a VirtualTourist member from North Platte
My husband and I are going to Sandals Ochi in June and are interested in a couple different excursions, but I'm not sure how all of this works, since this is our first resort trip.
We want to do deep sea fishing and snorkeling. The company the travel agent gave us is pretty pricey and I want to shop around. I'm guessing you can just take excursions from any company and take a taxi to the meeting spot. How does this work? Anyone have recommendations for companies to do deep sea fishing and snorkeling from?
Jamaican waters for fishing are fairly bleak, as their part of the sea is pretty much fished out. Since your stay is in Ocho Rios which is THE place to be for fishing, your best bet is to wait until you get there, and spend some hours looking and learning down at their fishing docks.
There are several ways to fish the ocean in Jamaica, both from deep boat fishing and also closer to shore although not recommended. I always loved to go fishing with the locals from the beach with throw nets covering a cove and then drawing the net in to the beach, while enjoying a cold one and then cook the catch right on the beach. Sadly those days are really over.
Unfortunately beach fishing and reef fishing in Jamaican waters has severely diminished as it simply has been plundered badly, and not much left for real fishing that way anymore.
Be cautious going through the hotel charters as the crews are used to duping the tourist and they do not go to far as they should to safe fuel. If you go through the hotel for a charter, emphasize your preference for a lively and friendly crew.
In Ocho Rios there are a half a dozen or more crews at the public dock. These guys are not fancy but they have the best crews. Triple B comes to mind if they are still there with Captain Clark.
There is also King Fisher and Sun Fisher, but I believe they are now in Orocabessa (James Bond Beach), pretty cool guys. Orocabessa is a short distance from Ocho Rios.
Quite often the best is to go out with the local fishermen that supply the local restaurants. Key is not to come across as a tourist looking for "island experience". be serious and talk to da bwoys couple of beers go a long way.
Also it will pay off to hang around the public doc in Ocho, and get to know the environment, lest you want to be treated as the tourists that know nothing about fishing.
Here is some fishing information as well.
Hope this helps you have a great time fishing! Good luck!