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Your Guide to Diving Puerto Rico

All of Undercurrent's information on diving Puerto Rico, including articles, reader reports, Chapbook sections, ...

Diving Puerto Rico Overview

The south coast of Puerto Rico has several dive operations, with some walls, good reefs and decent fish life. Puerto Rico is easy to reach from many American cities and sports and interesting Spanish culture, with tours, small restaurants and hotels along the south coast, as well as national parks inland. Old Town in San Juan is worth a visit. Winters can be cool. The US military has abandoned the island of Vieques, where there is modest diving.

Diving Puerto Rico Reader Reports and Feature Articles

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Latest Reader Reports from Puerto Rico

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Sea Ventures/VRBO Report in Puerto Rico/Fajardo
"Labor Day trip"
filed Nov 29, 2023 by Francis Loncar (Experience: 251-500 dives, 13 reports, Contributor )
1 stars

This trip was a last minute decision, only did 2 dive trips with them due to it being a holiday weekend. The marina was a madhouse of ... ... Read more

Sea Ventures/VRBO Report in Puerto Rico/Fajardo
"Labor Day trip"
filed Nov 27, 2023 by Francis Loncar (Experience: 251-500 dives, 13 reports, Contributor )
1 stars

This trip was a last minute decision, only did 2 dive trips with them due to it being a holiday weekend. The marina was a madhouse of ... ... Read more

Juliet Sailing and Diving Report in Puerto Rico/Mona Island, Monita, Desecheo. LiveAboard
"High adventure at this destination."
filed Dec 27, 2022 by Mary Adams (Experience: 501-1000 dives, 27 reports, Sr. Contributor )
4 stars

There are several Undercurrent reviews of Juliet in Bimini. This review is for the autumn 2022 Mona Island, PR, cruise. The good: Foo... ... Read more

Rincon Diving and Snorkeling Report in Puerto Rico/Rincon
"Shore Diving in Rincon Puerto Rico"
filed Mar 12, 2022 by Mark Hendry (Experience: Over 1000 dives, 2 reports)
3 stars

This shop specializes in shore diving in the Rincon area. Although you can easily dive without a guide in this area, it is recommended... ... Read more

Aquatic Adventures /Villa Boheme Report in Puerto Rico/Culebra
"No crowds, great sites"
filed Nov 28, 2021 by Emmette Murkett (Experience: Over 1000 dives, 6 reports, Reviewer )
4 stars

Most of my dives were just captain/guide Taz and me. Three divers were the most we had at a time, though the boat will accommodate six.... ... Read more

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Diving Puerto Rico Articles - Liveaboards

Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, Raja Ampat, Belize, live reefs, dead reefs, liveaboards, shore diving, 3/23

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Taino Divers; MV Juliet; Puerto Rico, by land and by liveaboard, 3/16

Diving Puerto Rico Articles - Land Based

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La Parguera, Puerto Rico, an okay dive destination close to home, 7/09
The Nekton Rorqual; Mona Island, Puerto Rico, sounds too good to be true, 4/04
Diving With Parguera Divers in Puerto Rico, if it's so good why isn't it a major dive destination?, 4/99
Esperanza, Vieques, Puerto Rico, Calm Surroundings, Pleasant Diving, 5/82

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Editor's Book Picks for Scuba Diving Puerto Rico

The books below are my favorites about diving in this part of the world All books are available at a significant discount from; just follow the links. -- BD

Travel Edition of Reef Fish Identification: Caribbean, Bahamas,
South Florida. Travel Edition of Reef Fish Identification: Caribbean, Bahamas, South Florida
by Paul Humann and Ned DeLoach

Today's airline weight restrictions not only limit the amount of dive gear and cameras you can pack for overseas trips, but also those valuable prized marine life identification books. And with spotty Internet access overseas, it's not like you can look a critter of or fish up easily online. For the divers who still want a book in their hands post-dive to look up the fishes they encounter, Paul Humann and Ned DeLoach are offering "Travel Edition of Reef Fish Identification: Caribbean, Bahamas, South Florida." It's lightweight enough to thrown in your carry-on but rugged enough to withstand frequent saltwater washings on board.

Click here to buy it at Amazon.

World Atlas of Coral Reefs
by Mark D. Spalding, Corinna Ravilious, Edmund P. Green, United Nations World Conservation Monitoring Center.

If there is one book that belongs in every traveling diver's library, this is it. The superb World Atlas of Coral Reefs has everything you want to know about the reefs from Costa Rica and Cuba to the Coral Sea and Cayman. The information is specific and up to date. The photos, maps and layout superb. And the price, for this 424 page, full color, hard bound volume, is a steal at $31.50

The Atlas was released in September by the United Nations World Conservation Monitoring Center to document and conserve the world's coral reefs. Clearly written with divers in mind, it's an invaluable resource for global travelers. Here's what you'll find.

  • 94 maps, including global maps of biodiversity and reef stresses, regional maps showing 3-D bathymetry and high resolution maps showing reefs, mangroves, population centers, dive centers and protected areas.
  • 280 color photographs, showing reefs, wildlife, people and places, Including 84 photographs taken from space by Shuttle astronauts.
  • Text explaining the formation, structure and ecology of coral reefs; their various uses and abuses at the hands of humans; and the techniques used in coral reef mapping.
  • Detailed texts describing the distribution and status of coral reefs in every country.
  • Data tables listing information on biodiversity, human use, and protected areas. These include statistics on coral reef area, biodiversity, fish consumption, and threats.

For example, you can learn about pollution damage to the reefs at Providenciales and the lack of human impact, as well. Or, where extensive bleaching took place in Honduras 1998. You'll read that Milne Bay in Papua New Guineas has the most extensive reef system in that country and where, in Fiji, the bumphead parrotfish and tridachna clams will not be found, thanks to overfishing. Order now.

Reef Fish ID Reef Creature ID Reef Coral ID

The Reef Set: Reef Fish, Reef Creature and Reef Coral (3 Volumes):
Paul Humann ID Books
by Paul Humann, Ned Deloach

The three set fish, creature and coral ID books by Paul Humann are the unparalleled sources for information on Caribbean sea life and identification. Paul and his partner Ned Deloach recently released updated and expanded editions of each, with scores of new critters, even better photos, and information unavailable anywhere else. Why, the Reef Fish Identification book, at more than 500 pages, is 20 percent larger than the previous volume, which came out in 1994. Whenever I travel to the Caribbean, I tote all three books and spend my down hours figuring out what I saw and where to look to find rare creatures. Paul's splendid Reef Creature book (420 pages), covers sponges, nudibranchs, octopus, crustaceans, Christmas tree worms and plenty more. His Reef Coral ID book (276 pages) helps you identify all the hard and soft corals, spawning, and even the growth on top of corals, as well as algae and other plant life. Beginners may want to ID only fish, but I'd recommend that all three books be part of every diver's library. And, if you have an old set, by all means replace it. You'll be delighted at the additions and improvements. Each book normally retails for $40, but are discounted when you order here. And the boxed 3-volume set is available now at a bigger discount, up to 30%. Click below to buy them at Amazon:

* Reef Fish Identification: Florida Caribbean Bahamas,
* Reef Creature Identification: Florida Caribbean Bahamas, and
* Reef Coral Identification: Florida Caribbean Bahamas
* The Boxed Set of all three (you can save up to 30%)

Coral Reefs of the Caribbean A Guide to the Coral Reefs of the Caribbean
by Mark Spalding

This book doubles as a guide to the natural history of the coral reefs and a diver's travel guide. In addition to providing information about some of the most popular diving and snorkeling, it also offers practical suggestions to divers who want to protect these sites. Author Mark Spalding, a coral reef scientist who has worked on coral reefs in over thirty countries, delves into the eco-problems with a focus on what each person can do to protect the reefs. The guide section covers 35 dive destinations with key information on the reefs, marine parks, remote places, and unusual species as well as excellent maps and a photographic field guide of the marine flora and fauna.
Order Now at a reduced price of only $16.47.

Diving Southeast Asia There's a Cockroach in My Regulator
by Undercurrent

The Best of Undercurrent: Bizarre and Brilliant True Diving Tales from Thirty Years of Undercurrent.

Shipping now is our brand new, 240-page book filled with the best of the unusual, the entertaining, and the jaw dropping stories Undercurrent has published. They’re true, often unbelievable, and always fascinating. We’re offering it to you now for the special price of just $14.95.

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You might find some other books of interest in our Editor's Book Picks section.


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