Welcome to the enchanting island of Jamaica, where crystal-clear waters, vibrant marine life and breathtaking coral reefs await all snorkeling and diving enthusiasts. If you’ve been dreaming of exploring the underwater wonders and experiencing the magic of the Caribbean Sea, Jamaica should be at the top of your travel bucket list. In this blog post, we’ll take you on a journey through the top best or popular resorts in Jamaica that offer exceptional snorkeling and diving experiences, allowing you to discover the mesmerizing beauty of the underwater world.
The Beauty of Snorkeling and Diving in Jamaica
Before we delve into the top resorts, let’s talk about why Jamaica is a paradise for snorkeling and diving aficionados(Spanish for fans). The island is blessed with an abundance of picturesque snorkeling and diving sites, each offering a unique experience. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced diver, the warm and clear waters of Jamaica’s turquoise sea provide the perfect setting for underwater exploration.
Some of the must-visit snorkeling and diving sites around the island include:
- Dunn’s River Falls and Park: Known for it’s cascading waterfalls, this iconic location offers snorkeling opportunities with stunning views of the falls and marine life. Most of these opportunities are in the form of a service being provided. Once such service we have tried for ourselves and it was a Catamaran ride to the Falls. You can read about it here.
- Montego Bay Marine Park: Explore the vibrant coral reefs and encounter a variety of tropical fish in the protected waters of this marine park. Again, all these services are usually in the form of a tour or excursion.
- Negril Coral Reef Preservation Area: Embark on an unforgettable snorkeling adventure to witness colorful coral formations and encounter diverse marine species.
Factors to Consider When Choosing a Resort
Selecting the right resort can make all the difference in enhancing your snorkeling and diving experiences. Here are some essential factors to consider when choosing a resort in Jamaica:
- Proximity to Snorkeling and Diving Sites: Look for resorts/hotels/ located near popular snorkeling and diving spots to minimize travel time and maximize your time underwater.
- In-house Dive Centers and Equipment Rental: Opt for resorts/hotels/ that have their own dive centers and offer rental equipment. This convenience ensures you have everything you need for your underwater adventures.
- Expertise of Dive Instructors and Guides: Check if the resort’s/hotel’s dive instructors are certified and experienced, as their knowledge of the local waters can lead to more fulfilling experiences.
- Safety Measures and Certifications: Prioritize resorts/hotels that follow strict safety protocols and have valid certifications, giving you peace of mind during your underwater escapades.
The Top Resorts for Snorkeling and Diving in Jamaica
Now, let’s dive into the some of the popular of resorts that promise an unforgettable snorkeling and diving experiences:
Sunset at the Palms
Sunset at the Palms is an adult only resort located on 7 Mile Beach. It offers a variety of amenities, including multiple restaurants and bars. Guests can also enjoy a variety of activities, such as snorkeling, diving and boat rides.
This is a family-friendly resort located in Montego Bay, Jamaica. It has a long history of providing excellent service. Guests enjoy the beautiful beaches, the lush gardens and the wide variety of activities and amenities. The resort also has a world-class golf course.
- Amenities: Beautiful beaches, lush gardens, wide variety of activities and amenities, world-class golf course
- Cost: $300-$500 per night
Ocean Coral Spring Resort
Ocean Coral Spring Resort is a 5-star all-inclusive resort located in Trelawny, Jamaica. It is a beautiful resort with a stunning white sand beach, crystal clear waters and lush gardens. The resort has a variety of amenities and activities to keep guests entertained, including multiple swimming pools, a lazy river, a water park, a spa, a fitness center and a variety of restaurants and bars. There are also plenty of activities to enjoy off-site, such as Dunn’s River Falls, Mystic Mountain and the Blue Hole. You can read about what our experience was like here.
Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa is a luxury all-inclusive resort located in Montego Bay, Jamaica. It is set on 400 acres of lush tropical gardens and features a private beach, a championship golf course and a full-service spa.
The resort has a wide variety of dining options, including 11 restaurants and bars. There is something for everyone to enjoy, from casual poolside dining to fine dining in a romantic setting. The resort also has a number of bars, including a swim-up bar and a sports bar.
The resort has a variety of activities and amenities to keep guests entertained. There are 4 swimming pools, a water park, a fitness center, a spa and a kids’ club. There are also a number of activities offered throughout the day, such as water sports, tennis and guided nature walks.
Secrets Wild Orchid Resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica
Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay is an adults-only all-inclusive resort located in Montego Bay, Jamaica. It is a AAA Four Diamond resort with a private beach and stunning views of the Caribbean Sea. Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay offers a wide variety of amenities and activities, including: 9 restaurants and bars, 2 pools, A spa, A fitness center, A variety of water sports, A casino, Live entertainment and much more! It is the perfect place to relax and unwind on your next vacation.
The resort is surrounded by lush vegetation and has a secluded beach that is perfect for swimming, sunbathing and snorkeling. The staff is friendly, attentive and the food is delicious. There are plenty of activities to keep you entertained and you can even visit the nearby Dunn’s River Falls or Montego Bay.
Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort and Spa
Royalton Negril, an Autograph Collection All-Inclusive Resort is a family-friendly resort located on 7 Mile Beach. It offers a variety of amenities, including multiple restaurants, bars, a kids’ club and a water park. Guests can also enjoy a variety of activities, such as snorkeling, diving and boat rides.
Sandals Ochi Beach Resort
Secrets St. James Montego Bay. The 350 suites Secrets St. James Resort, is modeled with Jamaica’s history in mind and features eye-catching British Colonial-style architecture and elegant décor in warm tones with dark wood accents. Oversized four-poster beds, extra-large showers, Jacuzzi’s for two, private balconies and Secrets’ signature discrete room service(Secret Box), along with access to our glistening pools and magnificent ocean views.
Tips for Maximizing Snorkeling and Diving Adventures
Now that you know where to stay, here are some tips to make the most of your snorkeling and diving adventures in Jamaica:
- Snorkeling Safety Guidelines: Always snorkel with a buddy, wear appropriate safety gear and be mindful of your surroundings.
- Diving Etiquette: Respect marine life and coral reefs by avoiding touching or disturbing them during your dives.
- Best Times to Explore: Check with your resort or local guides for the best times to explore specific snorkeling and diving sites, as conditions can vary throughout the year.
- Eco-Friendly Practices: Embrace sustainable tourism by using reef-safe sunscreen and avoiding single-use plastics to protect Jamaica’s fragile marine ecosystem.
Jamaica offers a kaleidoscope of underwater beauty and with the right resort, your snorkeling and diving dreams can become a reality. From the picturesque Negril to the vibrant Montego Bay and breathtaking Ocho Rios, these top resorts provide the perfect gateway to Jamaica’s mesmerizing underwater world. Embrace the magic of the Caribbean Sea, encounter marine wonders and embark on a journey that will leave you with cherished memories of a lifetime.
So pack your snorkeling gear, get your scuba certification and get ready for an adventure of a lifetime in Jamaica! Happy snorkeling and diving!
Please note that this list is not conclusively and may be adjusted or changed overtime as we discover new interests or receive valid input from our readers or supporters. If you’re traveling to Jamaica alone, ensure you take all the necessary measures to keep safe. Read about how you can stay safe while visiting Jamaica. If you decide to visit any resort, be sure to tag us in your photos and videos @resortcaribbean, and follow our socials: Instagram, Facebook, YouTube.