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Dive Review of Isla Nena Scuba in
Puerto Rico/Vieques

Isla Nena Scuba: "Conscientious owner operators w/nice Caribbean dive sites", Jan, 2017,

by Mark Zahorik, IL, US (Contributor Contributor 15 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 9468.

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments I regularly travel to the south east part of mainland PR (Palmas Del Mar) to visit family and do a little diving. I've logged 200+ dives all over mainland PR but I have grown frustrated by the absence of dive operators in/around Palmas. The nearest shops are clustered around Fajardo where the diving is disappointing.....so, on this trip I decided to take the 8 minute flight from Ceiba (just south of Fajardo on the mainland) to Vieques ($36/each way) and dive w/Isla Nena Scuba. The short/ low altitude flight (under 1000') allows for diving/flying on the same day. I called a week in advance and discussed the details w/owner/operator Arnuad. All went to plan: Arnuad's wife, Tania met me at the fisherman's pier and led our small five person dive group. This was a drift dive w/the small boat following overhead. Very relaxing dives w/good visibility and healthy corals/marine life. Saw several roughtail southern sting rays, one 6' nurse shark many schools of snappers & grunts along with ~half dozen lionfish. I brought along my spear and dispatched seven on the 2 tank dive. We returned to the dock & switched tanks and completed the second dive--equally enjoyable. Interestingly, most of mainland PR had been operating under small craft advisories for almost two full weeks, but the southern shore of Vieques was quite calm. Tiana (a German national)even offered me a ride back to the airport and showed me how to make a shandy (one 12 oz beer w/6 oz of 7UP). I plan to regularly dive w/Isla Nena Scuba on all future trips to PR.
Websites Isla Nena Scuba   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving All over Caribbean, Hawaii, Lake Michigan wrecks, Indonesia, Palua, Yap
Closest Airport Vieques Getting There fly

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 78-79°F / 26-26°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60-70 Ft/ 18-21 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions This was a drift dive. Tania pulled a float that allowed the boat to follow above. We were expected to signal when half tank was reached.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 2 stars
UW Photo Comments Freshwater bucket onboard for camera
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