Diving in Taganga

Water Sports

Taganga, Santa Marta


Description of the experience

Taganga is an important diving destination in Santa Marta, with world renown in this activity that attracts divers from all over the world to explore the crystal clear waters and observe the marine biodiversity of the Caribbean coast.

A passionate diving community visits Taganga with the purpose of living this aquatic experience, where many certified diving schools offer courses for beginners and advanced divers.

In this experience, tourists get a theoretical introduction to the basics of diving and the use of the corresponding equipment. Subsequently, they are instructed on underwater breathing techniques and the handling of diving equipment. The guide then leads participants on an underwater tour, allowing them to observe various marine species and experience the unique sensation of floating and moving through the water, all at a depth of no more than 12 meters.

Santa Marta offers a variety of dive sites that will satisfy both beginners and experienced divers. Some of the most outstanding places for this activity are: the Tayrona National Natural Park, the San Andresito shipwreck, Needle Island and the Taganga reef.

The warm waters of the Colombian Caribbean are home to an amazing diversity of marine life. On your dives, you may encounter colorful corals, tropical fish, rays, reef sharks and, if you are lucky, even sea turtles.

How to get there

  • To get to Taganga, one generally travels first to the city of Santa Marta, accessible by water or land.
  • From Santa Marta, Taganga is only about 15 minutes away by car. You can take a cab or local bus from downtown Santa Marta or from the bus terminal, which offer direct and inexpensive service to Taganga.
  • Private and shared transportation services are also available for those looking for a more comfortable option. Once in Taganga, you can easily explore this small fishing village on foot and look for schools or bus centers.

Itinerary of the experience

Start time: 8:00 a.m.

Location: diving center in Taganga.


Reception at the dive center.

Registration and verification of documents (diving certification if applicable).

Brief orientation on the day’s itinerary.

Time: 8:30 a.m.

Location: diving center in Taganga.


Theoretical class on the basics of diving.

Instructions on the use of diving equipment.

Safety tips and underwater communication.

Time: 9:30 a.m.

Location: Taganga beach.


Equipment and adjustment of the wetsuit.

Basic practice in shallow water (breathing and buoyancy exercises).

Time: 11:00 a.m.

Location: selected dive sites near Taganga.


Boat trip to the dive sites.

Two guided dives to explore marine life and reefs.

Snacks and beverages between dives.

Time: 2:00 p.m.

Location: diving center in Taganga.


Return to base.

Decompression session and comments on the experience.

Delivery of photographs or videos of the dive (if provided).

Farewell and end of the tour at approximately 3:00 pm.

What is included

  • Complete equipment
  • Service Guide
  • Refreshment
  • Two dives
  • Underwater photos
  • Transportation by boat to the dive site


  • The best time to dive is from December to July, when the waters are warmer, calm and the visibility is optimal.
  • Most diving schools provide the necessary equipment, but if you are an experienced diver, you can bring your own equipment.
  • If you are new to scuba diving, you can get your PADI certification at a dive center in Taganga and start exploring the depths for more advanced certifications.
  • Always remember to respect marine ecosystems. Don't touch or harm the colors or marine life, and take your trash with you to keep the oceans clean.
  • Find the perfect place to rest after your dives!
  • The restaurants in Taganga offer fresh fish and seafood, ceviches and typical dishes of the region.

What to bring

  • Diving certification (if you have it)
  • Swimsuit (essential to wear under the wetsuit)
  • Towel (to dry off after immersion)
  • Sunscreen (preferably biodegradable so as not to damage the marine ecosystem)
  • Sunglasses and hat (to protect you from the sun before and after the dive)
  • Water and snacks (stay hydrated and bring something light to eat, especially if you spend all day diving)
  • Comfortable clothing (to wear before and after the dive)
  • Underwater camera (if you want to capture marine life and your underwater moments)
  • Seasickness medication (if you are prone to seasickness on boats)
  • Cash (for tips, souvenirs or additional needs)
  • Waterproof bag (to store personal items and keep them dry)

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