Montego Bay is one of the main diving destinations of Jamaica. Ian Fleming International Airport is located in 115 km from it. Montego Bay is the first marine park of Jamaica, which preserves the unique species of black corals, basket sponges, various sea slugs and rare fish species. Due to the wide variety of sites around Montigo Bay area diving is possible for divers of all levels. Novice divers can enjoy shallow coral reefs full of beautiful flora and fauna, while experienced divers can go for more challenging dives. Shallow dives start with 15ft/4m, and the deepest ones exceed 100ft/30m.
Most popular dive sites
The most famous dive sites around the area include The Widow Maker with vertical and horizontal funnels and deep caves, and Basket Reef. Other interesting sites are Airport Reef with a sunk airplane, Spanish Anchor, Cayman Trench Wall with the wall of more than 1500ft/457m deep and Chubb Reef full of schools of Bermuda chubbs.
Montego Bay offers unforgettable diving experience all year round. The best season for diving would be summer. The average air temperature is around +26-29 °C, while the sea warms up to +24-26 °C. There are two wet seasons a year: from May to June and from October to December. This place can boast crystal clear water: visibility reaches 60 meters!
Chub Reef is known for a considerable number of Bermuda chubs living there. Divers of any level can explore the picturesque reef and its caves, while the sand bottom is perfect for taking pictures. Underwater flora is represented by corals of all shapes and colours, seaweed, gorgonians, and sea anemones. There are molluscs, barracudas, and nurse sharks here.
Sting Ray City is suitable only for experienced divers (due to unsteady currents). A beautiful reef covered with corals situates the spot. Stingrays and other marine dwellers inhabit it.