Scuba diving in Aguadilla, Isabela, and Rincon
From pristine reefs to underwater caves, north-west Puerto Rico has great diving all year round right from the beach! If you’re new to diving, we have a safe and easy spot that’s perfect for learning and building skills.
Join us and float effortlessly through the underwater world in warm, clear water. Our sites are filled with aquatic life and it’s common to see sergeant majors, angelfishes, damselfishes, flounders, moray eels, porcupine fish and lion fish. If you’re a little lucky you might even see a sea turtle, spotted eagle ray, dolphin, or seahorse! The water is always warm and comfortable. You won’t even need a wet suit.
If you’re looking to get a scuba certification to dive on your own or get an advanced scuba certification, you can get proper instruction from Open Water all the way through your Master Instructor certification.
If you’re interested in dive guided by a PADI professional or in any PADI recreational scuba certification, please give us a call now at (787) 890-6071, or click here to send us an email.
PADI Recreational SCUBA CertificationsBelow is a listing from www.padi.com of all recreational PADI certifications with links to their descriptions. At Aquatica, you can get any certification and most specialties at lower prices than you’ll find in the states. Give us a call at (787) 890-6071 for more information about pricing and timing for these certifications.
Dive Sites in Aguadilla and Isabela
- Depth: 0-40+ ft. (30 ft average)
- Difficulty: Beginnner
- Accessibility: High
- Facilities: Food, Drink, Toilets, Parking
Crashboat beach is perfect for new divers or divers refreshing their skills. You can put all of your equipment on in the parking lot and just walk right into the ocean. The most common route is diving out along the pier over a gradually downward sloping sand bottom to a set of platforms called dolphins standing in about 30 feet of water. The pillars holding up the dolphins are covered in colorful and healthy corals which attract schools of sergeant major fish as well as other fish listed above. Once you explore the three standing dolphin platforms, there are two others which collapsed and are on the ocean floor.
We take our Discover Scuba Divers and Open Water classes to Crashboat Beach because the gentle sloping sandy bottom and calm conditions provide a learning environment great for mastering the basic safety skills. Once students are ready, the instructor leads them along the pier to the dolphins platforms where they can get their first close-up look at the variety of marine life while breathing underwater.
This site is easily accessible and has food, drinks, and bathroom facilities. The conditions are usually calm with 40+ feet of visibility all year round. Crashboat is our most frequented dive site because conditions are usually great here even when they are not so good at the other sites. Crashboat is also our favorite spot for night dives because it’s easily accessible and the parking lot has lights at night.
- Depth: 0-70+ ft. (45 ft average)
- Difficulty: Advanced (Open Water cert req’d)
- Accessibility: Low
- Facilities: Parking
For more advanced divers, Natural is another beach-entry dive with a healthy reef system. The dive site extends directly outward from shore along a gently sloping bottom about 200 yards to about 40 feet of water where the reef meets a sandy bottom. From there divers can head northward along the reef with a gradual slope until about 70 feet. Divers frequently head diagonally back to shore based on air consumption or no decompression limits. You might only make it to 50 or 60 feet before starting to head back. There are many similar fish to Crashboat, but you have a greater chance to see sea turtles, spotted eagle rays, large eels, and dolphins at this location, the deeper and more northward you head.
Natural is a great site for certified divers looking for a guided dive. If you sign up for two dives in a day, Natural will likely be your first dive because it’s a deeper dive. Since this site goes deeper than 60 feet, you can get your deep dive specialty at this site as well, which will count towards your Advanced Open Water certification.
Natural beach is more difficult to find than Crashboat Beach. There are no facilities within walking distance, just residential houses. You can drive on paved roads until about 200 feet from the beach where there is a grass parking lot and path down to the beach. Diver’s can don their equipment in this parking lot and then walk down to the beach. If you have a Jeep or pickup truck with good clearance, there is a rocky dirt road past the parking lot the leads to 30 feet from the beach. The conditions are usually calm with 40+ feet of visibility all year around, but Natural is a little less sheltered than Crashboat; surge and currents can be stronger here.
- Depth: 0-33+ ft. (25 ft average)
- Difficulty: Advanced (Open Water cert req’d)
- Accessibility: Medium
- Facilities: None
Shacks is an exciting reef cavern dive starting right from the beach. From shore, divers swim on the surface about 400 feet out to the entrance to a 30 foot deep “blue hole”. Diver’s then descend and navigate through, up, and around a series of caverns and overhead environments, exiting back through the entrance to the blue hole. The caverns provide a unique and exciting sensation different from normal reef diving. Open Water certification is required because different planning, protocols, equipment, and skills are necessary to safely navigate overhead and cavern environments.
A professional guide who knows this dive site is highly recommended. It’s easy to get lost or stuck in the cavern system if you are not familiar with the site. It’s important to know the entry and exit points of every cavern and how you can get to the surface at all times. This cavern dive can be unique, fun, and exciting, but only if done safely with the proper supervision.
While the roads to Shacks beach are great, there are no designated parking areas. You will most likely have to park along the street about 700 feet from the beach. If you dive with Aquatica, however, we’ll suit up 200 feet from the beach. There are no facilities within walking distance, only residential houses.
Dive with a professional at Aquatica and we’ll show you the best and safest diving experience in north-west Puerto Rico. We monitor conditions daily and tailor dives to your interests and experience level. To setup a dive call us now at (787) 890-6071, or click here to send us an email.
Scuba Dive Shop and Rentals
Our shop offers quality scuba and snorkel equipment for sale or rent 7 days a week, including:
- Buoyancy Control Devices
- Regulators and gauges
- Dive Computers
- Snorkels, Masks, Fins
- Tanks and air fills
- Exposure suits and rash guards
- Weight belts and weights
- Underwater cameras and enclosures
- Dive lights
- Signaling devices (SMB, Dive flags, whistles, glow sticks)
- Dive accessories (knives, clips, reels, mask defog)
We’re located 5 minutes from Aguadilla airport. Stop in and take a look at what we have available for you. We’re happy to answer your questions and help you in any way we can. Click here for directions.