Guatemala is home to a variety of unique sites. These sites present training challenges in the form of both altitude and freshwater diving. Guatemala’s premiere dive area is Lake Atitlán.
This lake was formed by a volcanic explosion 84,000 years ago which created the large caldera. Today, the lake is the deepest in Central America, reaching depths of 1100 feet (335 meters) and is surrounded by three active volcanoes. While there are a few sites found in the Guatemalan Caribbean waters, many travel into the Cayes of Belize.
Whether you choose one of these trips or a dive in Lake Atitlán, diving in Guatemala is sure to add an extra bit of adventure.
March and April are the warmest months with average air temperatures of about 70°F (21°C), while the water in the lake remains a constant 71°F (22°C) throughout the year.
Find local PADI dive shops and explore the top dive sites with our map.
Guatemala’s main airport is La Aurora International Airport (GUA) in Guatemala City, which welcomes flights from North America and Central America. It is also possible to fly into Flores, Petén or to drive from Mexico, Honduras or El Salvador. Buses operate from Honduras, Belize, Mexico and El Salvador to Guatemala. Furthermore, ferries leave from Belize to Guatemala’s Caribbean coast.
Once you are in the country, you can travel from point A to point B by bus, van, picop, rental car, plane, trolley or train.