Puerto Rico: better above water

Trip Start Mar 18, 2012
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Trip End Mar 25, 2012


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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Today was our first diving day. We went diving with the dive shop at the El Conquistador Resort (a Waldorf-Astoria resort). It was forecasted to be rainy, so underwater was, in theory, the perfect location. Now, we are well aware that divers generally don't travel to Puerto Rico just to dive. I didn't have high expectations at all, just wanted some time underwater looking at pretty fish. I was severely disappointed. The visibility was horrible, around 20 feet (there was only light rain, so that wasn't the culprit...from talking to the dive masters it was apparently pretty normal conditions). The hard corals were in horrible shape and there were very, very few fish at all. The only high points were the large sea fans and tube worms. I usually take 200-300 pictures on 2 dives. I took 39 and most were useless because of all of the debris in the water. The 2nd dive Paul decided to go back to the boat after just a few minutes. Emily and I hung in there, but returned to the boat with over 1000 PSI left because we, quite frankly, were bored. I'm someone who usually refuses to go up until I'm nearly out of air and/or floating due to the empty tank. We were scheduled to dive again tomorrow, but decided that it wasn't worth our time or money. There are plenty of things that we can do above water instead.

Since it was rainy we took our picnic lunch back to the condo and relaxed. For dinner we went into Old San Juan and ate at Barrachina on the recommendation of my friend Carlos. Barrachina is where the piña colada was invented. The food was excellent! I had mofongo, a traditional Puerto Rican dish with mashed, fried plantains and meat. Paul and Emily had fajitas. I, of course, had to have a piña colada and ended with cheese flan.
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Mom on

I like the blue cromis and the lion fish. Aren't the lion fish poisonous?

drmom
drmom on

Yes they are. And they're damaging Caribbean reefs because they aren't indigenous and have no natural predators.

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