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By Venesha Johnson | Associate Writer

Negril, Jamaica, is one of the most popular destinations for relaxation. Unbeknown to some, however, is a small island close by that is a must-visit attraction for many.

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Where is Booby Cay Island?

This tiny island called Booby Cay is located not far from Negril, Jamaica. Many scenes from Jules Verne's well-known movie "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" were filmed on the little island, giving Booby Cay its claim to fame.

Why is it called Booby Cay Island?

The tern species known as the booby bird, which visits the island annually to breed and lay eggs in the formerly secure habitat of the offshore sanctuary, gave the island of Booby Cay its name. Booby Cay is sometimes referred to as Gilligan's Island.

Booby Cay while well-loved by some, has received negative feedback from others. The island definitely has its perks. Because of its location, the beach is not overcrowded on most days, it is a great diving spot, plus it's a great way to interact one and one with locals.

On the other hand, the garbage left by those who visit the island is a sour point for some. No one wants to deal with garbage on a holiday. But currently, all efforts to care for and maintain the island are completely voluntary. No one wants to deal with rubbish on vacation so we should do our part by properly disposing of the garbage we produced.

What to do on Booby Cay?

It is a well-liked location for picnics. This is the place to go if you want to take part in thrilling water sports like swimming, scuba diving, and snorkelling. Snorkelling and scuba diving on the islands are particularly amazing since the numerous coral reefs are breeding grounds for an abundant population of vibrant marine life. When you become tired, you can make your way onto the sand steps of the beach. Explore the wonders of the depths and view its treasures, such as exotic small shells, little urchins, and tons of starfish.

It is also a great perfect spot for sunbathers to relax without much disruption. Photographers, bird watchers, and people who want to participate in water activities would also enjoy a visit here. On this island, you can unwind thoroughly after a pleasant swim. The waters are a bit deeper out here as well, so it is a great option for experienced swimmers.

If you are a picky eater, consider taking your own igloo of drinks and food with you. There aren't any standard restaurants on the small island, but you will find stalls with locals selling refreshments, such as cold beer. You can also order freshly caught and grilled lobster as well.

How to get to Booby Cay?

The easiest way to get to Booby Cay is by Ferry or boat. If you are going on your own, you will need to reach out to boat operators. However, if you are staying at a hotel or resort in the area they are usually able to make all the necessary arrangements for you.

You can also combine your trip to booby cay island with other activities. Most tour companies in the area offer combo packages where you can do snorkelling, scuba diving, and glass-bottom boat rides, along with your visit to the booby cay.

Tips for your trip to Booby Cay Island:

  1. You should take food and snacks with you, especially if you plan on being out there for a while and definitely if you are allergic to seafood. It is a possibility that locals will be on the beach selling seafood, but this isn't always the case, so be prepared.
  2. Remember your sunscreen and insect repellants. To do your part in sustaining our natural resources, you can always try sourcing environmentally friendly options.
  3. Check the weather and plan ahead, especially if you are visiting during our rainy season.
  4. If you are planning to go scuba diving or snorkelling, go along with experienced tour guides who know the area well and can advise you.
  5. Plan your transportation beforehand.

Booby Cay Island does not have much, but the simplicity of the island makes it the perfect location for chill days.

Check out this video below where Wellesley went on a Negril boat tour that included the Booby Cay Island.

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  1. Booby Cay Negril: Attractions Negril, Jamaica. (n.d.). Booby Cay Negril: Attractions Negril, Jamaica. https://www.jamaicascene.com/attractions/negril/booby_cay.php#:~:text=Booby%20Cay%20is%20a%20very,filmed%20on%20the%20small%20island
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