Palominito's wall / Sandslide: Depth: Drop from 15 to 80 feet.
A sand slide takes you down to 80 feet deep, forming a semi wall with a large variety of coral, se fans and sponges. The marine life is very diverse, including manatee, dolphins, green and hawksbill turtles, spotted eagle rays, barracudas, groupers, lobsters, moray eels, cowfish, boxfish, , blowfish, and more. Little caves are the favorite places of lobsters, puffer fishes, and eels.
Rated as one of the best sites off the east coast, Cayo Diablo is not one but several different sites. Not all the dive operators can always get there because they do not have the proper boats. It is the most remote reef from Fajardo and it takes less than twenty minutes to reach it onboard our boats. Definitely, Cayo Diablo is the place to be. A coral garden dials around the island. Coral is abundant and healthy. A regular controlled current tends to lead schools of barracuda and eagle ray from time to time, visibility is often the best in the area.
Palomino reef: 30 feet
This is a shallow and easy dive. No currents, perfect for beginners and permanently calm since are protected by Palomino Island from the wind. It is a good alternative for a windy day. Sergeant majors, schools of colirubias ( yellow tail snappers), lobsters, snappers, small reef fishes and anemones .
Big Rock/Little Rock: Depth 35 - 60 feet
A formation of big pieces of coral make this site a very fun dive. The gorgonians never stop their quivering pulsing dance, creating a truly magical ambiance.
Lobos: Depth: 6 - 35 feet
Lobos is a private island. A perfect place to live and dive. We will find yellowtail snapper, blue tangs, sergeant majors, dolphins, stingrays, spotted eagle rays, anemones, squid, reef lobsters, toad fish and octopus. Great to practice underwater navigation. There are holes and channels, some large enough for us to swim through. Brain coral is everywhere and sea fans are favorites for this reef
The Trench: Depth: 15 - 65 feet
At the trench you will find yourself submerged in a giant “trench” which will gradually become more indented till you find yourself swimming with reef walls on both sides this will end on a drop off at around 35ft which becomes a reef wall that takes you down to 70ft at the trench we sometimes see nurse sharks laying on the bottom and a lot of marine biodiversity as well!
Spurs & Grooves: Depth: 10-70 feet
You'll find spur-and-groove fingers growing from a sandy bottom that slopes from 10 feet down to 35 feet, and a brief wall coated with coral and sponges that plummets from 35 feet to 70 feet. This is one of the best sites to see a spotted eagle ray as they tend to cross over the reef in pairs and sometimes even more!!!
Culebra & Vieques Islands
Culebra and Vieques with their white sand beaches, coral reefs and wildlife refuge, sit about 20 miles off the north east coast of Puerto Rico. Because they are located far from the shore the visibility is crystal clear. Depth could be between 45-95 feet depends on dive site.
Culebra's unique underwater scenery is known around the world as one of the most beautiful and intact reefs open to diving. There is manydive sites, including a natural tunnel, caves, deep water drop offs, a sunken tug boat and endless coral reefs. Because there is no freshwater runoff in Culebra, the visibility is among the best in the world. Most of the dive sites are shallow, between 20 and 50 feet. But there are some sites for experienced divers only. Diving in Culebra is like opening a fish guide for the Caribbean, you can discover them all, including a nearly infinite variety of invertebrates and corals.
The Wit Power is a sunken tugboat resting a mere 40 feet below the surface. As far as shipwrecks go, this is certainly one of the most accessible, and because the Wit Power has been here since 1984, divers will find plenty of coral, turtles, fish and other marine life.
Just off Carlos Rosario, a beach near the world-famous Flamenco Beach, is a vibrant coral reef that is much loved by both divers and snorkelers for its fabulous display of coral and fish.
The Geniqui Caves gives advanced divers the chance to explore underwater tunnels and admire a unique underwater vista by lamplight.
Finally, the many cayos or keys around Culebra are worth exploring.
Luis Peña - Depth: 50'
Monito - Depth: 60'
Carlos Rosario - Depth: 30'
Cayo Geniki - Depth: 20'-140'
Cayo Ballena - Depth 30'-80'
Cayo Tiburon - Depth 30'-80'
Geniki caves - Depth: 20'-75'
Los Corchos - Depth: 60'
Tugboat - Depth 35'
THREE ROCKS HORSESHOE: Depth :15'- 60'
A horseshoe shaped reef lies 50 yards from a small ledge so, that the two areas are dived as one site. Supplementing the site's natural assets are a few of man's contributions: a communications cable and two cannons.
As soon as the divers descend, green morays compete with spotted morays for the divers' attention, extending their snake-like bodies in competition with the cables stretching across the top of the reef.
Swimming north across the reef is another smaller ledge. Following the cable means you cannot miss the cannon as it sits right at the edge of the ridge. West along the ledge is a cavern. You will be unlucky if you do not find a lobster tucked in this recess, or if not here than in one of the many other holes and crevices. Look out too for nurse sharks. Farther along the ledge is the second communications cable and as you come up over the reef you will see the second cannon.
Finishing the dive in 35 feet on top of the reef, there is a wealth of marine life to observe. And, this is one of those rare sites that lives up to its name—lobsters snuggle under overhangs and occasionally a brave one is seen taking a stroll over the reef. Do not expect to see large claws, Caribbean lobsters have long conical antennae and two sharp horns above the eyes.
Anchor, Angel and Blue Tang Reefs, all shallow reefs offering a wonderful experience for novice divers who want to swim with the fishes ... in the non-mafia way.
Cayo Afuera, plainly visible from Esperanza Beach, is also easy to get to, and has a great shallow reef to explore.
Esperanza Pier is a great place for shore divers and snorkelers alike. You can swim out to the tiny Isla Chiva, about 200 yards off the coast, a small, easily accessible island. Off its western side is a lovely reef.
It is a pinnacle which goes to 140 deep. Visibility is always great reaching 100' +. Large school of fish has seen here. Turtles, barracuda, lobsters, spotted eagle rays, sharks, etc. It is by far the east dive in ST Thomas.
The WIT Shoal II / LST 467 is located a few miles southwest of the St. Thomas airport, near Saba Rock. The WIT Shoal was originally a warship, known as LST 467. LST stands for Landing Ship Tanks, and she was built in 1943 to land up to 20 Sherman tanks onto the beach in the Allied invasions of Europe and the Pacific during World War II. LSTs were designed to run right up onto the beach to land the tanks. The bow of the ship has large doors which open outward, and an inner door which lowers down to form a ramp for the tanks to drive onto the beach. LST 467 served in the Pacific during the war.
After the war this 328 foot long ship was purchased by the West Indies Transport company, and renamed the WIT Shoal II. She was used as a freighter until she sank in Tropical Storm Klaus, on November 6, 1984. Today the WIT Shoal is one of the premier diving wrecks of St. Thomas.
The shipwreck sits upright in 90 feet of water, but the top of the observation tower is only 35 feet beneath the waves. There are 5 levels of decks for divers to explore.
The WIT Shoal offers five decks , including the engine room, auxiliary engine room, auxiliary steering room, berthing area, galley, winch area on aft deck, officers quarters area, the large crane on deck, and the bow area. Sea life includes Barracuda, Turtles, Horseye Jacks, Southern Stingray, Lobster, Crab, Cup Corals, and Trumpet fish.
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