Snorkeling Around Montego Bay

Home to the best snorkeling beaches on the island, Montego Bay's tourists will also find a few reefs to check out nearby as well.

The most talked about beach among snorkelers in Montego Bay is Doctor's Cave Beach.  Mineral spring water flows into the ocean which helps to amplify the visibility, plus keep the already typically warm waters even warmer.  There are a few small coral beds close to shore where friendly fish frequent. 

Other beaches in the Montego Bay area will not disappoint, so make sure to bring your snorkel kit with you every time you step onto the sand.  You can rent one from a local dive shop if your hotel doesn't offer it as a benefit as staying with them and you don't already one the gear to bring from home.  

Some people prefer the excitement of planning a boat trip out to see shallow reefs in waters too far off shore to swim to.  There are a few locations that will work for visitors in Montego Bay, but they tend to  not be as lively as what you'll find back on the beaches, and recent reports have mentioned that the coral is not as healthy as is preferable.

Snorkeling Sites

If you're ready to explore what's below the surface you might enjoy visiting Doctor's Cave Beach. Warm spring water flows into this beach keeping the temperature extra warm and the visibility even clearer than normal for snorkelers. Underwater, the sites include gorgeous coral reef and friendly fish that are so used to tourists in their territory that they'll swim right up to your hand. This snorkeling site is located in the heart of Montego Bay.

Coyaba Reef is another option. The diverse underwater habitat that exists in this offshore reef includes chromis, parrotfish, wrasse, and more. Snorkelers should monitor conditions on a daily basis because the waters here can sometimes be rough.

A third place to consider is Montego Beach. A popular spot among tourists, this underwater park has everything you could hope to see in the waters that surround Jamaica including shallow reefs and steep vertical dropoffs.

A fourth place to go snorkeling is Bogue Lagoon. With visibility of 80 feet down or more, this site makes it easy for snorkelers to see a great deal of coral, lobster, and the rare green eel. If you want to check it out, you'll find this site located in southwestern Montego Bay.

Some basic information concerning 4 of the best locations where you can experience snorkeling in this area are listed directly below.

Snorkeling Sites Near Montego Bay
Site Location
Doctor's Cave Beach 1.0 mi. North-Northwest of Downtown Montego Bay
Coyaba Reef 4.3 mi. Northeast of Central Montego Bay
Montego Beach 1.4 mi. North of Downtown Montego Bay
Bogue Lagoon 2.5 mi. South West of Central Montego Bay

Snorkeling Boat Trips

Some people believe the best snorkeling is experienced away from the shore.

If you want to go snorkeling during a boating adventure, you should consider Dreamer Catamaran Cruises. Dreamer Catamaran Cruises features three yachts and two locations: Montego Bay and Negril. Both scheduled tours and private charters are available, so you may have fun with close friends and family or meet new people.

Another option worth investigating is Barrett Adventures. Barrett Adventures caters to those with an adventurous spirit, and their staff is dedicated to creating a thrilling and authentic experience of Jamaica to their guests. They have been in business for over 20 years. They're found within Montego Bay.

Check this table to find out more about boat operators that provide snorkeling.

Day Sails and Boat Trips In Montego Bay
Name Phone Location
Barrett Adventures (876) 382-6384 1.5 mi. South West of Downtown Montego Bay
Dreamer Catamaran Cruises (876) 979-0102 0.8 mi. Northwest of Downtown Montego Bay

Snorkeling Services

If you're looking for a business offering snorkel rentals, excursions, or similar services, you might want to contact Kelly's Water Sports. From tubing to glass bottom boat tours, the watersports operator does it all. One of their top excursions is a snorkeling trip to see beautiful coral reef formations and colorful fish. They are found within Montego Bay.

The table directly below has some key facts regarding a firm that provides services of interest to snorkelers.

Snorkeling Services In Montego Bay
Name Type Phone Location Island
Kelly's Water Sports Snorkeling Tour Operator (876) 893-2859 1.6 mi. West-Southwest of Downtown Montego Bay Jamaica

For more information about snorkeling, including useful tips and suggestions for both "old pros" and beginners, check out this detailed Caribbean snorkeling article.

Several options exist for tourists who hope to get in some snorkeling when they visit Montego Bay, so you can make plans to stick to the beaches, head out to deeper waters, or even do both with ease. 


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