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Explore Colombias ocean floors and encounter spectacular marine biodiversity

Colombia´s vast coastline make for an underwater wonderland, where you can suba dive, snorkel or skin dive and experience a colorful abundance of marine life.

Colombia´s diverse range of marine ecosystems gives you free reign when deciding on what type of diving experience you want to embark on. Spectacular coral reefs, large and small species of fish, whales, sharks, sea turtles and more all inhabit the waters of the Colombian coast.

Explore the oceans around the Colombian coast

In the Pacific, one can experience extreme diving with whale sharks, hammerhead sharks, humpback whales, devil manta rays and 4 of the world´s 7 species of sea turtles, just to name a few.

For an array of colorful flora and fauna and beautifully clear warm tropical waters, turtles and incredible coral reefs, experience the islands of San Andres, Providencia and Rosario Islands on the Caribbean Coast or head to Santa Marta and Tayrona further up the coastline to dive in stronger currents within deep mystic sea floors and an array of species.

Along both coastlines you can explore sunken ships, riddled with history.

For those who wish to explore the Colombian waters at a quieter pace, snorkeling possibilities are in plentitude, and for all underwater destinations you will find incredible culture and hospitality from which to embark your underwater adventures. There is something here for everyone.

Gorgona Island

Gorgona Island, once a remote destination for prisoners, it is now simply a scientist’s dream and mating and birth place for Humpback whales that come here every year between July and October.

People can enjoy the spectacular diving here any time of year, and for beginners there are a number of certified companies and instructors that operate here.

This mysterious Island, located in the Pacific Ocean, is a mandatory destination for scuba diving and snorkeling lovers. Deep down its waters, you may observe immense coral reefs; fish banks of all colors and sizes; white fin sharks; manta rays; giant turtles; and the impressive humpback whales you may enjoy during some times of the year. It is recommended to make night dives.

The Island also offers a great diversity of vegetation and terrestrial fauna, as well as the ruins of an old and remote prison that worked until the late 70´s.


For certified advanced divers, Malpelo, a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site, will be one of the best dive destinations you can experience in the world.

A haven with hammerheads, yellow, silky, Galapagos, deep-water Odontaspis feroxs sharks and more this incredible diving sanctuary leaves you speechless and attracts some of the most experienced divers, documentary filmmakers and photographers from around the world.

Nuqui, Bahia Solano, the Utria National Park

This remote part of Colombia offers an exotic location, with fantastic diving alongside thick vegetated jungle. Here you can see or fish for large schools of Tuna and Marlin.

Snorkel the reefs on the beautiful beaches, explore the sunken ship of Sebastian de Belalcazar and see the humpback whales and turtles during the mating season and dolphins all year round. During May the whale sharks occupy this area, and are a sight to see!

San Andres and Providencia

Beautiful sandy beaches, vibrant reggae culture, warm tropical temperatures, incredible visibility and the second largest coral reef in the Caribbean with its fantastic biodiversity reserve is what makes up the archipelago islands.

Called the ‘sea of seven colors’ the islands occupy the McBean Lagoon National Natural Park and UNESCO Seaflower Biosphere Reserve and have caves, coral reefs and old pirate ship wrecks to explore!

Rosario Islands

Just a stones throw away from the magical and historical Cartagena de Indias, the Rosario Islands are a rich ecological wonder with coral reefs, mangroves and colorful flora and fauna along old mud volcanic terrain and home to dolphins and hundreds of beautiful tropical fish and species.

Diving or snorkeling in these spectacular tropical waters is divine, and there are courses available for non experienced divers, as well as white sandy beaches from which to embark from.

Parque Tayrona, Santa Marta, Taganga

With an assortment of diving and snorkeling conditions to take on, including stronger currents and tranquil spots, the deep mystic floors of this particular coastline bring you ship wrecks, intriguing diving environments, and marine species to encounter such as beautiful tiny sea horses.

The coastline is enchanting, mountainous with a mystical historical background and a great place to stay from which to embark your diving expeditions also.

If interested in organizing a scuba diving or snorkeling trip, just contact us at Mantaraya!

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