If you want to ride horses on Vieques contact the SeaGate Hotel (see p.000), which can arrange a two-hour jaunt around the island ($65/person) through local expert Penny Miller. Call the hotel (787/741-4661) or Penny directly (787/667-2805) a few days in advance.
Vieques isn’t as rewarding as Culebra when it comes to diving, but there are plenty of worthy options offshore, particularly around Rompeolas (Mosquito Pier), the headland near Playa El Gallito (Gringo Beach) and in the shallow lagoons on the south coast (perfect for beginners).
Black Beard Sports (Mon–Fri 8am–5pm, Sat 8am–4pm, Sun 10am–3pm.; 787/741-1892, www.blackbeardsports.com), at c/Muñoz Rivera 101 in Isabel II, runs night dives ($100) or two-tank day dives for $120 and half-day “discover scuba” PADI courses for $150. They also rent snorkelling gear for $15 per day. Nan-Sea Charters (787/741-2390, www.nanseacharters.com) offers half-day two-tank dives for $120 (maximum six people), one-tank beach dives for $60 and 2hr snorkelling trips from $60.
The waters around Vieques are rich in tarpon, bonefish, permit and snook, with marlin, barracuda, kingfish and amberjack also common. Caribbean Fly Fishing (787/741-1337, www.caribbeanflyfishingco.com) is managed by fishing veteran Captain Franco González. He charges $350 for a half-day excursion and $550 for a full day.
Blue Caribe Kayaks at c/Flamboyán 149 in Esperanza (787/741-2522, www.bluecaribekayaks.com), rents kayaks for $15 per hour or $45 for 4hr – perfect for the cays and mangroves just offshore. Garry Lowe at Vieques Adventures (787/692-9162, www.viequesadventures.com) rents top-of-the-line kayaks for $75 per day and will drop you off at the best locations – he also leads guided fishing trips by kayak for $150 per half-day. Fun Brothers, at the tiki hut in the car park at the eastern end of the Esperanza malecón (daily 7am–5pm; 787/435-9372, www.funbrothers-vieques.com) rents kayaks for $35 (9.30am–5pm) or $45 for 24hr.
Sailing and jet skiing
Kris and Barbara Dynneson run Marauder Sailing Charters (787/435-4858, www.viequessailing.com) with the 10-metre yacht Marauder, charging $100 per person for day-trips (2 to 6 people only; 9.30am–3pm; includes visits to two offshore reefs, snorkel gear and gourmet lunch). Captain Bill Barton sails the 9-metre Willo out of Isabel II (787/508-7245, [email protected]), offering half-day cruises ($50 per person) and all-day excursions ($110 per person, minimum 4 people), which include snorkelling, a beach visit and lunch. Fun Brothers (see above), rents jet skis for $100 for one hour or $60 for thirty minutes.
Abe’s Snorkelling Tours (787/741-2134, www.abessnorkeling.com) organizes two-hour trips (by kayak) to Cayo Afuera off Esperanza ($35) and two-hour excursions off Mosquito Pier ($30) for beginners. Blue Caribe Kayaks (see above) also organizes short snorkelling trips from around $35. Fun Brothers (see above), rents snorkels for $10 per day and runs tours for $35.