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Diving in San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina

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.

Diving in San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina

Quick facts

In San Andres, don’t miss out on the Blue Wall, a popular drift dive that takes you along a steep cliff adorned with sponges and abundant marine life. For an easy reef dive, head to Nirvana. For something a bit more advanced zoom out to Trampa Tortuga. The visibility here is out of this world.

While on Providencia, head to Felipe’s Place. This coral garden has fascinating coral formations and plenty of creatures to see. The most biodiversity in the region can be found at the Spiral. The tunneling spiral leads you to a fish hideaway, complete with coral pillars.

Santa Catalina will give you plenty of shark encounters, and the Santa Catalina Slope is a stellar spot to check out during your trip to the area.

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What to see

The fantastic coral reefs around the islands make an ideal home for a variety of species. Stingrays and sharks peruse the region in addition to these colorful reef fish. Hawksbill sea turtles come here to nest, making it a popular spot to watch the babies hatch out into the sea.

Further out, dolphins and whales pass by. Sometimes you can swim or dive with these incredible creatures.

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Area

In the shallow blue waters of the Caribbean you will find the palm lined beaches of San Andrés, Providencia, and Santa Catalina. The islands are part of Colombia, but are actually closer to the mainland of Nicaragua.

The islands have a fascinating history, complete with pirate adventures and colonial explorers. The Pirate Henry Morgan is said to have hidden loot in a cave on the island, never to be discovered. In the 17th century, settlers came, bringing with them slaves from Africa. It was not until 1821 that slavery was abolished.

San Andrés is the most developed of the islands, and is home to around 70,000 people. Providencia is much less altered, with pristine beaches and rich jungles. The island of Santa Catalina is attached to Providencia by a 100 meter footbridge.

Other attractions

There are gorgeous rocky cays and sandy beaches to frequent on the islands, as well as beautiful botanic gardens and museums. Each of the islands have their own quirky things to check out, from caves to lighthouses.

Getting there

Fly into the airport of San Andrés, then rent a scooter to get around the island. To get to Providencia you have to fly from San Andrés. Santa Catalina has only footpaths to get around.

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