Scuba Diving in Peru
The waters of the Pacific provide scuba diving at its very best. The Humboldt Current, also known as the Peru Current is a cold, low-salinity ocean current that flows north-westward along the west coast of South America from the southern tip of Chile to northern Peru. This current helps create one of the world´s most productive marine ecosystems supporting an extraordinary abundance marine birds, mammals and fish.
This massive diversity and quantity of marine species along with kelp forests, rock formations, abandoned Oil Platforms and many piers make the Peruvian coast an underwater paradise awaiting exploration. You will have the opportunity to see some of the more than 1,000 species of fish, 1,400 species of mollusks and 300 species of shellfish registered in Peru. Not to mention the colonies of Sea lions that make Peru one of the few places in the world where you can dive with these playful mammals.
Scuba Diving can be practiced in Peru the whole year round from many locations along the coast, Including San Lorenzo and Pucusana near Lima and if you are willing to travel from Lima the beaches of Máncora, Organos and Punta Sal (Piura and Tumbes) provide particularly favorable conditions. From August to October Whales can be frequently seen and heard on the Northern Coast as they migrate here for the breeding season.
Scuba diving in the waters of Peru will definitely be an unforgettable experience.
This article was kindly submitted by Spondylus Escuela de Buceo, located in Mancora.