Best Diving in South America

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South America is a huge, spectacular continent, with great rivers, lush rain forests, snow covered mountains and tremendous glaciers, barren deserts and fertile agricultural areas. The countries are unique unto themselves, but can be grouped somewhat geographically.

The northern countries face the Caribbean Sea, have mixed populations, a tropical lifestyle and rugged mountains. Here you will find favorite destinations like Angel Falls, Los Roches and Margarita Island.

The Andean heartland contains the area that once was the core of the Inca Empire. Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador are still the most Indian of the South American countries. Here you will find the Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu, the highest navigable lake in the world in Lake Titicaca, snow-covered peaks and live volcanoes, like famous Cotopaxi in Ecuador, plus the dense rain forests of western Amazonia.

Brazil is like no other: language, culture, sheer size, superlatives, energy and style, but it does share the Pantanal with its neighbor, landlocked Paraguay where the Chaco is the last grand frontier on the continent. They share also the Parana river, where Friendship Bridge links the two nations near Iguazu Falls.

The countries of the “Southern Cone” are the most European in flavor. Argentina and Chile host some of the wildest extremes of climate and geography – pampas and desert, the Andes, Patagonian glaciers and the Straits of Magellan and Beagle Passage.

Falkland Islands, Galapagos Islands and Easter Island have very few characteristics of the mainland, are unique and out of the way, yet they reward the traveler with sights and experiences far beyond the norm.

Travel tips

Feeling inspired and raring to go? Check out our South America travel guide and start planning your next diving trip!

Dive Sites Reviews in South America

One of the favorite dive sites in the Galapagos.

This is a great drift dive with a pinnacle that gives the dive site its name. It also has many ...

This dive site is sometimes called the best dive site in the world and it is a great hammerhead shark ...

This area is actually made up of two fantastic dive sites – a channel dive site and an open ocean ...

This is a great dive for spotting the very strange looking red lipped batfish. This dive site is found on ...

This is another dive site in the Galapagos where divers come to see sharks and rays. This dive site has ...

This is a great site where divers can see a lot of black coral and some fantastic marine life. This ...

This is a great dive site providing a serene dive along a fantastic dive wall. Divers come here for photography ...

This is another great dive site for seeing larger marine life including rays and sharks. It is also visited for ...

This dive site is a place to see many schools of fish alongside some hinting marine iguanas. This is a ...

Liveaboard Reviews in South America

The twin ships Galapagos Aggressor I and II were made, designed and equipped as premier liveaboard diving yachts and have ...

Deep Blue liveaboard articles goes here.

The Majestic Explorer presents divers with the chance to explore the iconic sites of the beautiful Galapagos Islands over the ...

Climb aboard the Astrea Liveaboard and prepare to be amazed by the wonders of the Galapagos National Park. Suitable for ...

Our wonderful and charming yacht can host up to 32 guests and offers outstanding accommodation, excellent service and attention to ...

M/V Galapagos Sky is 33m exquisite liveaboard ship and a work of art itself, which cruises and explores the Galapagos ...

This 32m liveaboard caters for maximum of 16 guests in 8 generously sized double or twin berth cabins, each with ...

Grace is the charming 18-guests expedition yacht which offers excellent service, magnificent accommodation and special attention to fine dining. Our ...

Launched for the first time in 2016, the M/Y Danubio Azul is a small vessel offering 7-night diving trips in ...

This 33m (100ft) Galapagos live-aboard cruise offers luxury accommodation for up to 16 passengers in 8 en-suite cabins, excellent food, ...

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