Diving in Piura

An unusual phenomenon occurs just off the coast of northern Peru in the Piura region, creating a unique mix of ocean waters that promotes one of the most extraordinary marine ecosystems on earth. The cold, northward flowing Humboldt Current collides with the warm Northern Equatorial Current right off Piura’s coast, creating one of the world’s largest upwelling systems. This phenomenon brings nutrient-rich waters from the ocean’s depths up to the surface, where it promotes incredible biodiversity. Scientists call this are the Tropical Pacific Sea of Peru, and it is the most magical place to go scuba diving in Peru. From mega-fauna like migrating whales, manta rays, whale sharks, dolphins, and penguins to micro-fauna like nudibranchs and thousands of invertebrates, every dive site thrives with life. There are two distinct dive seasons in this region, summer (November through March) and winter (April/May through October). Water temperatures in the summer are warm, and you can dive with tropical fish species and sea turtles. Although the winter season brings cold water, the visibility is much better, and this is the time to see whales and hear their songs while diving. Diving in the Tropical Pacific Sea of Peru should be on every avid diver’s bucket list!

Dive Sites to visit in Piura

Featured places to go in Piura

The beach city of Organos offers excellent diving and the fantastic biodiversity of the Tropical Pacific Sea.

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Wildlife Encounters in Piura

Divers in Piura will not only experience the most biodiverse marine life in Peru but the world. Thanks to the nutrient-rich waters found within the Tropical Pacific Sea of Peru, you can dive with a wide variety of marine mammals, fish, and invertebrates. In fact, the biodiversity is so vast here that it includes numerous endemic and unknown species. Marine mammal encounters include feeding and calving whales, dolphins, and sea lions. Other large animal encounters include sea turtles, penguins, whale sharks, manta rays, and sea turtles. Exciting fish species include tuna, other sharks, marlin, grouper, moray eels, wrasse, parrotfish, snapper, and much more!