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Scuba Diving with Simpatico Charters, Fajardo Puerto Rico

Snorkeling & Scuba Diving in Fajardo, Puerto Rico

Divers Splashing In

Private Charter

When booking a private charter with Simpatico Charters, keep in mind that it's indeed, a private charter.  Our base rate for the boat for scuba is $1,049  Since I get asked why it's more for divers than snorkelers, the answer is easy... cost of tanks, gear and it's a longer charter.  Plus all the extra labor that's involved.  You are welcome to bring bubble watchers along (non divers) but remember our maximum passengers are 6 and the diving reefs are often in open water so your passengers could well be on the boat in pretty bumpy seas.

We definitely can mix activities for your private charter, some snorkelers and some divers, but we usually will go to a more shallow and protected reef so everyone can be comfortable.  During the weekends we do offer individual seats on the boat that we will work to fill from our local divers who live here on the island.  You will find those tickets available on Saturdays and Sundays.  They are $200 per diver and gear rental is $30 for BCD and reg.  Masks, fins, tanks and weights are included as is lunch, drinks.  

Night Dives

We love night dives!   We do them really often so email or call or text us so we can work it into the schedule.  We cannot book that trip online because of logistical issues with morning trips but we can make it happen and it's amazing.  Be sure to check out our night dive photo gallery - truly magical.  The private cost for night dives starts at $1,500.   

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The Cordillera Reef System in Puerto Rico is a remarkable underwater treasure that stretches along the island's north coast. It is one of the largest and most extensive coral reef systems in the Caribbean region. It is a complex network of coral reefs, rocky outcrops, and underwater formations that extends for approximately 80 miles along Puerto Rico's northern coast. This expansive reef system is a testament to the island's rich marine biodiversity and ecological significance. The reefs within the Cordillera Reef System are characterized by their diverse coral species and vibrant underwater landscapes. You'll encounter stunning formations of brain coral,  star coral, and other soft corals that create a stunning backdrop, offering a multitude of colors, shapes, and textures. The coral reefs also provide vital habitats for a wide range of marine organisms, including fish, crustaceans, and invertebrates. As you explore the Reef System, you'll encounter an array of marine life. Schools of tropical fish in dazzling colors swim among the corals, including species like parrotfish, angelfish, sergeant majors, and butterflyfish. Sea turtles gracefully navigate through the waters, while rays glide along the sandy patches. If you're lucky, you may even spot larger creatures like nurse sharks, eagle rays, southern sting rays or barracudas.   The warm waters, clear visibility, and diverse marine life make it an ideal destination for underwater enthusiasts. The Cordillera Reef System in Puerto Rico stands as a testament to the island's commitment to marine conservation and preservation. It is not only a source of awe-inspiring beauty but also a valuable ecosystem that supports local communities and contributes to the overall health of the Caribbean marine environment.

Cordillera Reef System

What's Scuba Diving Like in Puerto Rico?

What's Scuba Diving Like in Puerto Rico?

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Sandslide, Diablo and Lobos

The Sandslide Coral Restoration Farm in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, is an initiative focused on coral reef conservation and restoration efforts and is a unique project aims to counteract the decline of coral reefs and promote their recovery through innovative techniques.  Located in the coastal waters of Fajardo, the Sandslide Coral Restoration Farm utilizes coral nurseries and transplantation methods to facilitate the growth and regeneration of coral colonies. These nurseries provide a controlled environment where fragments of healthy corals are nurtured and allowed to grow before being transplanted back into the natural reef ecosystem. The farm operates by collecting small fragments of living coral, often called coral “micro-fragments,” from nearby reefs. These fragments are then carefully attached to substrates, such as underwater structures or specially designed coral frames, where they are nurtured and monitored. Under optimal conditions, the coral fragments grow and develop, forming larger colonies. Once the corals have reached a suitable size and strength, they are transplanted back into the degraded or damaged sections of nearby reefs. This process helps to accelerate the recovery of coral populations, enhance biodiversity, and rebuild the structural integrity of the reef ecosystem. The Sandslide Coral Restoration Farm not only focuses on coral propagation and transplantation but also plays a crucial role in educating the local community and raising awareness about the importance of coral reef conservation. By involving the community in reef restoration activities, the project aims to foster a sense of responsibility and stewardship towards the marine environment. The efforts of the Sandslide Coral Restoration Farm contribute to the long-term sustainability of Fajardo’s marine ecosystems, supporting the health and resilience of the coral reefs. By actively engaging in coral restoration, this initiative strives to protect and preserve these valuable habitats for future generations to enjoy and appreciate. Cayo Diablo, located in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, is a small uninhabited island where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Caribbean Sea.  We affectionately call Diable “Turtle town” and it offers a pristine and secluded natural environment. Here's a description of Cayo Diablo:   Cayo Diablo is a picturesque island situated off the coast of Fajardo, accessible by boat. It is known for its untouched beauty, friendly sea turtles, and crystal-clear deep blue waters. The island is relatively small in size, which adds to its charm as a peaceful getaway from the bustling mainland.   The clear waters surrounding Cayo Diablo offer excellent snorkeling scuba diving opportunities, allowing you to explore the vibrant underwater world.   One of the highlights of Cayo Diablo is its rich marine biodiversity. The surrounding waters are teeming with colorful coral reefs, making it a popular spot for snorkelers and scuba divers. Exploring the underwater ecosystems reveals a plethora of marine life, including tropical fish, sea turtles, rays, and various invertebrates. You may even come across huge schools of fish swimming around the coral formations, creating a mesmerizing spectacle.   Visiting Cayo Diablo is only available through boat charters or tours departing from Fajardo. Whether you're seeking a day of snorkeling in vibrant reefs, scuba diving with mesmerizing corals and turtles Cayo Diablo in Fajardo is a hidden gem worth exploring. ​ Lobos Island Lobos Island, also known as Isla de Lobos or Wolf Island, is a captivating island located off the coast of Fajardo in Puerto Rico. It is known for its pristine beaches, abundant wildlife, and vibrant coral reef that’s 35 feet deep and in protected waters.    Lobos Island is a small, uninhabited island that offers a natural haven for visitors seeking tranquility and natural beauty. The island is characterized by its picturesque coastline, featuring stretches of golden sandy beaches and crystal-clear turquoise waters.    One of the main attractions of Lobos Island lies beneath the surface—the vibrant coral reef that surrounds the island. The reef ecosystem surrounding Lobos Island is teeming with marine life and offers a captivating underwater experience. Snorkelers and scuba divers are drawn to the area to explore the colorful coral formations and encounter a diverse array of marine species.   Ruthie calls Lobos “the Jurassic Park reef” as there is a ton of weird structure and caves… It looks prehistoric!      As you immerse yourself in the underwater world around Lobos Island, you’ll discover a kaleidoscope of tropical fish, including parrotfish, angelfish, butterflyfish, and many more. The reefs are also home to sea turtles, rays, and an assortment of fascinating invertebrates. Exploring the reef’s nooks and crannies reveals the intricate beauty and interconnectedness of the marine ecosystem.   Beyond its stunning beaches and coral reefs, Lobos Island is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts. The island serves as a nesting site for various bird species, including frigatebirds and terns. You might witness these graceful birds soaring through the sky or nesting along the cliffs and shores of the island.

Map of Fajardo Islands Palamino, Icacos, Lobos and Diablo
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