We are returning to negril June 2013 and altho not divers ourselves we are bringing another couple who are to be married and are avid scuba divers. Are there any wrecks to see off the coast from negril or is it just the coral reefs? Thanks Julie (219 sleeps )xx
There are two airplanes - one deep (100') and one shallow (60' or so). Both are smaller single engine planes. It has been pretty typical to see one or both during the week of diving. The small plane is near some nice coral formations that you can swim through (one of my favorite dives). There are no large ships on the Negril side (there is on the Ocho side). Your friend will have a great time - tell them to search for "SCUBA" on this board for information -- there are many threads.
Fish Pond - 30+ft/10+m
This site provides many opportunities for beginners and advanced divers to take a look around. If you're looking for seahorses, this is a good spot to start. This reef is speckled with Lettuce Sea Slugs, and many other small marine life, bringing in some good size Mackerel and Jacks for feedings.
Fanta-Sea - 30ft/10m
Stay on top of the reef and check out all of the little nooks and crannies where you can find all sorts of interesting little creatures. You can also drop down off the edge to a sandy bottom and look for eels, and crabs hiding in the reef.
The Hunt - 45ft/14m
Drop down onto this patchy reef dancing across the sand. Check in all of the holes and hiding places in search of Nurse Sharks, Turtles, and Snapper. This is a good site to see Spanish mackerel darting to the surface for prey.
Arches - 45ft/14m
Located about 6 minutes from shore, this breath-taking reef is named after a set of natural arches and caverns. Look in the sand for yellow-headed jewfish and garden eels, while Morays and lobsters frequent the swim-through.
Shallow Plane - 55ft/17m
A Cessna 152 Airplane resting next to a beautifully overhanging reef. Look for Queen Angelfish, Spotted Drum Fish, and the occasional dolphin at this site.
Golden Gates - 60ft/18m
This reef is brilliant although rarely visited due to its vicinity to a fresh water shed. This reef rises up from the sand to provide many areas for creatures to hide out. Crabs, Octopus, Green Moray, Eagle Rays, amongst others have been seen here. Visibility is poor at this site during the rainy season, due to river run off.
Shark's Reef - 60ft/18m
This majestic reef provides large overhangs, making holes where you find nurse sharks hanging out during the day. Brilliantly colored, the coral juts up from the sand, looming over divers, providing opportunities for some amazing memories.
Throne Room - 65ft/19m
Descend through a crack in the reef to enter this magnificent cave. Brightly colored Tube Sponges spackle the walls where Banded Coral shrimp seek refuge. Turtles frequent the area, along with the seasonally curious Dolphin.
King Fish Point - 70+ft/21+m
Beginning around 70ft/21m this site quickly drops off to 130+ft/40+m. If you like it big, don't let this site get past you. Large Snapper and Parrot Fish frequent the area, and the gorgonians and sponges are worth checking out as well.
Deep Plane - 90ft/27m
This is where our Divemasters love to hang. Frequented by turtles, Barracuda, Spade Fish, and the territorial Ocean Trigger Fish. Drift along the outer edge before the Caribbean drops off to the deep.
Tug Boat - 90ft/27m
This wreck was sunk in 1993 to provide the sea life with an artificial reef. Settled on a sandy patch, the reef in this area is worth checking out as well. Look for Barracuda, Scrawled File Fish, and the occasional Eagle Ray passing through the area.
Iowa, thanks for this. First time I have seen all the spots laid out. The Throne room is one of the best. Last time , just as I was leaving the cave, I looked up and was about 10' from a huge Dolphin that circled for a couple of mins. Talk about sucking air! Can't wait to get wet again!!!