Either from the shore or on a boat, there are countless options to learn why Puerto Madryn is known as the “capital of scuba diving” in Argentina.
As the national capital of diving, Puerto Madryn presents many good places for the practice of this sport.
Quiet, crystal-clear waters and a varied fauna characterize the various sites, accessible from the shore or by means of guided excursions.
These incredible underwater environments may be visited in the company of expert instructors, the necessary equipment and the basic knowledge to dive.
There are various options. Some of them, real treasures to explore the bottom and discover the sea flora and fauna.
The Parque Artificial Submarino was formed in 1963, when six urban buses from the City of Buenos Aires were deliberately sank to a depth of more than 30 meters. As time went by, the sea fauna adopted the chassis as a shelter.
The Parque Nuevo (New Park) is located 400m from the shore, where boat or shore diving can be practiced. This artificial park has several bodyworks, a boiler, the structure of a small shipwreck and some sloops that act as caves for the fish. This is the classical place for submarine baptisms, where the platforms are located during most of the year.
Another proposal is constituted by the Piedras and Piedras Grandes natural reefs, located 400m from the Almirante Storni Pier, where there are small caves with a high presence of algae. With the high tide, the maximum depth reaches 11m and, when the tide receeds, it ranges between 3.5 and 4m.
The Río de Oro shipwreck is another ideal site for diving. The 25-meter-long wooden schooner sank more than 60 years ago and is located 400m from the Piedra Buena Pier, resting on a muddy bottom. For such reason, the capability to float is extremely important so as not to diminish visibility.
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Tour Kind: diving
Level of Difficulty: according to sites
Timetables: in the summer, daily outings are scheduled.
Recommendations: if you enjoyed the baptism, you had better take the basic course and experience other options.
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