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SNORKELING PUERTO RICO BY MOTORBOAT

 


SNORKELING TOURS PUERTO RICO

Blue Tangs schools of fish seen while snorkeling
parrot fish, blue tang, coral heads and octopus underwater tour
PRIVATE BOAT TOUR • THREE LITTLE ISLANDS
EXPLORE THE COLORFUL UNDERWATER WORLD

We offer a day amongst Puerto Rico's most delightful 'paradise islands' of the Cordillera Reserve. Icacos, Lobos and Palominitos. Cayo Diablo or 'Bird Key' could be visited on exceptionally calm days. We depart from Las Croabas, a small fishing village located just north of Fajardo, an hours' drive east of San Juan.

Our first snorkeling stop, Icacos, is a 15 minute boat ride from the dock. Next stop, Lobos reef, has a school of Blue Tang waiting for us to feed them! They swim right up to the boat and will follow us around the reef as we snorkel.

After feeding the fish, experienced snorkelers will follow Elena on a 'drift snorkel trip' where the boat drops us off 'up current' and we slowly drift down over masses of coral heads, fish, gorgonians and staghorn corals. The boat is always near us and we move on to our next stop when we are ready. Our trip is always weather dependent , we won't snorkel anywhere rough, which exact reefs we visit depends upon the direction of the wind and waves. There is always a calm spot, usually everywhere Although the months of September and August can be miserably hot, they are wonderful for snorkeling!

First time snorkelers will stop at a shallow, incredibly clear water spot where we try out our gear and learn 'the ropes', after which we move on to a deeper spot where the fish are waiting to be fed! What an incredible experience. Guests comment how much it is like jumping into a fish tank, with the fish. This tour operates on weekdays only.

FEEDING THE FISH ON LOBOS ISLAND REEF

motorboat private charter snorkel tour in Puerto RicoCaptain Mingo & his boat 'Punta Brava'. has more than 30 years experience in these waters

MEMORIES OF A DAY EXPLORING THESE LOVELY ISLANDS!

LUNCH BREAK ASHORE ON OUR 'PRIVATE' BEACH

Icacos island puerto rico  snorkel tour

After a leisurely snorkel off Lobos Island we move to the backside of Icacos, for an hours break on this beautiful, pristine beach. Los Lirios beach is our own private paradise because other boats can not get into this hidden cove. Sit under an umbrella and enjoy your lunch. After lunch we move to another reef, in a different area. We may stop on another island, Palominitos, on our way back the mainland.

You will need to bring: water, lunch, sun block towels, hats and equipment. If you need to rent gear we can stop at the local dive shop on our way to the dock. They rent a set of mask, snorkel and fins for $12.

THIS IS A PRIVATE SNORKEL CHARTER BY BOAT - YOUR GROUP ONLY.
Private charter is for a 4+ hour excursion with experienced captain & guide. 3 Islands and 3 reefs. Where we go is weather dependant. Advance reservations only. Tour operates on weekdays only.

Rates" 2 persons $350 • 3-4 people $400 • 5 people $500 • 6 people $550.

Add on Cayo de las Aves ( Bird Key) an additional $100. ( very calm days only)

Please Note: We LOVE guests who use rash guards to protect against the sun. Why? Because it reduces the amount of UV block sun block that does hurt the corals. Reduces the amount of chemicals on you too!

Reservations E Mail < elenastour@hotmail.com > Advance reservations only. Please Email for booking information. With more than 30 years experience doing this, Elena is your guide. Captain Mingo has sailed and motored these waters for more than 35 years, he comes from a long line of many generations of local fishermen.

MORE PHOTOS OF ICACOS ISLAND*CAYO DE LAS AVES (BIRD KEY)

guests on icacos island snorkeling tou

Above: Three Islands, Lobos, Icacos and Palominitos with some of our guests.

ICACOS ISLAND WATER TAXIFEEDING THE FISH ON LOBOS ISLAND REEF


Above: approaching our favorite reef, where the school of Blue Tang are waiting for us! Lobos Island in the background. Below: Captain Mingo on the far right with Elena in the middle and two happy snorkelers.

Tour guests with Captain Mingo and Elena

Reservations E Mail < elenastour@hotmail.com > Advance reservations only. Please Email for booking information.


View from Icacos Island back towards mainland puerto rico

You don't know what 'color therapy' really is until you have swum in all these varied hues of blue!


THE BEST SNORKEL TRIP

We offer you the unique opportunity to enjoy these waters as much as possible! Privately, with guides. A day of exquisite colors and underwater fish and sun in Puerto Rico.

IS THE WATER THIS BLUE ? YES ! THE MOST AMAZING BEACHES IN PR!

FEEDING THE FISH ON LOBOS ISLAND REEF


Captain Mingo and his boat Punta Brava behind Icacos
The great thing about this boat is we can manuever into shallow waters with superb reefs. Catamarands & diesal boats can't get in here! Our captain is also the most experienced. He holds a masters license, and has driven bigger boats for over 35 years.

THIS TRIP IS NOT AVAILABLE WEEKENDS

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If the ocean is particularly calm and you are experienced snorkelers then you could add the trip to Cayo de Las Aves ( Bird Key) . $100 additional. Well worth it! . . as the reefs are more extensive and pristine. This is a booby bird nesting site, they nest on the far side of the little island on the rocks.

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MAP how to get to Icacos Beach

Map showing how to get to Cayo Icacos from Las Croabas, Fajardo. North-East tip Puerto Rico

Icacos Island is big enough so that you cannot walk around it easily. The ocean side is rough and rocky with waves breaking over the rocks and the leeward side is very calm and lovely. Beach exploring is great for anyone who doesn't want to spend much time in the water.

Below is another little island in the Cordillera Reserve that we visit, Palominitos Key

All trips advance reservations ONLY please. We meet in Fajardo, if you need a taxi from San Juan to Fajardo we can arrange this for you, but it is expensive, you are better off with a rental car. For Reservations and Information contact Elena:

email: < elenastour@hotmail.com >

Left: Squirrel fish and Queen Angel, right Palominitos Key from the air.


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More photos of Cayo IcacosAerial photo of Cayo de Las Aves

Photos guests have taken! On the beach at Icacos. On the boat.

snorkel tour guests

happy snorkelers

Lobos Key in the background, always gorgeous. The Kamatas from Colorado.

"We just came back. It was a pleasure spending the daily trip with you and Mingo, and the wonderful memories will stay with us forever. . . Thanks and have a nice sunny day." Regards, Jing


Guests Luminitza and Bill from Wisconsin, off Palomino Island, Cordillera Reserve east of Fajardo.

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The Wachs Family from Philadelphia

getting ready to snorkel
Francescas' daughters and friend from New Jersey


Learn to identify fire coral and stay well away from it.. It won't touch you, you have to touch it! (same goes for sea urchins!)

The treatment for fire coral stings is fairly straight forward in the acute phase.

The pain and rash is caused in a similar way that a jellyfish will cause the problems too. Lots of stinging nematocysts, full of venom, implant into your skin and pump in the poison.

The can be neutralised by vinegar. If your problem persists where you are still itching like crazy you need to get some steroid cream. At this stage I would also make sure there's some antibiotic in the cream too as there may well be itching if you have been scratching the area.

Try "fucibet" cream. Its got a good strong steroid and a broad spec antibiotic. It is sold only by prescription though.

If you wear a 1 mill body suit it will prevent fire coral stings..

Reef Safe Sunscreen

( Please Note: Nothing works better than UV protecting long sleeve shirts!)

Here's something I bet you didn't know: the active ingredients in some sunscreens stay active when they wash off of your body into the sea. When they land on coral reefs, the sunscreens block the beneficial rays of sun which keep bad bugs on the coral at bay, and encourage viruses which eventually bleach and kill the reef.

Every single sunscreen, even the fancy health food store types, have at least one of the four ingredients which cause the damage. The ingredients are: parabens, cinnamates, benzophenones and camphor derivatives. Here are some of the names you'll see on the bottles: Oxybenzone, benzophenone-3, octyl-methoxycinnamate. But look out for parabens and the camphor derivatives, too.

Caribbean Sol Sunscreen does not contain these ingredients.

The sunscreens it uses are reflective: titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. They include lots of other natural stuff-- you can go to their website to learn more if you want. From a user's perspective, the only drawbacks are that 1) it makes your skin look a little bit lighter when it gets wet, so if you're trying to show off a tan, just give it up for the day, and 2) we found we needed to be a little bit more generous with it, because it's not as oily, and it's a little bit stickier than regular sunscreen. Reflective sun-BLOCKS with zinc and titanium dioxides actually reflect the UV-A rays that make your skin AGE, as opposed to just the UV-Bs that we're all so afraid of, and that are dealt with by sun SCREENS. So that's a bonus.

We bought the kids' version and the regular version, and I think the kids smells a little bit fruitier and fresher, which I like in the summer. What we ended up doing was wearing regular sunscreen on the days we didn't go to the beach or snorkel, and using Caribbean Sol when we did (with showers in between). And as dorky as it seems (again, if you're a tan-hunter)

I always wear a rash guard on top to avoid having to use as much sunscreen AND IT PROTECTS AGAINST FIRE CORAL TOO!

If you can go super-dork and wear a long-sleeved rashguard.

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We found some great biodegradable sunscreen at Mexitan.com. Don't forget the UV protective clothing! Surfers have used rash guard shirts for years but it's just recently that the SPF 150+ protection these shirts provide while you're in the water has been discovered by the rest of the non-surfing, beach going population AND it means you'll use less sunscreen!



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