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Dive Review of Caribe Aquatic Adventure/Intercontinental San Juan in
Puerto Rico

Caribe Aquatic Adventure/Intercontinental San Juan, Jul, 2002,

by Jon Lamos, FL, USA . Report 4.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving Australia, Caymans, Turks & Caicos, Bahamas, Virgin Islands, Florida Keys
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy, noCurrents
Water Temp 81 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 10 to 70 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions only restriction was 500 psi
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments We went to San Juan for a few days in July. Karen & Tony Vega of Caribe Aquatic Adventures have a dive operation with shore dives in San Juan and "dive picnics" to the Eastern shore of Puerto Rico around Fajardo. Tony is an island native and the dive operation has been open for around 30 years. Karen arranges the trips and Tony serves as dive master/guide for the dives. English is spoken fluently. There are local shore dives that offer experiences with sea horses and a few swim throughs. The visibility was very poor (10-15 feet)on our day of shore diving and one dive was enough. Tony led the shore dive which ranged in depth from 10-30 feet. A few interesting fish/lava swim throughs and Tony has fish feeding sites with some good fish life. Restricted only by PSI, the dive lasted close to 90 minutes ... although if desired he would have returned earlier. The true hidden treasure of this dive operation, however, is their dive trips to the Fajardo area. Tony picked us up at our hotel in the morning for the hour drive to Fajardo. He knows all the locals and has a small dive boat that he uses in that area with a local captain. The boat was adequate for divers, but photographers would be disappointed with no facilities for equipment. Tony will carry all equipment/tanks/food/drinks to the boat, but we elected to help him. Lunch is provided as are adequate drinks of all types. Lunch was hand made cuban sandwiches with special needs addressed if needed. Tony stopped at local fruit stands on the drive to the boat to select fresh fruit ... which was fantastic!! Tony's knowledge of the area is unmatched. Tony picked some excellent dive sites with some of the healthiest coral that I have seen anywhere. Few/no large fish/pelagics, but abundant tropical fish. Tony limits the dive to 4-6 divers, so the trip is basically a private charter. The entire trip including tanks/weights/food & drinks/drive to Fajardo, etc. was $130 each and very reasonable compared to the rest of the operation. Visibility in the Fajardo area was 50-70 feet and is often much better. There are wall dives to 70 feet and terrific coral topography with swim throughs. The trip offers two tank dives with time on a deserted island where snorkeling is available between and after dives and where the food is served. The trip is an entire day with pick up at 9 and drop off at 6. This is an excellent dive trip if you like personal and relaxed diving with full use of air. If, however, you are in search of large pelagics .... this is not the place for you. The West end is probably better diving, but not accessible as a day trip from San Juan.
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