Are you hungry for more, and do you have a desire to be more comfortable and confident in the water? Or maybe exploring wrecks has gotten your attention lately? Then the Advanced Open Water course is perfect for you. The best thing about this course: NO EXAM! It is literally just about having fun and exploring new areas of diving. The course consists of five dives like deep diving, wreck diving, navigation, drift diving etc. Your instructor will brief you on the theory before each dive and by completing this course The area of Taganga Bay and Tayrona National Park offers dive sites where all of these dives are possible, not only are you gaining new dive skills, you will also see tons of marine life while doing it. Tayrona National Park is a marine protected area which becomes clear as soon as you start your dive. The corals are different and in great shape, reef fish everywhere and a good chance of seeing turtles and dolphins – what's not to like?
On top of the supreme diving, Taganga is also the gateway to the famous Lost City Trek, beautiful waterfalls and will probably have you stay longer than planned with its contagious beach village vibe.
Prijs per persoon324 EUR
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La Casa Felipe is your cozy home during your stay. This colourful little pearl has great communal areas, is filled with plenty of hammocks to hang out in and it is located just a five minute walk from the beach and the dive center. It is super clean and cozy, with the friendliest reception staff, who are happy to help you plan your onward travels, or trekking in Tayrona! If you prefer to cook your own food, there is a little communal kitchen. The French and Colombian couple that owns this cool little hostel in Taganga, offers tasty breakfast options and afternoon/evening meals at low cost. There's landry service and free WIFI.
Your room - Dorm accommodation or Private room.
You can chose between the very cozy private rooms or
a spacious mixed female/male dorm room, with 5 or 8 comfortable single beds. All rooms have private bathroom, fan cooling and semi-hot water for your shower (This you will realise is quite a standard for Colombia, but if you want a hot shower, you can take one at the dive center, where they will provide you towels after your diving for that exact purpose).
Getting to Taganga from:
Santa Marta Airport (SMR):
When arriving in Santa Marta International Airport you have two choices of transportation. The cheapest way to get to Taganga is by public busses, the first one leaves just outside of the arrival hall (there’s only one bus line leaving from the airport, so you can’t miss it) That will take you to Carrera 5 in the center of Santa Marta. From there catch any bus that says ‘Kra.11 Taganga” to Taganga. The journey takes around 30-40 minutes and will cost you around 1EUR. The busses run every 10-15 minutes from 06.00 to 21.00 (6 am - 9 pm)
The easier option is to take a taxi from Santa Marta Airport to Taganga. Remember to always negotiate the price before getting into the car to avoid misunderstandings. The ride should not cost you more than 35.000 pesos (10 EUR) during the day and 50.000 pesos (13 EUR) at night. We recommend this option after dark.
Cartagena or Barranquilla:
It is no problem to travel from west to east on the northern coast of Colombia. From Cartagena several minivan services will take you to directly to Taganga. They even offer hostel to hostel drop off and pick up. The journey from Cartagena takes around five hours and costs approximately 52.000 pesos (15 EUR) one way, from Barranquilla three hours and costs 35.000 pesos (10 EUR).
No meals included. Snacks on boat is included.