Montego Bay Marine Park
Most of the private and public beaches around Montego Bay are part of Montego Bay Marine Park, an area of protected sea water aimed at preserving the underwater environment for future generations.
Established in 1991, certain activities such as fishing and watersports are now restricted here and the extensive coral reefs make it a snorkeller’s paradise.
The area can be explored by simply entering the water at any of the beaches in the resort but you’ll find plenty of organised snorkelling excursions taking you to popular reefs such as Coyaba Reef and the Bogue Lagoon, one of Jamaica’s first fish sanctuaries.
Colourful tropical fish can be seen flitting through the sea grass beds and the numerous species of coral are home to plenty of other aquatic life including urchins, seahorses and rays.
Back at the Marine Park’s headquarters at the Pier One complex, visitors are invited to learn more about the work the trust carries out from community outreach programs to scientific monitoring of the area.