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Scuba diving in Peru is cold water diving that has it all: an amazing diversity and a huge amount of marine species, sea lions, kelp forest, rock walls and ship wrecks.

Astonishingly however there is not yet a lot of commercial scuba diving in Peru. The country still is a blank spot on the world map of diving. Scuba diving in Peru offers a unique experience, so far shared by only a handful of others.

Scuba diving in Peru

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Nature Expeditions pioneers recreational scuba diving in Peru. Our dive guides are biologists or field assistants of the biological research projects of the conservation NGO Mundo Azul. This adds a level of quality in under-water guiding that can hardly be matched by others. They are trained to find the small biological underwater treasures, like morays, frogfish, different crab species etc. and provide you with in-depth knowledge about their natural history. This way scuba diving in Peru is not only great fun but also becomes an amazing learning experience.

People that arrive in Peru’s capital Lima and have only a day or two of time for scuba diving in Peru, may book on a daily basis Nature Expeditions pre-designed diving trips to Pucusana port (70 km south of Lima). For people that have more time we are offering complete packages for scuba diving in Peru.

Scuba diving in Peru is mostly cold water diving. Because of the Humboldt Current water temperatures are varying between 14° Celsius (April to November) and maximum 19° Celsius (December to March). Average visibility when scuba diving in Peru is 5-8 meters. On extraordinary days visibility may reach 15 to 18 meters.

Even though it’s a cold water destination Peru surprises with an amazing biodiversity: More than 1000 species of fish are registered in Peru, 1400 species of mollusks and over 300 crustacean species.

The Humboldt Current is the most productive fishing area in the world. Six to eight million tons of fish are caught each year in Peru alone. That equals 10 % of the entire worlds annual fish catch. The Peruvian sea is extremely rich in nutrients and oxygen. This is why we have an amazing density of marine live that you won’t find in many other diving spots around the world – there is not a centimeter of rock that would not be covered by a carpet of living beings and when scuba diving in Peru you can lift any stone – at least five crabs will rush away from under it.

Scuba diving in Peru

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One of the main attractions of scuba diving in Peru is the kelp forest. The up to ten meter high algae, being held up by countless gas filled bubbles, are creating the perfect hiding place for huge numbers of fish. But more important: when diving in kelp forest you can’t help feeling like you are strolling through a bewitched and magic world of dreams.

Scuba diving in Peru

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There are only a handful of places in the world where you can dive with sea lions and Peru is one of them. Scuba diving in Peru with sea lions surely is one of the most exciting wildlife experiences on our planet.

Scuba diving in Peru – a great adventure!

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Scuba diving in Peru – a great adventure!

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