Las Pezones DESECHEO ISLAND, PUERTO RICO
The 45-minute boat ride to reach Desecheo — an uninhabited island 12 miles west of Puerto Rico — is a deal breaker for some. For others, that distance brings the promise of pristine reefs. At Las Pezones, currents run steadily, sweeping the sea fans — wide, massive and numerous, like fields of satellite dishes in the desert — free of debris. The moving waters also bring in nutrients that supply every level of the food chain. Everything, from spadefish to black durgon, occurs in big numbers. Even passing eagle rays never fly solo. But the reefs are never crowded with divers thanks to the fact that few dive operators make the lengthy crossing.