Scuba Diving Jamaica
Diving Jamaica articles, reviews, and reports from Undercurrent
Diving Jamaica Overview
This is a lovely island with plenty of hotel amenities (and lots of swinging-singles and couples-only all-inclusives), but the impoverished population (22 percent of whom are unemployed) eats anything a fisherman can scoop up, and you can hardly blame them.... Experienced divers will become bored on the first dive, but the diving's okay for beginners (although the local divemaster may be stoned if he's not working for a respectable hotel or shop).... Jamaica lies in the hurricane belt....
Jamaica Seasonal Dive Planner
Temperatures between summer and winter don't normally vary much
more than five degrees in the Caribbean. The average temperature is about 80°
year-round. Naturally, southern islands tend to be a little warmer than the northern
ones. For example, Curaçao's southern location keeps its summer average
at 83° and winter at 80°, while the northern Bahamas (Nassau) vary from
a summer average of 81° down to a cool 69° average in the winter.
There is a wet and dry season, with most rain falling between
May/June and October/November. However, location and topography, such as rain
shadows created by mountains, can play an important role in local weather conditions.
Keep in mind that those cold fronts in the U.S. that dip down from the north
can keep right on dipping to most of the northern islands, bringing cool temperatures
and rough water in their wake.
Two other important factors to consider in the Caribbean are
tourist season and hurricane season. The off-season for tourism is roughly mid-April
to mid-December. It can mean much cheaper prices (up to 60% less) than in the
busy high season. Although hurricanes can develop any time of the year, the
season is generally considered to be from July to November, with September the
most likely month. Island folklore has it this way:
June, too soon
July, pass by
August, we must
October, all over.
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Editor's Book Picks for Scuba Diving Jamaica
The books below are my favorites about diving in this part of the
world All books are available at a significant discount from Amazon.com;
just follow the links. -- BD
Reef Life: A Must Have Guide to Tropical Marine Life
by Brandon Cole and Scott Michael
What? Another fish ID book when you thought Paul Humanns and Ned Deloachs were enough? Yes indeed, and while I rarely say this, Reef Life: A Guide to Tropical Marine Life is a must-have for the library of every traveling diver. And if you only want one ID book, this is it.
Click here to order through Undercurrent and you’ll get Amazon’s best price -- and our profits will go to save coral reefs.
Travel Edition of Reef Fish Identification: Caribbean, Bahamas,
by Paul Humann and Ned DeLoach
Today's airline weight restrictions not only limit the amount of dive gear
and cameras you can pack for overseas trips, but also those valuable
prized marine life identification books. And with spotty Internet access
overseas, it's not like you can look a critter of or fish up easily
online. For the divers who still want a book in their hands post-dive to
look up the fishes they encounter, Paul Humann and Ned DeLoach are
offering "Travel Edition of Reef Fish Identification: Caribbean, Bahamas,
South Florida." It's lightweight enough to thrown in your carry-on but
rugged enough to withstand frequent saltwater washings on board.
Click here to buy it at Amazon via our website -- our profits go to save the reefs.
The Reef Set: Reef Fish, Reef Creature and Reef Coral (3 Volumes):
Paul Humann ID Books
by Paul Humann, Ned Deloach
The three set fish, creature and coral ID books by Paul Humann are the unparalleled sources for information on Caribbean sea life and identification. Paul and his partner Ned Deloach recently released updated and expanded editions of each, with scores of new critters, even better photos, and information unavailable anywhere else. Why, the Reef Fish Identification book, at more than 500 pages, is 20 percent larger than the previous volume, which came out in 1994. Whenever I travel to the Caribbean, I tote all three books and spend my down hours figuring out what I saw and where to look to find rare creatures. Paul's splendid Reef Creature book (420 pages), covers sponges, nudibranchs, octopus, crustaceans, Christmas tree worms and plenty more. His Reef Coral ID book (276 pages) helps you identify all the hard and soft corals, spawning, and even the growth on top of corals, as well as algae and other plant life. Beginners may want to ID only fish, but I'd recommend that all three books be part of every diver's library. And, if you have an old set, by all means replace it. You'll be delighted at the additions and improvements. Each book normally retails for $40, but are discounted when you order here. And the boxed 3-volume set is available now at a bigger discount, up to 30%. You'll get the best prices Amazon.com has to offer, speedy delivery, and the knowledge that a large hunk of our profit will go to preserve coral reefs.
* Reef Fish Identification: Florida Caribbean Bahamas,
* Reef Creature Identification: Florida Caribbean Bahamas, and
* Reef Coral Identification: Florida Caribbean Bahamas
* The Boxed Set of all three (you can save up to 30%)
You might find some other books of interest in our Editor's
Book Picks section.