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Dive Review of Jamaica Scuba Divers in
Jamaica/Ocho Rios

December, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Jim Schoeneck, CA, USA
Report Number 2760
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, Hawaii, Mexico, California
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
78   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
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.    
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
Selected Jamaica Scuba Divers ( 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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