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Desecheo Island, Rincon

Categories: Islands, Nature & Parks
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4.7/5 based on 35+ reviews on the web
Desecheo is a small uninhabited island of the archipelago of Puerto Rico located in the northeast of the Mona Passage; 21 km from the west coast (Punta Higüero) of the main island of Puerto Rico and 50 km northeast of Mona Island. It has a land area of 1.5 km2 (exactly 1,524,613 m2, or 0.589 sq mi, or 376.74 acres). Politically, the island is administered by the U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Christopher Columbus was the first European to visit the island during his second voyage to the New World; however, it was not named until 1517 by Spanish explorer Nuñez Alvarez de Aragón.Flora and faunaDesecheo, which has no known bodies of surface water, reaches a maximum elevation of 218 m and has an annual precipitation, on average, of 1020 mm (40.15 in). 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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  • We went to Desecho Island with Tahino Divers. The boat ride was not too long. The diving around the island is very beautiful. 
  • If you like to snorkel, skip this. Far better snorkeling at three steps. Don't bother with taking a boat trip out here and paying to snorkel when its just as good on the shore. But. If you dive, by al...  read more »
  • It takes about 1 hour by boat. Diving is clear water with queen triggers and many other fish. I saw the 2nd largest lobster in my life here (and I have 2,000 dives), in the preserve. Definitely one of...  read more »