Escape With Sea Turtles: Scuba Diving in Puerto Rico


Lonesome FishMy dive in Puerto Rico was my fourth dive ever, and what a great one it was! To be honest, I enjoyed it quite a bit more than my dive in Dominican Republic.

Returning to PR is always a little nerve wracking, a little exciting. I left when I was 17 and have only been back a handful of times since, so seeing my home through the eyes of an adult is new and refreshing. Things have changed, and I’ve changed.

When I was a teenager scuba diving wasn’t on my radar. It was always something I wanted to do, but for whatever reason, I never made the effort to actually do it (I definitely missed out on some good years of fish watching).

It was so cool to see the waters I know so well from the bottom up with Dive Ventures.

We went on a two-tank morning dive with a boat full of locals and tourists alike. The morning started off a little rocky because the weather didn’t look wonderful, but we proceeded anyways, not expecting much.

Palominito

Palominito

Our first stop was right off of Palominito next to a big, bright coral reef. The skies were cloudy but the water was absolutely perfect. The best part of diving in Puerto Rico is that you don’t need a full wet suit. Some people dove with just wetsuit tops, but I always like a little more coverage so I went with the half suit that reaches your knees.

Soon enough, we were surrounded by hundreds of fish.

Neysha Diving

Diving in Puerto Rico

I’m a new diver, so up until now I’ve only been down about 45 feet at the most. Even at this depth, there was so much to see. I’m not sure that there would have been as much marine life if we’d gone much further down (I guess I’ll have to take the plunge next time and find out).

Sea Life

Devil’s Cay

 After Paolominito we took a breather on the boat, munching on fruit and snacks provided by the crew. Little did we know what was in store for us with our next tank.

Devil’s Cay is a protected sea turtle reserve in Fajardo, which means there are a lot of turtles, making this little gem a divers paradise.

Before jumping in the water the crew warned us of the repercussions that come with touching a turtle or getting too close. It’s a pretty hefty fine if you defy the laws, so these rules are definitely not meant to be broken.

Turtle 2

Turtle 3

They were incredible to watch in the open water. It was extra awesome to know that they’re protected in this home of theirs, which isn’t often the case.Turtle 4

Dive Ventures was absolutely amazing. They know the water so well. I felt incredibly safe diving with them; almost like hanging out with old friends. Even with choppy weather they kept everyone at ease and always made sure we stayed with the group.

So far I’ve had pretty great experiences with dive companies and dive masters, but I do think my trip with Dive Ventures makes the top of the list.

Boats

Have you ever been scuba diving in Puerto Rico? Do you want to? Tell me in the comments below!

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2 Comments

  1. Now I really wish I got certified before I went to Puerto Rico. We went snorkeling and it was pretty amazing, and we did get to hang out with some sea turtles off Culebra. Hoping to get certified in the next year, I’m the same way that I’ve always wanted to do it but for no good reason haven’t yet. So it’s on my before 30 list! Thanks for sharing.

  2. March 1, 2016
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    I like the east part of Puerto Rico better. The bio bay, Icacos, Palomino, etc. Just has a much more “caribbean” feel.

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