Just thinking about getting stuck in the middle of an endless ocean can already be a little terrifying. However, once you dive down and see the beauty that the ocean possesses, you’d wish that you’d have been born a mermaid or a merman!
The great thing about scuba diving in South America is that each time you dive closer to the equator, the better chances you’d see a completely different set of coral reefs and marine life. We at Viyahe have rounded up the best sites where you can scuba dive!
Peninsula Valdes, Argentina
Peninsula Valdes is known to have the coldest dives known to mankind due to the Argentinian waters. Aside from being a UNESCO world heritage site, it is also considered as the paradise for marine life. Look out for the fascinating Magellan penguins, elephant seals, sea lions and even orcas in their natural habitat.
Viyahe tip: Catch a glimpse of the animal you are most interested in by searching up their peak season. See southern right whalesas early as June, Magellan penguins by March and elephant seals on October.
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
Fernando de Noronha is the first marine park in Brazil which is also a UNESCO world heritage site. Since this scuba diving site has the largest spinner dolphin and sea turtle colonies in the country, only a limited number of tourists can visit everyday. Dubbed as the premier diving destination, Fernando de Noronha also has hiking trails, perfect for all the divers who are also into hiking.
Viyahe tip: Be ready to pay a bit more than the usual tourism tax. Since this small island is treasured by the locals, their priority is to protect and preserve this site.
Isla de Providencia, Colombia
Choose from 40 breathtaking diving sites in Isla de Providencia which will definitely make you wish that you are living nearby. It features the pristine and unspoiled beauty of nature which perfectly depicts how it became a UNESCO World Heritage site. If you want to take a break from the city life where there is less crowd, technology and innovation, this is the perfect place for you.
Viyahe tip: Experience travelling back in time as you explore the wrecked pirate ships that has turned into an ecosystem.
Abrolhos Marine Park, Brazil
Another secluded scuba diving area accompanied by its very scenic surroundings is the Abrolhos Marine Park in Brazil. It is a desert-like island archipelago made of five volcanic islands. More than 200 species of marine animals and coral reefs will make you feel welcomed here!
Just like the other scuba diving sites, the marine life here migrates. Better do your research about the peak season of the creatures that you badly want to see before heading over!
Viyahe tip: As this site is secluded, make sure to rent sailboats or catamarans in advance when you plan to visit since there are only a few gamekeepers in this island and can only be accessed by liveaboards!
Isla de Malpelo, Colombia
This scuba diving area is specially meant for advanced open water-certified divers. Isla de Malpelo is the site to be for those born adventurous. Despite its popularity, this area is only eight square kilometers in size but is still less populated so you won’t have to deal with huge crowds. Additionally, as it is located just above a volcanic ridge, the marine life in this area is too bountiful that it tends to cover the vast sea.
Viyahe tip: To have a one of a kind experience, divers must always stay conservative as hundreds of kilometers do not have decompression chamber. Each diver must have his own surface marker buoy and dive computer.
Galapagos Island, Ecuador
Diving = Galapagos Island
Ecuador is definitely blessed to have this gem that houses several diving spots. It also has a wide array of marine life within the island. Not only is it diverse but some creatures can only be seen here! There’s no wonder why this is a must-visit site for all the divers out there.
Viyahe tip: When visiting, keep in mind that liveaboards will help you to get to the best sites available for diving. So make sure to do the arrangements beforehand. Or you can download the Viyahe app and let our travel assistants do it for you.