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Culebra, Puerto Rico Snorkel Beaches & Dive Sites

Culebra’s Best Snorkel Beaches & Dive Sites

Culebra, the jewel of Puerto Rico, has some of the Caribbean’s easily accessible Snorkeling on the western shoreline from the northern most point on the Flamenco Peninsula to the southern most western shoreline ending at Punta del Soldado. As for Culebra’s best diving starting with the reefs that begin at the shoreline on the leeward side and slowly slopes away or forms walls with dramatic drop offs to any of Culebra’s barrier reefs or smaller Cayos (keys) which offer health coral colonies from depths of 25ft to 90ft. All are accessible by vehicle, foot, or a short boat ride . Once you arrive at your choice of Culebra’s Snorkel / dive site (beach) you find that all offer an easy entrance with a short swim to the reef ( 2 minutes on average ) or a mooring location with a minor swim for divers.

The range of Culebra’s snorkeling & diving will impressed all with its diversity. Snorkeling on Culebra’s western shoreline offers different reef settings from barrier mini walls with depths of 15-25ft, shallow sloping shoreline reefs ranging 15-35ft depth to dramatic 60-75ft shoreline reef walls all with diverse aquatic wildlife also suitable for shore diving. There are sites perfect for beginners or experienced Snorkelers and Divers; from those who want to take it easy, as well as a more challenging, experienced or adventurous dive/snorkel day swimming thru caverns or poking into the caves. The challenge may take the forum of shallow underwater terrain requiring excellent buoyancy control to basic navigation knowledge around surface growing coral. Equally, if your idea of heaven is a 60-plus minute dive in shallow water crowded with marine life that abound amongst huge health coral heads then many areas offer multiple choices. The coral diversity will impress you with multiple coral species living side-by-side on the shoreline areas of Culebra.

WEEK OF SNORKELING or DIVING ON CULEBRA

Culebra Beach Snorkeling / Diving Day 1

Playa Melones (Beach) Common Name – “the barrier reef” [am]
Average Depth: 15ft-25ft Visibility 45ft+
Reef Description – Hard & Soft coral barrier wall bordered by a Dense Sea Grass Field
Sites Use – Melones: Shore Diving / Shore or Boat Snorkeling / 3 sites
Punta Del Soldado Common Name – “Soldiers Point southern end ” [pm]
Average Depth: 15ft-65ft Visibility 65ft+
Reef Description – Hard & Soft coral sloping reef large coral heads in a spaced colony
Sites Use – Punta Del Soldado: Shore or Boat Snorkeling / Shore or Boat Diving 3+ sites

Culebra Beach Snorkeling/Diving Day 2

Playa Carlos Rosario [ AREA 2 ] Common Name – “the wall part 1 southern section ” [ am/pm ]-
Average Depth: 10ft-75ft Visibility 80ft+
Reef Description – Hard & Soft dense coral wall honey combed with layers
Site Use – Carlos Rosario: Shore or Boat Snorkeling / Boat Diving – 5+ sites

Culebra Beach Snorkeling / Diving Day 3

Playa Tamarindo (Beach) [ Tamarindo AREA 2 ] Common Name-” Tamarindo i.e./ turtle beach / turtle area ” [am]
Average Depth: 10ft-20ft Visibility 45ft+
Reef Description – Sea Grass Beds densely situated or Sea Grass fields of sparse population
Sites Use – Tamarindo: Shore Diving / Shore Snorkeling / 2 sites
Playa Cascajo South End [ AREA 3 ] Common Name – ” soldiers pt. north end ” [pm]
Average Depth: 10ft-35ft Visibility 45ft
Reef Description – Hard & Soft coral wall bordered by multiple Sea Grass Fields
Sites Use – Playa Cascajo: Boat Snorkeling / Boat Diving 5+ sites

Culebra Beach Snorkeling / Diving Day 4

Carlos Rosario Beach [ AREA 1 ] Common Name – ” the horseshoe / entrance ” [am]
Average Depth: 15ft-40ft Visibility 50ft +
Reef Description – Hard & Soft coral sloping reef with species reef blocks [areas]
Sites Use – Carlos Rosario: Shore or Boat Snorkeling / Boat Diving 5+ sites
Playa Cascajo North [AREA 1] Common Name – “Cascajo North to Cascajo Central areas” [pm]
Average Depth: 15ft-35ft Visibility 45ft +
Reef Description – Sea Grass Beds densely situated growing in front of a barrier reef wall
Sites Use – Playa Cascajo North [AREA 1]: Shore or Boat Snorkeling / Shore or Boat Diving 5+ sites

Culebra Beach Snorkeling / Diving Day 5

Playa Tamarindo (Beach) [ Tamarindo AREA 2 ] Common Name – “Tamarindo i.e. / turtle beach / turtle Area” [am]
Average Depth: 10ft-20ft Visibility 45ft+
Reef Description – Sea Grass Beds densely situated or Sea Grass fields of sparse population
Sites Use – Tamarindo: Shore Diving / Shore Snorkeling / 2 sites
Melones / Pt. Chico Tamarindo [ Tamarindo AREA 3 ] Common Name – “Pt. Chico “[pm]
Average Depth: 15ft-35ft Visibility 50ft+
Reef Description – Hard & Soft coral wall floating off the surface and honey combed
Sites Use – Melones / Pt. Chico Tamarindo: Shore or Boat Diving / Shore or Boat Snorkeling/ 3+ sites

Culebra Beach Snorkeling / Diving Day 6

Playa Carlos Rosario ( Beach ) Common Name – “the wall part 2 / the wall extension / north section” [ am ]
Average Depth: 15ft-75ft Visibility 75ft+
Reef Description – Hard & Soft coral within multiple layers densely situated
Sites Use – Carlos Rosario: Shore or Boat Snorkeling / Boat Diving 5+ sites
Tamarindo Grande [ Tamarindo AREA 1] Common Name – Punta Tamarindo Grande (Point) [pm]
Average Depth: 15ft-35ft Visibility 50ft+
Reef Description – Hard & Soft coral wall densely situated and Sea Grass Beds
Sites Use – Tamarindo Grande [pm]: Shore or Boat Snorkeling / Boat Diving 2 sites

Culebra Beach Snorkeling / Diving Day 7

Playa Tamarindo (Beach) [ Tamarindo AREA 2] Common Name – “Tamarindo i.e./turtle beach / turtle Area” [am]
Average Depth: 10ft-20ft Visibility 45ft+
Reef Description – Sea Grass Beds densely situated or Sea Grass fields of sparse population
Sites Use – Tamarindo: Shore Diving / Shore Snorkeling / 2 sites
Playa Flamenco ( Beach ) Common Name – “ del moisutio / the shark pens“ [pm]
Average Depth: 15ft-35ft Visibility 40ft+
Reef Description – Hard & Soft coral densely packed on a barrier wall
Sites Use – Flamenco Beach: Shore Diving / Shore Snorkeling / 2 sites

The western shoreline of Culebra is on the leeward side of the island and protected from the wind and swell 90% of the year. Low pressure or large weather systems will change the swell direction as it is passing Culebra. Most Snorkeling Centers on Culebra can offer daily detail information including, water temperature, swell or wave height, and visibility for all locations on Culebra. On shore and offshore conditions vairy depended on location. Getting current daily conditions and best site suggestions for locations that will offer optimum snorkeling and diving conditions always increases the day’s positive activity outlook.

Biodegradable Ocean and Coral Reef Safe Sunscreens

Biodegradable Ocean and Coral Reef Safe Sunscreens

The Concern: Certain ingredients in sunscreens are toxic to corals and reef fishes. Studies have shown that sunscreens worn by swimmers, divers, snorkelers, fishermen and general “aquaholics” contributed to the decline of coral reefs. Between 6,000 and 14,000 tons of sunscreen washes off into our coral reefs every year and accelerates the process of coral reefs bleaching, as well being toxic to certain reef fish species.

Common sunscreen ingredients, such as Benzophenone-3, also know as Oxybenzone, can bleach coral and damage coral reefs. Cylcopentasiloxane/Cyclomethicone are silicone-based ingredients, used in skin and hair care products, have also been shown to be toxic and to bio-accumulate in aquatic organisms. They are also suspected to be reproductive toxins and endocrine disruptors. Learn more >

Snorkeling in Culebra with a 2.5 wetsuit

The 411 on Wetsuit Information

The HEAD Wave 2.5 Men’s and Women’s Shorty Wetsuit is perfect for any water activity, designed to sta817QwWHbmRL._SY450_y durable and flattering day in and day out.

DESCRIPTION

Short cut suit for all kinds of watersports activities. An extremly durable and comfortable suit, with long arms and long legs. Perfect for those who are looking for a suit for swimming, snorkeling, surfing, paddling, canyoning and other awesome watersports.
A basic and functional wetsuit in 2.5mm nylon-covered neoprene which provides good flexibility and excellent
durability. Low neck profile for comfort. Standard rear-facing zipper.
Available in both women’s and men’s models.  Nylon covered neoprene, both inside and outside, makes the suit very durable.

Features

  • Nylon / Neoprene

  • Flat-lock stitched seams.

  • Thickness: 2.5mm.

  • Short sleeves and legs.

  • YKK rear zipper with leash.

  • High-stretch.

  • 1-year limited warranty

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Seals Seals at the neck, wrists and ankles keep water from entering the wetsuit. Rolled smooth-skin seals do the best job, but standard smooth-skin seals are also effective, followed by O-ring seals. Many suits use nylon cuffs in place of seals, which are comfortable but don’t block water intrusion.

Seams Glued and blind stitched seams eliminate water seepage because the needle doesn’t go through the fabric. Flat-seam or flat-lock stitching is softer against the skin but allows water in, making it better suited for warm-water suits.

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Materials Modern high-stretch neoprene increases comfort and flexibility. Traditional neoprene is stiffer but resists compression better. Many suits use both types: compression-resistant neoprene for its thermal advantages, and strategically placed, anatomically shaped high-stretch panels to address the flexibility issue.

Zippers A high-quality zipper backed by a smooth-skin sealing system creates a water-blocking barrier that can’t be beat. Some suits employ zippers with overlapping teeth designed to reduce water seepage even further

Snorkeling Wetsuit    –    all sizes available

​Reef Shorty        2.5mm      Warm Water         Snorkeling Wetsuit

  • Quality and nice finish
  • Cool, stylish, lightweight and excellent for warm water dives and long snorkeling sessions
  • High level of finish on all details including neck custom closure and back zip puller
  • Smooth skin front panel making the shorty suitable for surfing and water skiing

SL4 Xenon Light » Underwater Kinetics

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SL4 Xenon

Most lights small enough to fit in your BC pocket lack a powerful beam. That’s why UK designed the SL4 Xenon, a secondary light with the extensive reach of a bright beam that is still small enough to take anywhere. The xenon bulb also offers improved color clarity.

 

  • 5.5 watt high pressure xenon filled lamp

  • Precision machined aluminum reflector gives bright, narrow beam for sighting distant objects

  • Fits neatly in BC pocket, ready to use

  • Works well as a photo spotting light or to illuminate gauges and tables

  • Molded rubber bezel cover reduces glare and protects light

  • Thumb or index finger activated rotary switch permits single hand operation

  • Tough, non-conductive ABS and polycarbonate plastic construction will not corrode, dent or freeze to skin in cold weather.

  • Rubber sleeve lanyard included

sl4-xenon-safety-blackUnderwater Kinetics designs and manufactures flashlights, waterproof cases, and other accessories for the utility, industrial, fire, first response, government, and dive and sport industries’ most demanding applications.

Source: SL4 Xenon Light » Underwater Kinetics

C4 eLED L2 Rechargeable » Underwater Kinetics

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The C4 eLED L2 is a major new update to one of the world’s favorite dive lights. Boasting a significant increase in lumen output, and all the good stuff you loved about the classic original C4, you’ll love the L2 for any type of diving.

C4 eLED L2 is a versatile and durable primary dive light that produces a powerful, penetrating beam in a lightweight, compact package.

Boasting a huge increase in beam output from the L1 model, the C4 eLED (L2) produces 575 lumens on high, or 200 lumens on low with a maximum runtime of 19 hours.

Dual power setting provides flexibility to produce the correct amount of light for any diving situation.

Available with standard alkaline C-cell batteries at a maximum of 575 lumens, or upgrade to the rechargeable pack that produces 1000 lumens.

Please note that previous versions of this light (C4 eLED L1) are not compatible with the new NiMH Rechargeable Battery Pack & Charger. The new pack is specifically designed to only work with the new C4 eLED (L2) for maximum lumen output, and cannot be used with the old lights.

 

  • Alkaline performance – 575 lumens on high, 200 lumens on low

  • Run time : Alkaline :  5 hours on high, 200 lumens on low

  • Ergonomic pistol grip for a comfortable hold

  • Will not corrode – Tough composite body, HYDRALUM, and engineering polymer components will hold up for 20 years in seawater

  • Dual power – locking switch toggles between high and low power

  • Safety switch – light will not turn on accidentally underwater

  • Alkaline or rechargeable – Available for 4 C-cells, or a long-life rechargeable battery that will last 10 years with proper care

  • New bezel – tough rubber bezel protects against impact

  • High intensity twin LED module with proprietary convective cooling element

  • Unique optical design unites two high intensity LEDs into one beam with twice the intensity

  • Light from LED is close to sunlight in color and travels farther in water for maximum visibility

  • Proudly made in the USA

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Source: C4 eLED L2 Rechargeable » Underwater Kinetics

15th Month in a Row to Break a Monthly Heat Record

July 2016 was 1.57 degrees F above the 20th-century average, breaking last year’s record for the warmest July on record by 0.11 degrees F, according to scientists from NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information.

This was the 15th month in a row to break a monthly heat record, surpassing July 2015 as the warmest month ever on record. Records date back 137 years to 1880.

For the year to date, the average global temperature was 1.85 degrees F above the 20th-century average. This was the highest temperature for this period, breaking the previous record set in 2015 by 0.34 degrees F.

Map: Some notable climate events around the world in July 2016
Map: Some notable climate events around the world in July 2016
(NOAA NCEI)

Some more notable findings around the world include:

  • The globally averaged sea surface temperature was record high for July and the year to date (January–July).

  • The globally averaged land surface temperature tied with 1998 as record high for July and record high for the year to date.

  • Near-record-warm continents: Asia had its second warmest July; Oceania its fourth, North America its fifth, and Africa and Europe their seventh.

  • The average Arctic sea ice extent for July was 16.9 percent below the 1981–2010 average. This was the third smallest July extent since records began in 1979.

  • The average Antarctic sea ice extent for July was 0.2 percent above the 1981–2010 average, marking the smallest July Antarctic sea ice extent since 2011 and the 19th smallest on record.

Great Camera Rental Starting at $40.00 / day

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Product Description

Key features include:

  • Video Camera Resolution: 1080p@30fps, 720p@60fps
  • Photo Resolution:12MP, 8MP, 5MP and 3MP
  • Rugged, durable, and waterproof to 330 feet; HD video resolution to 1080P@30fps and photo resolution to 12MP
  • Easy to use Intova operating system
  • 2.4G 2-way water resistant remote control lets users snap photos and start and stop video recording remotely. *IMPORTANT NOTE: Wireless transmission will not work underwater.  Wireless remote is for surface use only.
  • Camera floats
  • 1.5″ LCD screen acts as both a viewfinder and playback monitor; rechargeable Li-ion battery with 3-hour battery life with LCD off and 2-hours with LCD on
  • 140-degree, point-of-view wide-angle lens; 4x digital zoom
  • Uses same filters and lenses as EDGE X and CONNEX
  • Rechargeable Li-ion battery 1450mAh
  • Micro USB charger/download port
  • Diving Mode (electronic red filter)
  • Motion Detection Mode
  • Time Lapse mode
  • Self-capture mode
  • Burst Mode: 3, 5, 10 photos
  • Video Rotation Mode (rotate video 180° when camera is mounted upside down)
  • Manual White Balance
  • Picture in Video (take photo at same time as video recording by pressing OK button)
  • Video recording LED indicator- blinking blue light
  • Audible record alert
  • Camera floats
  • High Definition TV output
  • Video codec: H.264
  • Video format: MP4 / Photo format: JPEG
  • Supports Micro SD Card up to 32GB with class 10 required for HD video recording (not included)
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