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're looking forward to exploring what's below the surface 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 site 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 location 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 want to check it out, you'll find this site located in Fajardo.

The following table shows a few details concerning 5 of the best places to experience 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

Some people believe the most enjoyable snorkeling is located off shore.

If you're hoping to go snorkeling during a boating adventure, you should consider Serenity Sea Tours. At Serenity Sea Tours, you can expect a peaceful day with loved ones out on the beautiful Caribbean Sea. Additionally, they offer a variety of activities to keep you entertained during your tour.

Another option to consider is Catamaran Getaway. Day snorkeling excursions, sunset cruises, and private charters are available. A buffet lunch, complimentary drinks, and snorkeling equipment are provided. They're located within the heart of Fajardo.

Still another option is Salty Dog. Salty Dog Boat Charters will take you to some of the best spots around Puerto Rico, from the favorite hangout of tropical fish to secret beaches.

Take some time to look through the table just below to read more about day sails and boat trips that offer snorkeling opportunities.

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

If you're looking for a place offering snorkeling gear, excursions or similar services, you might want to contact East Island Excursions Snorkeling. East Island Excursions provide many different snorkeling opportunities that you, friends and family are sure to love. They are found within Fajardo.

Another place worth knowing about 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.

A third company worth contacting is Pure Adventure. Specializing in adventurous eco-tours, there are several snorkeling opportunities available in their tour lineup. They're located within Ceiba, easily reached by taxi South of central Fajardo.

Some information with regard to 4 places that provide snorkeling related services are summarized here:

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 suggestions and helpful tips for both "old pros" and beginners, read our exhaustive guide to snorkeling in the Caribbean.

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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