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Scuba and Snorkel questions?

Savannah, GA
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Scuba and Snorkel questions?

I haven't found much on the scuba diving. We are staying at the Carlyle in July and wanted to try scuba diving. Is there much to look at? Is it worth the money to take the course or just go snorkeling? We don't plan to stay at the Carlyle much, plan to go to the other resorts, is there a place to shower and change at the other Mobay resorts before dinner? Any info is really helpful as this is our first all inclusive trip.

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1. Re: Scuba and Snorkel questions?

Haven't stayed at Sandals but I have been to Holiday Inn Sunspree 3 times and going for a 4th next week (3 miles east of the Carlyle). Also have dove in Falmouth several times. I probably have 30 dives in Jamaica. The diving is a bit of good and bad. The reefs are quite spectacular in areas, long canyons, steep cliffs lots of coral but these areas are not for inexperienced divers (narrow spaces and cliffs are deep). The bad is that they are heavily fished and there are not alot of larger reef fish. There generaly are nurse sharks and often turtles. Eagle rays and sothern sting rays are also pretty common. There are now tons of the invasive Lion Fish.

Snorkling is not always that good as the water drops off pretty quick a short distance off shore. Thus the silt from the surf at the beach is generally present at the shallow reefs making snorkling visibility often poor. If you do go snorkling, try to pick a really really calm day. Even diving visibility is often limited to 40 feet which is pretty short when you are 500ft. off shore.

Your resort has a dive centre. At the Sunspree dives are $60.00 plus equipment rental ($90.00) which is typical.

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2. Re: Scuba and Snorkel questions?

thanks for the info, sad that it's so over fished.

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3. Re: Scuba and Snorkel questions?

The snorkeling right near the Carlyle is excellent. Royal Decameron across the street and heading down towards Margaritaville has great reefs and lots of fantastic fish not too far off shore. There is a beach toward the Hip Strip (Cornwall?) right beside RDMB where you can get some excellent snorkeling in.

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4. Re: Scuba and Snorkel questions?

We dove in early March with Sundivers n Negril and I can concur- lots of lionfish, sadly, and not very many fish in general, painfully overfished.

Very nice coral though.

And we did get to see 5-6 dolphins at around 40 feet on one dive, they stuck around, swimming around us for about 5 minutes...trying to get into a fish trap on the bottom, they sure are smart! But that was very cool. :)

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