Silversea Expedition Cruises To San Andres Island

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The San Andres and Providencia archipelago comprises Colombia's Caribbean islands, lying some 290 miles north of the South American coast. Palm-dotted San Andres is only eight miles long and two miles wide. It is noted for beautiful sand beaches, crystal-clear waters and good diving sites. At one time the island belonged to Britain and, according to local lore; it was a favorite hideout for the legendary pirate Henry Morgan. In 1822, San Andres came under the control of Colombia. View more

In recent years the original population has greatly increased due to unrestricted immigration from the mainland. There are also Chinese and Middle Eastern communities. The official language is Spanish but English is widely spoken, especially in shops and hotels. The island is best seen via the scenic ring road that offers views of coves, beaches and palm groves. In the interior stands a Baptist church dating from 1847, and the attraction at the southern end is the Hoyo Soplador, a geyser-like hole where the sea shoots jets of water intermittently into the air during the right wind and sea conditions. On the island's northern tip lies the main town and commercial center, known by the same name as the island. San Andres Town is surrounded by beaches, with small hotels lining the waterfront. Being a duty-free zone, the town often gets crowded with Colombian shoppers who come from the mainland looking for foreign-made goods at duty-free prices. To reach the town from the tender landing requires an approximate 20-minute taxi ride. However, it is not uncommon for drivers to choose the longer way around the island for a higher fare. From the downtown waterfront, boats offer trips to Johnny Cay, a tiny island just a stone's throw across from town and known for its powdery white sand beach and rustic, laid-back atmosphere. San Andres Island’s main attraction is its location off the beaten track, as well as pretty scenery, sandy beaches and clear, warm waters. Tourism infrastructure is limited. Pier Information The ship is scheduled to anchor off El Cove. Guests will be taken ashore via the ship's tenders. The landing site is about a 20-minute drive from San Andres Town. There are plenty of taxi drivers offering their services. Please be sure to agree on the fare before setting out (the one-way fare should be around $30). Keep in mind that not all taxi drivers speak English. Shuttle buses are not available. Shopping Most shops in town carry duty-free imports. At New Point Plaza you will find shops selling local souvenir items and jewelry including emeralds. Some stores close between 12:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. The local currency is the peso. Many shops will accept U.S. dollars and major credit cards. Cuisine Outdoor cafés are available in town if you fancy a cold drink or a quick snack. Other Sites All of the island’s sights are covered on the San Andres Island Drive. Beaches Swimmers, snorkelers and sun seekers will find beach facilities right in town. One of the hotels also features water sport rentals. Johnny Cay can be reached via local boats departing from the waterfront. However, be aware that winds are fairly strong between November and January, which may cause delays for your return boat ride. There are no tourist facilities on Johnny Cay. Private cars/vans are not available in this port, except for taxis.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida To Callao (Lima)
  • Caribbean & Central America
  • Silversea Expeditions
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    Oct 11, 2019
  • Duration
    19 Days
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    Silver Cloud Expedition

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Excursions in San Andres Island

Nautilus Semi-Submersible Adventure

Embrace the spectacular undersea beauty of San Andres during this unforgettable excursion via Nautilus semi-submarine.


San Andres Island, Colombian Archipelago, Pontoon Ride and Nautilus

Depart the pier for the short transfer to the Hotel Marina. Upon arrival, embark a pontoon for the short ride to the semi-submarine, Nautilus, Part of the Colombian Archipelago and an UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, San Andres Island features many beautiful, white-sand beaches, coral reefs, cays, blowholes, and coves.


Nautilus-Ride, and Colourful Fish, Coral and Marine Life, and Pontoon-Ride

Upon arrival at the Nautilus, embark this modern, glass-bottom, semi-submersible with spacious viewing windows and begin your approximately one-hour cruise. Along the way, observe a variety of colourful tropical fish, coral reefs and marine life from the comfortable underwater compartment of the Nautilus. At the conclusion of your tour, embark a pontoon for the short ride back to the Hotel Marina, then re-board your coach for the short drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking for approximately 55 yards (about 50 metres), with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and embark/disembark the pontoon, and five steps to embark/disembark the Nautilus. This tour is not suitable for guests prone to motion sickness, guests who suffer from claustrophobia, guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Although frequently encountered on this type of tour, fish and marine life sightings are not guaranteed. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

San Andres Island Exploration

Explore the splendid natural beauty, history and local lifestyle of Columbia's most renowned island during this panoramic, half-day sightseeing excursion.


Hoyo Soplador (Blowhole)

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 35-minute drive to see the pride-and-joy of the islanders, the hoyo soplador (blowhole). This natural phenomenon is very much dependant on sea conditions. It is produced by a series of subterranean tunnels and crevices in the coral reefs that meet and come together just offshore. At high tide, when a wave comes in through the tunnels with sufficient force, the compressed air and water in the tunnels come rushing out of the hole.


San Luis Area, La Loma and Old Baptist Church

Next, re-board your coach and head to the San Luis area, a traditional island neighbourhood and big tourist attraction with beautiful, white-sand beaches that contrasts magnificently with the blue-and-green colours of the Caribbean Sea. Leaving San Luis, re-board your coach and continue on to La Loma (The Hill). Here, a visit is made to the oldest Baptist Church in the Americas and most representative monument on the Island. The church dates back to 1846, and the chapel was built in 1896. Many Baptists from around the world come here to meditate and pay homage.


Morgan's Cave, Customs Museum and Coco Plum Hotel

Your tour continues with a visit to Morgan's Cave. Upon arrival, take a guided walking tour leading down the famous labyrinth that opens onto a pristine beach, which has remained almost completely undisturbed because of its inaccessibility. Afterward, re-board your coach and proceed for a brief stop at the Customs Museum, followed by a refreshing drink at the Coco Plum Hotel. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the short drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 437 yards (about 400 metres), at times over uneven surfaces and small hills, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and at the Old Baptist Church. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Although frequently encountered on this type of tour, fish and marine life sightings are not guaranteed. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

San Andres Beach Break

Relax and unwind amidst the tropical splendour of San Andrés Island during this picturesque, half-day excursion to the Coco Plum Beach Resort.


San Andrés Island and San Luis Area

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 35-minute drive through the San Luis area, a traditional island neighbourhood, en route to the Coco Plum Beach Resort. This beautiful seaside resort is located on San Andrés Island, a ten-square-mile (about 26-square-kilometre) Colombian island in the Caribbean Sea, just off the coast of Nicaragua. This UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve is home to a diverse ecosystem of coral reefs, geysers, groves and cays, and ideal for swimming, diving, snorkelling and exploring.


Coco Plum Resort

The Coco Plum Beach Resort features beautiful, white-sand beaches that contrast magnificently with the blue-and-green colours of the Caribbean Sea. Upon arrival, you can enjoy the resort's amenities, soak up the tropical sun, take a stroll on the beach and/or swim in the inviting, crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean. Two (2) complimentary drinks per person are included (bottled water, soft drinks or beer). At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach for the approximately 35-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking for approximately 109 yards (about 100 metres), at times over uneven and sandy surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear a swimsuit under a cover-up with beach shoes, and bring sun protection, a towel and change of clothing from the ship. Guests must be at least 21 years old to be served alcoholic beverages. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions.