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Rincon, PR Snorkeling & Scuba Diving

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Discover Tres Palmas Marine Reserve’s rich underwater biodiversity and serene beauty through diving or snorkeling.  Rincon Diving & Snorkeling was started in May 2013 to promote shore diving in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. It is composed of specialized Instructors, Dive Masters, and Divers with a common goal of promoting safe, high quality underwater education and activities in Rincon.

Rincon Diving & Snorkeling is located in the heart of Rincon, Puerto Rico. They offer several different underwater tours for both scuba diving and snorkeling.  Rentals are also available for divers needing equipment.  They focus on customer service, safety and enjoyment at this underwater center.

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Snorkeling and scuba diving in the Tres Palmas Marine Reserve in Rincon is fun, safe, and easy for everyone to enjoy.  You will be amazed at the underwater world that lives just steps from the beautiful beaches of Rincon!

Tours

These scuba diving and snorkeling tours allow you to get up close with some of the sea’s most lively and colorful creatures.  Tours take place off the beach in the beautiful waters surrounding Rincon.  We have guided tours and private tours, depending on your preferences.   For snorkeling tours and discover scuba diving tours, all instruction, equipment and guide is included. For the certified divers tour, the tour includes the guide, tanks and weights. Additional rentals are available at additional cost.

Lessons

If you’ve always wanted to learn how to scuba dive, discover new adventures or simply see the wondrous world beneath the waves, this is where your adventure starts!  We offer a Discover Scuba Dive lesson which will give you a taste of what scuba diving is like.  From there, you can decide if you wish to get scuba certified!

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Snorkeling and Diving Sites

Rincon has some awesome snorkeling sites, but our favorite is the Tres Palmas Marine Reserve.  The reserve was created in 2004 to protect the extensive coral and the surf that breaks over them.  The reserve features beautiful sandy beaches and rich underwater biodiversity perfect for snorkeling and scuba diving.  Fish that inhabit this underwater paradise include parrotfish, blue tangs, hogfish, squirrelfish, butterfly fish, and angelfish. You may also see the occasional stingray, tarpon and turtle swim by to check you out. Look in the crevices for eels, crabs and lobsters.

FAQs

Q Where do I leave my personal belongings?

You can leave your personal belongings either in your personal vehicle or in the dive center. When checking-in, it's better to leave everything in your vehicle so that you can be hands-free during check-in and equipment fitting.

Q What is included in the tour packages?

For the snorkeling tours and discover scuba diving tours, all instruction, equipment and guide for the tour in included. For the certified divers tour, the tour includes the guide, tanks and weights. Additional rentals are available at additional cost.

Q Do I need to know how to swim for the snorkeling tour?

All participants should be “comfortable” in the water. Snorkelers will be provided with snorkeling vests, life vests and, if preferred, snorkeling noodles for flotation. Guides will instruct on snorkeling techniques for beginners.

Q What is your cancellation policy?

Because our groups are always small to exclusive, it is important to let us know of any changes in your reservation.

Why do we have this policy?
This policy reimburses Guides/Instructors for blocking off their schedule for you. When you book, they do not accept other work during that time. If we had no cancellation fee, they would lose the income during that period.

All cancellations should be done 48 hours prior to the day of Tour to be exempted from the cancellation charges of 50% of the total tour cost.

There are no penalties or fees for canceling your Tour outside of the 48 hour window.

CANCELLATION FOR LAST MINUTE BOOKING: Bookings made less than 24 hours of the tour date are considered FINAL.

All NO-SHOWS will be charged the full tour price for the group.
Cancellations made after 5:00 p.m the day prior to the tour will be be considered a NO-Show and incur the full tour price. This includes "reduction in group size" cancellations.

Q What should I bring?

Wear your swimsuit and bring a towel. If you need to change before leaving the dive center, you can use our bathroom facilities. If you have any dive/snorkel gear, feel free to bring it for best personal fit.

Q Where is the best site for snorkeling?

Rincon has some awesome snorkeling sites, but our favorite, is the Tres Palmas Marine Reserve.

Q Do you have swim floaties for kids?

We have snorkel vest which you can inflate and deflate. We also offer coast guard approved life vests for tours and rentals. We stock infant to adult sizes. One is surely available to fit your needs.

Q Will we take a boat?

No boat is required to get to the beautiful reefs in Rincon.

Q Do you provide pick ups?

We recommend using your own transportation for this event. On certain occasions, with advance notice, we may be able to arrange for pickup at one of the local hotels in Rincon. Additional charges may apply.

Q How long are the tours?

Tours are half-day events starting at 9 a.m. or 1 p.m. We highly recommend the 9 a.m. tour over the 1 p.m. tour because (generally) water conditions are much better in the morning. Also, afternoon showers may shorten or cancel your tour.

Q How large are the groups?

Our groups are typically small. For snorkeling tours, maximum number of snorkelers per guide is usually not more than 10. If there is more than 10 in your group, additional guides will be added for safety.

Q How far is Rincon from San Juan?

Rincon is about 2.5 hours from San Juan. If you are departing for any area in the San Juan area, allow extra time for traffic which can be very heavy depending on the time of day and year.

Q Is there a minimum age?

There is no minimum age for snorkeling tours. Please keep in mind that snorkelers younger than 8 year may require extra attention that, due to the size of the group, will not be possible. For younger families we recommend reserving a private tour guide for your tour. For any scuba diving tour, the minimum age is 10 years.

Q What is the difference between a regular tour and a private tour?

A group tour may have participants who are not known to one another. If you have smaller children or need extra attention, guides may not be able to give you the best service without compromising other participants. Also, if you want a more personal service, hire a private guide by booking a Private Guided Snorkeling or diving tour.

Q What can I see on the tour?

We often see the majority of the fish named on any fish ID template, including (but not limited to), parrotfish, blue tangs, hogfish, squirrelfish, butterfly fish, and angelfish. We have the occasional stingray, tarpon and turtle swim by checking you out. Look in the crevices for eels, crabs and lobsters.

Q Do I need to have prior experience to go onto a snorkeling excursion?

No experience is necessary to enjoy a snorkeling tour. However you should have a minimum comfort level in the water. The beautiful corals are close to the surface so you are guaranteed get up close and personal with the marine life.

Q What is the difference between snorkeling and scuba diving?

Snorkeling is done from the surface of the ocean with only a mask, snorkel and fins. Scuba Diving uses equipment that allows to breath UNDERWATER for an extended time. Scuba Diving requires additional training beyond the snorkeler’s experience. Check out our PADI Discover Scuba course to give scuba diving a try without taking the full dive course.

Q What equipment is provided for snorkeling?

The most basic equipment you will need is a mask and snorkel. The mask allows you to see beneath the surface and the snorkel allows you to breath without raising your face from the water. Additionally, fins on your feet, help you move efficiently through the water. We recommend a flotation device (e.g a snorkel vest or life vest) for buoyancy and safety in the water.

Q I want to become a certified diver when I come down for vacation. What should i do to accomplish that and what would be the time line that I need?

If you have never experienced scuba diving before, we recommend scheduling a Discover Scuba Dive which will give you a taste of what scuba diving is like. If your are ready to sign up for a scuba certifying course, the first step to becoming a certified diver, is to purchase your e-learning books from PADI. You can complete the e-learning on your computer before you even leave your home. Once you arrive, you will be able to start diving right away. Allow a minimum of 3 days to get a certification. Give us a call in the dive center and we can go over more details with you.

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