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Diving in Argentina

Diving in Argentina

Quick facts

  • Neighbouring Paraguay is currently experiencing its deadliest yellow fever epidemic in over 60 years. If visiting near the border, being vaccinated at least 10 DAYS prior is highly recommended. While no cases have been reported in Argentina as of March 2008, this disease can spread very quickly and unpredictably. Check up-to-date information before travelling.
  • Malaria risk is low and confined to rural areas along the borders with Bolivia and Paraquay. Check for up-to-date information before you travel.
  • On 29 February 2008, NaTHNaC (National Travel Health Network and Centre) revised its recommendations for yellow fever vaccination for travellers to Argentina based on Ministry of Health recommendations.
  • Don't forget that seasons are reversed from those of the Northern Hemisphere!
  • For extreme southern diving, drysuits are a must!

When to go

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USD 1,052Per person for 7 nights for 2 divers
USD 3,850Per trip
USD 4,500Per trip

What to see

Spanish (official), English, Italian, German, French
Argentina peso
GMT -3
Mostly temperate; arid in SE; subantarctic in SW
Natural hazards:
Earthquakes, violent windstorms (pamperos), heavy flooding
Diving season:
Year round
Water temperature:
18C - 23C (Buenos Aires)
2C - 10C (Ushuaia)
Air temperature:
7C - 30C (Buenos Aires)
-1C - 14C (Ushuaia)


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Argentina is a long country stretching from the subtropics along the northeastern border with Brazil to the subpolar regions of Tierra del Fuego in the south. Here's the map.

Because Argentina is south of the Equator, the seasons are the reverse of Europe, North America and much of Asia, being similar to Australia. Summer in Buenos Aires (months of January and February) is quite hot and humid, while winter is damp and chilly. Further south the weather becomes colder with a mean temperature of 0 degrees in winter for the city of Ushuaia in Tierra del Fuego.

Argentina possesses some of the world's tallest mountains, expansive deserts, and impressive waterfalls, with the diversity of the land ranging from wild, remote areas in southern Patagonia to the bustling metropolis of Buenos Aires in the north.

The best scuba diving areas are:

Peninsula Valdes

About 1,400 km from Buenos Aires and in a peninsula that juts out to the Atlantic Ocean, Valdes is a a wild animals’ paradise and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Peninsula Valdes is connected to the continent by a strip of land about 5 km wide. It looks like a small island hanging from the continent. Highlights at this unique site include:

  • Southern Right whales gather June-December, October is peak month. Watch the video and read about these magnificent creatures, from earthOCEAN.
  • Up to 500,000 Magellan penguins from October to March.
  • Elephant seals mostly calve in October.
  • Sea lions calve in December - January.
  • Orcas can be seen 'beaching' in March to catch Sea lion pups.
  • It is also possible to see rhea, flamingoes, guanacos and much more.

From October to March, penguins are hedging on the shore. From June to mid-December, it's whale watching season. Other inhabitants include sea lions, elephant seals, armadillos, guanacos, maras and gray foxes. If you're lucky you can spot Orcas (killer whales) snatching seals from the shore at Punta Norte during April.

Ushuaia, Patagonia

Ushuaia is a small city at the southern tip of Argentina and is often referred to as the 'City at the End of the World'. It is in the famous Beagle Channel. The diving here is beautiful, but can be very cold! Swim through forests of giant kelp, visit amazing shipwrecks, dive with jellyfish, king crabs, and discover many varieties of tiny colorful creatures.

Since the winds are usually less frequent in winter, the water is calmer and clearer, but much colder! In summer, when water temperatures rise, plankton growth increase which lowers visibility. Water temperature in winter is about 2-4C (36-40F). In summer, it can easily reach 8-10C (46-50ºF). Drysuits are a must!

Patagonia is cool in the summer and cold in the winter. Extreme temperature shifts within a single day are even more common here; pack a variety of clothes and dress in layers.

Getting there

  • Peninsula Valdes - home to an important breeding population of the endangered Southern Right whale, as well as important breeding populations of Southern Elephant seals and Southern Sea lions. You might even hear the whales' songs all the way through a dive!
  • The Monte Cervantes Shipwreck at Ushuaia: recently discovered, this wreck is the main attraction of the Beagle Channel.


Note - Travel to any destination may be adversely affected by conditions including (but not limited) to security, entry and exit requirements, health conditions, local laws and culture, natural disasters and climate. Regardless of your destination, check your local travel advisory board or department for travel advice about that location when planning your trip and again shortly before you leave.

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