Experience Taganga, where Colombia meets the Caribbean, and enjoy diving in the marine protected area of Tayrona National Park. Nearly all dive sites in this area are located in the national park, only a few minutes away by boat. Due to the sandy and rocky grounds you will see different corals than normally found in the Caribbean and there is a guarantee schools of colorful reef fish will accompany on your dives – even dolphins and turtles if you are lucky. The 22 dive sites within Tayrona National Park combines pinnacles of coral reef, sunken ships, caves, and a variety of marine ecosystems. The sites offer diving for everyone, beginner or professional, with both shallow and calm sites but also sites great for deep and drift diving due to strong currents in some areas. It's the perfect place to challenge yourself and your diving skills.
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.
Taganga is an old fishing village located just 15 minutes from the big bustling Santa Marta. It is known to be a popular destination for backpackers wishing to stay close to the water, have a couple of drinks and dive in a relaxed atmosphere (of course not in that order). The main road along the beach, is filled with fishermen and local kids playing football during the day. In the evening, when the temperature drops, the restaurants, cafés and beach front attracts divers, hikers and backpackers alike. The many activities around Taganga and Tayrona National Park will keep you busy for days and are also the reason why many travelers end up extending their stay in this area of Colombia.
Price per person250 EUR
Flight tickets are not included. Our travel advisors will gladly help you find the cheapest flights. The price above is based on 2 adults traveling together. What's included?
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.