Guatemala is a beautiful country with diverse landscape from volcanoes to rainforests, famous for its amazing coffee, friendly people and rich Mayan culture. Although Guatemala is not really a dive destination –most divers will head over to Belize or Honduras –some diving is possible around Livingston on the Caribbean coast and Puerto Barrios on the Pacific coast as well as Lake Atitlan. Diving in Guatemala includes some coral gardens, wrecks and reef walls with diving for all levels of experience. The reefs are in good condition and drift diving is also available. A diver could try altitude diving in Lake Atitlan, one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, surrounded by mountains and volcanoes. There are underwater lava formations, submerged trees, a vertical swim-thru, an abundance of fish, crabs and plant life, and even a submerged Mayan village, believed to have sat on a small island in the lake, that sunk over 1000 years ago. However, to dive here divers will need to spend about 18 hours at the same altitude as the lake before a dive at altitude to avoid decompression sickness. There are several wrecks off the south coast of Guatemala near Las Lisas where you may also see migrating humpback whales and grey dolphins. The wreck El Barco Chino (the Chinese Boat), which carried Chinese immigrants, sank only a few miles from the shore. Dive conditions vary throughout the year. Water temperature at the lake 1500 meters high is around 20°C and visibility varies between 4 and 14m. Coastal diving is warmer although visibility is reduced during wet season and water conditions on the Pacific side can be a little rough off season. The best time to dive is from December to May.
Guatemala is a country in Central America bordered by Mexico to the north and west, the Pacific Ocean to the southwest, Belize to the northeast, the Caribbean to the east, and Honduras and El Salvador to the southeast. It is difficult to travel in the more remote areas during the rainy season between mid-May and mid-October. The months of March and April are very hot especially in the low lying areas such as the Pacific coastal plain. Guatemala's climate varies according to altitude. The coastal regions and the northeast are hot throughout the year with an average temperature of 20°C sometimes rising to 37°C.
Valid passports are required of everyone except citizens of Central American countries. Some nationalities do not need a visa to visit Guatemala. For more informations, please contact the Guatemalan Embassy in your home country.
Vaccinations for hepatitis A, tetanus, typhoid, diphtheria, malaria, rabies, tuberculosis and hepatitis B are recommended. Preventative anti-malarial medication can and should be purchased ahead of visiting malaria-endemic areas. Dengue fever is endemic in Guatemala. Rabies also occurs.
Phone cards are widely available around the island. Roaming agreements exist with international mobile phone companies. If planning to stay for a while and plan to use the phone, you should consider buying a cheap prepaid phone. Wireless nation-wide internet access for laptops is also available as a service from some companies.
115-230V/60Hz (USA plug)
Guatemala has one of the highest rates of violent crime in the world. NEVER EVER take photos of children without permission. Some Guatemalans are extremely paranoid about this and will assume you're a kidnapper.
Which locations in Guatemala have underwater photos? Below, you will find the list of locations from Guatemala and for each location a list of underwater photos.
Which marine species can I observe in Guatemala? Below, you will find the list of marine species and the photos for each species.
Which photographers have taken underwater photos in Guatemala? Below, you will find the list of underwater photographers and their photos in Guatemala.
Which scuba diving centers can I dive with in Guatemala? Below, you can see the list of scuba diving centers in Guatemala. Click on “more info” to find out more about each scuba diving center.
Which liveaboard can I dive with in Guatemala? Below, you can see the list of liveaboard in Guatemala. Click on “more info” to find out more about each liveaboard.
Which accommodation can I rest after my dive in Guatemala? Below, you can see the list of accommodation in Guatemala. Click on “more info” to find out more about each accommodation.