Thursday, December 18, 2014

Scuba Diving in Puerto Rico

scuba diving in puerto rico

Whether you are a beginner or expert in diving you are sure to find some great scuba diving in Puerto Rico. There are dive sites all around the island, as well as the islands of Culebra, Vieques, Mona and Desecheo.

Some of the highlights include:
Black Wall (southwest coast) 60 – 200 feet in depth
El D iablo (north east near fajardo) 50 feet in depth
The Pinnacle (north east near Humacao) 20 – 165 feet in depth
Carabinero Rock (Mona Island)

I’m not a diver, so I can not offer advice as to where you should dive, but the following is a resource list of scuba diving tour operators in Puerto Rico that you should check out, if you plan to scuba dive during your visit to Puerto Rico.

Eastern Puerto Rico


Pure Adventure Puerto Rico

pure adventure puerto rico scuba divingPure Adventure Puerto Rico are based on the east of the island and offer dives to more than 50 sites on the east coast of Puerto Rico from either Fajardo or Humacao. Trips over to Vieques require a minimum of 6 divers and for Culebra dive sites a minimum of 20 divers.

For certified divers they will take you to sites such as; Briar Patch, The Reserve, Moray Ledge and Cayo Diablo.

Night dives are also an option.

Beginners can spend an afternoon experiencing diving for the first time. This full afternoon trip includes diving in a local hotel pool, before heading out to Cayo Lobos where you will dive the reef at between 15 – 30 feet in depth.

Pure Adventure Puerto Rico are endorsed by the Puerto Rico Tourism Company and they also offer Snorkeling and Kayaking, Bio bay Tours

See site for more details
or call 787-202-6551

La Casa del Mar

casa del mar divingLa Casa del Mar are located at the marina of the El Conquistador Hotel close to Fajrado.

They offer suba diving at various locations on the north east coast of Puerto Rico as well as the islands of Vieques and Culebra. They even offer tours at dive sites around St Thomas in the US Virgin Islands.

Some of the dive sites include:
Cayo Diablo, Palominito’s Wall, Spurge and Groove, Sand Slide, Cayo Lobos

Morning and afternoon dive tours are available and full day tours to Culebra, Vieques and St Thomas are available

La Casa del Mar also offer night dives, snuba diving, snorkeling and mountain bike rental

They are Endorsed by the Puerto Rico Tourism Company

See site for details
or call 787-860-3483

East Puerto Rico Diving, Palmas del Mar

east puerto rico divingEast Puerto Rico Divers are based at Palms del Mar on the east coast of Puerto Rico (use link to article).
Scuba Diving Tours

They offer 2 tank dive trips in the mornings and an afternoon trip for first time scuba divers. They also accommodate non divers on their afternoon trips.

Night Diving -If you want to explore at night then east Puerto Rico Diving has you covered with their Night Diving trips

Scuba lessons are offered from PADI Open Water Diver up to Divemaster Level.

See site for more details
Or call 787-774-7510

Sea Ventures

dive puerto rico sea venturesSea Ventures have locations at Fajardo and Palmas del Mar on the east coast of Puerto Rico. They offer tours for beginners, experienced divers and levels in between.

Trips include a 2 tank morning dive, 2 tank discover dive, 2 tank afternoon dive, afternoon discover dive and night time dives

From the Fajardo location you will dive sites around the north east coast and from Palmas del Mar sites include Basslet Reef System, The Cracks, The Reserve and Islands in the Sand. For experienced divers they will take you to Red Hog, the stadium and Minerva

Transportation can be provided from San Juan at an extra coast

See site for more details
or call 787-863-3483

Aqua Adventure Puerto Rico

aqua adventure puerto rico scuba divingAqua Adventure are located in San Juan and offer; discover scuba diving (1 boat dive), scuba diver course (classroom theory, 3 pool sessions, 2 open water dives) and a open water course (classroom theory, 5 pool sessions, 4 open water dives).

Aqua Adventure, also offer Snuba trips as well as regular snorkeling trips. They are Endorsed by the Puerto Rico Tourism Company.

See site for more details
or call 787-636-8811

Culebra Divers

culebra diversCulebtra divers as the name suggests are based on the island of Culebra. They have access to around 50 dive sites, most of which are about 30 minutes from the dock on Culebra.

Culebra Divers offer:
Beginners Dive, which is a half day dive, where you will learn the basics of scuba diving as you explore some of the shallow coral reefs around Culebra

Tours cater for the beginner to the advanced and groups are usually no more than 6 people per tour. They can even accommodate the non divers in your group.

See site for more details
Or call 787-742-0803

Aquatic Adventures – Dive Culebra

aquatic adventures dive culebra Aquatic Adventures are based on Culebra and operated by Captain Taz Hamrick who has 20+ years of experience. They offer several trips for new or experienced divers.

Dive Trips:

Morning and afternoon snorkel / dive trip all year round and they offer night dives on request
PADI scuba intrsuction for various levels is available
Full day charters are also available on request
Sunset cruises/beach barbecues are available

See site for details
or call 787-209-3494

Blackbeard Sports

blackbeard sports scuba divingBlackbeard Sports are located on the island of Vieques and they are a PADI SCUBA Diving Center. They offer several tours as well as various basic scuba and advance scuba diving training courses

Tours include; surf entry (mornings), Boat Dive (mornings with a minium of 4 people) , Night Dive (Monday – Saturday), Discover Scuba (mornings)

Basic Training includes; Basic Open Water, OW Referral Dive and Scuba Tune-up

Advanced Training includes; Advanced Open Water, Rescue Diver with CP, Speciality Dives, and Dive Master

Blackbeard Sports also offer bike rentals and they sell a variety of outdoor gear for trekking and camping

See site for details
or call 787-741-1892

Western Puerto Rico

Aquatica Dive and Surf

aquatica dive adventures puerto ricoAquatica are located on the north side of Aguadilla on the west coast of Puerto Rico. They provide diving tours at Crash Boat Beach and El Natural and for those of you that are more experienced they can offer other locations.

From the site:
‘Dives at Crash Boat Beach offer calm clear waters with a rolling sandy bottom and coral encrusted piles that make it good for fish viewing

El Natural is a gentle sloping reef ranging from 18′ to 80′ deep. This dive spot is recommended for more experienced divers.’

Aquatica offer both ‘Discover Dives’ and more advanced tours as well as full certification and referral courses as set forth by PADI,NAUI & SSI standards

Diving Gear rental is available and they also offer offer’Off Road’ bike tours and surf lessons

See site for details
Or call 787-890-6071

Mona Aquatics

mona aquatics scuba diving puerto ricoMona Aquatics are located in Boqueron, close to the Boqueron Nautical Club on the west coast of Puerto Rico (link to x things to do on west coast). Established in 1985 they offer trips to more than 15 dive locations.

Dive Trips
Weather permitting they offer 2 dives per day that include two tanks. There is a minimum of 5 divers per trip. They will also offer night dives on request.

For more experienced divers Mona Aquatics offers dives at Desecheo Island and various sites off the west coast.

Scuba gear is also available for rent

See site for details
Or call 787-851-2185

Taino Divers

taino divers puerto ricoTaino Divers are located at the Rincon marina on the west coast of Puerto Rico. They have been offering scuba diving trips for 19 years.

They offer daily trips (weather permitting) to Desecho Island with a maximum nimber of 12 divers. Trips usually start around 7:30am and return around 2pm.

They also offer morning and afternoon charters to other dive sites in the area.

They offer Discover Scuba Diving,, Open Water Dive, Referral check-out dives $ 325, Advanced Open Water Diver $ 350, CPR/First Aid $ 150, Rescue Diver $ 350 and Divemaster

See site for details
Or call 787-823-6429

West Divers Puerto Rico

west divers puerto ricoWest Divers Puerto Rico are located at La Parguera on the south east coast of Puerto Rico. They offer scuba diving trips to the la Parguera Wall as well as Playa Santa, Guánica and close to the Light House in Cabo Rojo. They have access to around 40 dive sites in the area including; The Engine, Black Wall, Old Buoy, VJ Levels, Steps, Two for You, Fallen Rock and Mermaid Point.

Morning dives start at the dock around 7am and return by lunch time. Afternoon dives start around 1:30pm and return around 5pm. They also offer night dives with a minimum of 4 divers.

Dive sites are determined on the day of the trip based on weather conditions

See site for details
Or call 787-899-3223

Puerto Rico Technical Diving Center

puerto rico technical diving centerPuerto Rico Technical Diving Center is located in Aguadilla and they offer tours as well as recreational and technical courses

They offer discover dives at places such as Isabella Caverns, La Natural, Crash Boat, Guanica and Sugar Mill

From the site ‘Whether it’s on one of our charters or a guided beach dive you are sure to have a great time and experience a part of Puerto Rico few get to see’

See site for more details
Or call 787-997-3483

If you have taken a scuba diving trip here in Puerto Rico, why not share some information in the comments below. Also if there are other scuba diving company websites not listed add them to the comments section

Photo Resource: divemasterking2000 using creative commons

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