COLOMBIA is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, a region of the world subject to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions and is home to 15 major volcanoes. Tumaco in the south offers excellent and reliable surf with beach breaks offering lefts and rights. Winter and Spring are the best times to visit.
Offshore winds blow from the SSE with windswells and groundswells in equal measure. Most of the coastal development is on the Caribbean side, which has the largest towns. However close to the major city of Cali, Buenaventura is the main port on the Pacific coast, but beware its reputation for being a dangerous place and heed advice and warnings offered by locals.
The resort areas of Juanchaco and Ladrilleros, to the north of the city are pleasant places to visit catering to package tourists including the surrounding beaches of Bocana, Pianguita and La Cangreja. Migrating humpback whales pass through the waters of Bahia Malaga in the months of July to late September.