Mona Island: “The Galapagos of the Caribbean”
Just 45 miles from the west coast of Puerto Rico lies an untouched diving oasis called Mona Island. Here, the diving is some of the best around, beautiful walls and pinnacles, big animal encounters, coral heads the size of houses – but it’s not for everyone. Mona island is known for its pristine and awe-inspiring diving, but also for it’s challenging surface conditions and unpredictable currents. They say there is no such thing as a free lunch, after all.
Juliet departs from Mayaguez, Puerto Rico in the evening to head to Mona Island overnight. You can expect to dive around Mona and Monito, and possibly Desecheo (permitting pending).
Cliffs and caves abound, and there is no lack of marine diversity here as the entire island, and her sister Monito, are an ecological preserve. Turtles, sharks, dolphins, and other large animals frequently visit the Mona Passage – the deep water channel nearby – and cruise by the reefs on their way. In the winter months, you can hear whale songs on the walls, and it’s not uncommon to see humpback whales in the area either.