A Scuba Diving Destination with a Difference
Within Reach and With Minimal Effort
Lying between the Dominican Republic and the Virgin Islands in the heart of the Caribbean, Puerto Rico is a scuba diving destination with a difference. There’s the hustle and bustle of San Juan, a vibrant city and home to half of the island’s four million inhabitants. Then, there are the world-renowned beaches. Luquillo, for example, is where sheltering coral reefs keep the waters of the coconut palm-lined bay clear and calm. Beautiful Boqueron in the southwest, has open-air eateries that sell fresh oysters and fried fish fritters. On top of that, there’s also El Yunque, a subtropical rain forest, where some of the longest zip lines in the world send explorers hurtling through the trees.
The diving’s pretty spectacular too. There are dive sites within minutes of the main population centers, putting Puerto Rican coral reefs within reach and with minimal effort. And, for those willing to put in the effort and reap the underwater rewards, there are some truly world-class locations. Puerto Rico surely has something for everyone.
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Visibility – Up to 50 metres/160 feet.
Water Temperature – 26-28° C/79-83° F in summer and 24-26° C/75-79° F in winter.
Weather – With a tropical marine climate, Puerto Rico is hot and humid all year. While winter is drier and cooler, there is little seasonal variation. Summer air temperatures range from 27-29° C/80-85° F and from 21-29° C/70-80° F in winter. Hurricane season is June through November.
Featured Creatures – Nearly 700 fish species call Puerto Rico’s reefs, mangroves and seagrass environments home. Oceanic whitetip and silky sharks prowl the Mona Passage. A variety of grunt and snapper species, along with damselfish, parrotfish and wrasse are common on the reefs.
Recommended Training – The AWARE Fish Identification course will help identify the local aquatic residents while the PADI Underwater Photographer course will help you bring images of your new friends home.
Language – Spanish and English
Currency – US Dollar (USD)
Major Airports – San Juan Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU)
Electricity and Internet – Electricity is 120V 60 Hz. Internet service is available.
Topside Attractions – Take zip lines through the forest, stroll the blue cobblestone streets of Old San Juan or peer from the battlements of Castillo San Felipe del Morro. You can also explore the Camuy River Cave Park, home of the third largest underground river in the world.
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