Scuba Diving and Snorkeling in Puerto Rico

Scuba Diving and Snorkeling in Puerto Rico

Scuba diving information in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico has an abundance of coral reefs, caves, sea walls, and trenches for divers of all experience levels to explore. This happens due to the continental shelf surrounding this country on three sides. There are incredible amounts of tropical fish like clusters of chromis, Caesar grunts, schoolmasters and Spanish hawkfish, open-water animals such as ocean triggerfish, and pelagics like mackerels, jacks, barracuda and spotted eagle rays. Just off of the island's South, East, and West coasts, there is extraordinary aquatic life flourishing within the reefs, and the water is perfect for diving. Near Humaco, vacationers will find that some of the largest creatures of the sea return to these waters annually, like manatees or whales. Seasoned divers will enjoy a scuba adventure to the Great Trench just off the South Coast. Being exposed to swells, the north coast has only a few dive sites, although they are good enough to be considered as some of the best diving site in Puerto Rico. On the other hand, diving off Vieques is easier, on relatively shallow reefs and around coral islands. The best dive sites are Las Pesotas and Yellow reef, in Desecheo Islet, Captain's Point and Carbinero, two drift dives in Mona Island, and The Star, in Parguera. Outside of liveaboard boats, land-based operators make only rare, special trips to dive sites in Mona Island, but it is well worth it. With the variety of caves, hard and soft corals, the plethora of big animals, from sharks to humpback whales and high-voltage currents, it's like diving the Galapagos Islands, but in warmer waters.

Geography and climate

Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States, located in the northeastern Caribbean, east of the Dominican Republic and west of the Virgin Islands. Puerto Rico includes the main island of Puerto Rico and a number of smaller islands, the largest of which are Vieques, Culebra, and Mona. Puerto Rico has a tropical climate, with an average temperature of 28°C throughout the year. Rainfall is abundant along the north coast and in the highlands, but light along the south coast. Hurricane season spans between June and November, where rain showers occur once a day, almost every day. Periodic droughts sometimes affect the island.

Entry requirements

As a US terrotiry, passport and visa requirements for entering Puerto Rico are the same as for entering the USA.

Health and safety

Vaccinations against hepatitis A, tetanus, diphtheria, rabies, typhoid, tuberculosis and hepatitis B are recommended. Outbreaks of dengue fever do occur. Nearly all crime is concentrated in the big metropolitan cities of San Juan and Ponce, and most of it is connected to the drug trade.

Time zone

UTC -4


Puerto Rico's telephone system is modern and reliable. Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone operators. Internet access is available in all cities and large towns; terminals can also be found in hotels and business centers.

Power and Electricity

120V/60Hz US plug.

Scuba Diving locations in Puerto Rico

Which are the best scuba diving locations in Puerto Rico? Below, you will find a list of all locations of Puerto Rico, organized by regions, in which you can dive and snorkel.

Scuba diving locations and photos from each location in Puerto Rico

Which locations in Puerto Rico have underwater photos? Below, you will find the list of locations from Puerto Rico and for each location a list of underwater photos.

Marine Species and photos of each species in Puerto Rico

Which marine species can I observe in Puerto Rico? Below, you will find the list of marine species and the photos for each species.

Underwater Photographers and photos from each photographer with photos taken in Puerto Rico

Which photographers have taken underwater photos in Puerto Rico? Below, you will find the list of underwater photographers and their photos in Puerto Rico.

Scuba Diving centers in Puerto Rico

Which scuba diving centers can I dive with in Puerto Rico? Below, you can see the list of scuba diving centers in Puerto Rico. Click on “more info” to find out more about each scuba diving center.

There are no diving centers available

Liveaboards in Puerto Rico

Which liveaboard can I dive with in Puerto Rico? Below, you can see the list of liveaboard in Puerto Rico. Click on “more info” to find out more about each liveaboard.

There are no liveaboard available

Accommodation in Puerto Rico

Which accommodation can I rest after my dive in Puerto Rico? Below, you can see the list of accommodation in Puerto Rico. Click on “more info” to find out more about each accommodation.

There are no accommodation available