Exploring the waters of Jamaica: Falls, sunken city & gushing rivers

Jamaica is a beautiful island located in the Caribbean. It’s completely surrounded by water which means there are many opportunities for an underwater excursion. I’ve been going to different beaches throughout the island since I was a little girl. They never seem to get old but there’s plenty more to explore.

A trip to Jamaica can satisfy any water lover and outdoor enthusiast. You just have to know where to look. There are many places where you can enjoy an adventure in the great outdoors. There are various types of water adventures to be had. Some definitely are more popular than others but all are equally exciting… at least for me.

So if you love adventure by sea or you’re more of a fresh water person, what can you do here? Here’s a rundown on some the best water adventure to have in Jamaica. The best part is, it’ll give you a chance to take a journey throughout the island.

  • Rafting: Rafting has become a popular tourist attraction on the island ever since Errol Flynn saw a few banana farmers in Portland transporting their goods on bamboo rafts and thought “Well my friends would love this”. Today just about everyone can head over to Portland to raft on the Rio Grande. It’s pretty much popular for both locals and tourists and it shouldn’t be missed. It’s an experience like no other.

  • Climbing a waterfall– There are many waterfalls of all sizes throughout the island. There are many well known ones such as Dunn’s river falls  as well as Reach falls in Port Antonio. There are other less popular ones worthy of exploring such Yallahs Falls in St Elizabeth and many others. That’s the great part about living on a tropical island and it’s the gorgeous landscape that surrounds us.

  • Scuba diving the depths of the sea– My all time favourite water excursion… scuba diving. The only time I get to pretend to be a mermaid and be {singing} “A PART OF THAT WORLD”. Jamaica is a great place to explore the ocean floor. I was a child the first time I got a taste of scuba diving. Now I thirst for more adventure underneath the sea. Especially when the dive spot has an incredibly wicked history. This photo is one taken from a dive below Port Royal, the original “Sin City” (sorry Vegas). Called the Sodom and Gomorrah of the new world and “The wickedest city in the world”. After an earthquake in 1692 sank two third’s the city 40 feet below the sea. Today, it’s an archaeological site and amazing dive destination.

Other Water Excursions

That’s just the tips of the Iceberg “even though we are talking about the Caribbean”. There are other places to enjoy some wet and wild fun. Bengal falls located 5 minutes from the resort town of Ocho Rios offers excellent Kayaking on the Rio Bueno.  If that isn’t enough for you, head directly into Ocho Rios and try a variety of watersports including jet skiing, wind surfing or parasailing.

In any case, whether you like extreme sports, an outdoor enthusiast or nature lover, take a look around the island and see what adventure lies deep below.

 

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7 Replies to “Exploring the waters of Jamaica: Falls, sunken city & gushing rivers”

  1. I would love to go rafting, looks amazing! Lou | reallifewithlou.com
    1. Thanks Lou. It's really fun.
  2. I have always wanted to climb Dunn's river fall. My husband is from Montego Bay and tells us story's from the island all the time. -Erica Bartonswithoutboreders.com
    1. Hi Erica. I promise to fill you guys in on each and every adventure I have on the island and worldwide always :-)
  3. Wow who knew there was more to Jamaica then beach & cocktail. Opened our eyes, Thanks for sharing!
    1. Oh yes Renee. This is an island in the Caribbean of course. Adventure in the great outdoors is a MUST!
  4. Hi, thanks for discussing your ideas.

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