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Check out all that Peru diving has to offer

With over 2,000 kilometers of coastline bordering the Pacific Ocean, the South American country of Peru offers many diving opportunities. The Andes Mountains are a beautiful backdrop for this country’s famous culture and gastronomy. However, Peru diving also has its charm. With temperatures ranging from 10 to 20 degrees Celsius, you will need a thicker wetsuit or dry suit, but these colder waters bring unique marine life encounters. Peru diving offers kelp forests buzzing with life, curious sea-lion encounters, abandoned oil platforms, shipwrecks, and many other fantastic dives. Explore Peru’s top dive sites here.

La Lobera

Located on the northwest face of the Galapagos Island of Pucusana. Approximately 25 minutes by boat from Santa Maria and only 10 minutes from the Pucusana pier. It is an area where the sea hits directly, so a quick entry and descent from the boat is needed. Only for advanced divers.

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Cerro Partido

It is located southwest of “La Tiza”, around 5 min away from that point. It is ideal for any level of diving. The diversity is abundant. While the terrain and the geography is accessible.

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Laberinto

It is located northeast from Santa Maria beach. You are required to be advanced or an expert to be able to dive. There is a set of rocks of variable dimensions.

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Baja Huaman

Located on the northwest face of the Galapagos Island of Pucusana. Approximately 25 minutes by boat from Santa Maria and only 10 minutes from the Pucusana pier. It is an area where the sea hits directly, so a quick entry and descent from the boat is needed. Only for advanced divers.

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Carbón

Diving for all types of certification. It has a sandy bottom. This can reach a minimum depth of 6 meters and a maximum of 14 meters. Night dives are possible.

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Baja Loca

It is a deep dive that is done with a low. It is required to be advanced or expert to be able to dive, it has a sandy and rocky bottom. It can reach up to 22 meters deep.

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El Dado

It is located on the northwest face of the Galapagos Island of Pucusana. Approximately 25 minutes by boat from Santa Maria and only 10 minutes from the Pucusana pier. It is an area where the sea hits directly, so a quick entry and descent from the boat is needed. Only for advanced divers.

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Grano de Oro

Just 25 minutes by boat from the Pucusana SPA or 35 minutes from Santa María. It is a sufficiently protected bay so that diving conditions are almost always optimal.

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Muelle Minka Mar

It is located near a dock. It has a depth between 8-12 meters. It has a sandy bottom, which is ideal for all levels of diving. You can do night dives.

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Discover the world’s most fascinating aquatic life

Aquatic life under our oceans, lakes, rivers, and streams is amazing! From microscopic zooplankton to the largest animal on earth, the blue whale, underwater life comes in all possible shapes and sizes. With 71% of the earth being covered with water, it is no wonder we are so fascinated with what lies beneath the surface. In fact, scientists estimate that there are nearly 1 million different species of aquatic animals. Freshwater ecosystems are home mainly to fish, invertebrates, and reptiles, whereas the ocean contains a wide array of marine life including fish, mollusks, crustaceans, reptiles, sharks, and marine mammals like whales, dolphins, seals, and manatees.

Blue Whale

With a length of 33 meters and a weight of up to 200 tons, blue whales are the largest and heaviest animals that have ever lived on planet Earth. This creature owes its name to the pale blue to gray coloration of its back, whereas it’s belly is usually a white or yellowish color. To join this species during its search for food is to experience a magnificent and unprecedented moment most scuba divers will never get to experience.

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Sea Lion

Sea lions are pinnipeds that are easily recognizable by their external ear flaps, cute, pointy nose, long, puffed up chest, and their ability to walk on all fours. Some of the more popular sea lion species are the California sea lion and the Steller sea lion. These fast, agile swimmers can reach up to 30 knots underwater and are very curious about the world around them. In fact, sea lions are not afraid of scuba divers in the least and have been known to buzz right around a group of divers, blow bubbles at them, and even chewing on their snorkels and fins.

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Giant Oceanic Manta Ray

With fins as wide as wings, manta rays soar along ocean currents like birds in flight, making them one of the most elegant animals of the sea. The name ‘manta’ comes from the Spanish word blanket and with a wingspan of up to nine meters, it’s easy to see how they can look like a blanket floating in the sea. Scuba diving with mantas is one of the most amazing experiences any diver can have underwater.

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Leatherback Turtle

The leatherback sea turtle is the largest of all the turtles on earth, both aquatic and terrestrial. It is easily identifiable by its massive, inky-blue leathery shell, different from all of the other sea turtle’s shells which are hard and bony. The leatherback is a massive, ancient relic; the only remaining species of the Dermochelys family of turtles. It can grow up to seven feet long and weigh over 2,000 pounds!

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Seahorses and Pipefishes

Seahorse is the generalized name given to 45 of the smallest fish species in the Hippocampus genus. Their name is derived from the distinctive, horse-like shape of their head and neck. They spend most of their time anchored by their tails to coral and plants. Each of their eyes can move independently, giving them the ability to watch for predators and search for food simultaneously. These creatures are incredible, mysterious, intriguing animals. They are also very illusive so keep your eyes open and maybe you’ll be lucky enough to dive with seahorses.

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Molluscs

The second largest group of animals after the phylum Arthropoda, mollusks are a group of soft bodied invertebrates with about 130,000 species worldwide. They encompass an extremely diverse group of creatures including snails, bivalves like mussels, clams, scallops, and oysters, and cephalopods like squids and octopuses, just to name a few! Mollusks can be found in the sea, on land, and in fresh water. Despite common features, each of these groups has its own distinctive characteristics.

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Crustaceans

Crustaceans encompass a vast array of hard-shelled, mostly aquatic animals such as crabs, lobster, shrimp, prawns, krill, and barnacles. Although woodlice and a few crab species live on land and in freshwater, most crustaceans live in the ocean. They can be found in every ocean habitat from prawns and shrimp swimming freely in the open ocean to barnacles attached to rocks, piers, and even the sides of ships. They will be encountered at every depth from krill, floating near the water’s surface to shrimp-like creatures in the ocean’s deepest trenches. There are 50,000 known species of crustaceans, with more discovered every year.

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