Understanding The Water At Blue Hole Gardens

The Blue Hole can only be described as a living entity, around which daily life revolves. Far from being a static source of water (let alone stagnant) the level of the Blue Hole changes with the seasons, as does it’s miraculous set of colours, almost daily.

The Blue Hole’s water emerges from subterranean caves, whose shape and form remain a mystery even today. We do know that the Blue Hole is the main Spring, from which are linked all the minor springs further into the Roaring River Water Sanctuary.

Swimming at Blue Hole Gardens, Jamaica

The water from Turtle River also comes from the overflow of the Blue Hole water table, which swells with the rain of the “ rainy season” in May, bubbling through cracks and orifices beneath the river rocks, creating the first turquoise pools of spring water, and soon a flowing , crashing river.

The return of the river profoundly affects the life of the community, bringing an end to the shortages of water which plague the households, and offering the possibility of washing and bathing easily again. However , the villagers know that swimming is not always possible in the mighty “ Roaring River” when the current is at it’s highest.

Swimming At Blue Hole Gardens, Jamaica

One of the great pleasures is swimming here at Blue Hole Gardens. We would like to warn visitors however, and especially those with children, that the river can be dangerous when the current is at its strongest. As the river fills and swells, the Blue Hole rises from what is called the “Eye”, which is its lowest point. An extraordinary phenomena of underwater grumbling and bubbling can be heard at a distance, as the water table finally rises from the deep cavernous source, pushing upwards a massive quantity of mud and pebbles, which then appear to soil the Blue Hole. This process is affectionately referred to as “the Blue Hole washing his face”, and is usually marked by a second pause, as the mud settles and the water becomes blue again.

The passage having been cleared , the Blue Hole begins again to steadily rise, day after day, until it reaches it’s high water point. During this period the water appears in its beautiful jade colour, so different from the brilliant turquoise of the dry season.

Swimming at Blue Hole Gardens, Jamaica

The Blue Hole harbours a tremendous amount of life, and a symphony of different creatures can be heard as one strolls through the garden at dusk; the little bats of the nearby caves dodge skilfully around one’s silhouette, as they flutter about looking for food; large fish can be seen in the water, as they feel protected by the darkness, and splashes can be heard as they reach for food on the water’s surface; the frogs and toads hold noisy council everywhere, even though they cannot be seen, to name but a few.

Swimming In Pure Waters At Blue Hole Gardens

The water in the Blue Hole is tested regularly by the Water Commission, and it’s exceptional purity makes it qualify for bottled spring water; the springs further down into the Sanctuary are equally pure.

Swimming at Blue Hole Gardens, Jamaica

However, Turtle River begins to be polluted about two hundred feet after the Blue Hole property, as the river enters into the village. This pollution is caused by the seepage of fluids from the “pits” of all the combined households dotting the riverside, as well as the local practice of washing clothes with detergent in the river.

Regrettably, Roaring River does not have a proper sewage system. It is our greatest wish to attract the attention – and hopefully the funds – necessary to bring about change, and to help preserve the exceptional heritage of abundant spring water which the village is so lucky to have.

Day Visits To The Blue Hole