Scuba diving in Jamaica
Jamaica is one of the most breathtaking islands that attract divers from all over the world. It has the most challenging divesites, which allow you to explore its marine life. Dive sites in Jamaica vary from deep to shallow , which are suitable for all levels of expertise. Jamaica is also famous for its variety of aqua life, all kinds of corals , colorful sponges, nurse sharks, moray eels, barracudas and many more creatures awaits you to discover.
Always dive according to your level of training.
Never enter the water without checking with the Jamaican local dive centers for safety, additional information, level required for each dive site and without being accompanied by a professional.
All the information provided is purely informative for our readers and shouldn't be used as is to plan your immersion.
Average annual temperature: Between 27°C and 30°C. (80°F and 86°F)
Average Water surface temperature: Between 24° C to 27° C (75°F and 80°F)
Visibility often averaging: Visibility during the summer between 150 feet (45 meters); in the winter, visibility is 40 to 50 feet (12 to 15 meters), or maybe 0 in some places like Ocho Rios.
Coldest time: January-February
Warmest time: July-August
Possible to dive all year round.
In Jamaica you are invited to have an extraordinary underwater adventure. Jamaica’s dive sites structure is the most attractive. By exploring Jamaica’s shallow reefs, wrecks, walls, tunnels and canyons you are welling to discover a wide variety of marine life and vegetation. Jamaica’s reef structure attracts one’s vision; for its walls are covered with most wonderful colors caused by the various kinds of beautiful elephant-ear, basket, tube, and rope sponges. Scuba diving services are available for both beginner and expert divers. Dive sites like Airport Reef in Montego Bay, Fish Pond in Negril and Old Pier in Runaway Bay are good start for beginners, as for expert divers there are more interesting places like Cayman Trench Wall in Montego Bay and Grouper's Drop in Runaway Bay.
The Jamaican authority does its best to protect the marine life there by making artificial reefs and marine parks, which became home to many kinds underwater creatures. The artificial sites like Wreck of the Kathryn in Ocho Rios and Tug Boat in Negril; became home to a variety of aqua life like squirrel fish, bluehead wrasse, barracuda and eagle ray. Also marine parks in Montego Bay and Negril helped increasing numbers of fish and other marine life.