Scuba diving in Arches
The Arches takes its name from the reef of an arch-like coral formation suitable for divers of various levels. Sometimes this spot is made into a drift dive from one mooring buoy to the other. This site also features a sunken plane that was sunk intentionally and today is generously covered with coral and populated by various marine life. The wreck lays in a sandy area at the depth of about 59ft/18m, while the deepest point of the Arches is 69ft/21m. In addition to the wreck, this dive site offers crevices, ledges, overhangs and caves. The most common flora and fauna found here include sponges, corals of all shapes and colors, algae, gorgonians, sea plumes, nurse sharks, creole wrasses, bar jacks, French grunts, trumpetfish and rays.
When to go
The Arches is an exciting dive site situated around Negril area in Jamaica. This site is open for divers all year round due to the warm air and sea temperatures. The average water temperature usually stays between 26C/78F and 28C/82F, while the air temperature gets even higher and reaches up to 26C/79F and 29C/84F. The best time to come to this part of the island is between July and September. The water visibility can pleasantly surprise even the most demanding visitors and reaches 98ft/30m. The hurricane season usually takes place during the summer.