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 Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries on six continents. This University of Pennsylvania graduate sailed across the seas for seven years with Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean, and Renaissance Cruises and spent three years backpacking across Asia. Discover her articles in publications from AARP: The Magazine and AAA Explorer to WIRED and Wharton Magazine, as well as her site WeSaidGoTravel. On her award nominated global podcast, Make Your Own Map, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors, and as a journalist has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. 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-two times. Named a #3 travel influencer for 2023, Niver talks travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, her YouTube channel with over 2 million views, and in her memoir, Brave-ish, One Breakup, Six Continents and Feeling Fearless After Fifty.

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