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The Blue Diamond wreck dive - Diving San Andres - Colombia

According to local lore, the Blue Diamond was impounded in the 1990s by the Colombian government for running drugs before being scuttled to create a dive attraction. Whatever its history, this medium-sized freighter is an enjoyable wreck, full of little nooks and crannies that divers simply love to explore.

The dive is easy and fun. The wreck rests near the eastern shore of the island in about 10 meters (35 ft) of very warm water—even those most likely to get chilly underwater will not need a wetsuit. The stern, which rests about 12 meters (40 ft) down, is the deepest part of the dive. The boat cracked and split as it sank, and there are several areas through which an adventurous diver can swim without running much risk of getting stuck or caught. Forms of sea life such as fans, corals and small sponges have begun to grow on the wreck, and small, colorful reef fish make it their home.

Highlights include the massive propeller half-buried in the sandy bottom and the bow. You can swim through an open hatch in the bow and come out a hole in the side—just let the divemaster go first. Look for barracuda and other fish darting in and out of the wreckage.

The Blue Diamond is located in a sandy spot, but there are coral gardens and small reefs not far away. If you still have air after completing an exploration of the wreck, you may be able to look around before resurfacing.

San Andres, Colombia


Relative price: Mid-Range

Travel Skills: intermediate/somewhat difficult.

Currencies accepted
Colombian Peso, US dollar

Here are other activities in and around San Andres that may be of interest: Aquarium Island and West View.

By Christopher Minster
I am a writer and editor at V!VA Travel guides here in Quito, where I specialize in adding quality content to the site and also in spooky things like...
04 Aug 2011

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