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La Ballena Azul

3 star hotel
Cra. 1, Taganga, Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia
33 rooms
FREE Internet

Oceano Scuba

dive center
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Carrera 2 #17-46 Esquina, Taganga, Sant Marta, Taganga, Magdalena 47003, Colombia

Resort Highlights

  • Check in to this European-style hotel in a Colombian beach town, located right on the beach mere steps from the ocean
  • Take advantage of two onsite restaurants and one more at the dive center (top tip: head to the hotel's roof terrace to soak in the sublime sunset with a cold glass of wine)
  • Ideal base for those looking to explore Tayrona National Park, go horse riding on the beach or river tubing through the rainforest - keep your eyes peeled for multi-colored bird life!
  • Dive in clear, Caribbean seas home to unique corals, turtles, lobsters, octopus and squid - any keen eyed diver may even spot the elusive sea grass sea horse!
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Dates & Prices

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You only need to pay 48h after your booking is confirmed.

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10% CHEAPER on average than booking rooms & diving direct.
EXCLUSIVE BENEFITS such as free DAN dive insurance.
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Booking process

1. BOOKING

Once we receive your booking, we double check availability with the dive operator and reserve your spot

2. CONFIRMATION

We usually get back to you within 24 hours to confirm that your booking is final

3. 48H FREE CANCELLATION PERIOD

You then have 48 hours to take care of other travel arrangements. Your credit card will only be charged after that period

Payment & cancellation terms

Payment terms

  • Now: 0%
  • 48 hours after booking confirmation: 55% (downpayment)
  • 21 days before trip start: 45% (balance)

Cancellation fee

Free cancellation for 48h after confirmation

For reservations in low season dates apply: 
Refund if canceled up to 72 hours before arrival.
Within 72 hours of arrival will forfeit 50% of the value of the first night.
No Show will be charged the first night.

For reservations in high season dates apply: 
Refund if canceled up to 72 hours before arrival.
Within 72 hours of arrival will forfeit 100% of the value of the first night.
No Show will be charged the total booking.

Explore diving around the La Ballena Azul

Resort Description

La Ballena Azul Hotel is located next to Taganga Beach and within few minutes of Tayrona National Natural Park; a truly tropical paradise.

The property features 2 onsite restaurants: Entre Cubiertos offers relaxing ocean views; Restaurante Blue specializes in Mediterranean cuisine. The first offers fresh seafood, and the second serves up speciality crepes - ideal for those with a sweet tooth! Come evening, stop by the roof top terrace for a cold glass of wine. It's the perfect place to watch the sunset over the ocean.

All the 33 air-conditioned rooms are provided for your comfort and entertainment; free WiFi in public areas, a meeting room, and a terrace will be at your disposal. There is lots to do besides lounging on the beach. Opt in for horse riding along the palm-studded beach, or go river tubing through the rainforest. 

Tayrona National Park is also a great getaway for those who want to relax, have a digital detox and get closer to nature.


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Dive Center

Highlights

  • Daily trips to Tayrona National Park with highly knowledgeable and friendly staff
  • Over 30 years local diving experience and a deep knowledge of the area
  • For novice divers, the region offers calm, protected and shallow dive sites
  • For experienced divers, there is a good selection of drift dives
  • Despite the heat of the air, the water temperature is surprisingly cool (21- 29 °C)
  • Visibility in Tayrona is best between the months of December and April 

Description

Oceano Scuba is a PADI 5* IDC Dive Center located at the foot of a mountain, just outside of Tayrona National Park. 

This is a beautifully unique dive destination in Caribbean sea. Winds coming down from the mountains move water from the surface bringing nutrients up from the depths of the ocean, creating great biodiversity.

30 years of experience have positioned Oceano Scuba as the number one in Taganga;  this long period made it possible to develop the best infrastructure in the area with the best service areas, equipment and boats in town. 

Oceano Scuba offers you the most advanced vehicles: one yacht and 3 launches so that you get to the destination comfortably, quickly and safely. All the boats are equipped with communication systems and citizens band frequencies, first aid kit, oxygen and life jackets.

All level of courses are offered: from beginners to professional levels as well as technical courses.

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DIVING SERVICES

PADI® Courses Available

  • Project Aware Specialties
  • Intro Dives/Discover Scuba
  • Scuba Refresher
  • Open Water Diver
  • Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Rescue Diver Certification
  • Divemaster
  • Instructor/Idc Course
  • Free-Diving Course
  • Nitrox Certification
  • Underwater Photography
  • Deep Diver Certification
  • Night Diver
  • Cavern Diving
  • Drift Diving
  • Boat Diver
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • Divemaster Internship
  • Kids Courses

Diving gear

  • Filling Station

Diving Facilities

  • Shop
  • Fish Id And Diving Books
  • Wi-Fi (Free)
  • Wi-Fi ($)

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Other Languages On Request
  • German
  • Polish
  • Swedish

PADI membership level

  • Padi 5 Star Idc

Distinction

  • Padi 5 Star Cdc/Idc

Resort Amenities

Activities

  • Live Music

Food & drink

  • Beer And Wine
  • Private Dining
  • A La Carte
  • Snacks All Day
  • Alcohol
  • Vegetarian Food
  • Gluten Free Food
  • Vegan

Wellness & Relaxation

  • Yoga

Facilities

  • Cash Machine/Atm
  • Beach Front
  • Restaurant
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Lounge/Tv Area

Great for families

  • Board Games

Payments

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Amex
  • Cash (Local Currency)

Sports & Watersports

  • Snorkeling
  • Ping Pong

Amenities & services

  • Wi-Fi (Free)
  • Air-Conditioning

How to get there

Arrival 

  • The best airport to fly to is Int. Airport Simon Bolivar in Santa Marta. 
  • From the airport, take a taxi heading to Taganga and ask for 'Oceano Scuba' for the Dive Center or 'La Ballena Azul' for the hotel. They are 2 minutes walk from each other. 
  • Check in time is 3pm. 

Departure

  • Having checked out, the dive center will help you arrange a taxi.

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