Often referred to as the “Galápagos of the Caribbean,” this site boasts nearly 300 species of fish, as well as hard and soft corals, sea turtles, and occasionally a humpback whale, dolphin, or marlin. Be cautious of currents.
Named for the funky features of the children’s board game, this site features gigantic sea fans, lettuce corals, sponges, and a wide array of reef fish.
Las Cuevas, Desecheo:
This network of canyons, arches, and swim-throughs gives the site its name, which translates to mean “the caves.”
Fallen Rock, La Parguera:
Dramatic topography of coral-colored boulders and notched walls form a backdrop for chromis, caesar grunts, schoolmasters and Spanish hawkfish, as well as pelagic visitors such as ocean triggerfish, mackerels, jacks, barracuda and spotted eagle rays.
Efra's Wall, La Parguera:
This wall dive, carved by a canyon, features sea fans, whip corals, finger sponges, pore sponges, black coral, slipper lobsters, and crabs, as well as schools of black durgeons, creole wrasse, and parrotfish.
Black Wall, La Parguera:
This steep wall plunges to 30 metres/100 feet, festooned with black coral, black and red sea fans, and multicolored tube sponges. Look for hogfish, black durgeons and triggerfish.
Cayo Raton, Culebra:
Teeming with fish, this curving reef hosts queen angelfish, butterflyfish, parrotfish, horse-eye jacks, and peacock flounders.
Cayo Lobito, Culebra:
Nick-named “the hospital” due to the abundance of nurse sharks, this reef also attracts jacks and barracuda.
Patti's Reef, Vieques:
Remarkable formations of elkhorn and staghorn corals and are interspersed with a rainbow of sponges. Look for nurse sharks, mackerels and other visiting pelagic fish.
Angel Reef, Vieques:
This spur-and-groove formation hosts the gray angelfish from which it takes its name. Keep an eye out for old Spanish anchors.