There are two ways to get to Culebra; by air or by sea. Please note: Culebra Divers does NOT provide transportation to/from the mainland or Vieques. Our dive trips start at 9:00AM and therefore, it is best to fly in, or arrive a day in advance. The ferry is a real challenge and it is a great unknown even if you get in line several hours before departure and get tickets (it is nearly impossible to make secure advance reservations). The flights to Culebra are on small airplanes and they book up fast, so call and make a flight reservation early.
Due to our 48 hour cancellation policy, we strongly discourage same day ferry transportation plans. Flying, or arriving a at least a day in advance is recommended. The flights to Culebra (CPX) originate out of San Juan International (SJU), Isle Grande (SIG), Ceiba (RVR), and Vieques (VQS) airports. The fares range from $50 to $150 each way depending on which airport you choose and get you here in literally minutes compared to potentially an hour or more by ferry. Keep in mind that these are low altitude flights, so although some opt to fly from Culebra to the mainland prior to the expiration of the no-fly countdown on their computer, we recommend you adhere to the current DAN guidelines of at least 12 hours after a single dive and at least 18 hours after multiple dives or multiple days of diving. An option our customers frequently choose: fly over to Culebra and take the ferry back to mainland Puerto Rico.
For customers staying in Culebra for several days, the ferry is an option if you are arriving at least one day in a advance of your scheduled dive trip.
Culebra is an enchanting Spanish Virgin Island located approximately 17 miles east of mainland Puerto Rico and 12 miles west of St. Thomas. The island is around 15 square miles in size and home to approximately 2,000 local residents. Culebra boasts an intricate shoreline with cliffs, sandy coral shores and mangroves; with numerous cays surrounding it, and the Luis Peña Channel Natural Reserve. The island of Culebra is semi-arid with no fresh water streams and therefore, no surface run off. Because of this, the ocean visibility is among the clearest in the world, making for some of the best snorkeling and SCUBA diving. Culebra has many beautiful beaches, many of which are protected and therefore nearly waveless. Flamenco Beach, the most popular, is also rated one of the world’s best. Paradise is found!
Tips for Customizing Your Dive Vacation
Here is some helpful information to get you started. TripAdvsior is another great resource:
Culebra Divers has a few preferred properties for our divers: These include:
You will want to book your commercial flight from your home to San Juan International Airport (SJU). Many of the major airline hubs have nonstop service. From there, you have several options on how to get here.
FLIGHTS – Direct from San Juan International (SJU)
Air Margarita: These are charter flights that leave directly from SJU (no airport transfer required). This is white glove service that departs pretty much on your schedule.
Seaborne Airlines: These are commercial flights.
FLIGHTS – From Isla Grande (SIG); airport transfer required
Vieques Air Link
Both of these companies have been around for many years and are very reliable. Airport transfer is a 10-15 minute cab ride from SJU to the smaller regional airport called Isla Grande (SIG). Estimated taxi fare $25.
FLIGHTS – From Ceiba (FAJ/RVR); airport transfer required
Vieques Air Link
Airport transfer is about an 1.5 hour cab ride from SJU. Estimated taxi fare $90.
Taxi Aereo: These are charter flights that leave on your schedule.
FERRY – Though not the most reliable in terms of service or schedules but it is more cost effective than flying. One way fares on the ferry are only $2.25 per person, but it departs from the town of Fajardo which is about an hour cab ride from SJU (estimated taxi fare $80). If you decide to use the ferry system be prepared to arrive very early in the morning, get in line, and have a lot of patience. If anyone in your group gets sea sick; it may not be your best option. Consider arriving by ferry the day before your tour to avoid any penalties for travel issues. Unfortunately there is no direct ferry from Vieques to Culebra so getting to Fajardo is step one should you want to take the ferry from there.
3. CAR RENTAL
We highly recommend that groups rent vehicles for travel once on island. Although we are a small island, we have many steep hills and our our roads/sidewalks are not always “pedestrian friendly.” It is absolutely necessary and much more cost effective than using the Publicos (taxis) for island adventures & sightseeing. Here are links to the 2 major car rental agencies:
We highly recommend that you book/reserve your vehicles as soon as you book your flights/lodging as vehicle availability is limited and changes rapidly.
For further information about Culebra please visit the Puerto Rico Tourism Company and Culebra Island Information. Just click the links below.
Don’t forget to purchase valuable travel protection for that one special trip!