Diving Colombia

29 November 2016
Colombia has diving in both the Caribbean and Pacific. The driest time to go to the Pacific side is January, February, March or the middle of August. For the Caribbean, April to November is best.

The Pacific coast offers the more challenging diving, with stronger currents. You are very likely to see big stuff like sharks, tuna and even humpback whales here. World class dive sites include Malpelo, a remote seamount 500 kilometres west Colombia, famous for schooling hammerheads and silky sharks. Only one liveaboard visits at a time and soon the only liveaboards going will operate out of Colombia. It can be dangerous diving Malpelo on a boat with inexperienced crew. A tragic incident occurred this year when divers were lost. We recommend only going with a reputable liveaboard like the Yemaya. But go soon. By December 2017 the Colombian government will make Malpelo off-limits to any non-Colombian boat. And Colombian boats do not have the best safety record.

Moray eel at Malpelo

Some of the best diving on Colombia's Caribbean coast is at San Andres and Providencia Islands. The coral reef here is said to be the world's third largest. The area is in the Seaflower Biosphere Reserve.

Taganga is one of the most popular areas for diving in Colombia. On the Caribbean coast, the diving is not as good at Tanganga as it is in some other places in Colombia, but it does have a plethora of dive shops. It's very cheap to learn to dive here. Taganga has an ATM but this doesn't work with many international cards. You might have to go to Santa Marta to get the cash to pay for your course.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.

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The Diving

Caribbean
Providencia Island

Reviews: 5 stars

"The most beautiful place I have ever been. There are many places to rent a boat and diving equipment. Cost may vary from season to season. Much better than other places such as Costa Rica. Not only the diving is amazing but the island is magical."
Paula

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Caribbean
San Andres Island

Reviews: 5 stars

" I had a blast. Sunken ships. Sunken 737, Lots of big and bigger barracuda. Stingrays and a great trip to Johnny Cay to feed them in the evening. If you got to San Andres AVOID the Sunrise Hotel. It just plain old sucks and costs way too much. The Decameron Hotels are MUCH better. "
Mark Infanger
" In San Andres y Providence Island you can find the third largest coral reef in the world plus is considered a Biosphere Reserve by Uesco."
Mariana, (2012)

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Caribbean
Santa Marta

Reviews: 4 stars

" Much better than Cartagena San Andras and much more stressless "
Frank, Denmark
Caribbean
Isla Rosario

Reviews: 3 stars

" If you like diving the reef and looking at tiny stuff 24/7 this is the dive for you. I would rate Cartagena as over promising and under delivering. "
Mark Infanger
Caribbean » Taganga
Tayrona Park

Reviews: 3 stars

" Turtles, Barracudas, Corals."
George, New Zealand, 2016

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Pacific
Malpelo

Malpelo is a small, barren island just 8 km2. It's steep sided cliffs are the only visible part of a volcanic ridge which drops to nearly 3 km. Here hammerhead and other sharks congregate in relatively shallow waters. Only one liveaboard a day is allowed at Malpelo. We recommend using the the Yemaya liveaboard, which has high safety standards and experienced crew. They depart from Panama City rather than Colombia.

This is not a trip for beginners but is truly a world-class dive site.

Reviews: 5 stars

" The sinister and forbidding Malpelo Island is located 314 miles (506 Kilometers) off the coast of Buenaventura, Colombia in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. Malpelo is home to an important coral formation as well as a large variety and quantity of marine creatures. Of special interest is the hammerhead shark with its awe-inspiring schools reaching up to 300 hundred individuals. The two most outstanding phenomena in Malpelo are the huge number of cluster and free swimming moray eels and the enormous congregations of silky sharks who often mix with hammerheads to form colossal shark schools.
Other common sights are the white tip shark, Galapagos shark, giant schools of angel fish, Creole fish, jacks, tuna, and occasionally a sail fish, whale shark and even Humpback Whale.
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Jairo Criollo
"One of the most beautiful sites to dive in the world. Best of all is still unexploited by tourism."
Sonia Matthews, USA
"Dirty Rock, Malpelo, is 350 miles west of the coast of Columbia. This site is home to hundreds of hammerheads, blacktips, white tips, whale sharks, mantas, yellow fin tuna, etc. 65 deg water with 4-6 ft seas, but high-octane excitment. "
Scubajack, USA
" Malpelo is the ideal place for shark lovers!! Biggest hammerhead shark population in the world!!"
Mariana, (2012)

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Pacific
Gorgona Island

Reviews: 5 stars

" Gorgona island, until 1985, was a jail; it's now a sanctuary. The land tours are great and you will see sharks, sea lions, dolphins, whale sharks, Whales (sometimes) and it's not over populated with tourists. Gorgona was awesome, As good as the Galapagos. Colombia is more safe than the media would have you believe. "
Mark Infanger


Colombia Dive Operators

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Caribbean » Cartagena de Indias
Diving Planet

Reviews: 4 stars

Ciudad Amurallada
Calle Estanco del Aguardiente #5-94
Cartagena de Indias
Colombia
Tel: (57 5) 664 2171
Cell: (57) 300 815 7169 - 300 603 7284
E-Mail: [email protected].

" Andres knows his stuff "
Mark Infanger
Caribbean » San Andres
Karibik Divers

Reviews: 5 stars

Karibik Diver
Av. Newball 1-248
Edificio Galeon
In front of "Casa de Cultura"
Tel: (57)-8-51 20101

" Excellent service. They take care of everything, such as loading and unloading your equipment from the boat and rinsing all your dive gear. The price is very good also. "
Firdaus Chinoy, Canada
Caribbean » San Andres
Banda Dive Shop

PADI resort

Hotel Lord Pierre Local # 104
Banda
See prices and book diving…

Caribbean » Providence Island
Felipe Diving Center

Providence Island
Cabañas EL RECREO
Agua Dulce
Colombia
Tel: 57 (8) 514 8775 / 57 (8) 514 8010
Mobile: 57 (312) 521 7503
Fax: 57 (8) 514 8051
E-mail: [email protected]

Caribbean » Taganga
Oceano Scuba Center

Carrera 2 # 17 - 46 Esquina
Taganga
Magdalena
Colombia
Tel: +57 5 4219004
[email protected]

Reviews: 4 stars

"It was great, the best diving school in the world. 60 dollars two dives and snacks"
George, New Zealand, 2016
Caribbean » Taganga
Poseidon Dive Center

Reviews: 4 stars

" Most professional dive center in Colombia "
Frank, Denmark
Caribbean » Taganga
Aquantis dive center

Calle 18 N° 1 - 39 Taganga Santa Marta
Magdalena
Colombia
Tel: + 57 (5) 4219344
E-mail: [email protected]

Caribbean » Taganga
Calipso dive center

Street 12 No 1 - 40
SantaMarta
Taganga
Colombia
Tel: (057)5 4219146
E-mail: [email protected]

Bogotá
Buconos Diving Centre

Buconos Diving Centre
Bogotá
Colombia
Tel: +57+1+3158391
Fax: +57+1+3158391
E-mail: [email protected]

"Dive with us the best of Colombia!"
Adolfo Salinas (Buconos Diving), 2012


Colombia Accommodation

Caribbean » San Andres
Sunrise Hotel

Avenida Fancisco Newball No. 4-169
San Andrés Isla
Colombia
Tel: +57 (8) 512.3977
Fax: +57 (8) 512.3825
E-mail: [email protected]
See availability and book

" We stayed at the Sunrise Hotel which is less than a 5 minute walk from the dive shop. "
Firdaus Chinoy, Canada
" If you got to San Andres AVOID the Sunrise Hotel. It just plain old sucks and costs way too much. The Decameron Hotels are MUCH better. "
Mark Infanger
Pacific
El Cantil Lodge

Nuquí
Colombia
Tel: (574) 2520707
E-mail: [email protected]
Lodge with Dive Centre.

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