San Andres island is the paradise for diving. San Adres uhartea paradisua da must uger egiteko, Koralak oso ondo daude beste toki batzuen aldean eta belakiak, batez ere, goi mailakoak dira. marrazoak ikusteko aukera ere badago eta otarrainskak eta amildegi ederrak ere bai.
Equipment: Dena alokatu ahal duzu bertan. You can rfent all you need there.
Islands of San Andrés and Providencia have the largest coral reefs in Colombia, with more than 85 species of corals, as well as a rich marine life with over 270 fish species, sea turtles and sponges. Underwater visibility is remarkable and conditions are calm with minimal currents and water temperatures of around 27ºC most of the year. It is not surprising that snorkeling and diving is becoming very popular.
Many of the reefs on San Andrés are within easy reach from the beach and there are snorkeling tours and excursions to the offshore cays. Some nice snorkeling sites include La Piscinita by West View, Johnny Cay and Acuario. There are as well many excellent dive sites (video) around the island and dozens of operators offer scuba. Most of dive shops can be found in San Andrés town. One of the most popular dive attractions is the Blue Diamond, a freighter sunk in 1995 after being impounded by the Colombian government for running drugs.
The waters around San Andrés have been declared a UNESCO biosphere Reserve because of their biological richness. Experiencing the magic of the underwater world is a privilege granted by Mother Nature. Unfortunately coral reefs around the world come under extreme threat so it is very important to help preserve ecology and beauty of the coral reef, following the rule 'Look, but don't touch!'
Equipment: In case you don't bring your own snorkeling gear you can always rent some. Usually it is necessary to wear water shoes because at some places there are lots of rocks and coral. You can rent them as well.
The primary sports activities that we observed the most was the fishing by locals.
For tourists on the island, snorkeling, SCUBA and similar water based activities appear to be the best. The island is surrounded by reefs which make for good snorkeling, but don't make wide beaches.
There are PWC for rent and there may also be surfing at some times of the year, and sailboats do also come to the island.
Snorkeling is a fun activity to d in San Andrès and a great way to see colourful fishes without diving. Often you don't even eed to be able to swim, as there are several snorkeling spots right off the beach, where you can just wade in. Snorkel by the casitas or walk along to the farthest end of the sand bar.
A excellent snorkeling spot is El Aquario, basically a couple of huts on a sand bar about 10 minutes by boat from San Andrès town. Another good spot is near Rocky cay in San Luis: as you wade your way to the cay, you'll see (on the right, at the far side) some white buoys... that's where msot of the fishes are.
Equipment: Bring a disposable underwater camera or a camera with snorkeling waterproof case. Some casio exilim ones have it, and it doesn't cost a fortune (plus it protects your camera from the sand, too).