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 Antofagasta

Chile

English (Translate this text in English): Relatively unknown, Antofagasta offers some fantastic diving for those who like to dive off the beaten path. If you like cool waters, whales, dolphins, sea lions, sea otters, kelp forests and wall diving then Antofagasta could be your destination.

Although Antofagasta is located on the Tropic of Capricorn, the diving typically is known for cold water, kelp, sea lions and associated marine life. Whales and dolphins are frequently sighted in the zone. Water temperatures range from a low of 52 deg F in the winter (June-Aug) to about 57F during the summer months (Jan-Feb). Occasionally the surface temp gets to 70F in the bay of Antofagasta but once you go down a couple of meters the water cools off. In general, the best visibility is during the winter, boasting some 15m to 40m. The best diving is early in the morning to avoid plankton bloom. As the depth drops off very quickly most of the diving is close to shore. In fact, at many of the dive sites accessible by shore one can easily go beyond maximum recreational depth limits. The best dive sites are located on the Mellijones Peninsula.

Diving is not widespread as a sport but there is one operator, Buceo Magallanes, working out of the “Club de Yates”. They are a PADI certified organization and provide top notch gear rental and tank fills.

English (Translate this text in English): Relatively unknown, Antofagasta offers some fantastic diving for those who like to dive off the beaten path. If you like cool waters, whales, dolphins, sea lions, sea otters, kelp forests and wall diving then Antofagasta could be your destination.

Although Antofagasta is located on the Tropic of Capricorn, the diving typically is known for cold water, kelp, sea lions and associated marine life. Whales and dolphins are frequently sighted in the zone. Water temperatures range from a low of 52 deg F in the winter (June-Aug) to about 57F during the summer months (Jan-Feb). Occasionally the surface temp gets to 70F in the bay of Antofagasta but once you go down a couple of meters the water cools off. In general, the best visibility is during the winter, boasting some 15m to 40m. The best diving is early in the morning to avoid plankton bloom. As the depth drops off very quickly most of the diving is close to shore. In fact, at many of the dive sites accessible by shore one can easily go beyond maximum recreational depth limits. The best dive sites are located on the Mellijones Peninsula.

Diving is not widespread as a sport but there is one operator, Buceo Magallanes, working out of the “Club de Yates”. They are a PADI certified organization and provide top notch gear rental and tank fills.

Relatively unknown, Antofagasta offers some fantastic diving for those who like to dive off the beaten path. If you like cool waters, whales, dolphins, sea lions, sea otters, kelp forests and wall diving then Antofagasta could be your destination.

Although Antofagasta is located on the Tropic of Capricorn, the diving typically is known for cold water, kelp, sea lions and associated marine life. Whales and dolphins are frequently sighted in the zone. Water temperatures range from a low of 52 deg F in the winter (June-Aug) to about 57F during the summer months (Jan-Feb). Occasionally the surface temp gets to 70F in the bay of Antofagasta but once you go down a couple of meters the water cools off. In general, the best visibility is during the winter, boasting some 15m to 40m. The best diving is early in the morning to avoid plankton bloom. As the depth drops off very quickly most of the diving is close to shore. In fact, at many of the dive sites accessible by shore one can easily go beyond maximum recreational depth limits. The best dive sites are located on the Mellijones Peninsula.

Diving is not widespread as a sport but there is one operator, Buceo Magallanes, working out of the “Club de Yates”. They are a PADI certified organization and provide top notch gear rental and tank fills.

English (Translate this text in English): Relatively unknown, Antofagasta offers some fantastic diving for those who like to dive off the beaten path. If you like cool waters, whales, dolphins, sea lions, sea otters, kelp forests and wall diving then Antofagasta could be your destination.

Although Antofagasta is located on the Tropic of Capricorn, the diving typically is known for cold water, kelp, sea lions and associated marine life. Whales and dolphins are frequently sighted in the zone. Water temperatures range from a low of 52 deg F in the winter (June-Aug) to about 57F during the summer months (Jan-Feb). Occasionally the surface temp gets to 70F in the bay of Antofagasta but once you go down a couple of meters the water cools off. In general, the best visibility is during the winter, boasting some 15m to 40m. The best diving is early in the morning to avoid plankton bloom. As the depth drops off very quickly most of the diving is close to shore. In fact, at many of the dive sites accessible by shore one can easily go beyond maximum recreational depth limits. The best dive sites are located on the Mellijones Peninsula.

Diving is not widespread as a sport but there is one operator, Buceo Magallanes, working out of the “Club de Yates”. They are a PADI certified organization and provide top notch gear rental and tank fills.

English (Translate this text in English): Relatively unknown, Antofagasta offers some fantastic diving for those who like to dive off the beaten path. If you like cool waters, whales, dolphins, sea lions, sea otters, kelp forests and wall diving then Antofagasta could be your destination.

Although Antofagasta is located on the Tropic of Capricorn, the diving typically is known for cold water, kelp, sea lions and associated marine life. Whales and dolphins are frequently sighted in the zone. Water temperatures range from a low of 52 deg F in the winter (June-Aug) to about 57F during the summer months (Jan-Feb). Occasionally the surface temp gets to 70F in the bay of Antofagasta but once you go down a couple of meters the water cools off. In general, the best visibility is during the winter, boasting some 15m to 40m. The best diving is early in the morning to avoid plankton bloom. As the depth drops off very quickly most of the diving is close to shore. In fact, at many of the dive sites accessible by shore one can easily go beyond maximum recreational depth limits. The best dive sites are located on the Mellijones Peninsula.

Diving is not widespread as a sport but there is one operator, Buceo Magallanes, working out of the “Club de Yates”. They are a PADI certified organization and provide top notch gear rental and tank fills.

English (Translate this text in English): Relatively unknown, Antofagasta offers some fantastic diving for those who like to dive off the beaten path. If you like cool waters, whales, dolphins, sea lions, sea otters, kelp forests and wall diving then Antofagasta could be your destination.

Although Antofagasta is located on the Tropic of Capricorn, the diving typically is known for cold water, kelp, sea lions and associated marine life. Whales and dolphins are frequently sighted in the zone. Water temperatures range from a low of 52 deg F in the winter (June-Aug) to about 57F during the summer months (Jan-Feb). Occasionally the surface temp gets to 70F in the bay of Antofagasta but once you go down a couple of meters the water cools off. In general, the best visibility is during the winter, boasting some 15m to 40m. The best diving is early in the morning to avoid plankton bloom. As the depth drops off very quickly most of the diving is close to shore. In fact, at many of the dive sites accessible by shore one can easily go beyond maximum recreational depth limits. The best dive sites are located on the Mellijones Peninsula.

Diving is not widespread as a sport but there is one operator, Buceo Magallanes, working out of the “Club de Yates”. They are a PADI certified organization and provide top notch gear rental and tank fills.

English (Translate this text in English): Relatively unknown, Antofagasta offers some fantastic diving for those who like to dive off the beaten path. If you like cool waters, whales, dolphins, sea lions, sea otters, kelp forests and wall diving then Antofagasta could be your destination.

Although Antofagasta is located on the Tropic of Capricorn, the diving typically is known for cold water, kelp, sea lions and associated marine life. Whales and dolphins are frequently sighted in the zone. Water temperatures range from a low of 52 deg F in the winter (June-Aug) to about 57F during the summer months (Jan-Feb). Occasionally the surface temp gets to 70F in the bay of Antofagasta but once you go down a couple of meters the water cools off. In general, the best visibility is during the winter, boasting some 15m to 40m. The best diving is early in the morning to avoid plankton bloom. As the depth drops off very quickly most of the diving is close to shore. In fact, at many of the dive sites accessible by shore one can easily go beyond maximum recreational depth limits. The best dive sites are located on the Mellijones Peninsula.

Diving is not widespread as a sport but there is one operator, Buceo Magallanes, working out of the “Club de Yates”. They are a PADI certified organization and provide top notch gear rental and tank fills.

English (Translate this text in English): Relatively unknown, Antofagasta offers some fantastic diving for those who like to dive off the beaten path. If you like cool waters, whales, dolphins, sea lions, sea otters, kelp forests and wall diving then Antofagasta could be your destination.

Although Antofagasta is located on the Tropic of Capricorn, the diving typically is known for cold water, kelp, sea lions and associated marine life. Whales and dolphins are frequently sighted in the zone. Water temperatures range from a low of 52 deg F in the winter (June-Aug) to about 57F during the summer months (Jan-Feb). Occasionally the surface temp gets to 70F in the bay of Antofagasta but once you go down a couple of meters the water cools off. In general, the best visibility is during the winter, boasting some 15m to 40m. The best diving is early in the morning to avoid plankton bloom. As the depth drops off very quickly most of the diving is close to shore. In fact, at many of the dive sites accessible by shore one can easily go beyond maximum recreational depth limits. The best dive sites are located on the Mellijones Peninsula.

Diving is not widespread as a sport but there is one operator, Buceo Magallanes, working out of the “Club de Yates”. They are a PADI certified organization and provide top notch gear rental and tank fills.

English (Translate this text in English): Relatively unknown, Antofagasta offers some fantastic diving for those who like to dive off the beaten path. If you like cool waters, whales, dolphins, sea lions, sea otters, kelp forests and wall diving then Antofagasta could be your destination.

Although Antofagasta is located on the Tropic of Capricorn, the diving typically is known for cold water, kelp, sea lions and associated marine life. Whales and dolphins are frequently sighted in the zone. Water temperatures range from a low of 52 deg F in the winter (June-Aug) to about 57F during the summer months (Jan-Feb). Occasionally the surface temp gets to 70F in the bay of Antofagasta but once you go down a couple of meters the water cools off. In general, the best visibility is during the winter, boasting some 15m to 40m. The best diving is early in the morning to avoid plankton bloom. As the depth drops off very quickly most of the diving is close to shore. In fact, at many of the dive sites accessible by shore one can easily go beyond maximum recreational depth limits. The best dive sites are located on the Mellijones Peninsula.

Diving is not widespread as a sport but there is one operator, Buceo Magallanes, working out of the “Club de Yates”. They are a PADI certified organization and provide top notch gear rental and tank fills.

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Seasons
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Climate
Air temp. 25°C
77°F
25°C
77°F
24°C
75°F
23°C
73°F
22°C
72°F
21°C
70°F
19°C
66°F
18°C
64°F
19°C
66°F
19°C
66°F
21°C
70°F
23°C
73°F
Water temp. 14°C
57°F
14°C
57°F
13°C
55°F
13°C
55°F
13°C
55°F
13°C
55°F
12°C
54°F
12°C
54°F
12°C
54°F
12°C
54°F
13°C
55°F
13°C
55°F
Equipment Wetsuit 5mm Wetsuit 5mm Wetsuit 5mm Wetsuit 7mm Wetsuit 7mm Wetsuit 7mm Wetsuit 7mm Wetsuit 7mm Wetsuit 7mm Wetsuit 5mm Wetsuit 5mm Wetsuit 5mm
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Acapulco Beach - / -
10 m 24 m All divers
Anemone Wall 1 / -
25 m 30 m CMAS ** / AOW
Cauldron of Death - / -
27 m 35 m CMAS *** / Rescue
Colin's double strike 2 / -
15 m 25 m All divers
El Acuario de Santa María - / -
20 m 40 m CMAS * / OW
El Buey - / -
25 m 43 m CMAS ** / AOW
Jardines de Copetón - / -
18 m 25 m CMAS ** / AOW
La Portada 3 / -
15 m 25 m CMAS *** / DiveMaster
María Elizabeth Wreck 3 / -
16 m 21 m CMAS * / OW
Pared Sur 10 / -
30 m 45 m CMAS ** / AOW
Roca Chungungo - / - 25 m 47 m CMAS ** / AOW
The Abyss - / -
27 m 33 m All divers
The beach 2 / -
16 m 28 m All divers
The Moai Trail 3 / -
20 m 22 m All divers
The sunken reef 1 / -
25 m 39 m CMAS ** / AOW
The trail of the Moai - / -
22 m 35 m All divers
Vapor Lima 5 / -
10 m 12 m CMAS * / OW

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