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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; 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 dove about 60 feet and saw many different coral and fish. Not best area for snorkeling as the water is so deep. The ride out to the island is beautiful as well. We went in early February and saw 2 ...  more »
  • Went out the 12 miles with Taino Divers for the express purpose of checking it off my MTP list. Went as a morning snorkeler; underwater beauty. Was told one foot always had to be in the water to be le...  more »
  • Tiano Divers, from Rincon Puerto Rico have a dive boat that runs 12 miles out to Desecheo for scuba diving and snorkeling. For safety reasons, the feds have closed this island entirely to any/all visi...  more »