Scuba diving in Island Reef
The Island Reef offers both shallow and deep diving and, therefore, makes a great dive site for divers of all levels. The place excites its explores by interesting swim throughs, overhangs and ledges. Its bottom is full of corals of all colors and shapes, various sponges, sea plumes, purple fans, gorgonians and algae. They hide a huge variety of sea fauna, such as trumpetfish, lionfish, parrotfish, tobaccofish, starfish, lobsters, crabs, bar jacks, French grunts and myriads of tiny tropical fish. The larger representatives of the Island Reef are nurse sharks, barracudas, stingrays, morays, tuna and bass. This dive site makes an amazing spot for underwater photography and a place to obtain a diving PADI certificate.
When to go
Located in the west of Jamaica, the Island Reef is one of the most popular dive sites around Negril that is great for diving at all times of the year. The most favorable conditions are usually during July, August and September, when the water is at its warmest. Its average temperature runs between 26C/78F and 28C/82F with an amazing water visibility of 98ft/30m. The average air temperature generally varies between 26C/79F and 29C/84F. The hurricanes might visit the area during the summer months.
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