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Diving into Jamaica

Diving into the waters off the Jamaican shore may sound very exotic, and can be a lot of fun for both the beginner and the seasoned diver. For anyone who wants to be a little more adventurous than snorkeling thereís a world to explore beneath the ocean, but if you donít have diving experience, you need to consider taking a class before you get into the water. In some areas such as Ocho Rios, Montego Bay and Negril, the popular diving areas do tend to get booked up in high season so make sure of your place by making your reservation as soon as you can into your vacation (or before if this is at all possible in the area you are going to stay). One of the most magical experiences you could take home from your vacation in Jamaica is to have dived to 30 or even up to 150 ft below the oceanís surface. There you will see not only fish, but also both hard and soft corals and sponges in their natural environment. Once thing you mustnít do however is to remove anything.

There are some very strict restrictions in place in Jamaica that prevent anyone taking anything to the surface that belongs below the water Ė in certain areas, your diving guide may even tell you that touching things in the ocean is forbidden either for your safety or the safety of the wildlife. Other things you can do when diving in Jamaica (depending on the time of year and part of the island youíre visiting) is to dive with turtles, swim with schools of exotically colored fish, or even see nursing sharks. A word of caution on the sharks however, most sharks in Jamaica wonít attack you but if you encounter one, swim slowly away Ė if you show fear and panic, this could upset them! There are places you can dive without fear of meeting up with sharks if you prefer life to be slightly less unpredictable, locations such as Sandy Hole which is home to sting rays, but no sharks! .


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