USA Today 10Best: Best ways to enjoy the water in Jamaica


Thank you USA Today 10best for publishing my photo slideshow about Jamaica: “These are the most fun and unique water activities in Jamaica

USA Today Jamaica article by Lisa NiverBest ways to enjoy the water in Jamaica

Ready for adventure? There are so many ways to experience the blue Caribbean waters in Jamaica.

Sandals Resorts Discover Scuba Diving

Discover Scuba Diving

Have you always wanted to breathe underwater? Choose discover SCUBA diving and test out your underwater skills.

Beaches Negril

Paddle Boarding

You can lie, kneel, or stand on a paddle-board and explore the sea.

Island Routes Jamaica


Take your kayaking to the next level and splash through rapids and ride the fast-flowing currents past stunning scenery.

Island Routes Jamaica

Bamboo River Rafting

Do you want to see the rainforest and meet the animals? Navigate the waters on a 30-foot bamboo raft on the Martha Brae River.

Sandals Montego Bay

Scuba Diving

Descend under water with your tank and search for underwater creatures like green moray eels, turtles, barracudas, soft corals and schools of fish.

Sandals Negril


Have you been wakeboarding yet? You will be towed behind a motorboat and you ride the wake. You can learn to do tricks.

Sandals Negril

Glass Bottom Boat

Enjoy a ride across the sea while watching the schools of fish, colorful corals and underwater water creatures in a glass bottom boat.

Sandals Royal Caribbean


Take your diving mask, snorkel and fins to observe what happens beneath the sea. You can swim out from the beach or from a boat but remember your sunscreen or better wear a swim shirt or rash guard so you do not get sunburnt on your back.


Catamaran is from a Tamil word, kattumaram, which means “logs tied together.” The tours often include snorkeling, dancing and cocktails!




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Horseback Ride and Swim in Montego Bay

Do you want to learn what ‘horsepower’ really means? You can ride into the Caribbean Sea with your horse. You do not need to have any previous experience!

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Climb Dunn’s River Falls

Ascend a 600 foot waterfall as part of a human chain. You will hold hands and climb one of Jamaica’s most magnificent natural treasures. Afterwards soak in lagoons in the mountains above Ocho Rios.

Beaches Negril

It’s Banana Boat Time!

Climb aboard with your friends and get ready for a thrilling ride with screams of delight and lots of laughter.

Beaches Negril

Get Wet and Wild in the WaterPark

Pirates Island is an 18,000 square foot Water Park with fast-flying water slides, a 650 foot lazy river and an ice cream machine. You might never leave.

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Deep Sea Sport Fishing

Get ready for cold drinks, sunshine and finding your fish. The experienced captain and crew will take you to the best spot to catch Blue Marlin, Wahoo, Dolphinfish (Mahi Mahi), Tuna and Sailfish.

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Jungle River Tubing

Your tubing adventure in the White River begins at the 17th century Old Spanish Bridge. You will twist and turn through an old coconut plantation and below bamboo, over mini rapids and along limestone riverbeds.

Find your perfect holiday in Jamaica whether you are afraid of the water or not!

See my other USA Today 10best photo slideshow of what to do OUT OF THE WATER!


Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. She is the founder of the website WeSaidGoTravel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. Niver is a speaker at the Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Dallas Travel and Adventure Shows for 2023. Her podcast, “Make Your Own Map,” has been watched in more than 11 countries on 4 continents. Niver is represented by Chip MacGregor of MacGregor Literary, Inc. Look for her memoir in Fall 2023 from Post Hill Press/Simon and Schuster. You can find Lisa Niver talking travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, Satellite Media Tours, The Jet Set TV and Orbitz travel webisodes as well as her YouTube channel, where her WeSaidGoTravel videos have nearly 2 million views. With more than 150,000 followers across social media, she has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on Twitter and listed on IMDb, and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors and been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She has been a judge for the Gracie Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media, and has run 15 travel competitions on her website, publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards and been a finalist twenty times.   Niver has published more than 2000 articles, in more than three dozen magazines and journals including National Geographic, Wired, Teen Vogue, HuffPost Personal, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, AAA Explorer Magazine, American Airways, Delta Sky, enRoute (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, BuzzFeed, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, USA Today, TODAY, Wharton Magazine, and Yahoo. Awards National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards 2021 Winner: Book Critic: Ms. Magazine “Untamed: Brave Means Living From the Inside Out” 2019 Winner: Soft News Feature for Film/TV: KTLA TV “Oscars Countdown to Gold with Lisa Niver” 2019 Finalist for: Soft News, Business/Music/Tech/Art Southern California Journalism Awards 2022 Finalist: Book Criticism 2021 Winner: Technology Reporting 2021 Finalist: Book Criticism 2020 Winner: Print Magazine Feature: Hemispheres Magazine, “Painter by the Numbers, Rembrandt” 2020 Finalist: Online Journalist of the Year, Activism Journalism, Educational Reporting, Broadcast Lifestyle Feature 2019 Finalist: Broadcast Television Lifestyle Segment for “Ogden Ski Getaway” 2018 Finalist: Science/Technology Reporting, Travel Reporting, Personality Profile 2017 Winner: Print Column “A Journey to Freedom over Three Passovers” Social Media Presence YouTube Channel: We Said Go Travel (1.7 million views) Short form video:TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels, YouTube Shorts Twitter: lisaniver (90,000 followers) Instagram: lisaniver (24,000 followers) Pinterest: We Said Go Travel (20,000 followers and over 70,000 monthly views) Facebook: lisa.niver (5,000 followers); We Said Go Travel (3,000 followers) LinkedIn: lisaellenniver (9000 contacts)

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