Diving in Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico is an unincorporated U.S. territory sitting just 1,200 miles to the southeast of Florida in the center of the Caribbean. The Puerto Rican landscape is full of mountains, waterfalls, and the famous El Yunque tropical rainforest. Its shoreline consists of dozens of islets, cays, and white sand beaches perfect for snorkeling and diving. Although the island was devastated by Hurricane Maria in 2017, it has made a significant comeback and is ready for divers to return to its waters. Puerto Rico offers year-round warm water diving with temperatures rarely dropping below 80º F (27ºC), and air temperatures that can vary from warm to hot averaging 75 to 92º F (24 to 33ºC) between summer and winter seasons. However, it’s best to avoid traveling to Puerto Rico during hurricane season which falls between May to October. San Juan is the capital and where the international airport is located and is easily accessible with daily flights from all over the United States and many countries directly.
Dive Sites in Puerto Rico
Featured places to go in Puerto Rico
Aquatic Life in Puerto Rico
Most of the year Puerto Rico offers great visibility where an abundance of marine life can be seen while diving. Fish species frequently encountered include queen, French, and gray angelfish, butterfly fish, trumpetfish, moray eels, drum fish, parrot fish, triggerfish and many others. You can also expect to see plenty of queen conch, squid, spiny lobster, and crabs. Sea turtles are very prevalent in the waters here as they swim among the reefs and come on land to nest during the summer months. Turtle species seen here include green, leatherback, and hawksbill sea turtles. You’ll also see plenty of stingrays and many different shark species. A unique experience not to be missed is going night diving or snorkeling in Bioluminescent Bay in the Laguna Grande Nature reserve off the coast of Fajardo. This is one of only a few places in the world where the bioluminescent plankton is so dense the water lights up to an electric blue glowing color.