2. Exploring the Most Iconic Coral Reefs of Jamaica
The Dive Instructor peers intently at the Caribbean Sea from the dive vessel, carefully surveying the mesmerizing spectrum of colors, searching for clues about the hidden secrets beneath the surface. A vivid shade of emerald green signifies the presence of sandy bottoms, while a captivating sapphire blue reveals the existence of seagrass meadows. However, it is the profound indigo hue that signifies the location of the coral reefs of Jamaica. It is towards them that he is directed leading his scuba divers’ group.
He knows where the main coral reef areas are which will leave them in awe.
Montego Bay Marine Park: vibrant coral gardens and marine species.
Dive enthusiasts, rejoice! Montego Bay presents a unique underwater experience with its breathtaking underwater structures, mesmerizing arches, and mysterious caverns. Explore Rose Hall Reef and its intricate system of tunnels that are home to squirrelfish, goatfish, porcupinefish, bar jacks, and grunts.
For exploration divers, The Airport Reef, where The Arches and The Caves are fascinating sites with their intricate structures and interconnected tunnels.
Negril, located on the far western end of Jamaica, offers protected waters, good reef dives, and caverns. Explore captivating underwater caves and get up close with wreck dives. Some remarkable Jamaican reefs in this area are The Throne Room, a beginner cavern dive where you’ll find elephant-ear sponges that resemble thrones. It is also well-known cavern diving in the Frenchman’s Hole.
East of Montego Bay, Ocho Rios awaits with protected shallow coral reefs of Jamaica. There, you can explore the SS Kathryn, an artificial reef created from a sunken ship in the 1950s. For beginners, Middle Shoal Reef is a fantastic site teeming with marine life. And at Devil’s Reef you will find an underwater ridge adorned with staghorn corals and blackball sponges.
Port Antonio is a remote area that offers excellent diving opportunities. Among its notable coral reefs is the Alligator Reef, which is not just one diving spot, but actually four (West, Head, Deep, Long).
Kingston, to dive into history. Near Jamaica’s capital, Kingston, lies the ancient submerged city of Port Royal, which sank due to an earthquake in the 17th century but has limited access.