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Taganga’s Dive Sites

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 3 - 4 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 10 people
Destination: Colombia  
Category: Scuba diving operators
Specialty: Dive boat, Diving instructor, Scuba diving center  
Season: January - December
Min Price: 75 US Dollar (USD) per person
Max Price: 550 US Dollar (USD) per person

Due Taganga’s unique location it offers exceptional dive sites. You dive in multi-colored fauna of a wide variety of sizes. The are of coral begins at “Banco of the Animas”, continues around the “Rodadero,” the “Morro” off Santa Marta and in Taganga where the water deepens. It extends to the area surrounding the “Cabo San Juan”. In fact the mountain submerges into the sea and below this the dense rocks are covered with all types of perfectly preserved corals. The water temperature varies at different times of the year. In the period from December to April, you can count on temperatures around 21° C and visibility of up to 30 m. During the rest of the year the water temperature is between 24° and 28°C, and visibility decreases a little.

Our area has great diversity of species in large numbers among which you will find: French Angelfish, Blue Surgeonfish, Butterflyfish, Parrotfish, Filefish, Yellowtail Snapper, Balloonfish, Hind, Grouper, Barracuda, Green Moray Eel Spotted Scorpionfish,Trunkfish, Trumpetfish, Rays, Grunt and Porkfisk along with man others too numerous to mention. Among the varieties of coral you will see Elkhorn Coral, (especially at el Torin) Finger Coral, Star Coral, Giant Brain Coral, Fire Coral, Spiny Disc Coral, Sea Fan Coral, Ivory Coral And Lettuce Coral of which there is an amazing amount at Punta Calichan.

Punta Venado - 5 minutes from Taganga. Here we can do incredible shallow dives and see the Gorgóneas which is veritable submarine garden in just few meters of water. There is also an interesting underwater cliff which drops to 20m. This is one of the best sites for a spectacular night dive.

Granate. This is the first bay you find in the Tayrona National Park, about 20 minutes from Taganga. It is well protected by the base of the Sierra Nevada, making it an ideal site for novice divers. Large sandy areas at shallow depths are the perfect spot for doing the exercises required in diving courses. Here we offer a range of dive between 5 and 25 meters. Here we offer a range of dives between 5 and 25 meters during which you can find examples of all the fauna of the area.

Casa Camargo. Some 25 minutes from Taganga provides a choice of dive plans. The first is a small well populated underwater cliff which descends to 15m. The second is a 20m dive in calm water in which you can see examples (up to 4m tall) of the largest species of coral. This is also a great site for a night dive.

Calichan. Here the experienced diver can dive to depths of up to 40m,and enjoy the still untouched virgin fauna. Here you will find, at a depth of around 25m, a mountain covered by lettuce coral. Another dive is in still clear waters to a shallow sandy bottom which makes it ideal for the less experienced diver.

El Torin. Without a doubt one of the dives which almost guarantees the best visibility. We dive to 18m on a reef covered with a wide variety of coral species with impressively large colonies of moose and brain corals.

Los Morritos. Not a dive site for the inexperienced or faint-hearted due the constant and heavy seas. This is one of the areas where you can find some of the largest specimens of fish.

Morrito Largo. Is a small rock a little off the "Isla Aguja" and is an ideal site for deep dives. Here we dive to 40m. In an area festooned with black corals. Experienced divers can cross from Morrito Largo to the Isla Aguja viewing giant sponges, which grow in the current, along the way. This dive is only possible when there is no lateral current.

Wreck "El barco hundido". At 40 minutes from Taganga, in front of the Rodadero, there is sunken cargo ship lying on the sandy bottom at a depth 29m. It is 33 m long and, totally covered with oysters, clams and coral. This fauna at this unique site has developed over the 14 years since the sinking of the ship. These, due to time and distance factors, are our regular clients’ most popular sites. We can however take you to many of the other coves and bays in Tayrona National Park which offer magnificent dive sites. We organize, according to demand, excursions to the following sites which are only accessible when there are light winds:

Gairaca. Is some 50 minutes by launch from Taganga, on the beach there is a traditional palm thatched kiosk with hammocks. We can organize a lunch of typical freshly caught fish for you after your dive. We arrive at a golden sandy beach from which you dive and explore a wonderful garden of elkhorn coral. From Gairaca we go to other dive locations such as el Cueva del Toro, la piedra ahogada and las barritas of Gairaca.
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Location: Colombia
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M14990 has been operating in Taganga, Santa Marta since 2000, and has become the only authorized PADI Resort and DAN Business Member in the area. We have 1 Course Director and 2 instructors, who are highly qualified and have a wide range of specializations. We can give you qualified help and support you in any...

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