Providencia is a beautiful Caribbean island lying off the coast of Nicaragua. It is accessible from the Colombian mainland via a flight to the island of San Andres then a further flight or catamaran ride to Providencia. It lies at the heart of the UNESCO Seaflower Biosphere Reserve which supports large populations of reef sharks as well as stingrays, barracuda, eels, corals, and many species of fish. The island is home to frigatebirds as well as a population of black land crabs. These crabs migrate in spectacular numbers across the island each year in April/May.
Average rating: 4.0 (very good)
Average spend per person: $90 ($90 – $90)
Number of reports: 2
Best time to visit: January – December
Typical activities: scuba diving
Wildlife in Providencia
According to reports submitted to WildSide the most popular species that can be seen around Providencia are as follows:
Reef shark – 50% of scuba divers (1/2) reported sightings
The reefs around Providencia support large populations of reef sharks – indicating a healthy reef system. Reef sharks are all but guaranteed on dive trips. There are several dive operators on the island with prices ranging from around $60-90 for a two tank dive. Divers report that whitetip, blacktip, grey, and Caribbean sharks are visible year round. The sharks in the area are inquisitive and will approach divers making it a thrilling place to dive.
There are reports of some dive operators hand feeding lionfish to sharks during the dives. This creates concerns over sharks associating humans with food and an attack on a diver has been recorded. As such, it is recommended to check with dive operators beforehand to make sure you are comfortable. WildSide recommends The Dive Shop Old Providence as a well run and safe operator (~$90 per trip) – although there are cheaper options available.