#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 is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 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. She is the founder of the website WeSaidGoTravel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. Niver is represented by Chip MacGregor of MacGregor Literary, Inc. With more than 150,000 followers across social media, she has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on Twitter and listed on IMDb, and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. You can find Lisa Niver talking travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, Satellite Media Tours, The Jet Set TV and Orbitz travel webisodes as well as her YouTube channel, where her WeSaidGoTravel videos have over 1.6 million views. After three months on TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels and YouTube Shorts, she had over 500,000 (1/2 million) views. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors and been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She has been a judge for the Gracie Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media, and has run 15 travel competitions on her website, publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards and been a finalist twenty times.   Niver has published more than 2000 articles, in more than three dozen magazines and journals including National Geographic, Wired, Teen Vogue, HuffPost Personal, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, AAA Explorer Magazine, American Airways, Delta Sky, enRoute (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, BuzzFeed, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, USA Today, TODAY, Wharton Magazine, and Yahoo. Awards National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards 2021 Winner: Book Critic: Ms. Magazine “Untamed: Brave Means Living From the Inside Out” 2019 Winner: Soft News Feature for Film/TV: KTLA TV “Oscars Countdown to Gold with Lisa Niver” 2019 Finalist for: Soft News, Business/Music/Tech/Art Southern California Journalism Awards 2022 Finalist: Book Criticism 2021 Winner: Technology Reporting 2021 Finalist: Book Criticism 2020 Winner: Print Magazine Feature: Hemispheres Magazine, “Painter by the Numbers, Rembrandt” 2020 Finalist: Online Journalist of the Year, Activism Journalism, Educational Reporting, Broadcast Lifestyle Feature 2019 Finalist: Broadcast Television Lifestyle Segment for “Ogden Ski Getaway” 2018 Finalist: Science/Technology Reporting, Travel Reporting, Personality Profile 2017 Winner: Print Column “A Journey to Freedom over Three Passovers” Social Media Presence YouTube Channel: We Said Go Travel (1.6 million views) Short form video:TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels, YouTube Shorts Twitter: lisaniver (90,000 followers) Instagram: lisaniver (24,000 followers) Pinterest: We Said Go Travel (20,000 followers and over 70,000 monthly views) Facebook: lisa.niver (5,000 followers); We Said Go Travel (3,000 followers) LinkedIn: lisaellenniver (9000 contacts)

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