With over 360 miles of coastline and several offshore islands to explore, Puerto Rico offers Caribbean diving for most interests. The east coast features healthy sloping reefs and several small islands. Because of nearby deep waters, the south of the island boasts amazing walls, perfect for drift diving.
Cave divers can also get some practice at the caves of Desecheo Island. The reefs, mangroves and grass beds of Puerto Rico are home to 700 different species of fish, shark, whales and turtles, including oceanic white tip sharks, rays, grunt and snapper.
As you descend the vertical walls that surround the island, endangered sea turtles may gracefully pass you by, and during the winter months, humpback whales can be found around Mona Island with their young.
Puerto Rico enjoys a hot and humid climate year-round. Air temperatures during the summer months range from 80-85°F (26-30°C) while water temperatures are 79-83°F (26-28°C). Air temperatures during the winter months range from 70-80°F (21-26°C) while water temperatures are 75-79°F (24-26°C).
December to May is the dry season in Puerto Rico. During these summer months, you can expect sunny, hot and mildly humid conditions. In addition to great topside conditions,
December to May is also the best time to dive at Mona Island. Humpback whales migrate past the island from November until May.
Find local PADI dive shops and explore the top dive sites with our map.
The island’s primary hub for international flights is Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport, located in San Juan. It’s served by major cities in the US and Western European countries. US citizens don’t require a passport to enter.