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Puerto Rico Diving????
scubachika - 7/11/2008 11:06 PM
Category: Travel
Replies: 5

Anyone been diving there??? Any input on your experience is appreciated. Thank you!!!
divegirlca - 7/13/2008 10:20 AM

Haven’t been diving in Puerto Rico, but if you get the chance you should go to the Bacardi
Nesher - 7/13/2008 11:43 PM

Anyone been diving there??? Any input on your experience is appreciated. Thank you!!!

I have not dove PR yet, but I am scheduled to dive the Mona Passage in the summer of 2009 from the S/Y Juliet.

My understanding is the further away from the islands the better the diving.

I’ve looked into resorts there and really didn’t see much as far as land based resorts are concerned.

I met a guy who was from there that indicated the diving can be very hazardous in select locations around the island.

In the past six to ten months there has been a great deal of chatter surrounding PR and the diving there.

It just might be that it’s the place to be right about now.

The flights in and out of San Juan are easy, passports are not necessary, and there are some very nice hotels I’m told.

Check "Undercurrents" for more detailed reports and information about diving.

Also when you return please post a trip report so I’ll know what to expect when I get there.....don’t forget pictures


tjdiving - 7/14/2008 1:11 PM

I have been looking into it for a couple of months, but opted out to go to the Keys instead. Here is what a local sent me:

1. If you like wall diving, there is a 20-mile long wall running from the southwestern tip of PR to the south-central coast area, around an area called La Parguera. You can dive that area from the Copamarina Resort, using their in-house SeaVentures dive shop. The drive from San Juan is about 1hr45min and boat rides are 30-40 min. to the wall. There are also shallower reefs for the second dive of the day. You are guaranteed to see several green morays, beautiful black coral, turtles and, if you are lucky, eagle rays and nurse sharks. You can book directly via Dive COpamarina, or using Caradonna Dive Adventures as your operator.


2. If you are not into wall diving, but prefer nice reefs, then Culebra, a small island off the east coast of Puerto Rico, is the option. You can contact Culebra Divers (google search) for living accomodations- there are a cuple of new condo-resort complexes that offer very nice apartments for rent- look up Culebra Inns and Hotels. To get to Culebra, there are 2 options: 1. A short 15-minute plane ride from Isla Grande Airport in San Juan (this is a smaller airport close to Old San Juan) 2. A $10 ferry ride from the town of Fajardo off the east coast- the ferry leaves at specific times.


I actually was leaning more towards going to Culebra. If you want this local’s contact info, please e-mail me and I’ll send it to you. Good luck!
Jimbeau - 7/19/2008 7:24 PM
i have dove in puerto rico a few times. i would HIGHLY suggest parguera wall. it is a fantastic wall dive. i would also suggest using parguera divers in lajas, puerto rico. a 2 tank boat dive runs 60 bucks and they supply breakfast and lunch. there is also a luminescent bay in puerto rico you should check out. Parguera Divers
P.O. Box 3097
Lajas, Puerto Rico 00667-3097
dive [ at ]
samiotis - 9/26/2008 1:52 PM
Sorry, didn’t see this post earlier. The probably best scuba diving in Puerto Rico can be found at the east coast. Dive sites to dream of and nearly no divers and/or dive boats. Try East Puerto Rico Divers in Palmas del Mar. They also make dive trips to Vieques Island. Check out their beautiful website for loads of pictures and information about Diving Puerto Rico and the island itself. at