I got PADI certified with Quimera Divers in 2011, and it was a great and personalized experience provided by Diego and Julie, and their fellow marine biologists. I have since been back on two weekends to dive with them and each time has been spectacular, with small groups, personalized attention, and a nice boat! The coral reefs in Tayrona Marine Park are world-class, and I love way the mountains come cascading down to the sea. Julie and Diego also help point out and explain interesting animals and plants from a biological perspective.
I have also tried the Taganga diving scene and it wasn't as pleasant, as the groups are bigger and more impersonal. Quimera Divers is located in the historic center of Santa Marta where there are lots of good hotels and restaurants. Tanganga is more of low budget backpacker scene, but the costs of going with Quimera Divers is about the same.
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