5 most beautiful diving spots in Colombia

Posted by SeaAdviser on October 4, 2019

Colombia has not just beautiful landscapes, magnificent mountains, rivers. It boasts two separate oceans, and a number of gorgeous islands and offshores. All this natural blessings and beauties makes Colombia an incredible place to go deep into de waters to get to know the submarine world it has to offer.

Here are the top 5 spots for diving in Colombia.

1. Providencia

This small northern Colombian island, has the third largest coral reef barrier on earth, and includes over 40 dive sites. The seas around Providencia are a UNESCO protected area, and are known as the Seaflower Biosphere Reserve. Here you will find a very large variety of fishes, four different shark species, wreck ships, up to 85 species of coral and 270 species of fish, turtles and sponges, the diverse dive sites include caves, and blue holes. The exceptional visibility and calm conditions of the water make this place a perfect dive spot.

2. Malpelo

Malpelo island is unique to other islands in the Eastern Pacific. Designated a UNESCO world heritage site in 2006. The island lies over 300 miles off the coast of Colombia, this a unique place for diving. First of all, it is only eight square kilometers, the barren and nearly vertical cliffs of the island expose the summit of the three-hundred-kilometer-long volcanic ridge rising from the ocean floor at a depth of nearly 3 kilometers.

With such a small island size and the entire ocean abyss encircling, the concentration of pelagic life in Malpelo waters is enormous. Here you will encounter many animals pretty much anywhere around the island. This is a genuinely wild place, a truly submarine wilderness, full of wild animals, the chances of unique encounters are very, very, very good. This is a most spot in your diving list, whether you have done diving several times, whether you are an amateur, or perhaps a pro, this place is for all you, for all those who loves diving this place is the right spot.

With such a small island size and the entire ocean abyss encircling, the concentration of pelagic life in Malpelo waters is enormous. Here you will encounter many animals pretty much anywhere around the island. This is a genuinely wild place, a truly submarine wilderness, full of wild animals, the chances of unique encounters are very, very, very good. This is a most spot in your diving list, whether you have done diving several times, whether you are an amateur, or perhaps a pro, this place is for all you, for all those who loves diving this place is the right spot.

3. Gorgona Island

Gorgona Island is an old prison; and it was so until 1985 when it was turned into a National Natural Reservation Park noted for a large number of endemic species resulting from its isolation from the American continent. Which makes it a perfect place for whale watching, and occasionally sighting killer whales too. While diving in this place you'll also see sharks, turtles and groupers that go very often to the sunken ship of Sebastian Belalcazar.

Within only about 20 meters of the island shore you can swim among thousands of colorful tropical fish and the occasional sea turtle. Sometimes you can hear humpback whales singing in the far-off distance., with over 500 species of marine animals. But that is not all, divers will also find there several dive sites around the island including these famous ones: El Remanso, La Tiburonera, Montañitas 1 and 2, La Parguera, El Planchón, and La Cazuela.

4. Capurgana and Sapzurro

This spot is located on the Panama border near the Darien Gap, it has preserved a gorgeous coral reef, partly due to its inaccessibility and lack of tourism. There are more than 30 dive sites, and from Capurgana you can organise a dive in the stunning San Blas Islands. The best time to dive is between May and November.

5. Taganga

Only 10 minutes away from the picturesque town of Santa Marta, Colombia’s oldest remaining colonial city, lies the tiny fisherman’s town called Taganga. Hidden in a beautiful bay surrounded by mountains, this place is a real hotspot with attractive prices for diving, it is its great number of dive operators that makes it one of the cheapest places for doing diving.

If you are interested in diving in this place, you should know that visibility is best between the months of December to April, when water temperatures are coolest and around 21 degrees Celsius. The rest of the year the water temperatures rise between 24 and 28 degrees. it is not really on the list of must go diving spots for its world-class diving experiences. Nevertheless, a variety of gorgeous marine life can be seen, as well as an array of corals.