Scuba Diving Near Montego Bay

Photo credit: © Kellys Watersports
 

One of the main dive destinations in the island, Montego Bay's waters feature dive sites which range in difficulty level allowing beginners and advanced divers to enjoy a bit of a challenge.  Montego Bay is home to the Mobay underwater marine park, which is an especially popular dive destination filled with finger reefs and cliff drops. 

You'll find 6 dive services and at least 5 different dive sites in the area.

Dive Operators

Kellys Watersports

If you're ready to take the plunge, you might want to contact Kellys Watersports. Through their extensive offering of PADI certification courses, divers at every level can learn a little something about the sport. Daily open water dives are available, and if you're traveling with folks who don't want to dive, they may want to participate in a snorkeling tour or ride on the glass bottom boat. They are located in Montego Bay.

A second option is Dive Seaworld. Beginners can hop in the pool and find out if scuba is for them with a free introductory course. If you want to pursue open water dives, you can sign up for the resort scuba course, and those who have already gained various levels of certification can continue their training with Dive Seaworld. You can call them at (876) 953-2180.

Still another option is Scubacaribe Montego Bay. Scubacaribe offers PADI certification as well as daily open water dives to such sites as Airport Cavern, Swim Thru Caves, and Sunken Plane. In addition to scuba diving, you can also participate in several other watersports including kayaking, snorkeling, and windsurfing. They're found in northeastern Montego Bay.

The following chart lists a few details concerning diving services in the area.

Dive Operators Near Montego Bay
Name Phone Location
Barrett Adventures Scuba (876) 382-6384 1.5 mi. South West of Downtown Montego Bay
Dive Seaworld (876) 953-2180 3.7 mi. Northeast of Central Montego Bay
Kellys Watersports (876) 893-2859 1.7 mi. West-Southwest of Downtown Montego Bay
SNUBA Dive Experience (876) 818-2340 0.7 mi. Northwest of Downtown Montego Bay
Sandals Royal Caribbean Diving (876) 953-2231 2.3 mi. North-Northeast of Central Montego Bay
Scubacaribe Montego Bay (876) 953-2180 3.8 mi. Northeast of Central Montego Bay

Dive Services

The table below lists the approximate cost of dive services in this area.

Dive Services
Offering Type Low Rate High Rate
Discover Scuba $ 100.0 $ 125.0
Double Tank Dive $ 90.0 $ 100.0
Night Dive $ 85.0 $ 95.0
Open Water Certification $ 450.0 $ 500.0
Single Tank Dive $ 60.0 $ 70.0

Dive Sites

Take a look at the following chart for some information regarding some of the area's better-known dive sites.

Dive Sites Near Montego Bay
Name Quality Experience Max Depth Current Latitude Longitude
Airport Wall Very Good Advanced Open Water / CMAS ** 150.0 -- 18.500368 -77.929583
Dancing Eel Reef Very Good -- 35.0 -- 18.5154750233 -78.0240402222
Montego Bay Caverns Very Good -- 30.0 -- 18.5072971021 -77.9352159138
Montego Bay Dive Good All Divers 45.3 < 1 knot 18.4669715981 -77.936797142
Widowmakers Cave Excellent Advanced Open Water / CMAS ** 90.0 -- 18.5369084734 -77.8875732422

To learn more concerning diving, including helpful suggestions and tips for both beginners and experienced divers, read this extensive discussion of diving in the Caribbean.

 

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