Diving in South America
With caves, caverns, volcanic ridges and even shipwrecks, diving in South America is an experience of a lifetime.
South America is home to some of the best dive sites in the world, and with waters suitable for divers of all levels, there is something to suit everyone here. Camano Islet in the Galapagos Islands is ideal for those who have just gained their PADI certificate, or if you are looking for your next challenge then Malpelo Island off the coast of Colombia will not disappoint with huge amounts of sea life converging there, including Hammerhead Sharks. With such a vast coastline before you, the choice of dives is endless.
South America is known for its diverse landscape and colourful culture, so it should come as no surprise to learn that life beneath its surrounding seas is equally exciting. Huge volumes of endemic species have evolved in and around the waters of this impressive continent, meaning you can dive with creatures not found anywhere else in the world. The Galapagos Islands, naturally, will immediately spring to mind when planning a diving trip in South America. Almost every island in the archipelago boasts world-renowned dive sites, Shark Point being perhaps one of the most well-known. That said, no matter which island you visit, you will be greeted by Green Sea Turtles, Seahorses, Sea Lions, White-tip Reef Sharks and Stingrays to name just a few of the local residents.
In contrast to the tropical islands of the Galapagos, on the other side of the continent diving off the Valdes Peninsula in Argentine Patagonia offers you the chance to immerse yourself in cooler waters and get up close and personal with Fur Seals, Penguins, Southern Right Whales and Sea Lions. Further afield, flung off the coast of Colombia, Providencia Island has over 40 dive sites with pristine coral nurturing countless species and dramatic shipwrecks providing unique habitats. Finally, for something completely different, how about heading to Peru? It may not be the obvious choice but here you will discover thick kelp forests, shellfish and the odd friendly Sea Lion to boot, certainly one the more adventurous diver may wish to cross off their bucket list!
- Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
- Abrolhos Marine Park, Brazil
- Gordon Rocks, Galapagos Islands
- Bartholomew Point, Galapagos Islands
- Peninsula Valdes, Argentina