Isla de Providencia – The "Insider's Tip" Of The Caribbean For Divers
Sirius Dive Center is part of the hotel and is located on the hotel grounds. The hotel's diving school offers various activities - from snorkeling and night diving to master diving. Our instructors are trained using the PADI system and have many years of international and local experience in the area from San Andrés to Providencia. All equipment is new and maintained in best conditions.
The diving area around Providencia is relatively undiscovered by international divers. Nevertheless, there are over 30 diving sites readily marked with buoys in one of the most diverse UNESCO protected diving spots in the Caribbean.
The area around Providencia offers an incredible variety of dive sites. You can find everything here - from caves, shipwrecks, corals and fish of all species to sea turtles and dolphins. But the best part is, of course, the third largest coral reef in the world - 33 km in length. This is the only reef of its kind in the world to be found near an island of volcanic origin.
We start all our dives from one of our two boats. Most of the dive sites are located 5-30 minutes from the Dive Center. We also have several Scuba diving computers which we also rent, however we always recommend bringing your own whenever possible to make the most from every dive.
The water temperature is between 26.6 and 27.7 degrees Celsius. The visibility range varies from 23 to 33 meters depending on the wind and plankton. At most dive sites there is almost no or very little current. For advanced divers there are other places for diving apart from the reef, such as the "South Bank" where there are stronger currents following the tides. The air temperature varies from 25 to 32 Celsius, and usually a cool breeze blows. The rainfall is 1500 mm per year. During October and November, when the precipitation level is at its highest, all of the flowers and plants on the island blossom and bloom. During this time, more fruit will be gathered than during all the rest of the year. The dry season is from January till June, but this is also the time of the strongest winds. During these months the wind blows from the east, but thanks to the barrier reef we can easily dive the western side of the island and the reef.
In the year 2004, the 15 most popular dive sites were marked with buoys by CORALINA (a society for nature protection on the island which cooperates with UNESCO Seaflower biosphere reserve and the Colombian government).
The number of dive sites constantly change, as we are in a still partially uncharted diving area and constantly encounter new, interesting dive sites. A new diving guide was recently published containing detailed descriptions of 28 dive sites. (ISBN 958-33-7883-6)