so we appreciated them fitting us in at all. Our driver was very nice. Be sure to thank him again for taking time to show us around. We would book with you again and tell our friends also.

Pitcher  from Alberta, Canada.

 

November 6, 2013

Our driver Michael was wonderful and one of the friendliest people we ever met. He actually found us when we were looking for him.  Our young guide on the river was also great, however his name escapes me. He was a nice young man. We loved Jamaica and want to travel again. If so, we will use you again. We would love to spend more than one day in your wonderful country. It was a pleasure to be greeted with smiles and nice conversation.

Ed Loveday

Knoxville, Tn