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

July, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Jon Lamos, FL, USA
Report Number 4
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Australia, Caymans, Turks & Caicos, Bahamas, Virgin Islands, Florida
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
choppy, noCurrents  
Water Temp
81   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
10   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
only restriction was 500 psi  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
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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