Author: Trent (63.225.219.---)
Date: 07-10-08 17:41
We spent a week on Culebra mid-June with the goal of diving all day, every day. Mort is right. Snorkeling is cheaper and easier than dragging the gear around. Most of the good stuff is 30 feet or above anyway. Now, if you are interested in seeing larger marine life, you will need to go out away from shore. We saw turtles, rays and larger fish while diving, but nothing larger than a parrot fish while snorkeling. This may not always be the case, but that was our experience. Much sea life like the octopus, eels and shrimp are hidden under or in crevices so diving may be the only way to see them as it takes time to locate them. Unless or course you can hold your breath for a good amount of time.
We went to Culebra as diehard divers, but left enjoying the snorkeling almost as much. Personally, I still enjoy the ability to stay down longer and interact. While diving at Carlos Rosario, we came across a grassy area with 30+ large conch spawning, and an enormous lobster under a small boat wreck. Never would have seen that snorkeling.
We enjoyed our dives with Culebra Divers, but equally enjoyed the beach diving at Punta Soldado and Carlos Rosario, and both places are great for diving or snorkeling. Keep in mind, if you snorkel with you dive gear and go down only when you see something of interest, you can go all day on a tank of air. On our last dive at Punta Soldado, we snorkeled and dove for over an hour and came out of the water with over 2000 psi still in our tanks.
Mort is right, the southern end of Carlos Rosario is great snorkeling! We missed it, but somewhere against that wall, captain Bill said there is a hole that traps the incoming surf and resounds like an explosion. Have to check it out when we return again.
Snorkeling or diving, you can go wrong. Trent.