Scuba Diving Near Montego Bay

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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 operators and at least 5 good dive sites to choose from.

Dive Operators

Kellys Watersports

If you'd like to go diving, you might want to check with Kellys Watersports. Specializing in a variety of watersports including glass bottom boat tours, snorkeling, wakeboaring, and everyone's favorite, scuba diving, this popular facility thinks exploring local marine life is an important part of any trip to Jamaica. They are located in Montego Bay.

Another option is Dive Seaworld. This local dive center offers numerous daily dives as well as PADI certification courses for guests upon request with the added bonus of having a multi-lingual staff which speaks English, Spanish, and Dutch. They can be reached at (876) 953-2180.

A third good 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.

Details concerning diving services in the area are shown here:

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 chart just below provides the typical 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

A few details regarding some of the area's major dive sites are provided directly below.

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 about diving, including suggestions and helpful tips for both beginners and experienced divers, read this exhaustive discussion of scuba diving in the Caribbean.

 

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