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Tips to enjoy scuba diving in San Andres
- Make sure that if you are diving from shore the swimming distance is within your capabilities, dive sites like Blue Wall, La Piedras, La Rocosa are not accessible for most divers from shore due to underwater currents. If you are in for this kind of dives make sure you have insurance as well as a floating device!
- Lion Fish is taking over the Caribbean this is a foreign species from south East Asia with no natural predator that has poison on its fins, DO NOT touch it, you won´t die from it, but I assure you from experience that is going to be painful. If you are spear fishing it (which is illegal in San Andres) make sure to wear heavy duty gloves while handling.
- There is no need to use wet suits on the island due to a comfortable water temperature of around 24 Celsius all year round. Shorties and 2,5 mm insulation suits are more than enough most times.
- always check your equiptment yourself.
- Make sure you dive with a certified PADI, NAUI or any other international certification instructor or dive master. There are many around, if you choose to dive with the guy from the beach that offers you to see whale sharks and sea lions while he´s having a beer you know who you should blame at the end.
- If you are an certified diver most dive schools will allow you to bring your own camera; at the hostel we rent GoPro cameras for our guest. More info here.
- Best dives sites, no matter what people tell you on the street: Blue Wall, las Piedras, La Piramide, La Trilogia, Bajo Bonito, Nirvana, Trampa de Tortuga, Wild Life, Dedos De Morgan, Blue Diamond.
- The island has more than 40 dive sites.