Jamaica Sustainable Travel Guide

 

When you think of Jamaica, immediately one might have thoughts of soulful dancing to reggae on white sand beaches. This is where the legendary Bob Marley was born after all (his museum can be found in the capital of Kingston).  But this tiny island nation is more than just its beaches. There are a number of reasons why Jamaica is one of the most intoxicating Caribbean destinations in the world.

From great hiking in Blue Mountain Peak to the unspoiled nature of Port Antonio, Jamaica offers a variety of fun and exciting activities to participate in. But without a doubt, one of the most popular activities while in Jamaica is snorkelling.

Not far from Montego Bay is Lucea, the world’s largest natural dolphin lagoon. Lately it’s been an increasingly popular activity amongst tourist to swim with these animals in their natural environment. And although swimming with dolphins may appear to be safe, certain precautions should be considered before making these arrangements. Boats chasing dolphins to get you close to them can cause stress and lead to behavioural changes or injuries. And despite the relative safety that swimming with these gregarious creatures pose, wild animals are still unpredictable. Therefore, it is recommended that watching dolphins from shore or on a boat that recognizes safety standards to prevent injury to the animals as an alternative to swimming with them.

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Coral reef diving is also popular in Caribbean nations such as Jamaica. As always though, care should be taken when diving in these sensitive habitats. Coral reefs act as the basis of the ecosystems in which they’re found. They provide homes, food and breeding grounds to a diversity of marine species. Changes in their environment may also lead to coral bleaching, the process in which they die off and turn white. Therefore, divers should take special caution not to disturb or damage coral reefs. If you plan on diving in Jamaica or in other countries where coral reef diving is popular, look for companies that are coral reef friendly and have policies in place to prevent damage to coral reefs.