Scuba diving is a unique experience that gives you the opportunity to discover the amazing sea life, which is normally only seen in pictures. It is not an easy sport, so only those who enjoyed their first descent choose to keep practicing. Kids, due to their young age, are more likely to feel comfortable trying new things out. For that reason, they tend to enjoy diving more than older people.
During my last trip to Jamaica, I decided to give it a try. I was looking forward to plunging down into deep water, so I joined a beginners course.
The ideal time to practice the sport is between the months of June and September, when the sea is calm and it offers the best conditions to enjoy your adventure.
The climate is hot and humid, but interior regions, well above the sea level, are warmer. The water temperature ranges from 24-29ºC during the year.
The most famous location for scuba diving on the island is Montego Bay, in the north of the country. However, Negril, in the west of Jamaica, is not as popular but it is a better alternative – the coral reefs have been protected from the wind that comes from the north.
After researching the areas, I chose Negril for my first dive. My group went into the water twice and we had a day full of exciting experiences.
The sea of Jamaica offers a variety of marine life which includes sharks, moray eels, lobsters, parrotfishes, barracudas and swordfishes. If you’re lucky, you might even see turtles or dolphins.
Scuba diving was a lifetime experience which will be hard to forget. I would recommend it to those of you who have an interest in wildlife and want to stay active during holidays.
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