#RBQuests: Adventure in Western Puerto Rico

 

I have traveled to Puerto Rico many times by ship and always enjoyed Old San Juan. This week traveling to film with Richard Bangs and Orbitz has taken me all over the island! In the West, we found underwater adventure and sunset in the dry forest on March 26, 2014.

franks fan

If you are wondering where to explore underwater in Puerto Rico, I can highly recommend choosing Captain Frank  and diving with Aqua Adventure. We stayed at the beautiful CopaMarina Beach Resort and Spa. I loved my room with a balcony and the mafongo with grouper at the restaurant. The beach side breakfast buffet was perfect before two of the TOP dives of my life!

 

Lisa boat copamarinaAfter diving on nearly every continent and being underwater with a tornado of barracudas in Sipadan, being hooked into the reef at Blue Corner in Palau and swimming with whalesharks in Oslob, Philippines, the two dives this week were remarkably at the top of my list! I was not sure what to expect from diving the wall in Guanica, Puerto Rico. The scuba diving surpassed my expectations and I cannot wait to return!

Frank Ed dive boat Copamarina

 

I cannot wait to share all the video from this underwater adventure. Pictured above: Captain Frank and Edward Mariota. Ed filmed our adventure above water and Edward Rodriguez, divemaster, pictured below and I each filmed one of our dives.

Edward Copamarina

Our entire team was incredible and the videos are fantastic! SOON I will share them!

Our wall dive “2 for you” was to 94 feet and for 38 minutes and after an hour surface interval we went to Frank’s Cave to 55 feet for 47 minutes. The dives were phenomenal and we saw several large green moray eels that were 6-8 feet long. One of them was swimming freely among the gorgeous soft and hard corals. We saw so many different types of brain coral and a turtle named Lola.

diving with frank

Captain Frank took the first photo and the one of me above. He also found so many creatures for Valerie and John and I to observe. We saw a large lobster, French Angelfish, blue and yellow Queen Angelfish, a large porcupine fish, two Caribbean reef sharks and so many more! Edward was working hard to keep the reef safe and speared three lion fish which are not indigenous to the area and causing ecological problems. Diving with this team you will see that their highest priority is taking care of the people and the underwater world! Let’s meet up with Captain Frank and Edward soon!

didrik richard dry forest

Did you know that Puerto Rico has a Rainforest and a Dry Forest? Pictured above Didrik Johnck behind the camera and Richard Bangs filming in Guanica Dry Forest at nearly sunset!

sunset dry forest puerto rico

 

Up next in our week of filming Puerto Rico with Richard Bangs and White Nile Media: Ziplining, Thermal Waters and meeting Jose Enrique! Check back for all the stories and video or follow along on our Tagboard (more below). Want to read more about our travels right now? Old San Juan, Livin’ La Vida LocaMeeting Sports Giants! Thank you to everyone who assisted us and shared their stories with us! Lisa

 


Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a science teacher and an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 countries and six continents. She sailed the seven seas by cruise ship for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. Find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over one and a quarter million views (1,250,000) on her YouTube channel. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which is read in 235 countries, named #3 on the top 1000 Travel Blogs and the top female travel blogger 3 times in 2019. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on Twitter and has over 160,000 followers across social media. Niver is a judge for the Gracies Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media and also ran fifteen travel competitions publishing over 2500 writers and photographers from 75 countries on her own site, We Said Go Travel. From 2017 to 2020 in the Southern California Journalism Awards and National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards, she has won three times and been a finalist fourteen times for her broadcast television segments, print and digital articles. Niver won an award for her print magazine article for Hemispheres Magazine for United Airlines in the 2020 Southern California Journalism Awards. She was also a finalist for four other categories including online journalist of the year, digital story for activism journalism with Ms. Magazine, educational reporting for Wharton Magazine and a broadcast lifestyle feature for KTLA TV in Los Angeles.    Niver won a 2019 NAEJ (National Arts and Entertainment Journalism) award for one of her KTLA TV segments and was a finalist for articles published in both Ms. Magazine and Wharton Magazine. In 2018,  she was a finalist for stories in Smithsonian, PopSugar Fitness and the Saturday Evening Post. Niver won a 2017 Southern California Journalism Award for her print story for the Jewish Journal and was a finalist for travel reporting. Niver has written for AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres (United Airlines), Jewish Journal, Luxury Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Myanmar Times, National Geographic, POPSUGAR, Robb Report, Saturday Evening Post, Scuba Diver Life, Sierra Club, Ski Utah, Smithsonian, TODAY, Trivago, USA Today 10best, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave Rebel: 50 Scary Challenges Before 50,” about her most recent travels and insights. Look for her underwater SCUBA diving, in her art studio making ceramics or helping people find their next dream trip.  http://lisaniver.com/one-page/

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