Desecheo Island is located off the west coast of Puerto Rico, 14 miles from Rincon. It is uninhabited, which makes it the perfect place for lizards and birds to live in peace. It’s essentially a wildlife refuge, and people aren’t allowed on the island at all. Besides, the island was once used as a bombing practice site, making it a potentially dangerous spot for people.
But you don’t really need to go to the island for some fun. You can go to the waters near the island for some undersea adventure. It’s a very isolated spot and not too many companies offer diving trips here.
Nonetheless, you may find a dive company that can take you there, or perhaps you can charter a boat to the area. Make sure you get one who has lots of experience in the waters around Desecheo, so you can find the best scuba diving and snorkeling spots.
Snorkeling here is mostly near the island, while scuba diving can be farther out in the sea.
Now this is one sweet spot for scuba diving, pun intended. It’s a very colorful sight under the water, so it’s as if a bag of giant M&Ms exploded all over the place.
All around you the site is strewn with boulders and rocks, along with corals, waves of sea fans, and a great number of fish. The place is excitingly alive.
The dive down can be very easy, but it all depends on the weather, of course. A lot of the time there seems to be no current at all. You can dive down to as deep as 80 feet, and below tiny marine life like shrimps and spider starfish can be found. Some lucky folks may even encounter a turtle, and here the turtles are often unafraid of divers.
Other Diving Sites
Just a short distance away, there are some sites that are worth visiting too. There’s the Ladder Reef, which is bursting with marine life and is full of activity. Then just right beside it is the reef known as The Caves, which is famed for the “swim-throughs”. These sites aren’t deep at all, and some are only 10 feet in depth.
But before you go to Desecheo Island, you need to remember a few things. First, you should have a guide who knows their way around the place. As a tourist, finding these dive sites will be difficult if you’re not experienced. Then you’ll need to get your own gear and provisions as well.
It will be best if you find a charter which can offer group rates for the journey. The trip can be rather bumpy especially when getting back, so be ready.
And once again, do not step onto the island. There are some rules you can ignore in Puerto Rico, but this isn’t one of them. If you’re lucky, you’ll get arrested. But if you’re not, you can be blown to smithereens.