This picturesque island has a dramatic architecture with high mountains framed by white beaches which fells away towards the turquoise-green water. It is without any doubt one of the most beautiful natural areas of Venezuela. Sailing, scuba-diving, snorkeling, kayaking, windsurfing, kite-surfing and sports-fishing make this an ideal location for the water-sports enthusiast and for those who like soaking up the sun in paradise.
Isla Cubagua is one of the sister’s islands of Isla de Margarita. At Isla Cubagua you can dive of the wreck of a sunken ferry, with has intact cars still aboard. This ferry went down in the early 70th because of a big fire on board. Especially the steering room is very nice to take some underwater pictures. This place is truly recommended if you would like some adventure. Dive carefully because some things onboard the ferry could be quite sharp and you may get cutted.
Los Frailes is a group of small rock islands which is about 12km northeast of the coast of Isla de Margarita. This is ranked as the absolutely best diving place around the island. The maximum depths are about 25m and the viewing range from about 10-30m. A disadvantage is that the water is fairly cold for the Caribbean, about 21-24 degrees. This makes that wetsuits are recommendable. However, you will get a huge compensation beneath the water surface. The diving is excellent which offers smaller platforms, canyons or smaller caves. You can imagine finding a lot of fishes of all kind of species because this place is also the place for fishing. Poluar dive sites include:
La Pecha : This site is situated in front of a small sandy beach; it is a popular place for snorkelling close to the fisherman’s shelter. The reef slope is typical with gorgonians and some sponges. It’s a very pleasant and relaxed dive, an excellent first dive to get introduced to Los Fraile’s reefs.
Payape : The presence of large quantities of gorgonians and the great variety of underwater life makes this dive site a superb natural aquarium. There are two outstanding characteristics of this beautiful habitat: the first is that there are almost always a chance for a fun drift dive; the second is the great variety of underwater creatures that includes: barracudas, various parrot fish, panish hog fish, all kinds of grunts, groupers and huge balloon fishes and if you are very attentive, you may see lobsters and sea horses. Jacks are frequently sighted in this area. Since this beautiful place is in a maximum of 50 ft. of water, there is more than sufficient bottom time for exploration and photography and has a good snorkel value.
Peña : We recommend this site to the experienced diver only because of the entry is normally rough. A good swimming ability is required. During calm weather however, this site can also safely be dived by less experienced divers. The boat will be moored over a sandy terrace in a corner of the small island, from where you swim out against the current to the drop- off at 25-26 ft.
The reef drops steeply down to a depth well over 90 ft. Fish are especially plentiful down to about 15 to 20 m (60 ft): here you will see numerous schoolmasters, snappers, blue striped grunts (Corocoros), groupers and sometimes you can see a school of boga trying to fend off attacks from bar jacks and some other big pelagic fauna.
Infierno : This dive site got its name from the way it looks in the surface of the water (very choppy); normally this is not a dive for every one, yet it is a very exciting dive. We’re taking you on a 60 to 80 ft dive with possible current and an entry that can not be labelled “easy or nice” except under most favourable weather circumstances.
Punta Rajuñao : This dive is situated off the south-western corner of Cominoto, and is characterized by the presence of small walls, it starts at 20 ft. and goes down to about 50 ft. Gorgonians, are abundant at the upper edge of the walls.
My Point : This place is a gorgonians forest at 12 to 15 meters. A shallow sandy terrace, with healthy islands of hard and soft corals.
Echao : From the mooring at 15 ft it is just a short swim (in good weather conditions only) to an underwater passage through the rocks, it’s just beautiful. At the end of the little cavern there will be the reef which slopes down to 50 ft.
This is a rocky formation, located very close, just 5 minutes by boat. There are 3 pinnacles, with depths of 103 feet. There is wonderful visibility for all kind of pelagic, like barracudas, groupers, snappers, turtles, eels, and much more.It is one of the most famous spots in Los Roques.
La Piedra Ahogada
Tour operators favorite spot for night dives, similar to La Guazza You'll see jacks, barracudas, eels, and great variety of reef fishes and rays . Visit the cave of La Buceadora.
Madrisqui and Francisqui
These wonderful gardens of corals and sponges, with a great variety of reef phauna. The maximum depth is 60 feet, THIS is perfect for beginners - with awesome visilibilty
Located on the other side of El Gran Roque. You can reach the tarpons arch (Arco de los sabalos), and caves. There is a very interesting caverns with 2 domes where you can explore. There is also a small three year old sailboat wreck at about 90 feet.
Solapa De Rabusqui
This special overlapping reef formation with amazing visibility. You will often see, tarpons, turtles and sharks.
Barrera Arrecifal Sur
This is a primitive and protected area of the south barrel reef , where there are at least 50 different sites, from Boca de Cote to Cayo sal, with walls up to 1.500 meters. You will see caves, and the most beautiful coral formations. It is common to find sharks, turtles, and big schools of jacks, snappers and much more.