Jamaica Fire on the Water

Walking in a pool of fire

Cooking on water that is on fire.

Over my first couple of days in Jamaica everyone was mentioning a place called Fire Water or Fire on the Water.  The stories were about how you can light the water and cook on it or get a rub down with the water from one of the tour guides.  Knowing my tour guides, I felt that the whole fire on the water thing was just a joke that they were planning on me.

Once we arrived at Fire on the Water any thought of it being a joke or trick quickly left my mind.  I was escorted to a 15’x 15’ stone pool that was about 12”-16” deep with bubbling water from some sort of  a spring.  On one side of the pool natural gasses rose from the spring and the tour guides were able to light the Sulfur for a flame that rose about 6”-12”.
The water is used for curing all sorts of internal and external ailments from skin problems to respiratory ailments.  I was instructed to drink a few handfuls of the water prior to them letting me play with the fire.  For about 15 minutes I was able to place my hands and feet under the fire and then raise them into the fire toying with the pleasure of the heat while keeping the idea of getting a burn on my mind.  After a bunch of photos my “treatment” started.  One of the guides placed a damp towel over the flames to heat the towel and then placed in on my face, arms, legs and feet.
The treatment was an odd mix of a massage and skin treatment.  The towel was very hot and after a brief massage any tension was released from my body.  Since I have never had a professional massage the entire experience left my body feeling new for the first time.  Breathing in the hot moist air from the heated towel cleared up my congested nasal passages leaving me with a hard to explain “new out of the box” feeling.

Water on Fire

For more pictures of Fire on the water please view Playing With Fire on the Water in Jamaica

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    2008 Sep 26

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    2008 Oct 09

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    Once we arrived at Fire on the Water any thought of it being a joke or trick quickly left my mind. I was escorted to a 15’x 15’ stone pool that was about 12”-16” deep with bubbling water from some sort of a spring. On one side of the pool natural ga…

  3. 3 bbrian017
    2008 Oct 09

    I’m not too sure I would do that… if I was too I would rate do it naked or in short shorts seeing there’s fire under my cloths!

    But… I could go for a new out of the box feeling!

  4. 4 Eco Tours
    2008 Oct 09


    The fire is hot! I got burned a few times but the water must of healed the burns because I left without any marks or pain. As far as going naked, this would make a interesting place for a couple to spend some special time together after dark.

  5. 5 JC
    2008 Dec 11

    I’m wishing I would have gone on a “guided” veiwing of this place instead of just being taken there outside regular hours. I had the pleasure of seeing and filming it in the night though, it was spectacular. But unfortunately didn’t get the towel massage because no one was working at the time we went.

    I stood in the water but don’t know that I had any ailments to cure. Maybe I should have drank some of it.

    A very cool place to visit. And from what I’ve read about it, the money they take in donations, goes directly towards sending the children in the area to school. A worthy cause in my opinion.

  6. 6 Eco Tours
    2008 Dec 11

    The next time you go bring some food and they will cook it for you using the heat from the fire. Your pictures of it at nighttime were great! The next time I go will have to be late in the afternoon or early evening so I can enjoy it during daylight hours and after dark.

    I didn’t know where the money went, it’s cool that they are using it for something good. While it’s cool having the place as a hidden gem (no tour buses) they should let a few more people know about it.

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