Rincón is home to unique Elkhorn coral (Acropora palmata) thickets. Elkhorn coral is a candidate for the Endangered Species Act. Steps and Tres Palmas reefs are some of the best-developed fringing coral reefs found off the west coast of Puerto Rico. Read more about the coral reefs of Puerto Rico here.
There are at least two types of sea turtles found in the Steps and Tres Palmas area, including Hawksbill and Leatherback. Read more about sea turtles here.
Whales and dolphins are an intricate part of the marine and coastal fauna of the northeast Caribbean Sea. Humpbacks (Megaptera novaangliae) accounted for approximately 80% of sightings in the area. They aggregate most commonly off Rincón and Aguadilla. Read more about whales here.
This guide was created for you to discover all the common creatures found in the waters around Puerto Rico. Browse through the photography and discover what kind of fish you saw during your morning dive, or prepare yourself for what you are about to encounter on your next. Many of the species you will discover on this site can be found around the Caribbean basin. Click here to read more.