Have you ever been diving in a school of chubs, pet a seahorse or gotten
eye to eye with an octopus? Have you ever had the experience of swimming through
and under a reef, using the light beams coming through the reef to light your
way through the passages? Well, this is some of the enjoyment that you get when
diving with CARIBE AQUATIC ADVENTURES in San Juan. We cater to the tourist diver
and have escorted more tourist
dives than any other dive operator in San Juan.
Karen and Tony Vega, owners and dive guides, have over 30 years experience teaching and escorting divers in Puerto Rico. Courses available include Discover Scuba and Open Water checkouts plus a variety of specialties. Our Award-Winning staff offers PADI & NAUI courses. We are also a Universal Instructor Affiliate. Languages spoken are English and Spanish.
We offer the best local dive sites in San Juan. The Figure 8 and Horseshoe Reefs are 30 ft. high, right off the beach, where you can experience fish feeding and swimming through tunnels. Prearranged escorted dives go out at 9:30 am, 11 am, 2:30 pm and 4 pm daily from our beach at the Normandie San Juan Hotel. This reef is a breeding area for all types of unique marine life including, seahorses, octopus, squid, crustaceans, drum fish, bat fish, French angels, snappers and many others. Scuba Diving Magazine Readers Choice Awards for 2006 named Puerto Rico as 5th in Top Beach Dives and this San Juan reef is where the majority of these readers probably dove.
We also arrange escorted trips to the exotic diving off the East Coast or Fajardo area. This day trip is for groups of 6 persons including divers and snorklers. We usually go to Palominitos Island shown here (3 miles off shore) where we dive and snorkel on reefs around the island. This trip leaves from San Juan at 8:30am and returns at 5:30 pm for a full day of fun and adventure. Complimentary transportation (from San Juan), lunch, sodas and equipment are included in the Island-Diving Picnic package.
If you are coming in on a cruise ship, you can usually join at least one of our San Juan dives. We handle more cruise ship divers than any other operator in San Juan! If you are staying in the San Juan area, there are a wide variety of major hotel chains or quaint inns (check with www.canariohotels.com) and private guest houses to fit any price range.
The Normandie Hotel is shown here. The reefs are located off the beach behind this hotel. Our office is located in our home. All activities need to be booked and confirmed in advance. We meet you for your dive at the designated time on the patio, next to the statue of the fighter/boxer "Escobar". This patio is between the front of Normandie Hotel and the Puerto Rico Sports Hall of Fame Stadium next door. The Normandie Hotel is presently closed for renovations, so there is NO dive shop at the Normandie Hotel at the present time. We accept VISA and Master Card. We have a 48 hour written cancellation notification policy for confirmed reservations.
So if you're a beginner interested in our Discover Scuba, or a seasoned professional, and you like longer dives, small groups and intimate encounters where fish swim right along with you, you'll love our dives! Even if on business, all you need is a 2 hour window to sneak away for a quick dive on our reefs. Groups are kept small (usually 1-4 divers/ guide) for better underwater enjoyment. We'll even go diving with just one diver!
The most common comments made after our dives are: "I never saw so many different animals on just one dive! How do you find these things?" Don't let it being a beach dive deter you. We have the best little critter dive in San Juan!