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By Venesha Johnson | Associate Writer
Scuba diving is one of the most thrilling adventure sports in the world. With lungfuls of air and a spirit of adventure, divers plunge deep into the sub-aquatic world to discover the beauty and mystery of the underwater realm. If you're a fan of scuba diving or planning to try it out for the first time, Negril should be at the top of your bucket list. Located off the west coast of Jamaica, Negril is a scuba diver's paradise with its crystal-clear waters, vibrant coral reefs, and exotic marine life.
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So, be ready to witness the stunning beauty of the aquatic world with some of the best scuba diving experiences in Negril.
Divers of all experience levels are drawn to this region of Jamaica by the abundance of fantastic diving spots nearby Negril. Professional divers can enjoy drift dives and a few intriguing wreck dives, while novice divers can enjoy reef dives and a few small wall dives. The Negril Marine Park was created by the Jamaican government in 1998, establishing a protected area with 45 snorkelling and diving sites. Here are 3 of the most popular.
The Throne Room is the most popular dive spot on the island and has a depth range of 12 to 21 meters. (40-70ft.). Divers can approach at one end of the site and ascend into the open air at the other. The biggest orange elephant ear sponges in Jamaica are found here.
Small coral crowns and sponges make up the low-profile reef structure in this location. There is a crack in the reef about 25 feet long and 8 feet wide that serves as the entrance to the Throne Room, a reasonably wide but low cavern. The interior walls are covered in colourful sponges, and near the exit on the bottom, there is a giant orange elephant ear sponge that appears to be a throne.
As you exit the Throne Room, you swim through a sizable opening and emerge at a deeper coral at a depth of 70 feet. As the diver turns right to continue the dive, the coral creates low overhangs that are sponge-covered. Sponges, eels, octopuses, turtles, barracuda, a variety of fish, sting rays, and snappers can all be seen through a crack in the coral.
King Fish Point got its name from the abundance of king mackerels that inhabit this coral. A reef with a slope descends to a sandy bottom 27 meters (88 feet) below the surface at the dive location. Large snappers, parrotfish, Spanish hogfish, pufferfish, damselfish, black surgeons, triggerfish, and sand tilefish are just a few of the many fish that live in the reef's cracks, overhangs, and ledges. Additionally interesting are the gorgonians and corals.
This reef site is only a few minutes boat ride from shore and is given the name for its coral-encrusted natural arch formations. The area also features a number of overhangs and tiny caverns, which together form a refuge for nurse sharks. Nurse sharks can reach weights of more than 300 pounds and lengths of 10 feet, but as long as they are not disturbed, they are generally calm and safe to approach. Yellow-headed jawfish, garden and moray eels, and lobsters are among the other marine species that can be found at the Arches. The Arches is only 45 feet deep, which is well within the fundamental open water diving depth range.
Other popular scuba diving sites in Negril are:
Whether you're a seasoned diver or a beginner, scuba diving in Negril is a must for all ocean lovers. Explore the vibrant and magical world beneath the waves, swim alongside beautiful fish and other captivating sea creatures or just marvel at the enchanting coral reefs. Immerse yourself in this beautiful world, and witness a unique and life-changing experience. So, get ready to experience the thrill of scuba diving in Negril, and come back with a bag full of memories that will last a lifetime.
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