Scuba diving in Boca de Cote
The dive site of Boca de Cote is part of Los Roques National Park in Venezuela, and is located approximately 16km/10mi south of Gran Roque Island. It begins as 3-9m/9-29ft-deep terraces covered with brightly colored corals that are preceded by a 40-50-degree slope that goes down to nearly 50m/164ft deep, where the sandy seabed begins. Although the currents can sometimes be strong, the Boca de Cote site is considered to be suitable for divers of all levels. Because of the net of corals that formed there, this site is known for its diversity of fish, especially large fish.
When to go
The average air temperature stays at about 27-34C/80-93F throughout the year. There is no particular rainy season, and rain falls sporadically at the beginning and end of the year. The water temperature is warm as well, and varies from 24-29C/75-84F.
What to see
Tiger sharks, several types of blennies, snapper, and orange-spotted filefish are common at this site. Lobsters are also frequent visitors. Walls and castles of bright-colored corals, black coral branches, and cylindrical sponges are also the jewels that divers can see at Boca de Cote.