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Aquarium Island - Diving San Andres - Colombia

Aquarium Island, a small key just 10-20 minutes by boat off the western coast of San Andrés, actually comprises two islands: one small and sandy, the other larger and covered in palm trees. Both islands feature rudimentary tourist facilities, and they are connected by a sand bar just few feet underwater.


The smaller island is popular with snorkelers because the water is warm and clear and the many fish are easy to see. Snorkeling gear is available on the island, but prices are high. There are small lockers for rent in one of the huts. Glass-bottom boats leave from Aquarium to see shoals of fish, and you can sometimes rent jet-skis.


To get to Aquarium Island, go to the small port on the eastern side of San Andrés and ask to get on the next boat over. You can also book passage through one of the tour operators on San Andrés Island. If you go through a tour agency, expect to pay about $5 per person to get there and back. It’s usually cheaper to make your own arrangements at the port.


On weekends, Aquarium Island fills up with locals from San Andrés and tourists. The fish are frightened off, lockers may fill up, locals are sometimes rude to tourists, and every square inch of shade is taken. Weekends are bad, but holiday weekends are unbearable and should be avoided at all costs.


Also note that there are sea urchins in the vicinity. If you’re planning on swimming or snorkeling, you’ll want good water shoes for protection. Aquarium Island is often packaged together with a trip to larger Johnny Key. Updated: Aug 4, 2011.

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