THE CHUKKA STORY
THE INSPIRATION FOR CHUKKA SPRANG FROM ITS FOUNDER’S PASSION FOR POLO.
In the early 1980’s, Danny Melville hosted polo matches on Saturdays at his polo field in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. On Sundays, to help the horses relax, the polo players took the horses swimming in the clear saltwater of Mammee Bay. International polo players loved the tradition, as did Danny’s children. When Danny opened a polo and equestrian center for locals in 1983, he decided to complement it with an opportunity for tourists to encounter horses. The combination of the scenic ride along a spectacular coast and a thrilling swim on horseback proved to be a launching pad for the company. The Horseback Ride ‘N’ Swim was born—the first adventure tour of its kind in Jamaica, and thirty years later, still our signature tour.
Danny named the company CHUKKA, which describes a period of play in a polo match. CHUKKA captures the spirit of adventure and excitement inherent in the game of polo and the childlike wonder inspired by a swimming horse.
THE BIRTH OF CHUKKA TRAILS & TRAVEL
With the design and delivery of the best that the Caribbean has to offer to each individual guest at its core, Chukka Trails & Travel was born. Guided by the strength of parent company brand Chukka Caribbean Adventures, who continues to lead the region with the best and most versatile nature-adventure experiences for over thirty years, our destination specialists are locally-based and leaders in their field of managing the finer touchpoints of the guest’s stay on island.
Partnering with other premier attractions across the island, we use the desired interests of the traveller to make their vacation not just a visit to another foreign land; but an experience of a lifetime that only they could dream of. Capturing the unique taste of our clients leads us to match them to the best suited accommodations – from staffed private villas, or quaint boutique hotels to the bustling life of an all-inclusive resort. We leave no stone unturned to complete your desired destination experience including optional add-ons for spa, golf, off-property dining, private transfers, airport amenities and more. Best of all, as islanders ourselves, we have the ability to stay connected to these products as they emerge and evolve, standing as proud ambassadors of our paradise we call home.
There is a personalized itinerary here that has your name on it!