diving in mobay, jamaica

Dive guide of Montego Bay


Montego Bay Diving


Scuba diving in Mobay


Montego Bay also called "Mobay" is one of the major diving places in Jamaica. Montego bay diving is composed of a large variety of dive sites with shallow reefs for beginners to explore coral reef and more challenging places like the Cayman-Trench Wall and Chubb Reef for the more experienced diver.

Always dive according to your level of training.
Never enter the water without checking with the local dive center 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.

Visibility often averaging: During the summer between 150 feet (45 meters); in the winter, visibility is 40 to 50 feet(12 to 15 meters) or more.
Possible to dive all year round

Mobay is Jamaica’s first marine park promoting underwater life, and is one of the best places for diving. The Marine Park is famous for it’s variety of dive sites from shallow spur and grove reefs to vertical drop-off’s and a few cavern as well. There is abundant marine life including all colors of sponges and corals. Black coral grows in Mobay on two sites, Black Coral Alley and Basket Reef which has it’s name from basket sponges growing there. Following the growth of tourism in this area the Marine Park and it's dive sites were expanded to include more dive facilities. Also there maybe more growth in the next years.

Montego Bay diving centers offers shallow and deep diving. The shallow dive range from a depth of 15 to 30 feet (4 to 9 meters), deep dives from 60 to 100 feet (18 to 30 meters). It is famous for its shallow reef next to the sharp vertical wall and finger reef sites. Here you can follow the wall to see various colors of sponges growing in the area and what makes this place favorable is big gorgonians and basket sponges surrounded by the beautiful colors of water. There are also several crevices that you can see in the area which are filled with various sponges.


Montego Bay is considered the capital of tourism in Jamaica. It's ideally located between Negril and Ocho Rios which makes it very easily accessible. MoBay now offers well established dive shops and well equipped diving facilities.

The Marine Park is the best place for diving. It covers a great area of Montego Bay from the airport to Great River, and offers shallow and deep diving.

Some of Montego Bay dive sites are:

The Widow Maker is part of Montego Bay marine park, it is among the most famous dive site in Montego Bay . It was named after the caves in James Jones novel. This site is a vertical funnel starting at 60 feet to 90 feet (18 to 27 meters) with a horizontal tunnel under the Reef descending to 40 feet (12 meters). Home for many kinds of marine life like blue angel fish and large rock and its walls are covered with soft corals. This dive is for experienced divers only. You can start it from the deep part rising to the shallow part or from the opposite direction.

Airport Reef is good start for beginners divers for it is shallow finger reef. In the east of the reef there is an airplane in 50 feet (15 meters) under the water was sunk for divers.

The Doctor's Cave Reef is part of Montego Bay marine park it is shallow diving site appropriate for beginners. It was established to protect the variety of marine life on the coral reef.

The Point Reef is a deep site in which you can see many large fish and enjoy wall diving. It starts at 60 feet (18 meters) ,best for intermediate and expert divers.

The Arena/Spanish is a shallow reef dropping down to a sandy bottom and is 50 to 90 feet (15 to 27 meters) deep on the west side of the Marine Park. You can do this dive as a deep dive or as multilevel dive with pick up in the next mooring. Both ways you will enjoy the caverns and tunnels. This site is best for experienced divers.

At a depth of 40 feet (12 meters) there is the Spanish anchor on the north side of the reef which doesn’t have much growth on it yet because after it was discovered on the south coast and then brought to the present location.

To the east at 70 feet (21 meters) deep there is a sand patch on a shape like an ancient arena, with coral walls on all sides. It ‘s home for furry sea cucumber, upside-down jellyfish and tobacco fish.

Basket Reef got it’s name from the giant basket sponges found there. This site starts at 50 feet to 150 feet (15 to 46 meters) deep. You can find parrotfish, rock beauties and sometimes turtles and dolphins.

Cayman Trench Wall is one of the greatest places for diving. The Wall depth exceeds 1500 feet (457 meters). The site is best for experienced divers who would like to enjoy soft and hard corals with its wonderful colors and variety of sizes.

Chubb Reef ,at 40 feet (12 meters) deep, is where you can explore underwater world and see Schools of Bermuda Chubbs, Grunt, Snapper and Parrot Fish.
 
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