Scuba Diving Near San Juan

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Although it is possible to dive near San Juan, locals would not recommend it.  The macro sites off this coast are not the prettiest, and the urban setting does not lend itself to the availability of numerous dive operators.

There are 5 dive operators, some dive shops, and a small number of interesting dive sites in the area.

Dive Operators and Shops

The dive shops available are shown here:

Dive Shops Near San Juan
Name Phone Location
Ocean Sports (787) 268-2329 2.4 mi. East of Central San Juan
Scuba Dogs San Juan (787) 977-0000 1.7 mi. East of Old San Juan

If you're ready to take the plunge, you should consider Aqua Adventure. Aqua Adventure specializes in all things scuba, as well as all things related to the popular sport. Not only do they offer an extensive list of PADI certification training programs and daily open water dives, but SNUBA trips and day-long snorkeling tours are part of their offerings as well. They are found in Condado District.

Another option is Ocean Sports. The motto at Ocean Sports is "If it's not fun, we don't do it." Their mission is to show every visitor a great time in water and so offer all of the necessary training plus daily dives. They offer scuba lessons, ranging form basic to instructor training; they also offer scuba dives. They can be reached at (787) 268-2329.

A third good option is La Casa del Buzo. Serving the area for over 30 years, this dive center specializes not only in the sale and rental of diving equipment, but also in the training of new and experienced divers to help them advance safely into the world of scuba diving. They're located in San Juan.

The chart right below has some key facts regarding diving services in the area.

Dive Operators Near San Juan
Name Phone Location
Aqua Adventure (787) 729-2626 Condado District
La Casa del Buzo (787) 758-2710 San Juan
La Pocita Underwater Park -- 2.0 mi. East of Old San Juan
Ocean Sports (787) 268-2329 2.4 mi. East of Central San Juan
Unlimited Divers (787) 273-7044 San Juan

Dive Services

The following chart provides the approximate cost of dive services in this area.

Dive Services
Offering Type Low Rate High Rate
Discover Scuba $ 115.0 $ 150.0
Double Tank Dive $ 95.0 $ 125.0
Night Dive $ 90.0 $ 110.0
Open Water Certification $ 550.0 $ 675.0
Single Tank Dive $ 75.0 $ 95.0

Dive Sites

The table below provides some information regarding some of the area's major dive sites.

Dive Sites Near San Juan
Name Quality Experience Avg. Depth Current Latitude Longitude
Escambron Very Good All Divers 25.0 < 1 knot 18.4680839562 -66.0897593498
Isla de Cabras Good Advanced Open Water / CMAS ** 25.0 1-2 knots 18.4719407319 -66.132352829

To learn more about diving, including useful tips and suggestions skilled divers as well as beginners, check out our exhaustive discussion of diving in the Caribbean.

 

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