Culebra coral reef.
Without a doubt Culebra Island is our most impressive Snorkeling / Kayak Excursion! The Island boasts the clearest waters, pristine beaches and a variety of sea life that will amaze!
Culebra is Spanish for “serpent”. The island received this name because of the shape as it bends in and out. Culebra is one of a group of islands off the eastern coast of Puerto Rico, known as the Spanish Virgin Islands. The Island’s beaches, including our launch site Tamarindo Bay, are among the most beautiful in the world.
Culebra is an archipelago consisting of the main island and twenty-three smaller islands that lie off its coast. One of the largest of these cays, “Cayo Luis Peña” is a Nature Reserve, and it’s in these waters that you will experience world class snorkeling in crystal clear waters abundant with amazing sea life, not seen anywhere else in Puerto Rico. Water visibility on a typical day can exceed 100 feet and more!
During a typical Culebra snorkeling session you might spot a Sea Turtle gliding through stunning coral gardens, or come across a fabulous school of fish. Rays, lobsters, a mind-boggling array of fish species and Turtles...did we mention turtles? It’s a rare day when our snorkeling guests don’t see turtles!
Our Culebra Aquafari, unquestionably will provide the most diverse and spectacular underwater experiences for the adventuresome visitors to Puerto Rico!
Bioluminescent “Laguna Grande” (Great Lagoon)
Aerial picture of the Great Lagoon.
Imagine the blackness of the sea on a moonless night. Now watch it sparkle with the darting lights of a million fireflies. Nature lovers will not want to miss the phenomenal experience of visiting a tropical Bioluminescent Lagoon! Located in the town of Fajardo, in the heart of Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve, this peaceful lagoon locally known as Fajardo’s “Bio Bay”, is one of Puerto Rico’s greatest natural treasures!
The bioluminescence is generated by zillions of microscopic organisms in the water known as Pyrodinium Bahamense. It is believed to be part of a natural defense system triggered by the movement of predators. Many scientists believe the tiny organisms light up so their predators such as crustaceans and other baitfish are exposed to the sight of bigger fish - thus leaving them alone.
The phenomenon occurs sporadically in warm seas around the world, but Puerto Rico is one of the only places on the planet where the bioluminescent display is dependable all year round! Click here for details of KPR’s Puerto Rico Bio Bay tours and excursions.
Seven Seas Bay,
Seven Seas Bay…A Nature Lover’s Paradise!
Unquestionably one of the most beautiful and ecologically diverse bays in Puerto Rico. Las Cabezas Bay also known as Seven Seas Bay is located in between two of the most valuable natural reserves in Puerto Rico. Las Cabezas bay is known for its calm emerald clear waters protected by a long coral reef (1 mile in length) that serves as a wave breaker 800 meters offshore. The average ocean temperature is 81ºF.
The calm relaxing waters of the bay are ideal for kayaking all year round and the coral reefs in the center provides us with many spectacular snorkeling destinations ideal for all skill levels.
A school of Blue Tangs
When snorkeling in Culebra, you are likely to find tropical flora and fauna that easily eclipse the most beautiful aquarium you have ever seen. Swim amoung tame sea life, marvel at the variety of coral formations, spot sea horses, unusual arrow crabs, colorful parrot fish, and octopus, among the endless schools of blue tangs and other colorful reef fish.
Caribbean Brown Pelican
A destination for migratory birds as well as the home for endangered species, Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve is an ideal location to observe dozens of remarkable birds in their native habitat. With its unique Caribbean location, Puerto Rico has drawn on the biologic diversity of North, South and Central America.
Great Heron in the mangroves
Puerto Rico's extensive coastline and small offshore islands make ideal roosts for pelagic birds. There are a total of 349 species of birds on the Island. Among the Sea Birds diving for fish, you’ll see Pelicans, Osprey, Comorants and Frigate Birds. The two large lagoons in each Natural Reserve bracketing Seven Seas host hundreds of marine bird nesting colonies.
Within the island's forests, birders can hope to see the delightful little Tody (locally called 'San Pedrito'), the unique Puerto Rican Lizard Eating Cuckoo and the endangered Puerto Rican Parrot (of which only 40 remain alive in a few hidden areas of El Yunque rain forest).
The historic Fajardo Lighthouse
Fajardo Light House
The Fajardo Lighthouse, located within the reserve, is one of many lighthouses built by the Spanish in the 19th century around the perimeter of Puerto Rico. This one is a jewel, both for its setting and the care with which it was restored a few years ago by the Conservation Trust.
In addition to visiting the small nature center on the lower level of the Fajardo Lighthouse, be sure to climb the antique iron staircase to the observation deck. The view of the 316-acre preserve with El Yunque towering behind it is extraordinary. Even more breathtaking is the seeming endless expanse of sea, dotted with islets and far off islands.
The Fajardo Lighthouse is usually open to the public Friday through Sunday. Reservations are required (787) 722-5882 or (787) 860-2560 on weekends.