Puerto Rico is a scuba diver’s dream, where 360 miles of coastline skirts turquoise waters and must-see coral reefs. Here are 10 of our favorite dive spots in Puerto Rico.
Attractive for advanced intermediate and beginner divers, Vieques is a small scuba mecca in Puerto Rico. There are countless dive sites on the southern shore, ranging from 100 feet deep. The location is spectacular, with Blue Tang Reef, Angel Reef, and Lobster Reef nearby.
Divers and snorkelers often catch glimpses of nurse sharks, rays, eels, lobsters, and other marine life here. You could also spot manatees or dolphins, depending on the day. It all adds up to a scuba diving experience you’ll remember forever.
There’s an adventure for all skill levels on the island municipality of Culebra. Take your pick from over 50 different dive sites, including sunken vessels, coral reefs, and caves. Note that most tour groups and dive shops here specialize in beginner classes.
Trust us; you’ll want to check out Cayo Raton in Culebra. Locals know this gem as one of the fishiest in Puerto Rico, but there’s more to this setting than the smell. Enjoy all sorts of sea creatures around here, such as butterflyfish and queen angelfish.
History and fun await after a 50-mile boat ride from Puerto Rico to reach the incomparable Mona Island. The “Galapagos of the Caribbean” features beaches, campsites, and endangered animals. Those interested in checking out this wildlife preserve must first request a permit or visit the agency’s office in San Juan.
You can find some of the area’s most incredible coral reefs on Desecheo Island. Though visitors can’t access the island itself, the waters are highly popular among scuba divers. You and your group can plan for different kinds of fish, turtles, sharks, crustaceans, whales, and dolphins at this remote locale.
Think back to your childhood for a second. Do you remember playing the game Candyland (because we’re guessing you do)? Well, Candyland on Desecho Island is a giant coral reef named after the crazy, colorful board game we all know and love.
Candyland isn’t the only crowd favorite on Desecheo Island. Las Cuevas boasts an entire world of canyons and arches, as well as the opportunity to swim and explore. This spot is perfect for all skill levels of scuba divers and beginners in particular.
Ask previous guests of La Parguera about their experience, and chances are they’ll discuss the bioluminescent bay of glowing algae that lights up at night. But the bay isn’t the only reason to make a trip to southwest Puerto Rico. La Parguera offers some of the most amazing scuba diving adventures on the island.
The Wall, or Efra’s Wall as it’s also known, ranks as one of the top scuba diving settings in Puerto Rico. The miles of underwater wall with coral reefs and various sea life (including sharks) creates an adventure you can’t replicate anywhere else. Pro tip: Book your trip to The Wall in the weeks or months before you arrive in Puerto Rico.
Beginner, intermediate, and experienced scuba divers love Humacao for its variety of sites. You’re sure to encounter dolphins, whales, or manatees regardless of your skill level! There are also opportunities for relaxing on any of the beaches and snorkeling.