Scuba Diving in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is located in the centre of the Caribbean Sea between Virginia Island and the Dominican Republic. Puerto Rico is made up of a group of the Greater Antilles and a few smaller islands. The most famous are Mona, Isla de Vieques, Culebra, Desecheo and Caja de Muertos. You will find wonderful beaches and incredible underwater landscapes here. The island is surrounded by fascinating coral reefs, grottos and vertical walls, seaweed forests and mangroves. The sea is inhabited by about 700 species of fish and molluscs, and several species of turtles, crabs and rays. During the dive, you can look at dolphins, marlins, silky sharks and parrotfish living in local waters.

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You can watch huge sea turtles and rare sea cows in their natural habitat near the small uninhabited Culebrita Island (Spanish: Isla Culebrita). Also, there are hundreds of species of other local underwater dwellers, such as silky sharks, marlins, sweetlips, parrotfish and moonyfish. The island itself disposes to relax away from civilization.
Humpback whales, magnificent marine animals up to 15 meters long and weighing nearly 50 tons. can be observed in Puerto Rico near Rincona from February till March. They are not scared of people here and enjoy doing their amazing acrobatic tricks. If you are lucky, you will manage to take a video of them playing.
Puerto Rico Island is famous for its incredible grottos, reefs and vertical walls, which make an impressive background for large sea animals. You will often find some underwater passages you can go through and excellent spots for cave diving. Near Desecheo Island you can dive into an underwater canyon which is 9 kilometers deep.
Isla de Vieques is situated 11 kilometers to the east of the main island of Puerto Rico. You will see huge marine turtles, bottlenose dolphins and slow stingrays here. The water is so clear that you don't have to dive deep to enjoy watching the sea creatures. Phosphorescent plankton covers the water at night in certain seasons.
You must visit La Parguera village, as it is near a bioluminescent bay! It is illuminated by special microorganisms — dinoflagellates, which turn the night coast into a real light show. There are also mangrove islands in the shallow waters near La Parguera inhabited by various animals, including sea cows.
Memo Notes
Currency USD - United States dollar
Languages English, Spanish
Timezone UTC -4
Phone code 1
Emergency Help 911
Electricity

Type A - 120 V, 60 Hz

Type B - 120 V, 60 Hz

Dive Shops in Puerto Rico

The diving industry in Puerto Rico is well developed, so you will not have any problems finding dive shops. Almost all the instructors speak several languages and provide diving for different levels of training. You can take an underwater photography course to take photos of amazing underwater scenery here.

Сlimate & Seasonality
Spring

Spring in Puerto Rico is hot and comfortable for diving. The temperature stays around 28 °C, at the end of May it rises to 30 °C. At night, the temperature doesn't go below +17 °C.

Summer

The climate of Puerto Rico is perfect for holidays in any season of the year, but summer months are the hottest. In summer daytime, air temperature reaches 30 °C, and at night it doesn't go below 22 °С. However, the end of June is the beginning of the hurricane season.

Autumn

In Puerto Rico, it rains more in the autumn than it does in the summer. The temperature drops insignificantly, by 1-2 degrees on average, and is about 29 °C. The season of possible hurricanes continues, so don't forget about safety rules.

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Winter months are cool and the least rainy, but the average temperature is the same as in other seasons. The air temperature from December to February is about 28 °C.

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The Best Dive Sites

Uninhabited islands of Puerto Rico are especially interesting to visit. For example, there is Desecheo Island where you can visit Candyland Reef full of exotic fish. And Las Cuevas caves which extend to a depth of 25 metres. Patti’s Reef is attractive for beginners as it is not deeper than 12 meters. For an exotic feeling, go to Mosquito Bay. The water is myseriously illuminated at night there.

Health & Safety

At the moment the level of medical services in Puerto Rico is very low, as all the qualified doctors have moved to countries with higher salaries. There are only 20 clinics in Puerto Rico. This is a result of insufficient financing of healthcare facilities. That's why tourists should get insurance. The recommended vaccinations are against hepatitis A and B, measles, rubella, the flu. Puerto Rico is among the safest countries in Latin America, with high living standards. One of the problems in the country is drug addiction.

Dangerous Marine Life

All the beaches and popular diving sites of Puerto Rico are surrounded by coral reefs and rocks, so they are protected from dangerous sea animals, such as sharks. However, diving in the open sea can be dangerous, so it is recommended to follow safety instructions.

Eat & Drinks

The Puerto Rican cuisine is very varied. It has been influenced by Indian, African and, of course, Spanish traditions. The Spanish influence is expressed in dishes with stewed meat (pork or beef), wheat, rice and beans with olive oil and other oils. African features involve herbs, spices and exotic ingredients, such as okra and taro. As a result there is a unique and distinctive blend of cooking traditions with plenty of wonderful dishes. Try sancocho — beef stewed with vegetables, ternera la parmesana — veal with Parmesan, lechon asado — barbecued pork with roast bananas, and pollo al jerez — poultry stewed in sherry. Tap water is dangerous, so it is better to buy bottled water.