Puerto Rico’s tropical waters are a diver’s paradise. The average ocean temperature is 81ºF and underwater visibility averages from 60 to 75 feet near the beach. Offshore it is easily 100 feet or more! While experienced divers may prefer boat diving, there are countless sites – especially on the northeast coast near Aguadilla and Isabela – for equally impressive shore diving.
The most exciting dives are made near Desecheo Island off Rincón, off Mona Island, 50 miles west of Mayaguez, and off Culebra and Vieques. For snorkeling, the shallow reefs near San Juan, Dorado, Mayaguez and Humacao are perfect. If you are a beginner, most major hotels and many dive shops offer SCUBA classes and snorkeling instruction.
Wherever you go underwater you are likely to find tropical flora and fauna that easily eclipse the most beautiful aquarium you have ever seen. Dive Puerto Rico and you may get “up close and personal” with sea horses that look like chess set knights, unusual arrow crabs, colorful parrot fish, and octopus, among the endless schools of sergeant majors and other colorful reef fish.
Scuba Diving Magazine Announced Readers’ Choice Awards – Puerto Rico Named One of Top Five for Shore Diving
Readers of Scuba Diving magazine have named Puerto Rico as one of the Top Five Destinations for Shore Diving in the Caribbean/Atlantic region The 2006 Readers’ Choice Awards were announced in the January/February issue of Scuba Diving.
Puerto Rico was also honored as being one of the Top 20 Overall Dive Destinations in this region
Thousands of Scuba Diving subscribers and web users rated their experiences at dive destinations on a scale of one to five. Final scores, which are listed in the magazine, represent the percentage of fours and fives awarded. A minimum number of responses were required for a destination to be included in the ratings.