Diving in San Andrés with Blue Life

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Diving San Andrés with Blue Life

Crystal clear water, warm water, colourful fish = that’s what awaits you when diving San Andrés!

Little over two hours by plane is what it takes to get from Bogotá to San Andrés. A bit of mainland and the rest is ocean! San Andrés is located near Nicaragua and most people wouldn’t think it belongs to Colombia.

And exactly this island was my destination for four days. I only had one plan: dive, dive, dive. I didn’t really care what else can be experienced on the island – I just wanted to spend three days diving. And now I’m going to tell you why you should also consider it too:

San Andres Tauchen

Dive Spots San Andrés

There are many dive spots all around the island, enough to be diving an entire week without repeating any spot. Most dive spots aren’t deep either and that’s just how I like them – I prefer to stay in the water longer than to do deep dives. Some places are quite similar, but each one is different in a way.

Water temperature: 29°C
Best time for diving: all year round – I dove there in February
Wetsuit: not necessary, but I chose a long 2-3mm
Dive computer: yes
Characteristics: some huge moraines and quite a lot lionfish (but no worry they hunt them here)

Dive site: Trampa de Tortugas

Depth: 18,6m
Dive time: 43 Min
Visibility: great

San Andres Trampa de Tortuga

Dive site: La Rocosa

Depth: 14,8m
Dive Time: 60 Min
Visibility: great

la rocosa san andres

Dive site: Raggaenest

Depth: 18,9m
Dive Time: 62 Min
Visibility: great

reggaenest san andres

Dive site: Bajo Bonito

Depth: 15,7m
Dive Time: 75 Min
Visibility: great

bajo bonito san andres

Dive site: Los Recuerdos

Depth: 21,3m
Dive Time: 61 Min
Visibility: great

Dive site: Trilogia

Depth: 8,9m
Dive Time: 50 Min
Visibility: great

trilogia san andres

trilogia diving san andres

Why you should go diving in San Andrés?!

The water is crystal clear and the dive spots are quite close to where you get on the boat – so you won’t spend too much time getting to the dive spots.

Have I mentioned how cheap it is to dive in San Andrés? 50€ for a two tank dive including equipment rental. Yes, you hear me right!

You’ll find many Caribbean fish here, as well as gorgeous corals and some of them are huge soft corals that look like trees. They move softly with the currents – and some of them are that big that I feel small next to them.

Why Blue Dive Life is a great choice to dive with

I don’t recall why I went for Blue Dive Life, but I’m happy having made the decision to go diving with them. They are super organised, uncomplicated, chilled and have great new wetsuits.

I emailed them a little before my trip and told them the days I wanted to go diving, and that’s it. You can also walk in and sign up directly there.

We met at 8 am sharp at their dive shop. They were super efficient with distributing equipment and then we were off to the boat. (Of course after having signed the required paperwork.)

The dive briefings were short and precise and had all necessary information. Btw, they do also speak English and Portuguese – and of course Spanish.

After they assigned buddies, and conducting a buddy check we entered the ocean via a back roll.

Tip: don’t bring anything on the boat that you don’t want to get wet.

Conclusion: great dive shop!

trilogia san andres

Further tips and recommendations for diving San Andrés

Bring a biodegradable sunscreen or use a lycra shirt – the sun is burning down like there’s no tomorrow (why biodegradable? —> normal sunscreen will bleach the corals)

Most don’t use a wetsuit, but I simply feel better in one. I rented one for 15000 COP (approx. 5€) a day.

If you are curious how much the whole trip cost me, keep reading here.

If you are looking for other things to do and tips for San Andrés – and why you should be cautious too, read here.

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Viktoria Urbanek Travel Blog Chronic Wanderlust

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At Chronic Wanderlust, I write about my two great passions: travelling and diving – and have been doing so since 2013.

I usually spend a solid majority of the year travelling to experience extraordinary underwater adventures, taking road trips through countries I don’t know (yet) or exploring my home country of Austria.

As a certified divemaster, passionate underwater & travel photographer, road trip enthusiast and individual traveller, I collect unique moments all over the world.

I don’t believe that severe cases of wanderlust – aka chronic wanderlust – can be cured, only treated. On this blog, I want to show you how this can best be realised.

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