ContentsQUICK ANSWER: THE BEST SCUBA DIVING SPOTS IN SOUTH AMERICAMALPELO ISLAND – COLOMBIAGALAPAGOS ISLANDS – ECUADORFERNANDO DE NORONHA – BRAZILPENINSULA VALDES – ARGENTINAABROLHOS MARINE PARK – BRAZILEASTER ISLAND – CHILELOS ROQUES – VENEZUELAPROVIDENCIA – COLOMBIA Want to experience some of the best diving the world has to offer? South America is home to an incredible variety of scuba diving – from frigid cold waters filled with whales to tropical reefs and submerged volcanic ridges. This paired with a vibrant culture and some jaw-dropping terrain makes South America a must on any scuba diver’s bucket list. Whether you’re a beginner diver or an experienced diver looking for a challenge, South America has something for everyone. This post is here to share with you some of the best scuba diving sites in South America. QUICK ANSWER: THE BEST SCUBA DIVING SPOTS IN SOUTH AMERICA 1. Malpelo Island 2. Galápagos Islands 3. Fernando de Noronha 4. Peninsula Valdes 5. Abrolhos Marine Park 6. Easter Island 7. Los Roques 8. Providencia cloud-downloadCLICK HERE to Download our FREE Beginner's Guide to Scuba Diving.CLICK HERE to Download our FREE Beginner's Guide to Diving. Photo by istockphoto.com/portfolio/burnsboxcoPhoto by istockphoto.com/portfolio/leofrancini MALPELO ISLAND – COLOMBIA Photo by istockphoto.com/portfolio/montgomerygilchrist Often compared to Coco’s and the Galapagos Islands, Malpelo is famous for its abundance of large marine life, yet without the crowds. Far off the coast of Colombia, the island itself is only 8 square kilometers. It’s the 300km underwater volcanic ridge paired with the convergence of currents that attracts the sheer amount of marine life. Enormous schools of silky sharks, hammerheads, and pelagic fish circle the island. Sometimes the marine life is so dense, it blocks the sunlight! Malpelo is not a dive destination for beginner divers, and advanced open water certification is mandatory. Each diver must have his own surface marker buoy and dive computer. There is no decompression chamber for hundreds of kilometers, so stay conservative while diving. GALAPAGOS ISLANDS – ECUADOR Photo by istockphoto.com/portfolio/burnsboxco Often referred to as a pilgrimage trip amongst the diving community, the Galapagos has it all. A unique convergence of islands in the Pacific west of Ecuador, these islands have become renowned for its biodiversity and conservation. Nearly 20% of life found here is found nowhere else in the world! The deep sea upwellings fill the waters surrounding these volcanic islands with nutrients, attracting a unique community of life. Almost the entire region is preserved as a national park. Picture shoaling Galapagos sharks, sea lions, turtles, whales sharks, dolphins, rays and the iconic marine iguana. Though day trips are possible, the best sites are accessed only via liveaboard. DIVE TRAVELPACKING LISTDon't forget important gear at home!Print out this free dive gear packing list to prepare for your next adventure.Plus, you'll get exclusive content in our newsletter to help you make the most of your time underwater!UNLOCK THIS LIST* You will get weekly emails with practical diving advice that complement the information contained in the packing list. You can always opt out of these emails. FERNANDO DE NORONHA – BRAZIL Photo by istockphoto.com/portfolio/leofrancini One of Brazil’s better kept secrets, the island of Fernando de Noronha is a divers dream. A two-hour flight from the mainland, this little island is Brazil’s first marine park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It boasts some of the best visibility in the region, averaging at around 164 feet (50 meters). A plethora of marine life inhabits these crystal clear waters. From tropical fish species to manta rays, sea turtles and reef sharks. Fernando de Noronha is also home to one of the biggest spinner dolphin colonies in the whole world as well as Brazil’s largest sea turtle colony. Preservation is strict, and only a limited amount of tourists are allowed on the island at a time. There is also a hefty tourism tax. Worth it, though. PENINSULA VALDES – ARGENTINA Photo by istockphoto.com/portfolio/izanbar For those who don’t mind bearing the cold, the Valdes Peninsula in Argentina is one magical place. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a mecca for special marine life encounters. Fur seals, southern right whales, penguins and sometimes even orca’s grace these frigid waters. The city of Puerto Madryn is the gateway to this cold wonderland. Plan your trip according to what you hope to see, as life is migrational here. ABROLHOS MARINE PARK – BRAZIL Photo by istockphoto.com/portfolio/leofrancini 43 miles (70 kilometers) off the Brazilian coast is a desert-like island archipelago known as Abrolhos. Don’t be deceived by the barren top side look of the island’s; marine life thrives just under the surface. This area is uninhabited except for a few park rangers and is only accessible via liveaboard boat. The water is bath warm and is home to around 270 species of fish. Sea turtles, dolphins and manta rays are also frequent visitors. If you happen to come during the months of July and November, you might be lucky enough to have an encounter with Humpback whales! EASTER ISLAND – CHILE Photo by istockphoto.com/portfolio/DJMattaar When people think of Easter Island, diving is not normally the first thing that comes to mind. In fact, Easter Island is home to some incredible diving. The average visibility is around 60 meters. Lacking regarding reef life, the main underwater attractions include vast rock formations, arches, and caves. A popular underwater attraction is a fake Moai statue placed on the seafloor. Though there is diving year-round, the best time to dive here is between the months of September and May. PLAN & PREPARE FOR YOUR FIRST LIVEABOARD TRIPPLAN & PREPARE FOR YOUR FIRST LIVEABOARD TRIPEnter your name and email to get instant access to the Quick Starter Guide to Liveaboard Diving, which has been used by hundreds of people to plan and prepare for their diving adventures! Plus, you'll get exclusive content in our newsletter to help you make the most of your scuba safari!UNLOCK THIS GUIDE* You will get weekly emails with practical diving advice that complement the information contained in the guide. You can always opt out of these emails.LET US HELP YOUGET YOUR SCUBA FIXFor more email-based advice and inspiration, select additional areas of interest below. GET STARTED DIVINGLIVEABOARD DIVINGDIVE TRAVEL DEALSDIVE DESTINATIONSGEAR UP FOR SCUBA UPDATE PROFILE SKIP FOR NOW LOS ROQUES – VENEZUELA Photo by istockphoto.com/portfolio/kjorgen An island archipelago of 350 islands, Los Roques, is a must for any diver visiting Venezuela. A national park with a population of 1500 residents, the area has remained pristine. The reef life here is thriving, and the crystal clear water is a dream come true for divers. Along with the variety of tropical fish, nurse sharks and even the cheeky manta ray can be spotted here. There are numerous dive sites all around the archipelago. From shallow reefs and seagrass beds to steep walls and caverns, there is something for everyone at Los Roques. PROVIDENCIA – COLOMBIA Photo by istockphoto.com/portfolio/Matt_Potenski The islands of Providencia and Santa Catalina in Colombia are home to the 3rd largest coral barrier reef on the planet. This vast reef boasts over 40 dives sites. From blue holes, caves to even wrecked pirate ships, the variety of sites is awe dropping. A UNESCO protected area, diving here means diving amongst some of the most beautiful corals in all of South America. SCUBA DIVING RESOURCESTABLE OF CONTENTSSCUBA DIVINGTABLE OF CONTENTS 1. BASICS 5. SCUBA EQUIPMENT 2. DIVING COURSES 6. UW PHOTOGRAPHY 3. SPECIALTY DIVING 7. LIVEABOARD DIVING 4. DIVE SAFETY 8. DIVING DESTINATIONS 1. BASICS 2. DIVING COURSES 3. SPECIALTY DIVING 4. DIVE SAFETY 5. SCUBA EQUIPMENT 6. UW PHOTOGRAPHY 7. LIVEABOARD DIVING 8. DIVING DESTINATIONS Disclosure: The Adventure Junkies is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, we will receive an affiliate commission at no extra cost for you. 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