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Last update 10 SEP 2019
PRECIOS BLUE LIFE
Salida diurna doble (2 tanques) con equipo incluido. $210.000 cop
Salida diurna doble (2 tanques) sin equipo incluido. $160.000 cop
Buceo sencillo (1 tanque) con equipo incluido. $ 130.000 cop
Buceo sencillo (1 tanque) sin equipo incluido. $ 80.000 cop
PAQUETES DE BUCEO CON EQUIPO INCLUIDO:
Dos buceos en la mañana por día.
No incluye buceo nocturno.
DIAS DE BUCEO PRECIO
2 dias de buceo $399.000 cop
3 dias de buceo $567.000 cop
4 dias de buceo $714.000 cop
5 dias de buceo $892.500 cop
6 dias de buceo $1.071.000 cop
7 dias de buceo $1.249.500 cop
PAQUETES DE BUCEO SIN EQUIPO INCLUIDO:
Dos buceos en la mañana por día.
No incluye buceo nocturno
DIAS DE BUCEO PRECIO
2 dias de buceo $304.000 cop
3 dias de buceo $432.000 cop
4 dias de buceo $544.000 cop
5 dias de buceo $680.000 cop
6 dias de buceo $816.000 cop
7 dias de buceo $952.000 cop
CURSOS Y MINI CURSO DE BUCEO:
Mini curso de buceo $180.000 cop
Curso PADI aguas abiertas $ 1.100.000 cop
Curso PADI Avanzado $1.100.000 cop
Curso PADI rescate $ 1.200.000 EFR (primeros auxilios) $ 400.0000
Curso PADI Dive master $3.200.000
Referido online $700.000
Referido solo buceos $ 700.000
Referido piscina y buceos $ 800.000
Buceo profundo (4 buceos, edad mínima 15 años) $700.000 cop
Buceo nocturno (3 buceos) $600.000 cop
Multinivel (2 buceos) $450.000 cop
Navegación subacuática (3 buceos) $600.000 cop
Especialidad Sea Flower protector (2 buceos) $450.00 cop
Especialidad búsqueda y recuperación (4 buceos) $700.000 cop
The archipelago of San Andres, Old Providence and Santa Catalina possess the largest coral reef system in Colombia and one of the largest in the Atlantic Ocean. Along with warm and clear water, San Andres is an excellent destination for SCUBA diving, the island offers several different views and depths including platforms, drop offs, and walls; In addition to the delicate fauna, the SEAFLOWER marine protected area is inhabited by schools of stunning colorful fish.
I know the previous paragraph sound very cliché and sales pitchy, but nonetheless for all of the above reasons I believe San Andres and Old Providence island are a perfect destinations to learn scuba diving or to dive if you are already certified. Since we don’t have weather dictated seasons, dive operations are available all year round and there are daily dive trips for those who are already certified.
For your own safety diving is not something you want to go cheap on, beware of 2 for 1 deals and suspiciously low prices or garage looking dive shops.
I will only vouch for two dive shops in San Andres and those are:
Blue Life Dive
Blue Life Dive is run my very good childhood friend Fabian Garcia and his family, if you google Fabian you'll see that he's one of the top divers in Colombia. In my opinion they have the best run operation in all San Andres, they have the best most complete diving boat in the island, we recommend this dive school for more experienced divers, however they are about 15% above market price.
They also hold a great location downtown at the Sunrise Beach hotel; which gives them access to the pool for the Discover Scuba and the Refresher courses and also gives them full access to the hotel's pier, which means that all of their dives are done from the boat. At the time of this writing they have 2 boats which they use depending on how much people they have on a given day.
You can check Blue Life's rates here is worth noticing that they are the only 5 Star dive shop in the island, you can check this at the Padi website.
Scuba San Andres
Scuba San Andres, is run by my uncle Mo Gomez, the fact that we are family doesn't cloud my ethic of recommending them, because I know first hand that they offer incredible service as experience by more than 500 of our guests.
Scuba San Andres is located on the West side of the island, inside Playa Tranquilo hotel right in front of one of the best dive spots; as their location is far, all of their courses and fun dives always include transportation from/to the hostel.
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.
Diving accidents/incidents in San Andres.
As a diver you are aware that most accidents can be avoided by using your training, if you haven't dived in a while, is wise to take a refresher course, I personally think refresher courses should be mandatory for people who haven't dived in the last 6 months, is easy to argue that certifications last for life, but as everything in life skills become rusty with disuse.
Fortunately in San Andres diving accidents are a rare occurrence, nonetheless the few accidents there have been in the last few year have been due to negligence by all of the parties involved, if you don't feel comfortable on a situation bring this to the attention of the dive instructor or person in charge. Always dive with a reputable dive school, the fact they are "cool" or "nice" doesn't make them good. check the PADI website to make sure they are indeed certified. Ask dive instructor for their Instructor ID number, don't be shy, is your life in the line.
If you are certified you know that you have to check your equiptment here's a quick reminder in no particular order.
- Check that all the features of the BCD are working.
- Check you have the right amout of weights.
- Check that all valves are on zero.
- Check the tank has air and that is properly strapped to the Octopus and to the BCD and that the valve is open.
- Check your air on land with 3 big breaths, if it tastes funky or you have difficulty sucking the air change tanks,
- check if the mouth piece of your regulator is not broken or not properly attached, if so, change it.
- check the straps in your fins and mask for wear.
Use your common sense and as I heard somewhere “Don´t turn off your brain when you turn on your dive computer.”
Not convinced by our recommendations or want to shop around?. Here's a list of most dive shops in San Andres.
For the Blue Almond hostel guests we offer free dive tanks on request, just bring your own equipment and certification card.