Snorkeling in Bahia Concha, Tayrona Park, Santa Marta, Colombia
Snorkeling in Bahia Concha is a great alternative way to see Tayrona Park in Santa Marta. It is like a shrunken version of it. You can hike, swim, snorkel, and even camp there.
Bahia Concha is in Tayrona National Park, but it is far from the main entry. This means you do not have to pay the standard entry fee. To get to Bahia Concha is a 20-minute bus ride from Santa Marta, followed by a 15-minute motorbike ride to the beach. You could hike instead of taking the motorbike, but it is a long, boring road. I recommend paying the 5,000COP for the motorbike.
Cost(s): 5,000COP entry fee + 5,000COP for the motorbike (optional).
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Exploring Bahia Concha
Most of the beaches in Santa Marta have the same general set-up. A beach lined with shade shelters, people on one end and small boats on the other. A few restaurants, some street vendors, and surrounded by beautiful mountains. I was happy it wasn’t crowded when I arrived, unlike Playa Blanca was.
I heard the snorkeling in Bahia Concha was good, but before doing that I decided to go for a little explore around.
There are dirt trails around the place. I decided to follow this “river-run” track up the hill near the beach.
It got a bit hairy at times, but I stayed away from the cliff edge.
There weren’t any awesome views up there, and quite a bit of trash. This was the best I got.
After my short explore I was ready to check out the snorkeling in Bahia Concha. Near the cliff edge close to the main entrance looked good. I took a walk around it to see what I could see, which wasn’t much. I am sure the snorkeling would have been okay there but I went to check out the other end of the beach before jumping in.
This is looking back at the beach from under the cliff edge.
Walking along the beach there was this inlet. There are also some camping grounds.
I only saw a couple of boats taking people out during my time in Bahia Concha. I’m not sure where they took them.
There are a few pelicans around. They gather near the fisherman at the far end of the beach.
Snorkeling in Bahia Concha
Up until now, I hadn’t seen anyone else snorkeling, but at the very end of the beach, there was one person. I later discovered he was a fisherman checking the nets. I found a quiet spot to organize myself and went in.
Snorkeling in Bahia Concha might be the best I’ve done in Santa Marta. The water was clear and there was a bit more of a variety of fish.
I even saw some colorful coral.
After about 30 minutes of snorkeling, I got the motorbike back to Bastidas. I had a quick look around before jumping on the bus back to town. There wasn’t much to see there.
Snorkeling in Bahia Concha, Video
Getting to Bahia Concha
From the center of Santa Marta, catch any bus to Bastidas. It will cost 1,600COP, or 1,700COP on Sundays and holidays. Take it to the last stop. Get off and walk back to the corner where there are guys with motorbikes. Ask the bus driver if you are unsure.
The motorbike will cost you 5,000COP. Confirm it before jumping on.
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