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About scuba diving in Jamaica

Jamaica is the third-largest island in the Greater Antilles, and can be fairly called a pearl of the Caribbean. Nowadays Jamaica has fantastic resorts and endless beaches, and also has a lot more for tourists to discover. As the “birthplace of reggae”, Jamaica lures visitors to move to its rhythm, offering a unique mix of cultures, traditions, customs, and religions to explore, that capture tourists’ interest as soon as they arrive in the country. Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, Negril, and Port Antonio are always pleased to host crowds of travelers ready to explore the country’s attractions. There are magnificent places for curious tourists who are not interested in sunbathing all day to visit. There are various sugar and coconut plantations to be explored, such as Good Hope Estate or Rose Hall in Montego Bay, which also have fabulous ocean views. Music-lovers can check out the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston or visit his place of birth, – Nine Mile. Various museums are located in the capital of Jamaica and can teach visitors much about the country. The National Gallery, Natural History Museum, and the Institute of Jamaica’s museums are always full of visitors. Scuba diving in Jamaica will be a great adventure. Our knowledge of the scuba diving in Jamaica will help you choose the best diving spots to suit your interests and have a great diving experience. Jamaican tropical waters are a true paradise for divers of all levels, who come seeking exotic experiences and to discover something new. Reefs with nurse sharks and eels, huge caverns with sponges and corals, old wrecks, caves, drop offs and deep walls form the underwater landscape of this country. Most of the diving happens along the North coast of Negril and Montego Bay, while Doctor’s Cave beach is the most accessible. The main dive sites include The Throne Room with 40ft/12m-wide cavern at the depth of 65ft/20m, Widowmaker’s Cave at 80ft/24m with a special chimney passage, the Kathryn with a sunken World War II Canadian minesweeper of 140ft/43m, Rock Cliff Reef, Devil’s Reef, Sharks Reef and The Arch. Even though these spots are attractive by themselves, the king of all the dives in Jamaica remains to be Port Royal or the “City That Sank”. It is considered to be the main underwater archeological site in the western hemisphere, because two thirds of the city sunk due to the major earthquake in 1692. Diving at this site requires a special permission from the Jamaican government, but the needed diving permit is quite easily obtained from local dive operators.

When to go to Jamaica

Located to the south of Cuba, Jamaica offers its crystal clear waters for diving all year round. The average water temperature stays warm throughout the year ranging between 26C/78F and 28C/82F. The average air temperature ranges between 26C/79F and 29C/84F with the hottest months of July, August and September. The visibility of the water can reach up to 131ft/40m, but its clarity declines during the hurricane season. It usually takes place between July and October.

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