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South America

South America is a gem of a continent with a number of incredible dive spots, including Fernando de Noronha, considered the best scuba diving destination in Brazil, Easter Island and Robinson Crusoe Islands in Chile, Malpelo Island in Columbia – home to a unique shark population, Mochima National Park in Venezuela with 36 islands just offshore and over 50 dive sites, and the crown jewels… the Galapagos, a World Heritage Site where you encounter creatures with no fear of man and some of the rarest species known on the planet.

Best Scuba Diving in South America

San Andres Providencia And Santa Catalina

San Andres Providencia And Santa Catalina

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...

Malpelo Island

Malpelo Island

Malpelo Island features strong and changing currents as well as occasional rough seas and is therefore recommended for advanced divers. It is only accessible by diving liveaboard vessels so make sure to book in advance as only one vessel is allowed at the island at any given time. Liveaboard vessels depart from two locations which are either David in Panama, or...

Galapagos

Paired with the splendid array of marine life, the excellent visibility makes diving here exceptional. There are dives on many of the islands, though several islands stand out as particularly excellent places to take the plunge.Darwin Island is by far the most popular. Here you will see most of the unique creatures you are craving, as well as some whimsical geologic...

Ecuador

Ecuador is a sealife lover’s paradise, packed with species found nowhere else on Earth. Don’t expect to find coral reefs here, however. Instead the area features heavy current and nutrient rich waters that attract major pelagic action. The majority of divers head straight for the Galapagos Islands. The waters surrounding this group of deep-sea, volcanic islands form...

Colombia

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...

Brazil

From famous wrecks and healthy reefs stretching from Recife to Serrambi in the Northeast to pristine rocky dive sites in the South around Bombinhas, the variety and quality of the diving in Brazil is staggering. For now, five major diving areas exist, although more and more are being discovered. Best Scuba Diving Spots in Brazil * Recife * Maragogi * Laje de Santos *...

Argentina

Neighbouring Paraguay is currently experiencing its deadliest yellow fever epidemic in over 60 years. If visiting near the border, being vaccinated at least 10 DAYS prior is highly recommended. While no cases have been reported in Argentina as of March 2008, this disease can spread very quickly and unpredictably. Check up-to-date information before travelling...

Chile

Through the lens of your dive mask, Chile looks like an epic diving destination. With almost 4300 kilometres/2670 miles north to south, it has an awful lot of coastline. So it’s no wonder Chile boasts a hugely diverse range of dive sites – from Punta Arenas to Valparaiso. Best Scuba Diving Spots in Chile * Easter Island * The Cauldron of Death * Juan...