Montego Bay Marine Park
Montego Bay © Jerrad Miller
The Montego Bay Marine Park is proclaimed to protect some of Jamaica's best coral reefs and marine resources. The park is divided into zones where different activities (for example various watersports and fishing) are allowed or restricted. The park's resource centre is found at Pier One Marina on the waterfront in downtown Montego Bay, and provides information about the park, and ecological presentations. Private operators also run undersea submersible tours of the reefs.
The marine park offers wonderful scuba diving and snorkelling. Venomous Lionfish have become common in the park and although they are beautiful visitors are warned not to touch them as contact with the poisonous spines is painful and in rare cases can cause convulsions or paralysis. A really fun way to explore is to swim/snorkel out from Doctor's Cave Beach or Sunset Beach. This should only be attempted by experienced swimmers, who should have either a diver's flag or a bright life vest.
Address: Marine Park Resource Centre and Headquarters, Pier One, Howard Cooke Blvd