What types of water activities can I find in Montego Bay?

When you’re staying in Montego Bay for a vacation at a magical island like Jamaica, you’ll be stunned by the amazing colors of the Caribbean Sea all around you. With that, you’ll surely be looking for water activities in Montego Bay, to truly immerse yourself and make a splash in a naturally aquatic setting.

All throughout Jamaica, both freshwater and sea water provide unforgettable adventures and grand proportions of fun. The question is, where do you start? How about staying inland and experiencing the fun of the rivers of Jamaica. There are river rapids that will delight both thrill-seekers and guests who prefer to take it slow. Choose between kayaking, river rafting or inflatable tubing, and have an amazing time surrounded by nature. Another must-do freshwater expedition is Dunn’s River Falls, Jamaica’s most visited waterfalls, and for good reason. You get to climb these 600-foot marvels, enjoying its flowing waters and swimming in the natural pools created by the cascades. Something amazing about Dunn’s River Falls is that the water flows into the Caribbean Sea, creating an incredible setting found in few places in the world. Check it out, and while you’re at it, hang out at a beach club at the mouth of the falls for some good times and great relaxing, Jamaica style.

Of course, you simply must venture out further into the sea for one of the most popular water activities in Montego Bay — snorkeling! Cruise aboard a catamaran and head toward the Montego Bay Marine Park for an unforgettable exploration of the reef formations as you swim next to colorful sea life. And another water experience you can’t miss is the otherworldly Luminous Lagoon, whose waters magically glow in the dark thanks to microorganisms that emit light when you swim next to them.

Are you ready to try the best water activities in Montego Bay? Here are some recommendations from the local destination experts:

Recommended excursions


Water-loving adrenaline junkies, this is a perfect adventure to get your heart racing thanks to tubing and kayaking that goes from gentle to exhilarating in a river. Combine these water activities with an incredible zip line circuit, and wind down by birdwatching in jungle habitats.


Visit two bodies of water that show off Jamaica’s brightest side. Go down a river and choose between inflatable tubing, river boarding or kayaking, then experience the allure of Luminous Lagoon in the evening, whose phosphorescent waters naturally glow in the dark.


Climb Dunn's River Falls and enjoy 600 feet of water adventures as you get soaked in the flowing cascades and swim in their natural pools. You also get to cruise on the Caribbean Sea and take a dip to discover the incredibly colorful coral reef with a nice snorkeling adventure.


Go down river rapids that are just wild enough to satisfy your need for adrenaline and gentle enough for even the youngest ones to relax and take it all in. You can choose between rafting, inflatable tubing or kayaking, and end your excursion at a chilled out beach club.


Experience the majestic Dunn's River Falls and climb its 600 feet in length, providing you with quite a lot of water fun along its cascades and natural pools. Also, have a great time hanging out at the Bamboo Beach Club for some good vibes next to the turquoise Caribbean Sea.


Have the time of your life aboard a catamaran that takes you to the Montego Bay Marine Park, where you’ll snorkel and have an incredible swim next to the sea life that lives in the coral reef. Then join the party at Margaritaville and make sure you go down its 100-foot water slide!

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