Why Negril Is the Best Snorkelling Spot In The Caribbean

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Published 6 April 2021


One of Jamaica's hottest spots for tourism, thanks to beautiful all-inclusive resorts and pristine beaches, Negril also offers some of the Caribbean's best snorkelling.

Is Negril Good for Beginner Snorkellers?

Beginners and novice snorkellers will both find Negril's shallow reefs perfect for taking the plunge. With wondrous formations like natural grottoes, technicolour coral reefs and majestic underwater cliffs, whether you've never snorkelled before or are an experienced diver, Negril delivers spectacular snorkelling for all ages or fitness levels.

What You’ll See While Snorkelling in Negril


Submerge yourself in a seemingly extraterrestrial world, relishing the welcome sensation of being far removed from everything on land- and the everyday. Meditate like a mermaid by swimming carefree, where your thoughts are on nothing else but the incredible, otherworldly visions before you.

Clustered dwarf tube sponges are palatial homes to tiny tropical fish, while large sea creatures like stingrays, Hawksbill turtles and nurse sharks make captivating cameo appearances.

How to Go Snorkelling in Negril


Snorkelling in Negril is particularly good around the west end, and gear rental is very reasonably priced. An hourly rate of $5 USD is typical, while guided tours or scuba diving are more pricey but more in-depth (pardon the pun!)

Negril offers glass-bottomed boat tours, a great way to admire aquatic life while the vessel takes you in open water to a prime snorkelling destination.

Health & Safety Tips

If your trip to Negril isn’t complete without a day of snorkelling, we recommend bringing your snorkel gear with you. COVID-19 travel safety regulations are still changing pretty regularly, so don’t take the risk of snorkel rentals being off-limits while you’re in town.

Typically, face masks are still required wherever physical distancing is a challenge, including hotel transfers, shopping, and dining.

Expert Tip

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Best Negril Resorts Near Prime Snorkelling Spots

Looking for a place to stay in Negril? Check out the highest recommendations from Flight Centre’s savvy Travel Experts:

  • Azul Beach Resort
  • Grand Pineapple Beach Negril
  • Royalton Negril Resort & Spa
  • Hideaway at Royalton Negril
  • Negril Tree House Resort (BIPOC Owned!)
  • Sunset at the Palms
  • Grand Lido Negril Resort & Spa
  • Couples Negril
  • Couples Swept Away
  • Hedonism II
  • Sandals Negril Beach Resort
  • Beaches Negril Resort & Spa
  • Rooms on the Beach Negril

Ready to corral yourself to the coral? Our Jamaica vacation experts are passionate about enriching experiences like these. Talk to us today about activities like this one, and more.


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