Culebra Snorkeling with a 2.5 wetsuit

The 411 on Wetsuit Information

The HEAD Wave 2.5 Men’s and Women’s Shorty Wetsuit is perfect for any water activity, designed to stay durable and flattering day in and day out.

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DESCRIPTION

Short cut suit for all kinds of watersports activities. An extremly durable and comfortable suit, with long arms and long legs. Perfect for those who are looking for a suit for swimming, snorkeling, surfing, paddling, canyoning and other awesome watersports.
A basic and functional wetsuit in 2.5mm nylon-covered neoprene which provides good flexibility and excellent
durability. Low neck profile for comfort. Standard rear-facing zipper.
Available in both women’s and men’s models.  Nylon covered neoprene, both inside and outside, makes the suit very durable.

Features

  • Nylon / Neoprene

  • Flat-lock stitched seams.

  • Thickness: 2.5mm.

  • Short sleeves and legs.

  • YKK rear zipper with leash.

  • High-stretch.

  • 1-year limited warranty

head-2mm-1.jpgSeals Seals at the neck, wrists and ankles keep water from entering the wetsuit. Rolled smooth-skin seals do the best job, but standard smooth-skin seals are also effective, followed by O-ring seals. Many suits use nylon cuffs in place of seals, which are comfortable but don’t block water intrusion.

Body Armor Flexible kneepads provide substantial coverage for the knee and leg area but don’t hinder swimming. Anti-abrasion patches on shoulders and rear protect the wetsuit in high-wear areas.Ybor

Seams Glued and blind stitched seams eliminate water seepage because the needle doesn’t go through the fabric. Flat-seam or flat-lock stitching is softer against the skin but allows water in, making it better suited for warm-water suits.

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Materials Modern high-stretch neoprene increases comfort and flexibility. Traditional neoprene is stiffer but resists compression better. Many suits use both types: compression-resistant neoprene for its thermal advantages, and strategically placed, anatomically shaped high-stretch panels to address the flexibility issue.

Zippers A high-quality zipper backed by a smooth-skin sealing system creates a water-blocking barrier that can’t be beat. Some suits employ zippers with overlapping teeth designed to reduce water seepage even further

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Coral Etiquette – Do’s and Don’ts

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Coral Etiquette – Do’s and Don’ts

As we have learned, corals are fragile animals, and even a simple touch or a fin kick can cause serious harm. Luckily, a little marine etiquette goes a long way in preventing damage to these amazing creatures. Here are five simple things you can do to enjoy corals responsibly.

DON’T:

  • Do not touch, kick or stand on the corals you see in the water.
  • Do not take corals and seashells home for souvenirs.
  • Do not litter.
  • Do not let your diving equipment hang loose. Secure all equipment so nothing bumps into the corals.
  • Do not anchor your boat on corals or in a seagrass bed.

DO:

  • Study about the corals and marine life you might encounter while diving.
  • Make sure you and your buddies are aware of the impact on coral reefs.
  • Observe corals from a safe distance.
  • Practice good finning and body control to avoid accidental contact with the reef or stirring up the sediment.
  • Ask about the locations of mooring buoys so you can safely tie off your boat without damaging any of the surrounding marine life.
  • Share information about responsible coral reef diving and coral conservation online and with your friends.

Mistreatment of the environment both above and below the water is a common issue that affects our planet daily. And while we cannot control the actions of others, we can at least pass the facts along to those who need to be enlightened – especially those who do not treat the environment and living organisms underwater with respect. So, if you have the opportunity to help influence someone to make better decisions and point out better ways to treat the underwater environment, then do whatever you can to share these ideas. If you are in the water and you see someone touching or even standing on the reef and you have the chance to say something, then by all means, do it.

Culebra Moon Phase Fall 2018

Lunar Phase Motion

October  2018

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Waning Gibbous, 56% of Full   Waning Crescent, 44% of Full   Waning Crescent, 33% of Full   Waning Crescent, 23% of Full   Waning Crescent, 14% of Full   Waning Crescent, 7% of Full   Waning Crescent, 2% of Full

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New Moon, 0% of Full   Waxing Crescent, 1% of Full   Waxing Crescent, 4% of Full   Waxing Crescent, 9% of Full   Waxing Crescent, 16% of Full   Waxing Crescent, 24% of Full   Waxing Crescent, 33% of Full

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Waxing Crescent, 42% of Full   Waxing Gibbous, 52% of Full   Waxing Gibbous, 61% of Full   Waxing Gibbous, 70% of Full   Waxing Gibbous, 78% of Full   Waxing Gibbous, 86% of Full   Waxing Gibbous, 92% of Full

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Waxing Gibbous, 97% of Full   Waxing Gibbous, 99% of Full   Full Moon, 100% of Full   Waning Gibbous, 98% of Full   Waning Gibbous, 94% of Full   Waning Gibbous, 88% of Full   Waning Gibbous, 80% of Full

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Waning Gibbous, 70% of Full   Waning Gibbous, 59% of Full    Waning Crescent, 48% of Full

Culebra, Puerto Rico Map & Lists for Snorkeling & Diving Sites

Culebra  Map  –  for  Beaches, Swimming, Snorkeling,  Diving, Kayaking  &  Paddle Board  Locations

Culebra Nautical Chart[ click here to view Snorkeling Photography  ]

Beach Listing of Culebra

Playa Flamenco  [Beach] Ranked # 2 in the top 10 most exotic beaches in the world

[ google view ]

Playa Carlos Rosario [ Beach ]       ………………………..….      Playa de Cascajo [ Beach ]

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Playa Brava [ Beach ]             ……………………….…..              Playa Las Vacas [ Beach ]

Playa Larga [ Beach ]              ……………….…………..            Playa Pueblo Español

Playa Punta Soldado [ Beach ]     ………….………….…..       Playa Resaca [ Beach ]

Playa Tamarindo [ Beach ]         …………….…………..         Playa Tortuga [ Beach ]

Playa Zoni [ Beach ]                 …………………..……..            Playa Melones [ Beach ]

 

The Main Island of Culebra offers Great

Diving & Snorkeling Sites accessible by foot.

  Playa Melones / Melones Beach

          –   Snorkeling / Diving Site    [ 6  areas ]

  Playa Tamarindo / Tamarindo Beach

          –   Snorkeling / Diving Site    [ 3  areas ]

  Playa Carlos Rosario Laguna  / Carlos Rosario Lagoon

          –  Snorkeling / Diving Site     [ 9  areas ]  

Playa Melinos  /  Melones Beach  /  Punta de Melinos*

           –  Dive Site/ Snorkel Site       [ 5  areas ]

  Playa Flamenco**  / Flamenco Beach

           –  Snorkeling / Diving Site    [ 4  areas ]

  Playa Larga Mapa / Larga Beach

           –    Dive Site/ Snorkel Site     [ 4  areas ]

  Playa Punta Soldado  / Punta Soldado Beach

           –   Snorkeling / Dive Site       [ 4  areas ] 

  Playa de Cascajo* / Cascajo Beach

           –  Dive Site/ Snorkel Site       [ 4  areas ]

Stop a local Snorkel Center or Dive Shop for Rentals details, current conditions & directions to all of Culebra’s Beaches & Snorkeling Sites

                                                      [ click for google map ]

 

The Surrounding Cayos [ Keys ] of Culebra offers

Snorkeling & Diving accessible by a short boat ride.

 

Culebra’s West Cayos          Culebra’s East Cayos

Cayo Lobo                                                     Cayo Norte  

–  Dive Site                                                    –  Dive / Snorkel Site

Cayo Lobito                                                  Cayo Tiburon  

–   Dive / Snorkel Site                                 –  Dive Site

El Mono                                                         Cayo Ballena  

–  Dive Site                                                    –  Dive Site

Cayo Yerba                                                   Cayos Geniqui 

–   Dive / Snorkel Site                                –  Dive / Snorkel Site

Cayo Ratton                                                 Isla Culebrita 

–  Dive / Snorkel Site                                 – Dive / Snorkel Site

Cayo Agua    

–  Dive / Snorkel Site

Cayo de Luis Peña

–  Dive / Snorkel Site

 

These are just a few Great dive sites around Culebra

stop a local shop for information on Local Diving.

 

Beach Map……………………………Snorkeling Map

Diving Map.………………,,,……….Paddle Boarding Map

Culebra Snorkel or Dive ?

Culebra Beach Tree

Snorkeling is also known as free-diving: Strap on a mask, snorkel, and fins you’ll be ready to quite literally pass through the looking-glass into another world. The warm waters of Culebra will embraces your body and frees you from gravity, allowing you to fly among the parrots, butterflies, angels, damsels, and, turtles then dance with the hamlets and scarlet ladies, and bow to the barracuda and dolphin.

The tropical sea covers an unrestricted collection of life. And one of our greatest attractions is that you can wade into the water off any point of land and find yourself immersed in a universe of outrageous color and interesting characters. Of course it’s always better off a picture perfect gorgeous beach … or one with nothing but solitude and sand.

And whether you’re just looking for a calm swim with friendly fish or a synchronized float with your significant other, we will help you found your perfect Caribbean beach. A day of snorkeling or diving on Culebra that focuses first on safely reaching the best waters for the conditions in the Culebra area, will ensure splashing among thickets of Elkhorn, Staghorn, and Pillar coral, while poking into shallow caves and overhangs that dance with tropical fish of every color and persuasion.

The clear blue skies highlights Culebra’s bleach-white beaches, transparent turquoise water and luxuriant reefs, all of which are among the very best in the Caribbean. Flamenco Beach, on the north side, is the best stretch of sand on the island, which boasts some 2 miles of sink-to-your-ankles, soft-coral-sand beach.  Not to take away from the other snorkeling, diving, kayaking, and paddle boarding sites Culebra can offer (over 20) with proper directions are just a short walk, hike, or drive.

The west end of Culebra is protected from the Caribbean’s north eastern swells and has a shoreline reef system that opens to sandy encased shallow lagoons,  The shoreline reef system extends out from the beach to honeycombed depths of 10-60ft thick then drop off to sandy flats simply keeping the sea life close which is perfect for snorkeling. Just under the surface, hemostat-jawed needlefish, yellow tail snapper, spanish grunts, and various grouper stalk silvery blankets of minnows while cobalt clouds of blue tang swarm over boulders of brain coral, leisurely picking at tufts of algae. Fish, lobsters, stingrays, turtles, ells, and crabs fill every nook and cranny of the reef.

Culebra’s Best Snorkel Beaches & Dive Sites  

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Culebra the Beaches to use for Snorkel & Dive Sites

Culebra, the jewel of Puerto Rico, has some of the Caribbean’s easily accessible Snorkeling on the western shoreline from the northern most point on the Flamenco Peninsula to the southern most western shoreline ending at Punta del Soldado.  For a small island Culebra’s great diving starts with reefs that begin at the shoreline on the leeward side and slowly slopes away then down to form walls of coral with dramatic drop offs which eventually meet the sandy ocean floor.  Next you have Culebra’s barrier reefs which keep the shallow waters around Culebra calm, and protected from the deterioration swell causes.  The barrier protection of smaller Cayos (keys) which, offer health hard and soft coral colonies for a variety of marine life to breed from depths of 15ft to 60ft keeps a diverse aquatic population healthy and close to the main island of Culebra.  All are accessible by vehicle, foot, or a short boat ride once you are on Culebra. When you arrive at your choice of Culebra’s Snorkel / Dive site (beach) you’ll find that the majority offer an easy sandy beach entrance with a short swim to the reef ( 3 minutes on average ) or a mooring location with a minor swim for divers.

The range of Culebra’s snorkeling & diving will impressed all with its diversity. Snorkeling on Culebra’s western shoreline offers different reef settings from barrier mini walls with depths of 15-25ft, shallow sloping shoreline reefs ranging 15-35ft depth to dramatic 60-75ft shoreline reef walls all with diverse aquatic wildlife also suitable for shore diving. There are sites perfect for beginners or experienced Snorkelers and Divers; from those who want to take it easy, as well as a more challenging, experienced or adventurous dive/snorkel day swimming thru caverns or poking into the caves. The challenge may take the forum of shallow underwater terrain requiring excellent buoyancy control to basic navigation knowledge around surface growing coral. Equally, if your idea of heaven is a 60-plus minute dive in shallow water crowded with marine life that abound amongst huge health coral heads then many areas offer multiple choices. The coral diversity will impress you with multiple coral species living side-by-side on the shoreline areas of Culebra.
The western shoreline of Culebra is on the leeward side of the island and protected from the wind and swell 90% of the year. Low pressure or large weather systems will change the swell direction as it is passing Culebra. Most Snorkeling Centers on Culebra can offer daily detail information including, water temperature, swell or wave height, and visibility for all locations on Culebra. On shore and offshore conditions vary depended on location. Getting current daily conditions and best site suggestions for locations that will offer optimum snorkeling and diving conditions always increases the day’s positive activity outlook.

Culebra Cayo List

Isla Culebra                                                   Isla Culebrita

Cayo del Agua                                                Cayo ATuna

Cayo Ballena                                                  Cayo Botijuela

Cayo Botella                                                  Cayo de Luis Peña

Cayos Geniquí                                                 Cayo Lobo                              

Cayo Lobito                                                     Cayo Matojo

Cayo Norte                                                      Cayo Ratón

Cayo Tiburón                                                  Cayo Pelá

Cayo Pelaita                                                    Cayo Ratón 

Cayo Sombrerito                                           Cayo Verde 

Cayo Yerba

Alcarraza                                                           El Ancon

Piedra Stevens                                                 Los Gemelos

Las Hermanas                                                    El Mono

Roca Culumna                                                   Roca Lavador (awash)

Roca Speck