Snorkeling Around Negril

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Negril is highly recommended as a snorkeling destination for those new to the sport, but those who have experience will be far from disappointed as they explore under the sea.

Negril's generally calm waters are known for visibility of 70 feet or greater, and the temperature is almost always over 80 degrees.  These are prime conditions for snorkelers who will have the opportunity to snorkel right from the shore, or sign up for a boat trip to take them a bit further out to snorkel one of the reefs that helps keep the beaches protected.  

Whichever options sounds best to you, as soon as you and your snorkel get into the water, you'll be treated to a majestic world of marine life that includes several varieties of coral, parrotfish, chromis, wrasses, and barjacks among other sea creatures.  Nurse shark sightings are very rare, but do happen.  

Seven Mile Beach and Rockhouse Snorkeling are often pointed to as the top shore snorkeling sites in Negril, but you should definitely make a point to bring your snorkel with you no matter which beach you're planning to relax on because you will have a hard time finding a stretch of sand in the area that doesn't lead to great snorkeling.  If you don't have your own gear, most scuba diving shops in the area rent it out for around $20(USD).

Snorkeling Sites

If you're looking forward to exploring what's down below you might want to check out Rockhouse. On CNNs list of the top underwater sites to photograph, this snorkeling destination feature underwater caves and grottoes teeming with silverfish and snake eels. This snorkeling site is located in western Negril.

Booby Cay is another place you might enjoy. A small, secluded cay provides to best underwater sites to be seen in this area.

A third location to consider is Joseph's Cave. There is great snorkeling all along the limestone cliffs of this exclusive and inclusive snorkeling destination.

A fourth place to go snorkeling is Negril Reef. Swarms of tiny jelly fish are common over this shallow reef, though they are harmless and mesmerizing. Other typical sites include sea urchins, sea fans, conch shells, and many varieties of reef fish. If you want to check it out, you'll find this site located in Negril.

Be sure to look through this table for a quick overview of 4 of the best locations where you can go snorkeling in this area.

Snorkeling Sites Near Negril
Site Location
Rockhouse 1.5 mi. West-Southwest of Central Negril
Booby Cay Central Negril
Joseph's Cave 1.8 mi. South West of Central Negril
Negril Reef 3.0 mi. North of Central Negril

Snorkeling Boat Trips

For some people, the best snorkeling is experienced away from the shore.

If you want to snorkel during a boat trip, you can check with Sea Shell Charters. Their fleet consists of the 28' Dusky offshore fishing boat, 26' Dusky fishing boat, 35' Colombia sloop, and a glass bottom boat. Featured activities include authentic Jamaican culture tours, glass bottom boat tours, river tours, sailing, snorkeling, and deep sea fishing, to name a few.

Another option to consider is Island Charter Co.. There are four customized cruises available, including a couples cruise and a spa getaway. Sunset cruising, snorkeling gear, swimming, and trips to places like Rick's Cafe and Sands Reef are offered. They're located in the heart of Negril.

A third good option is Sunbaby Glass Bottom Boat. A newly built licensed glass bottom boat, Sunbaby is navigated by Captain Roger, a man who was born and raised in Jamaica and has a lifetime of experience on and under the water.

View the table below to find out more about boat trips and day sails that provide snorkeling.

Day Sails and Boat Trips In Negril
Name Phone Location
Island Charter Co. (876) 878-2287 Central Negril
Mike's Glass Bottom Boat (876) 847-7699 Central Negril
Sea Shell Charters (876) 875-4167 Orange Bay, 6.8 mi. North-Northeast of Central Negril
Sunbaby Glass Bottom Boat (876) 485-4023 0.5 mi. North of Central Negril

Snorkeling Services

If you looking for a place that offers snorkeling gear, excursions or similar services, you should check out Sun Divers Watersports. This locally owned shop is all about fun and inviting every guest into their family of watersports enthusiasts. Diving is their specialty, but snorkelers can come along and get in on the experience. They are found in northern Negril.

The table below provides you with some information with regard to a place that provides services of interest to snorkelers.

Snorkeling Services In Negril
Name Type Phone Location Island
Sun Divers Watersports Snorkeling Tour Operator (876) 957-4503 0 mi. North of Central Negril Jamaica

To learn more concerning snorkeling, including helpful suggestions and tips for beginners and "pros" check out our detailed discussion of snorkeling in the Caribbean.

Newbies and experienced snorkelers alike flock to the waters surrounding Negril for the chance to get to see the beautiful underwater world that exists here.  Don't miss out on your chance to do the same. 


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