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Located on the west coast of Puerto Rico, Mona Island (also known as Isla de Mona) is an uninhabited island filled with caves, secret gems, beautiful coastlines, mangrove forests, coral reefs, hiking trails and amazing turquoise waters. Covering 14,000 acres of land, this natural paradise is called “the Galapagos of the Caribbean”. Protected by the Puerto Rican Department of Natural and Environmental Resources, Mona Island has rich biodiversity and contains historical inscriptions and relics. Check out what’s the island’s remoteness and natural beauty has to offer you during your Puerto Rican holiday.

Things to know about Mona Island

  • Mona Island is located close to the Dominican Republic and Cabo. It is about 41 miles east of the Dominical Republic and 43 miles west of Cabo.
  • Its name was derived from the Taíno name “Amona”. It is a Coral island formed many, many years ago which is why you can see dolomite and limestone here.
  • This is a nature reserve and boasts many endemic plants and animals.
  • It is the first island in the world that has a marine-originated cave system and 200 foot cliff.
  • The island is used for research, hiking and other controlled activities. The government has provided permission for the hunting of goats and pigs, in some seasons in an effort to control the population of these animals.

Things to do in Mona Island

The only way to travel to Mona Island is on a private charter. You need to plan your trip in advance as licensing and permits are required to visit this island. The government allows only 100 guests to visit Mona in a day. You can plan a day-trip to Mona Island or camp here overnight.

  • Bird and Animal Watching: Mona Island has some endangered species such as Mona Ground Iguanas, Mona Yellow-shouldered Blackbirds, Mona Boas and Hawksbill Sea Turtles. We recommend our guests tolook out for these rare species in their natural habitat.
  • Cave Exploration: Explore the island at your own pace. There are many petroglyphs from Tainos who used to live in the caves of Mona Island. There are around 200 caves on this island and we highly recommend our guests to explore these secret, hidden places with native arts.
  • Mona Island Lighthouse: Also known as Faro de la Isla de la Mona, this lighthouse is built out of iron and steel. This Light house was designed by the Spanish engineer Rafael Ravena. Faro de las Isla de la Mona is listed in the U.S. National Registery of Historic Places in 1981, so definitely add this lighthouse to your trip to Mona.
  • Beaches: The island has many stunning beaches where you can explore and soak in the splendour of Mona Island. In the southeast, it has the following beaches: Playa Escalera, Playa Pájaros, Playa Brava, Playa Coco, and Playa Caigo. The southwest side has Playa Uvero-1, Playa Uvero-2, Playa U-8, Playa U-1, Playa Carabinero, Playa Mujeres and Playa Carite. Its western beaches are Playa Sardinera and Playa Carmelitas. Campsites in Mona Island are Playa Sardinera and Playa Pájaros.
  • Scuba diving and Snorkeling: Mona Island is very close to the deepest trench of the Atlantic Ocean which can account for its unique topography. There are reefs, underwater caves, sea walls and vast marine trenches. More than 250 species of fish are found in the waters surrounding Mona Island. The water is clear, warm and offers phenomenal visibility. While diving, you can expect to see dolphins, sea turtles, whales and blue marlins. Drift diving is also possible in Mona’s neighbouring beach Little Monita.
  • Fishing: You can enjoy spearfishing and free fishing in Mona Passage. Possible catches include snapper fish, grouper fish, finfish, and lobster. The deep-reef systems have varied fish species but you may need a permit for fishing them as a majority of marine life here are endangered.

Mona Island has become a popular tourist spot for Dominicans, Puerto Ricans, Cubans, Haitians and Americans. This majestic island offers dramatic views of nature, from rugged cliffs, soft white sandy beaches, to secret caves. If you are ready to visit this isolated yet beautiful island, we would love to plan your charter today.Whether you are planning a one-day trip or multi-day excursion, we will arrange everything for you. Our luxury yachts are equipped with modern accommodations, great food & beverages, entertainment options, water toys and more. All of our charters come with a skilled skipper, talented chef and well trained staff. To book your vessel for a Mona Island trip, contact our charter specialist here.

Island Conservation Mona Island, Puerto Rico

Island Conservation Mona Island, Puerto Rico — Island Conservation

Jose Luis Herrera-Giraldo

Project Manager

Jose Luis earned a MS in biology from the University of Puerto Rico, conducting research with the amphibians and reptiles composition in the Vieques National Wildlife Refuge at Vieques Island in Puerto Rico. Before joining IC in 2011, Jose Luis held various positions related to natural resources conservation, including working with Envirosurvey Inc, a conservation and wildlife organization based in Puerto Rico, conducting forest and wildlife assessments and outreach campaigns promoting conservation practices in partnership with state and federal governmental agencies. For two years he worked with to manage sea turtle nesting habitat and hatchlings and has conducted additional ecological work with amphibian and reptile species as a private consultant or volunteer. From 2009 to 2010, Jose Luis started working on Desecheo Island with the UCSC Conservation Measures Program, doing surveys for a single-island endemic gecko and assisting the ecosystem restoration project on Desecheo through the removal of invasive predators. At Island Conservation, he supports and leads various restoration work on islands such as Desecheo, Juan Fernández, Cabritos, Alto Velo, Antipodes and Mona for the benefits of threatened and unique species. Jose Luis is currently serving as the Point of Contact for the Island Conservation’s activities in Puerto Rico, the U.S Virgin Islands and the Dominican Republic.

A gift to Island Conservation in your estate plan will build a legacy and assure a future in which island species thrive. By including Island Conservation in your will, your estate may receive significant tax savings. A designated sum or a certain percentage of a residuary estate can be donated or consider making Island Conservation a full or partial beneficiary of your IRA, 401(k) or other qualified retirement plan.   If you choose to provide for Island Conservation in your estate plans, please contact the development manager at [email protected] or 831-359-4787.

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Donating real estate to Island Conservation may give you a tax deduction on the fair market value of the real estate and help you avoid the capital gains tax you may incur if you were to sell the property.

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The ISLAND-OCEAN CONNECTION CHALLENGE aims to maximize the marine benefits of island conservation for ecosystems including coral reefs, and climate and community resilience. We are launching a new era of island restorations and rewilding focused on scaling and deploying this whole-systems conservation ‘multi-tool’ for optimal impact. 

Challenge partners are committed to the holistic restoration of at least 40 globally significant island ecosystems, from ridge-to-reef to benefit biodiversity, climate, and communities by 2030. 

We seek additional partners to join this collaborative and advance this novel restoration and resilience effort. Join this movement by adding your commitments, resources, projects, programs, and / or islands to this 2030 challenge.  

Join us today in this campaign of hope and resilience! 


Any individual or organization (local, national, regional, or global) is invited to become a member provided you commit to a significant (for you) commitment to advance the vision and call to action of The Island-Ocean Connection Challenge. Here are some commitment examples to inspire your thinking. 

  • Local (individual or organizational) island community champion:
    • Commits to engaging the local community in development, implementation, and conservation impact monitoring of ___ (number) of community-led island restoration projects in partnership with other groups.
  • Small Island Developing State (SIDS): 
    • Commits to restoring ____ islands by 2030 with their communities, national, regional, and global partners
    • Commits to prioritizing $____ in bi- and multilateral funding to advance these projects.
  • Regional conservation network:
    • Commits to helping five SIDS to mainstream this conservation multi-tool for the benefit of communities, corals, and climate by helping execute x number of island restorations and commits to $____ in co-financing
  • Developed nation:
    • Commits to support xx island restoration project partnerships with $____ in unilateral co-financing 
  • Philanthropic Foundation:
    • Commits $____ to advance xx priority island restoration projects 
  • Conservation organization: 
    • Commits to ____ partnerships with xx expert human resources and $____ to advance xx priority island restoration projects
  • Research Institution:
    • Commits to supporting long-term research on ____ island restoration projects to further elucidate the scale and scope of the island-ocean connections to further maximize the coral, community, and climate benefits of island restorations
    • Develop a central repository for standardizing, compiling, consolidating, and analyzing conservation impact monitoring data from island-marine restoration projects worldwide.


Mail Donations to:
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CA 91716-8415

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The island of Puerto Rico is located in the northern part of the Caribbean Sea, being the smallest and most eastern in the group of the Greater Antilles. It is washed by the Atlantic Ocean in the north and the Caribbean Sea in the south (the total length of the coastline is 501 km).

In the west it borders on the Dominican Republic (along the Mona Strait), in the northeast — on the British Virgin Islands, and in the southeast — on the Virgin Islands (USA).

Puerto Rico is almost rectangular in shape and relatively small — from east to west, its length is about 180 km, and its maximum width from north to south is about 65 km. The area of ​​the island is about 9.1 thousand sq. km with a total (together with the islands) of about 13.7 thousand square meters. km. Puerto Rico also owns the islands of Vieques, Culebra, Mona, Culebrita, Palomino (sometimes called the Spanish Virgin Islands), Mona, Monito, Deseceo and Caja de Muertos, as well as other tiny landmasses that are part of the Leeward Islands group. .

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