With only a few weeks left of our trip, we knew we had a last chance to do some diving in warm waters so we booked flights to the island of San Andres in the Caribbean. San Andres is not exactly close to close of Colombia but it is part of it. It became known to us because its popular with Colombian tourists and is known for its beautiful coral reefs. We had originally planned to go to Taganga on the coast of Colombia but after hearing that the reef was almost dead we decided against it.
When we arrived in San Andres, we were collected by our guesthouse, rested for the day and then met Werner, the owner of the dive shop and our dive guide for the week. We booked 10 dives (2 per day) and it was brilliant. The dive sites were really relaxing, full of beautiful coral and we saw some really interesting marine life including a few reef sharks. Actually the site where we saw the sharks was really class. It was on the east of the Island and as such can be harder to get to when the weather was bad. Luckily, we got there one of the days and we really enjoyed it. I would really recommend diving off San Andres and Werner’s dive shop ‘Karibik Divers’ was really excellent. The island itself is nice enough with lots of hotels, shops and anything related to tourists but it was the diving that really interested us. We loved the warm waters and it was a perfect way to gain a bit more experience and to really appreciate the beautiful life in the ocean.
After diving we sadly only had a few days left in Colombia which we spent in Bogota. We had spent one night in Medellin before diving which was really cool. Bogota was really class city. In fact, it was probably our favorite in South America. Its very diverse with lots of cool neighborhoods, interesting sites, amazing street art, restaurants etc. Its also very big so we done a bike tour to get our bearings and it was a brilliant tour. We got to see areas that we never would have on our own and sampled lots of the yummy exotic fruit that Colombia is famous for. Our only big regret about Colombia was not spending enough time there. Colombia has certainly had its fair share of problems and had such a bad reputation up until recent years but every traveler we met in South America absolutely loved it and so did we. It has certainly done lots to improve its reputation and I’d love to explore it a bit more if I ever return. There is so much to do there that I think it will be another trip itself. Here are a few pictures from the bike tour.
Dodging Mosquito Status: In San Andres, they were back in force to presumably give us one last strike before our return to Ireland. Thankfully in Bogota, it was bit too cold except for a monster of a one that met its end in our hotel room in The final battle!!