Here are some of our most frequently asked questions. Click on the link beside a particular question to view the Answer.
While we offer many different combinations of packages, our standard package includes the following:
The following additional expenses should be considered by travelers and planned for:
Puerto Rico and especially the East side of the island where we are located enjoy great water conditions year round. Because of our geographic location, we have many cays which protect our dive sites from rough waters
Water visibility can vary drastically depending of wind and rain. Average Visibility is about 40’-50’and can go up to 100’.
The water temperature change seasonally. Our seasons are just the same as they are in the United States with the winter months being colder than summer. A rough breakdown of water temperatures would be as follows:
|Jun-Aug||80-85f||No wetsuit required|
|September-October||78-80f||1mm - 3mm suit|
As always, you should base your thermal protection needs on your sensitivity, the number of dives you are going to perform each day, and the number repetitive diving days you will participate in.
All of the dives we offer include tanks, weights and weight belts. In addition, the following items are available to make your dives more enjoyable at no additional charge:
On board the boats:
If you don't already have your own equipment, the following items are available for rent:
To learn more about our rental equipment, visit our Rental Equipment page on this site.
Once you have boarded your boat and before leaving the dock, your crew will discuss several desired dive sites. If you have suggestions on particular sites or types of dives you want to do this trip, be sure to speak up. Based on your suggestions our crew will recommend specific sites to visit during this trip.
Typically our first dive will be a deep dive following a 70 ft for 40 minutes profile. Most likely this will be to one of our sites along the Cordillera.
Once everyone is back on board we will move the boat to your second site. After an appropriate surface interval our staff will brief the second dive.
Your second dive, the typical profile for this dive will be 30 to 50 feet for 50 minutes.
All boats with divers have a minimum of two crew members. One is an in-water Dive master and the other crew member remains on board to assist divers. On both dives, we will have a Dive master in the water to assist other divers and to lead portions of the dive.
At Casa del Mar we respect the effort you put into earning your certification card and respect the qualifications you earned. As such we expect that all divers who present themselves as certified divers are capable of executing and successfully navigating a dive as a buddy team without any assistance from an in-water Dive master. However, for your convenience and relaxing, we will have a dive master in the water all time to assist you and who will guide and navigate your dive for you.
All of our dives start with a briefing where our Dive master will share with you a description of the site, local area, environment, and emergency procedures.
Divers who are experienced and comfortable with their own navigation are welcome to go off on their own. During the dive briefing a suggested profile will be described along with a "be back" time. If you perform your own navigation, all we ask is that you are back on the boat by the specified "be back" time.
When possible, we try to separate divers by experience levels, and offer two options, an more 'experienced' boat trip, versus a beginner diver trip for divers that are new, or not been in the water for an extended period of time.
Please see our list of current hotels and specials. We offer packages at a variety of hotels and small resorts on Fajardo, Puerto Rico. However, the most convenient hotel would be El Conquistador where we have located our office and boats.
Casa del Mar Dive center is on property at the marina of El Conquistador Hotel Resort. Located in Fajardo, we are about 45 minutes driving from San Juan. We can arrange transportation from San Juan.
Most of our partner resorts can assist you in arranging babysitting services for younger children.
If you have teens (ages 10-15) consider having them learn to dive! When they become certified divers, they will be eligible for Casa del Mar dive trips.
Younger children (ages 4-10) are welcome aboard the boats as snorkelers or bubble watchers. All we ask is that a parent or guardian remains on board to supervise them. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted on the boats.
Guests choosing to stay at the El Conquistador Resort will find a full day children's program available for kids of all ages.
Yes! San Juan facing Atlantic Ocean which usually is rough and the majority of the days, sea conditions are not the best to go diving. Waves and strong wind cloud visibility and does not offer the most comfortable ride.
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