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Dive Review of Jamaica Scuba Divers in
Jamaica/Ocho Rios

Jamaica Scuba Divers, Dec, 2005,

by Jim Schoeneck, CA, USA . Report 2760.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Hawaii, Mexico, California
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, noCurrents
Water Temp 78 to 0 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 70 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Timed dives of up to 60 minutes, back on boat at 500 psi or 1 hour.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Selected Jamaica Scuba Divers (divejamaica@yahoo.com) for a group of 12 divers off a cruise ship. Christian, a very friendly person and our primary contact, met us at the tourism office just off the cruise ship pier and we were quickly off to the resort to gear up and get to the boat. Diving was off pangas at Runaway Bay, about a 30 minute ride from the pier.

Service at the resort was great. Staff took care of paperwork, secured necessary equipment and got the gear to the boats, making sure everyone was well cared for. A secure locker was available for valuables.

Diving was better than I had expected, comparable to other close in dives in much of the Caribbean. First dive was a tug boat wreck in at about 70 feet, teaming with fish and a couple of interesting passthroughs. Second dive was on a shallow reef that served as a nursery with lots of juveniles and other small critters, plus a couple of turtles that passed by. We had a couple of snorklers in our group who really enjoyed being 20-30 feet above us during this dive.

After the diving, we had drinks and snacks at the bar next to the dive center and then it was back to the ship, where we were dropped off as close as possible to the entrance gate.

Overall, Christian and his people get an A+ for service. The diving was a solid grade of B, a good choice if you want to get wet rather than explore topside activities in Jamaica.
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