Colombia is twice the size of France and home to some of the most amazing dive sites in the world, including the world’s third largest coral reef barrier.
Choose between dive sites in the Caribbean and the Pacific during your trip to Colombia: the former tend to be clear and more placid, while the latter are a bit wilder.
The Island of Malpelo in the Pacific offers truly magnificent dives, where you can see an unbelievable number of hammerheads and silky sharks, as well as the ever-impressive humpback whale (in season).
Found far off the mainland is Isla de Providencia, a little-visited destination out in the Caribbean. Technically found closer to Nicaragua than Colombia, Isla de Providencia has incredibly clear water and is an excellent alternative to the massively popular San Andreas.
The reefs are exceptional here, and the wall dives are some of the best in the Caribbean. There are also some stellar wreck dives at Isla d Providencia, like the Planchon, a WWII German ship.
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A lonely rock in the East Pacific Ocean, Malpelo Island’s true treasures lie beneath its waves where scuba divers will be awed by a huge shark population.
Deep in the Caribbean curious divers will discover the islands of San Andrés, Providencia, and Santa Catalina. The isles may be far from the shoreline, but they still retain their Colombian charm.
Bring a checklist of all the marine life you want to see, because you’ll possibly find it all here. There are whale sharks, hammerhead sharks (sometimes in massive schools), manta rays, humpback whales, angelfish, surgeonfish, butterfly fish, moray eels and scorpion fish.
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Located on the northern tip of South America, Colombia is home to the Andes mountains, lush valleys, alpine lakes, snow-capped volcanoes and numerous coffee plantations.
Take a stroll on Colombia’s gorgeous tropical beaches along either Caribbean Sea or the Pacific Ocean, a coastline with a combined length of 3208 kilometres/1993 miles.
Visit Bogotá, the capital city located in the heart of Colombia, and enjoy restaurants and hotels amid 300-year-old homes and churches. When on the Caribbean coast, visit Cartagena to see a walled, colonial Old Town, a 16th-century castle and nearby coral reefs. Indigenous people have inhabited this region for thousands of years, taking advantage of the fertile landscape.
The Spanish came in the early 1500s conquering and colonizing the region. Today there is a melting pot of cultures, including a blend of native, colonial, African, and European influences. The country has had its fair share of hard time since the 1960s.
Mining, natural gas and the drug trade have all taken their toll on this land. However, the past decade has shown a rapid decline in violence and instability, so that Colombia has become a much safer place to vacation.