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Puerto Rico

Scuba diving in Puerto Rico - close to the deepest submarine depression in the North Atlantic ocean . . . . .
Overview:

Moray - Vanessa Lafaye Puerto Rico is a self governing commonwealth of the United States of America and is located in the Caribbean sea to the east of the Dominican Republic and west of the U.S. Virgin Islands,  Puerto Rico lies on a key shipping lane to the Panama Canal, the Mona Passage.  Here's the map.

Puerto Rico consists of the main island of Puerto Rico and various smaller islands, including Vieques, Culebra, Mona, Desecheo, and Caja de Muertos. Of the latter five, only Culebra and Vieques are inhabited year-round.  Mona is uninhabited most of the year except for employees of the Puerto Rico Department of Natural Resources. There are also many other even smaller islands including Monito and "La Isleta de San Juan" which includes Old San Juan and Puerta de Tierra.

Vanessa Lafaye The best diving is off the island's south, east, and western coasts. On the east coast, a chain of small islands (leading toward Culebra) seals the moderate warm waters of the Caribbean Sea from the Atlantic Ocean. 

For more experienced divers, there's the Great Trench just off the South Coast and, between the cities of La Parguera and Guanica, you can dive seawalls and underwater caves.

Mona Island, sometimes called the Galapagos of the Caribbean, is a rarely-visited natural wonder. A  paradise for nature lovers, it is inhabited by rare mammals, giant lizards (Mona iguanas) and endangered birds like the red-footed boobies, and leatherback sea turtles.  Its waters are home to unspoiled coral reefs located at depths of around 80 feet.

What to see:
  • The Mona Channel (off the west coast of the island) is a haven for dolphins and whales between November and May.
  • Beneath the lighthouse on Mona Island is another cave network said to rival Camuy, reached via the trails established by guano miners many years ago.
  • The island of Culebra boasts over 50 dive sites, including cave dives, a natural tunnel, wall dives, a shipwreck dive (The Wit Power) and endless coral reefs.
  • If you're visiting Puerto Rico during the right time of year, you may be able to spot a herd of migrating manatees or a pod of whales.
Need to know:
  • Mona Island is 45 miles west of Puerto Rico (or a 6-hour ride in most dive boats) so has to be organised as a 2/3 day camping excursion, for which a permit has to be obtained.  So, if you want to do, plan ahead and don't expect to just turn up and ask someone to take you to Mona.
  • No vaccination requirements for any international traveller. 
  • No passport required for US citizens.  Citizens from other countries have the same requirements as for entering the USA.
Useful stuff:
Language: Spanish and English
Currency: US$
Time: GMT - 4
Climate: Tropical
Natural hazards: Hurricanes (July to October)
Diving season: 12 months
Water temperature: Jan to March - 24C/75F
June to October – 28C/82F
Hyperbaric chambers: San Juan, Puerto Rico Medical Centre: 787...

Caribbean - Puerto Rico: Latest User Reviews

Outstanding!  Island Scuba, Puerto Rico 5 Star Rating Added: 17th July 2013 by Andynogueras7
I am so lucky I went with Island Scuba. Prior to my trip from Texas to visit my mom, I had called two other scuba businesses in La Parguera, Puerto Rico. Both gave me no assurances. When I spoke with Pedro, the owner and operator of Island Scuba, he told...
Great dive op in PR  Paradise Scuba, Puerto Rico 4 Star Rating Added: 7th February 2013 by ktcnyc
I have dived going on eight years all over the Caribbean and these folks are the nicest, most helpful I have experienced. Great attitudes and knowledge from the captain Jorge and Cachi the dive master Their boat is large and well equipped (has a bathroom!). My partner had a dead...
Promised one thing, delivered another  Aquatic Adventures, Puerto Rico 1 Star Rating Added: 15th January 2013 by eisenbraun
We’ve all experienced this… you plan a trip, do all the research as to where to dive, and make arrangements in advance with a dive company; then you show up only to find that the dive operation has taken on a “new-bee” who is either taking a skills test or...
Puerto Rico Diving: La Casa Del Mar  La Casa del Mar, North America 5 Star Rating Added: 6th November 2011 by jordanmark
I just get back from Puerto Rico and I had a blast. I do not recommend it for hard core divers since the majority of the dives sites are nice, but not comparable to Bonaire or Asia. However, Puerto Rico offers something that others destinations cannot offer: many family activities,...
Puerto Rico rocks!  La Casa del Mar, North America 4 Star Rating Added: 18th October 2011 by Pitbull
I love Puerto Rico, is close to home, is a US territory, I don’t need a passport and green dollars work well there. I visited Puerto Rico in July 2010 and October 2011. First time, I searched the web and found several dive operators. On the West Coast I choose...
EXCELLENT SERVICE AND OPERATION  La Casa del Mar, North America 5 Star Rating Added: 17th October 2011 by ursulawood71
I dove with Casa del Mar back in September, after checking the web site, which is very nice, and make a reservation online; I got a response and a confirmation from Carlos within 24 hours. I got a 3 night’s package with 4 dives. The hotel is amazing and the...
Beware!!  La Casa del Mar, North America 1 Star Rating Added: 27th August 2011 by rjdiegel
I was intending to get my two daughters certified with a trip to PR this year. I corresponded several times with the Casa Del Mar staff to schedule the dives and point out clearly that this would be required certification dives for my daughter. Upon arrival the front desk staff...
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