Desecheo Island, Rincon

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Desecheo is a small uninhabited island of the archipelago of Puerto Rico located in the northeast of the Mona Passage; 13 mi (21 km) from the west coast (Punta Hig├╝ero) of the main island of Puerto Rico and 31 mi (50 km) northeast of Mona Island. It has a land area of 0.589 sq mi/376.74 acres (exactly 1.5 km2, or 1,524,613 m2, or 152.46 ha). Politically, the island is administered by the U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.Flora and faunaDesecheo, which has no known bodies of surface water, reaches a maximum elevation of 715 ft (218 m) and has an annual precipitation, on average, of 40.15 in (1020 mm). The lack of surface water limits its flora to thorny shrubs, small trees, weeds and various cacti, including the endangered higo chumbo (Harrisia portoricensis). Fauna includes various species of seabirds, three endemic species of lizard (Ameiva desechensis, Anolis desechensis and Sphaerodactylus levinsi), introduced goats and rats, and a population of rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta) introduced from Cayo Santiago in 1967 as part of a study on adaptation. Before the introduction of rhesus monkeys the island was the largest nesting colony of the brown booby, however, no species presently nests on the island.
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  • A beautiful island 10 miles out from Rincon many years ago you could visit the island you would find goats lizards and monkeys but about 20 years ago I do not know why but they killed all the goats an...  more »
  • Great unspoiled island to dive. See various marine life and corals not found anywhere else. Visibility is amazing!!  more »
  • My adult son, his friend and I all took the Taino Divers trip from Rincon where we were staying. We were excited to get up and close to this island as we could see it off our balcony at Macor by the S...  more »
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  • I remember seeing this island from Rincon. I called it Kong Island.
  • Very Beautiful seeing from sunset paradise in Rincon Puerto Rico
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