Nuqui, Cradle of Humpback Whales

Bahia Solano, just like Nuqui, are both scuba diving destinations in the Colombian Pacific Coast. They are located in the National Reservation of Utria. This is the recommended place for scuba divers and tourists who would like a complete immersion in ecotourism and ethno-tourism during there trip in Colombia. Between June and November one of the most beautiful natural phenomenon in Colombia and all over the world takes place; the migration of the humpback whale to give birth to their offspring. From the beach you can witness this amazing spectacle. This is truly an experience that will stay in your minds and hearts forever. Likewise, you can also enjoy one of the most biodiverse places in the planet with the largest species of frogs, birds, and plants in the world. This is also one of the most humid and rainy places on earth.

General Information

  • How to get there: From any city in Colombia you have to have a connecting flight in Medellin. From there you must take flight that takes you directly to Nuqui. Flight time: approximately 45 minutes.
  • Population: 8.000 people
  • Average Temperature: 82.0 °F/ 27 °C
  • Peak Tourist Season : June to November (Whale Season).

Tourist Spots

  • Surroundings: Corregimiento de Termales (Thermal Waters), Isla del Manglar, Bahía de Tribugá, Playas de Coquí, Playa Olímpica, Ecoturismo Río Joví. You can practice artisanal fishing and other water sports like surf.


  • Music and Dance: Currulao, Jota, Contradanza, Fox trot, Son Chocoano, Chirimía.

  • Cuisine: Coconut rice, Aphrodisiac Rice, Encocado de Jaiva, Shellfish Stew Jugo de Borojó, Viche, Arrechón, Tumbacatre. (exotic and aphrodisiac beverages.)

  • Fairs and Festivals: Fiesta del Tamborito, Fiesta de la Virgen del Carmen, Festival de la Migración.

  • Ethnicities: Indigenous, Afro descendant, Mixed race.

For more information please visit: FERIAS Y FIESTAS , COLOMBIA CULTURAL

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Diving Sights:

In the different diving sites in Nuqui you can see a diverse amount of marine species of all sizes. Even though there are a lot of sites specific for advanced divers, beginner divers can also experience Nuqui. In the Pacific Coast we are accustomed to a lot of changes in the tide, the currents, visibility and the atmospheric and environmental conditions. We recommend that divers use 5mm wetsuits that are at least thick during December to February.

You can dive throughout the year. The shark and ray season is between December and February. Big size species season is between March and May. Between June and November we have the beautiful humpback whale season.

The nearest hyperbaric chamber is located in the Base Naval de Bahia Malaga.















Average Depth
Currents Level of Experience
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La Parguera

45 – 90 ft

3 – 66 ft




An iconic spot for divers in Colombia. You can observe a lot of species of open water like Tuna and Sharks. Depending on the season you can see manta rays and whale sharks.

La Piedra de Polo

60 – 90 ft

3 – 66 ft




You can see schools of Jacks and snappers through your diving in deep rocks and cavities.

La Roñosa

35 – 60 ft 3 – 66 ft Varies



Snappers, Groupers and Gorgonias accompany you through your immersion on this site.

Piedra Bonita

25 -70 ft 3 – 66 ft Varies



Dive in this site consists of going around a rock while you ascent all whilst seeing a great deal of gorgonias.

El Amargal

60 – 140 ft 3 – 66 ft Varies



Recommended for advanced divers. Deep immersions where you can enjoy black coral, morays, octopus, Tiger and Lemon Sharks.

La Piedra de Fidel

65 – 130 ft

3 – 66 ft




Recommended for advanced divers. Wall dived where great Schools of Jacks and Gorgonian gardens accompany you on your ascent.



Open Water in Nuqui


More than a dream, a beautiful reality, to be able to launch your first bubbles in the enigmatic Pacific Ocean and surrounded by the thick and exuberant chocoana jungle. In Nuqui you have the ideal scenario to get your diving baptism.
  • 4 nights accommodation in Nuqui. Accommodation in comfortable private rooms with bathroom and fan. Typical breakfast, lunch and dinner of the region
  • 2 nights accommodation in Medellín. Double or Single Room, Breakfast, WiFi, A / C, Safety Box

  • 6 Practical immersions in open water and 3 theoretical sessions. Courses include Book, Video, Instructor and CMAS Certificate.

  • Walk to the waterfall of the love with guide, Excursion to the thermal baths with guide, walk by jungle and beach.

  • All land, sea and air transfers included.

  • Hotel, Travel and Diving Insurance

  • Administrative fee and airport charges Medellin-Nuqui-Medellin USD 25 or EURO 23 approx (per person). Tourism tax in Nuquí approx. 5,00 USD or EURO (per person), Entry to Termales 6,00 USD or EURO (Per person).
  • International air tickets. Food and / or Drinks NOT explicitly stated in the plan. Specialized or additional diving services or equipment NOT specified in the plan. Other NOT explicitly specified in the plan

  • High: Holy Week (April 10 to 16, 2017); August 4 to 8 and 18 to 21; October 13-16
  • Lower: Rest of the year.

  • Low Season: Maximum 20 days prior to check-in date.
  • High Season: Maximum 90 days prior to check in Hotel

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