Top 5 diving sites in Latin America
With some of the world’s best diving sites on offer in Latin America, we thought we’d round up our top 5 diving sites.
1. The Great Blue Hole, Belize
Experienced divers can explore the Blue Hole, a perfectly circular cave plunging vertically into the sea bed. Seen from above this cavernous sinkhole is a dark disk in a bright aquamarine ocean, seemingly swallowing the light into its underwater reaches. There are extraordinary underwater stalactites to be seen on the sheer walls, which descend to a depth of 125m, while a number of shark species roam around inside.
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2. Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
The only populated island in a protected volcanic archipelago way out in the Atlantic Ocean, Fernando de Noronha is almost off the map. But those who go there (and numbers are restricted), especially divers and surfers, are well rewarded. Craggy cliffs jacketed in close garrigue-like vegetation (the original forests were destroyed) close in on gorgeous little bays of sugary sand, and the waters here, warm year-round, are sapphire-clear. Much of the area is designated a marine park, for good reason: sharks, dolphins, turtles and stingrays and a multitude of fish species thrive here.
3. Galápagos Islands, Ecuador
The Galápagos Islands shelter some of the world’s best dive sites, offering the chance to gape at an astounding aquatic panorama where penguins dart through equatorial waters and vast shoals of hammerheads patrol the ocean.The convergence of cold currents from Antarctica and warm tropical waters has created microclimates which sustain an incredible spectrum of marine species, many of which would not normally be neighbours.
4. Yucatán Peninsula's cenotes, Mexico
How many of us can say we have dived in one of the world’s largest freshwater cave systems? This truly is an experience like no other. The Yucatán Peninsula is a huge porous limestone shelf where fresh water flows into underground river and cave systems. Parts of the shelf have collapsed over thousands of years creating sinkholes or cenotes. These underwater caves and caverns popular among divers today were believed by the ancient Mayans to be entrances to the mystical underworld. Each cenote is different – some are completely underground, others semi-underground – in many the roof allows sunlight to penetrate, creating a magical feeling and intense aquamarine colour.
5. Roatán, Honduras
With their typically Caribbean feel, relaxed pace of life and warm waters awash with marine life, the Bay Islands are a popular place to learn to scuba dive. Even if you have never dived before, PADI courses and shorter ‘fun dives’ offering a taster of the scuba experience are both easily arranged to suit your schedule.
Why not take a look at a selection of all the diving opportunities we offer in Latin America?
We hope to run our Diving Group Tour in 2017 – for more information you can get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling our experts on 020 8747 8355.
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Chris Rendell-Dunn - Travel Expert
Anglo-Peruvian Chris grew up in Lima and spent much of his adult life in between London and Cusco as a tour leader, before settling permanently in our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours sales team.
Carrie Gallagher - Travel Expert
A former JLA tour leader, Carrie brings a wealth of on-the-ground experience to our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours department.
Hannah Waterhouse - Travel Expert
Hannah had an early introduction to Latin America when her family moved to Ecuador and she returned to study in Buenos Aires for a year before backpacking across the continent.
Ben Line - Travel Expert
Ben fell in love with Latin America on a six month backpacking trip from Colombia to Mexico in 1995. Since then he has explored most of South America, including living in Peru for a year. He is now Head of Sales.
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Kathryn backpacked across Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru before joining us. She has a degree in Philosophy and French and is a keen netball player.
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After graduating in Computer Science, Paul spent seven months travelling from Colombia to Argentina and came home hooked on Latin America.