#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 is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. You can find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over 1.3 million views on her YouTube channel. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed an Olympic swimmer and numerous bestselling authors and has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. She was named both a Top 10 Travel Influencer and a Top 50 Female Influencer for 2021 by Afluencer and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. She has been nominated for the inaugural Forbes 50 over 50/Know Your Value list due out in Summer 2021. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best and has more than 150,000 followers across social media. Niver is a judge for the Gracies Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media and has also run 15 travel competitions publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries on We Said Go Travel. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded two Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards. From 2017 to 2021 in the Southern California Journalism Awards and National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards, she has won four times for her broadcast television segments, print and digital articles. Niver won in 2021 as Book Critic and in 2019 for one of her KTLA TV segments NAEJ (National Arts and Entertainment Journalism) award. Niver won an award for her print magazine article for Hemispheres Magazine for United Airlines in the 2020 Southern California Journalism Awards and a 2017 Southern California Journalism Award for her print story for the Jewish Journal. Niver has written for National Geographic, USA Today 10best, TODAY, Teen Vogue, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave(ish): It's All About Perspective 50 Adventures Before 50,” about her most recent travels and insights. When she's not SCUBA diving or in her art studio making ceramics, she's helping people find their next dream trip.  http://lisaniver.com/one-page/

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