Snorkeling Around Ocho Rios

Despite the continual growth of tourism in Ocho Rios over the years, snorkeling still appears to be in its infancy here.  While there are certainly some great sites to see, rentals and excursions just aren't very organized.  By no means does that mean you can't get in the water and go, so if you love snorkeling don't be deterred.  

Beginning at the east portion of town at Galina Point there is a shallow coral reef that you can reach by swimming straight out from the beach.  The sea life here is plentiful and friendly, however, tourists should be warned that recent reports have noted that it is not being very well taken care of and it beginning to deteriorate.  With some effort on the part of conservationists, the area should soon be up to snuff once again.

Aside from this reef system, most visitors will just take the snorkeling kit offered to them by their hotel or rent one from a diving for around $20(USD) and get in the water to explore whenever they hit the beach.  If you want to be sure to see the best sites, you may want to look to a tour operator that works outside of town.  Doctor's Cave Beach in Montego Bay is the most highly recommended choice, but there are sites in Port Antonio that may work as well.

Snorkeling Services

If you looking for a place that offers snorkeling gear, excursions or similar services, you might want to check with Mila Tours Ja Snorkeling. Snorkeling with Mila Tours is easy. This 60 minute underwater exploration allows you to view the gorgeous, colorful marine life surrounding the area. They are located in downtown Ocho Rios.

A second company that offers snorkeling related services is Sunshine Watersports Snorkeling. Once you get your snorkeling gear, Captain Toney will take you to the best spot for the best sights. From there you will explore the coral reefs and white sand full of colorful fish. Each tour includes transportation, a guide, and all fees required.

The following chart shows some information with regard to a couple of places that offer services of interest to snorkelers.

Snorkeling Services In Ocho Rios
Name Phone Location
Mila Tours Ja Snorkeling (876) 787-8000 Downtown Ocho Rios
Sunshine Watersports Snorkeling (876) 295-6918 Downtown Ocho Rios

To learn more concerning snorkeling, including useful tips and suggestions for both "old pros" and beginners, read this extensive Caribbean snorkeling page.

In the coming years, we may see snorkeling become a more popular pastime in Ocho Rios.  For now, it takes a little bit of effort to plan a good day participating in the sport, but if you've been snorkeling before you know it is worth the time.   

 

Help us improve! We welcome your corrections and suggestions.