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 ready to see what's down below you should consider a visit to 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 within 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 place to 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 experience it for yourself, you'll find this site located in Fajardo.

Some basic details about 5 of the most popular locations to enjoy snorkeling in this area are listed here:

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 best snorkeling is accessed away from the shore.

If you're ready to combine some snorkeling with a boating adventure, you might want to check with 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 in the heart of Fajardo.

A third option is Catamaran Getaway. Avoid crowds and embark on a private adventure with Catamaran Getaway. The beautiful waters of Fajardo await you.

Check the following table for a listing of boat operators 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

East Island Excursions Snorkeling

If you're looking for someone that offers snorkeling excursions, rentals, or other services, you should check out East Island Excursions Snorkeling. The East Island Excursions company invites customers to take a snorkeling adventure around one of the many beautiful reefs in Puerto Rico. Each trip is unique in where the company takes you and what they offer, so finding a trip that fits everyone's needs is only a few clicks away. They are located in Fajardo.

Another place worth knowing about is Pure Adventure. Specializing in adventurous eco-tours, there are several snorkeling opportunities available in their tour lineup.

A third company worth contacting is SS Tobias Snorkel and Beach Tour. There's nothing more freeing that setting sail onto the crystal clear waters in a gorgeous Caribbean setting. Snorkel and Beach Tour offers several types of boating trips for you and your family to enjoy. They're located within Fajardo.

The chart just below shows some details with regard to 5 firms that provide snorkeling related services.

Snorkeling Services In And Around Fajardo
Name Type Phone Location
Casa del Mar Snorkeling Tour Operator (787) 860-3483 Central Fajardo
East Island Excursions Snorkeling Snorkeling Tour Operator (787) 860-3434 3.4 mi. South of Central Fajardo
Pirate Snorkeling Shack Watersports Equipment Shop (787) 556-0104 Las Croabas, 2.7 mi. North-Northeast of Central Fajardo
Pure Adventure Snorkeling Tour Operator (787) 202-6551 Ceiba, 4.8 mi. South of Central Fajardo
SS Tobias Snorkel and Beach Tour Snorkeling Tour Operator (787) 412-9555 1.0 mi. Northeast of Central Fajardo

For more information about snorkeling, including suggestions and helpful tips for beginners and "pros" check out this comprehensive 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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