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Punta de Soldado Dive Site

Puerto Rico

Culebra, Puerto Rico

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Advice for diving Punta de Soldado in Puerto Rico

You should know that two divers have perished here at Soldier's Point—it offers unpredictable conditions. The experienced Linda Wieditz in 2003 had logged more than fifty dives when she went diving with Culebra Dive Shop. The divers in the water began to experience strong currents, and the instructor ordered them to return to the boat. Two took refuge on a coral head, the instructor and two others got back to the boat, but Wieditz never made it. Other divers with her told me that they thought she might have deflated to swim more easily below the surface; but this is unclear. However, her body was never recovered, despite the most extensive sea and air search in Puerto Rican history to date at the time. Another diver in 2011, diving with a buddy at Punta de Soldado, also disappeared. I dived this site as part of my certification the day before Wieditz's accident, and I was with two of the divers that went out with Wieditz. It is a pretty dive site, large coral heads in 30-40 feet. But I won't be going back there...

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Advice on Diving in Puerto Rico

...of diving around the island.  The east coast of the main island has sloping reefs with great coral and gorgonians.  Off the eastern coast, several small islands have less divers and pristine reefs. The south is known for its amazing wall diving, thanks to the continental shelf dropping off just a few miles from the coast.  The west has nice beach diving and the offshore islands of Desecheo and Mona offer beautiful and untouched diving.  Puerto Rico’s busy Luis Manoz Marin International Airport (SJU), near San Juan, receives flights from most major US cities, other Caribbean Islands, South Ame...

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Name Distance

Vieques

Puerto Rico

23.68 km

Ceiba

Puerto Rico

27.57 km

Charlotte Amalie

US Virgin Islands

38.18 km

Fajardo

Puerto Rico

38.91 km

Niamey

Niger

7227.67 km

Natitingou

Benin

7236.34 km

kara

Togo

7241.39 km
Name Distance

CPX | Culebra

Puerto Rico, Culebra

4.14 km

VQS | Vieques

Puerto Rico, Vieques

20.38 km

FAJ | Diego Jimenez Torres

Puerto Rico, Fajardo

39.72 km

EIS | Beef Island

British Virgin Islands, Beef Island

32.57 km

HUC | Humacao Arpt

Puerto Rico, Humacao

58.35 km

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