Diving In Colombia: A Dive Through The Living Biodiversity

Diving In Colombia: A Dive Through The Living Biodiversity


You will experience nothing but the ultimate underwater journey when you go diving in Colombia!


The Republic of Colombia is a tropical country in South America. It borders Venezuela and Brazil in the east, Ecuador and Peru in the south, and Panama in the northwest.

The northern part of Colombia is bordered by the Caribbean Sea and the west by the Pacific Ocean.

Colombia is one of the megadiverse countries, which are a group of countries that harbor the majority of the Earth’s species, and are therefore considered extremely biodiverse. Because of this distinction Colombia has taken great steps toward environmental protection and conservation programs.

It has also strengthened its tourism efforts by improving security with police and military forces to protect locals and foreign visitors.

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Diving in Colombia

Bordered by the enormous underwater garden of the Pacific Ocean and by the underwater life of the Caribbean Sea.

There’s certainly more to Colombia than its thick rainforests, towering mountains, and majestic volcanoes.

Having the benefits of being bordered of the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean, Colombia certainly has several fascinating choices for some ultimate diving: coral formations, deep caves, and shipwrecks.

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The incredible displays of the coral formations in the Caribbean Sea are ranked top 10 in the world. In addition to being the main attractions, these beautiful formations attract thousands of aquatic life that enhance the splendor of this underwater ecosystem.

The Pacific Ocean, which also borders Colombia, contains nearly 70% of the underwater organisms living in the entire eastern part of the Pacific Ocean.

School of grunt fish above beautiful corals
School of grunt fish above beautiful corals
Photo by: Vilainecrevette

Colombia is one of South America’s best diving destinations. With great opportunities to come face to face with whale sharks, hammerhead sharks, and humpback whales, just to name a few.

Colombia’s water temperature is ideal (average of 26°C/79°F). This enables access to all the awesome dive sites all through the year. However the best time to come to Colombia is from January to March and June through August. During these times water visibility is best for scuba diving.

Dive Sites

The Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea coastlines extending through Colombia absolutely present the best underwater domains with these exceptional dive sites:

San Bernardo Islands

Made up of 10 islands the archipelago of San Bernardo is an unforgettable place in the Colombian Caribbean Sea. It is packed with roughly 215 varieties of fish that feed on the algae and sea grass beds.

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Isla San Andres

Chosen by UNESCO as a biosphere reserve, Isla San Andres boasts up to 85 species of coral and 270 species of fish, turtles and sponges. The exceptional visibility and calm conditions of the water make this place a perfect dive spot.

Colorful Caribbean coral reef complete with red finger sponges ,golden crinoids, and vase sponges
Colorful Caribbean coral reef complete with red finger sponges ,golden crinoids, and vase sponges
Photo by: Dennis Sabo


Acclaimed by the United Nations as one of the top dive sites in the world, the Pacific islet of Malpelo is known for its thrilling steep walls and mystic underwater caves. This 3.5-km (2.2-mile) tremendous rock formation is also renowned for the hammerheads and other sharks that inhabit the waters.

Islas Rosarios

This famous dive site in Colombia welcomes divers of every level of experience on a quest for an awesome underwater adventure. Among Islas Roarios’ highlights is the attention-grabbing array of aquatic plant life.

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Every diver visiting Colombia should explore Taganga. This spectacular dive destination is loaded with angelfish, surgeonfish, butterfly fish, and scorpion fish. You can also see barracudas and stingrays hunting their prey around this area.

Two yellow tailed surgeon fish swimming in corals
Two yellow tailed surgeon fish swimming in corals
Photo by: Dennis Sabo


The 3rd longest barrier reef in Colombia is Providencia and it definitely has the reputation for some awesome diving. This incredible underwater destination provides great opportunities for top diving in caves, sunken pirate ships, or fantastic wall diving. Fabulous coral reef growths are among its must see attractions as well.

Bahia Solano

Go whale watching in this well-known dive spot in Colombia with proven dive experts.

Also take in the splendor of Bahia Solano’s mangrove jungle and the Pearl Harbor surviving navy ship, Sebastian de Belalcazar.

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During perfect weather and water conditions, divers can explore the insides of this amazing underwater museum.

Gigantic humpback whales are also seen along in the waters of Bahia Solano.

Brown Chromis schooling around top of barrel sponge
Brown Chromis schooling around top of barrel sponge
Photo by: John A. Anderson

Knowing More About Colombia

There is definitely more to Colombia than its pristine beaches and unspoiled underwater treasures. Colombia also takes pride in its vibrant culture, extraordinary history, curious traditions, and tasty cuisine.

Tourists can participate in exhilarating adventure sports, tranquil nature trips, incredible archaeological sites, and fun-filled entertainment.

Foreign visitors coming from the United States, JapanMalaysia, Singapore, and some European countries are able to get into Colombia fairly easily. Entry is permitted with an on-arrival visa that is valid for 90 days.

Don’t worry if you get to your expiration date you’re still having a blast and want to stay longer. You can apply for an extension up to another month. All you have to do is simply show some kind of proof that you will leave Colombia on the new date established.


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Great article, Taganga is actually one of the cheapest places in the world to do your open water!

Rachael Brooks
Rachael Brooks

Great article! Colombia is one of the perfect countries in Latin America to practice water sports. There are several places where you can find incredible flora and fauna to explore! In Colombia I really liked Malpelo, Malpu and Providencia to practice Scuba Diving.

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