Cayo Icacos Tours

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A small, uninhabited island located just a 15-minute boat ride from the Puerto Rican town of Fajardo, Cayo Icacos is part of Cordillera Keys Nature Reserve (Reserva Natural los Cayos de la Cordillera). Its white-sand shores, pristine waters, and colorful reefs make it a popular day-trip destination for snorkeling and diving. 

The Basics
A white sand beach rings a forested grove at the center of the tiny island, where waves and wind are almost the only sounds. Offshore, schools of colorful tropical fish inhabit a system of coral reefs. Snorkeling cruises to Cayo Icacos are a popular option for mainland visitors, and boat tours typically leave from Fajardo or even San Juan. Motor boat and catamaran cruises allow you to swim from the safety of the ship’s deck, explore the colorful reef below, and go ashore to stroll along the beach and visit the green center of the island. It’s also possible to visit Icacos as part of an island-hopping tour. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Cayo Icacos is a must-see for nature lovers.
  • Aside from palm trees, there is no shade on the island; visitors should bring sun protection.
  • Booking a tour ensures you’ll have access to restrooms and water on board the tour boat, as there are no amenities on the island. 
  • Visitors who book a simple water-taxi excursion will need to bring their own snorkeling gear; on guided tours, gear is typically included.

How to Get There
Cayo Icacos is a 15-minute boat ride from the port at Las Croabas in Fajardo. Catamaran cruises typically depart from Fajardo Marina, which is located roughly 90 minutes by road from San Juan.

When to Get There
Travelers who book a private tour can schedule for earlier in the morning, before other groups arrive. You can visit Cayo Icacos year-round, but weather in this part of Puerto Rico is best from December through April. The hurricane season typically last from June through November. 

Snorkeling at Cayo Icacos
Walk-in snorkeling is possible off any of the beaches at Cayo Icacos, but the four best spots are off the popular beaches on the west side of the island. The area’s healthy coral reef is home to creatures such as blue tang, parrotfish, snapper, stingrays, and sea turtles.
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Address: Cayo Icacos, Fajardo 00738, Puerto Rico
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Deserted Island Catamaran Day Sail from Fajardo

Live out your island castaway fantasies aboard a luxury catamaran as you visit the deserted tropical island of Cayo Icacos from San Juan on this 5.5-hour sailing cruise. Sail into the aquamarine waters of the Caribbean, admiring views of the El Yunque mountains in the distance, before arriving at the nature preserve of Icacos for a leisurely day of swimming, snorkeling and a lunch buffet with drinks. Your sailing excursion also includes snorkel equipment and an optional upgrade with round-trip transportation from hotels in San Juan.
  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
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San Juan Snorkel and Picnic Cruise

Get a taste of island life during this full-day catamaran cruise and snorkeling trip to a nearby nature reserve, where you’ll explore the tropical isle of Icacos. Pretend you’re Jacques Cousteau as you snorkel among the area’s fantastic marine life, then stroll the deserted beaches of a protected island for some shell hunting and sunbathing. Along the way enjoy a buffet lunch, with included rum punch or piña coladas, plus optional hotel pickup and drop-off from select properties in San Juan.
  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
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2 Passenger Mini Boat Snorkel Safari

Take command of your own mini-speedboat for a 3.5-hour adventure snorkeling and navigating among the beautiful tropical islands just off Puerto Rico’s east coast. Follow the lead of your certified guide as you pilot your own vessel with a convoy of other speedboats through the turquoise-blue waters of the Caribbean, stopping at the deserted island Icacos Cay and (if water conditions allow) the gorgeous Isla de Palominitos. During the day you’ll enjoy snorkeling amidst schools of colorful fish and relax on stunning white-sand beaches. Your speedboat adventure also includes a guide, personal cooler with ice, snacks and refreshments, plus snorkel and safety gear.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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US$189.56
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  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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