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. 

There are 6 dive services and at least 5 different dive sites in the area.

Dive Operators

If you want to go diving, you can 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 situated in Montego Bay.

Another good 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. They can be reached at (876) 953-2180.

A third 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 situated in northeastern Montego Bay.

Take a moment to read this table for 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 1.6 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

Glance through this table for information concerning the approximate cost of typical 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 moment to look through the table just below for a few details concerning some of the area's major 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

For more information concerning snorkeling, including tips and suggestions for both beginners and experienced divers, read this detailed discussion of diving in the Caribbean.


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