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Diving in El Salvador

Diving in El Salvador

Quick facts

  • Curently, a low risk of malaria, but check for up-to-date information before travelling.
  • Visibility at Los Cobanos is practically zero in the winter season (April to November).

When to go

Rain and temperature

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Water temperature

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What to see

Spanish, Nahua
US $
GMT -6
Tropical; rainy season (May to Oct); dry season (Nov to April)
Natural hazards:
Frequent, often violent, volcanic activity; hurricanes
Diving season:
Year round
Water temperature:
27C/80F (Jan-Mar)
28C/82F (July-Sept)
Air temperature:
25C to 29C


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El Salvador is a country in Central America. Here's the map. Its name comes from the Spanish for "The Savior", the person who saves, referring to Jesus Christ.

Lying along the Pacific ring of fire, there is significant tectonic activity including frequent earthquakes and volcanic activity. There are only 2 seasons; the dry season (mid October to mid May) when it hardly ever rains and the wet season, (mid May to mid October).

Los Cobanos (situated on the Pacific Ocean) is one of the most popular diving areas (80 Km from San Salvador). During the summer, and with the right conditions, you can see Morays eels, Angel fish, Eagle mantas, Green turtles, lobsters, etc.

If you want to dive in the winter season, why not try crater diving at Coatepeque or Illopango lakes?

Getting there

  • Coatepeque Lake - surrounded by Cerro Verde and the Santa Ana and Izalco volcanoes, dive in this beautiful crater lake. Fish species include Catfish, Guapote and Zebra fish.
  • Ilopango Lake: surrounded by dramatic cliffs, Ilopango lake is the largest lake of El Salvador, with a couple of islands and dramatic cliffs. Volcanic nodules can be seen, which are lava rocks that freezed the moment they touched the water.
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.