Appropriately named by Francisco Pizarro in 1527 for the numerous snakes that inhabit the Island. A former prison that is home to an incredible variety of wildlife. An island so spectacular that its surrounding waters are visited by over a thousand humpback whales each year.
Gorgona Island is considered the jewel of the Colombian Pacific, beautiful, virgin and mysterious landscape transports you back in time before civilization left its mark. A jungle that rises from the ocean 22 miles off the Colombian coast. Gorgona has dense tropical rain forest with small summits, few signs of civilization and has perfect waters for diving.
Gorgona Island is one of the best diving destinations in Colombia, not only for its richness of corals but also for its vast biodiversity and shoals of different species: whale sharks (July to September), giant mantas (May to July), white tip reef sharks, eagle rays, turtles, moray eels, dolphins and the graceful humpbacks whales that arrive in July to these quiet waters to mate and calve until November. Divers are often mesmerized listening to the whales songs beneath the surface. Truly an incredible experience.
Additionally Gorgona is a great place to relax on the sandy beach. Snorkelers can explore the numerous colorful coral reefs. A National Park entrance fee of USD 17 is charged per person.
Gorgona is an incredible diving destination but has several dive sites that do not demand a lot of expertise and divers of all levels can dive there and experience some of the best diving in the tropical East Pacific. Night dives are available for certified divers.
Every diver will be equipped with a personal locator beacon and a surface marker buy during all dives. To reduce the risk of decompression sickness and nitrogen narcosis NITROX is the gas of choice and all divers must be certified to use it. Please find out more regarding the requirements and recommendations in our Know before you go section.