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Top Water Activities in Jamaica

Seafarers can head to Bull Bay, located on the island’s south-east coast, for some gnarly surfing with the Jamnesia Surf Club, where surfers are promised a thrilling challenge.

Make a splash with Chukka Caribbean Adventures, whose tour packages include both land- and water-based activities. For the best of both worlds, take on the Horseback Ride N Swim, which takes guests through an 18th-century sugar plantation and culminates with an exhilarating ride in the Caribbean Sea. Chukka Caribbean Adventures’ other adventures also include tubing or kayaking over the grand rapids of the Great or Martha Brae rivers in Montego Bay or Trelawny, respectively.

“Swimming with the dolphins is an experience everyone should have before they die,” says Marilyn Burrowes of Dolphin Cove. The attraction offers two locations in Jamaica — in Ocho Rios and Lucea, Hanover. The latter houses the largest dolphin lagoon in the world.

Montego Bay Marine Park is a top spot for aquatic adventures. Here guests can scuba dive and learn about the Caribbean’s underwater ecosystem. Most resorts offer scuba diving training, so contact your concierge desk for more information. Jamaican resorts also offer lots of water activities, including but not limited to catamaran cruises and glass-bottom boat rides, stand-up paddleboarding and snorkelling.

There’s more wet-and-wild fun to be had at Beaches Ocho Rios, and this time, the whole family can join in on the fun. Little ones will love the resort’s Pirates Island Waterpark, which is filled with gigantic water slides, kid-friendly pools and swim-up soda bars. Jewel Dunn’s River Beach Resort & Spa, also in Ocho Rios, and Jewel Runaway Bay also offer guests some quality poolside time with water slides, oceanfront sunbathing and rafting.