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Your Guide to Diving Colombia
Including Malpelo, San Andres Island

All of Undercurrent's information on diving Colombia, including articles, reader reports, Chapbook sections, ...

Diving Colombia Overview

Two islands, while under the Colombian flag, are less than 75 miles off the east coast of Nicaragua and have a strong Caribbean flavor and you can reach them from Costa Rica. You may find good diving, though some operators may make no effort to take you to it. On the Pacific side, the remote and lonely island outpost of Malpelo is famous for its fish and shark populations, but there is no safe boat anchorage so not only is the 310-mile journey arduous but so is the stay!

Diving Colombia Reader Reports and Feature Articles

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Latest Reader Reports from Colombia

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Columbia Dive Adventures Report in Colombia
"Inspiring Diving In Malpelo"
filed Nov 26, 2023 by Dean (Experience: 501-1000 dives, 4 reports, Reviewer )
5 stars

Inspiring Diving In Malpelo Summary Malpelo is a stunning site that is special for its variety and quantity of fish and the prist... ... Read more

Colombia Dive Adventures (MV Ferox) Report in Colombia LiveAboard
"Malpelo - One of my favorite places"
filed Sep 23, 2022 by Kabir Teja (Experience: Over 1000 dives, 5 reports, Reviewer )
5 stars

Malpelo is a special place - words do not do the diving justice, so I recommend you watch our full DIVE HARD trip report on YouTube: ht... ... Read more

Snorkel club/Isla del Sol Report in Colombia/Cartagena
"Very basic diving operation and experience"
filed Aug 14, 2022 by Andrew Falconer (Experience: 501-1000 dives, 51 reports, Top Contributor )
2 stars

As part of a five day trip to Cartagena, we spent two days on Isla Grande on the Rosario islands, which is one of a group of small isla... ... Read more Photos available

Ferox - Columbia Dive Adventures Report in Colombia
"A classic 'must do' for experienced divers"
filed Oct 23, 2021 by Rika (Experience: 101-250 dives, 7 reports, Sr. Reviewer )
4 stars

Malpelo Island, on the Liveaboard Ferox, is a 'Must do' for the big blue, big ocean, big fish, big Palagics. The Ferox is a steel Scand... ... Read more

Colombia Dive Adventures, the Ferox/NA Report in Colombia/Malpelo LiveAboard
"The Magic of Malpelo on the Ferox"
filed Aug 10, 2021 by Craig A Wood (Experience: Over 1000 dives, 51 reports, Top Contributor )
5 stars

From July 9 through July 18, 2021, I had the pleasure of diving in Malpelo. I dived on a half boat charter with Sten Johansson, aboard ... ... Read more Photos available

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Diving Colombia Articles - Liveaboards

MV Ferox, Malpelo Island, Colombia, where the big fish are, 9/23

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The Pacific Quartet, the Caribbean, and Great Whites, we’re getting back in the water, 11/21
Two Groups of Divers Lost Within a Week, it’s every diver’s nightmare, 10/16
MV Sea Hunter, Cocos and Malpelo Islands, bad weather, strong currents and low viz make sharks harder to spot, 9/09
San Andres Island, Almost Nicaragua, where Americans fear to tread, 5/02
More Boats, 5/98

Diving Colombia Articles - Land Based

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Sonny Dive Shop, Isla de Providencia, Colombia, quirky, sleepless, sleeper of a destination, 5/16
Santa Marta, Colombia, the colonial town is more scenic than the diving, 2/14
Holbox Whale Sharks, Bonaire Wild Side, destinations to keep in mind, 2/06
Old Providence, The Caribbean, the most prolific fish in the hemisphere, 3/03
Tropic Surveyor, Malpelo Island, Colombia, S.A., Better Than Cocos Island?, 10/93

Colombia Sections from Our Travelin' Diver's Chapbooks

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Editor's Book Picks for Scuba Diving Colombia
Including Malpelo, San Andres Island

The books below are my favorites about diving in this part of the world All books are available at a significant discount from; just follow the links. -- BD

Beneath Cold Seas Beneath Cold Seas: The Underwater Wilderness of the Pacific Northwest
by David Hall

It's hard enough to take a first-rate photo of reef life in the best of conditions. Try doing it in murky, bone-numbingly cold water while wearing a dry suit with 40-plus pounds of weights around your waist, and thick, insulating gloves that make it hard to use the camera controls. That's what David Hall had to endure while photographing in Canadian waters, but those physical disadvantages make Beneath Cold Seas all the more amazing.

Hall's book successfully disputes the belief that cold-water reefs are drab and dismal. He has regularly photographed the world's most beautiful dive spots for major magazines from National Geographic to Time. While Hall's shots are taken entirely at Browning Passage in British Columbia, the reef life he shoots resides along the Pacific Coast, from Northern California up to Alaska, and they are as diverse and spectacular as any creature in Raja Ampat or Fiji.

Click here to buy it at Amazon via our website -- our profits go to save the reefs.

Reef Fish Identification Reef Fish Identification: Baja to Panama
by Paul Humann and Ned Deloach

The latest edition in the popular Paul Humann series of marine life books. The most comprehensive field guide ever compiled for identifying reef fishes from the Gulf of California to the Pacific coast of Panama, including offshore islands. More than 500 photographs of 400 species taken in their natural habitat. The book is dedicated to Baja Legend Alex Kerstitch and includes several of his drawings and photographs. The concise text accompanying each species portrait includes the fish’s common, scientific and family names, size range, description, visually distinctive features, preferred habitat, typical behavior, depth range, and geographical distribution.

Click here to buy it at Amazon.

The Devil's Teeth: a true story of Obsession and Survival among America's Great White Sharks:
by Susan Casey

Perhaps the greatest gathering of great white sharks in the world is at the Farallon islands, 26 miles from San Francisco. Researchers have tracked and studied them for years and at least one diver still collects sea urchins in the midst of their gatherings. Journalist Susan Casey lived on these barren islands to write a fascinating, awe-struck account of the sharks, their amazing behavior, their killing strategies, their long distance travels, and life with the researchers. Click on this Undercurrent link to purchase the 304-page, hardbound, The Devil's Teeth at's best price, and all our proceeds will go to coral reef conservation.

An American Underwater Odyssey An American Underwater Odyssey: 50 Dives in 50 States
: by Charles Ballinger.

Underwater Odyssey is the story of a scuba diving safari to every state in America. Tired of touring coral reefs, the author embarks on a year-long quest to discover the incredible assortment of adventure diving found in our nation's backyard. His dogged determination to follow his dreams and explore everything from flooded missile sites to abandoned mines should be an inspiration for any diver. Underwater Odyssey transcends the limits of a dive guide to reveal the broader adventure that diving provides.

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Diving Southeast Asia There's a Cockroach in My Regulator
by Undercurrent

The Best of Undercurrent: Bizarre and Brilliant True Diving Tales from Thirty Years of Undercurrent.

Shipping now is our brand new, 240-page book filled with the best of the unusual, the entertaining, and the jaw dropping stories Undercurrent has published. They’re true, often unbelievable, and always fascinating. We’re offering it to you now for the special price of just $14.95.

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You might find some other books of interest in our Editor's Book Picks section.


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