Snorkeling Around Fajardo

Not only is some of the best snorkeling of Puerto Rico located in the waters of Fajardo, but because this is such a popular ferry port, visitors have easy access to both Culebra and Vieques which are equally as popular among snorkelers.

Perhaps it is because the waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea converge nearby, but Fajardo's seascape is phenomenal.  Even those staying in Puerto Rico tend to make a day trip to Fajardo simply to spend some time exploring under the sea.  The shallow reef systems feature several coral varieties, limestone, sea fans, sea rods, and of course, a huge variety of fish and sea turtles.   

These sites are accessible directly from most public beaches, so you can rent snorkeling gear from a dive shop for around $15 to $20(USD) and spend your day rotating between relaxing in the sand and spending time in the peaceful world under the surface.  There is also a marine park and several islets and cays that are accessible from Fajardo that you might consider visiting.  The best way to go about this will be to sign up for a snorkeling tour, which you can also do through many local dive shops or one of the tour guide services that specializes in snorkeling. 

Snorkeling Sites

If you'd like to experience what's down below you might want to visit Cayo Icacos. Here, the reef itself is not in the best condition because it is so popularly visited by snorkeling tours; however, if you head just outside the reef you'll encounter a nice array of marine life that includes octopus, sting rays, and several different schools of fish. This snorkeling site is located on Cayo Icacos, easily reached by taxi Northeast of central Fajardo.

Cayos De La Cordillera Nature Reserve is another snorkeling spot you might enjoy. A white sand beach leads out to clear waters that are home to coral forests just teeming with active tropical fish.

A third location to consider is Playa Escondida. This beach is one that is sometimes noted as a great snorkeling site, but that is far from the truth. In fact, swimming is not even permitted by the DNRA. Conditions may appear calm at first, but in an instant the current can pick up and make the waters unsafe.

A fourth place where you can go snorkeling is Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve. Located within a nature reserve, this protected cove is the site of some great snorkeling. The area is so calm that it is often the site of educational activities for children. If you're interested, this site is found within Fajardo.

Take a moment to read the following table for a listing of 5 of the most popular places where you can enjoy snorkeling in this area.

Snorkeling Sites Near Fajardo
Site Location Island
Cayos De La Cordillera Nature Reserve 2.0 mi. East of Central Fajardo Puerto Rico
Playa Convento 2.8 mi. North of Central Fajardo Puerto Rico
Playa Escondida 3.1 mi. North of Central Fajardo Puerto Rico
Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve 3.7 mi. North-Northeast of Central Fajardo Puerto Rico
Cayo Icacos Cayo Icacos, 5.0 mi. Northeast of Central Fajardo Cayo Icacos

Snorkeling Boat Trips

For some people, the best snorkeling is located off shore.

If you're ready to go snorkeling during a boat trip, you might want to contact Serenity Sea Tours. Their 3 hour tours will lead you to some of the best snorkeling spots in the area as well as an introduction to the Cordillera del Este Islands. Drinks, snacks, beach toys, and snorkeling gear are provided.

Another option to investigate is Spread Eagle II. The day sail features a complimentary open bar, snorkeling equipment and instruction, and a buffet lunch. The sunset and moonlight cruises offer food services and complimentary drinks. They're found within the heart of Fajardo.

Still another option is Catamaran Getaway. Day snorkeling excursions, sunset cruises, and private charters are available. A buffet lunch, complimentary drinks, and snorkeling equipment are provided.

Some information about boat operators that provide snorkeling opportunities can be found here:

Day Sails and Boat Trips In Fajardo
Name Phone Location
Catamaran Getaway (787) 550-3138 Central Fajardo
Salty Dog (787) 717-6378 0.9 mi. Northeast of Central Fajardo
Serenity Sea Tours (787) 435-1358 1.2 mi. Northeast of Central Fajardo
Spread Eagle II (787) 887-8821 Central Fajardo

Snorkeling Services

East Island Excursions Snorkeling

If you looking for someone offering snorkeling excursions, rentals, or other services, you should check out East Island Excursions Snorkeling. East Island Excursions provide many different snorkeling opportunities that you, friends and family are sure to love. They are situated in Fajardo.

A second place that offers snorkeling related services is Pure Adventure. The Reef Garden Adventure is for tourists who enjoy kayaking and snorkeling. They take you to Seven Seas in Fajardo where you can snorkel a beautiful reef with the guidance of a marine biologist. The trip is available on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday and lasts for three hours. They also have a 3-in-1 Adventure that takes place over five hours and includes two snorkeling stops along with kayaking, beach combing, and the guidance of a marine biologist. These trips are available from Tuesday to Friday.

A third place to consider is Casa del Mar. Spend a relaxed day of sailing, snorkeling, and swimming when you sign up for a tour with this popular luxury charter company. They're located within the heart of Fajardo.

The chart below offers some key facts concerning 4 firms that provide snorkeling related services.

Snorkeling Services In And Around Fajardo
Name Phone Location
Casa del Mar (787) 860-3483 Central Fajardo
East Island Excursions Snorkeling (787) 860-3434 3.4 mi. South of Central Fajardo
Elenas Snorkeling -- Central Fajardo
Pure Adventure (787) 202-6551 Ceiba, 4.8 mi. South of Central Fajardo

To learn more about snorkeling, including tips and suggestions for both "old pros" and beginners, read this exhaustive Caribbean snorkeling page.

Many of Puerto Rico's beaches are great for snorkeling, but if you want to best of the best, you'll find it right here in Fajardo.  

 

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