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Dive Review of Columbia Dive Adventures in

Columbia Dive Adventures: "Inspiring Diving In Malpelo", Jun, 2023,

by Dean, CO, US (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports with 7 Helpful votes). Report 12800 has 1 Helpful vote.

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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments Inspiring Diving In Malpelo

Malpelo is a stunning site that is special for its variety and quantity of fish and the pristine ruggedness of its location. There are many reasons that it is a UNESCO World Heritage site but the overall diving experience is what drew me here. For others it is the opportunity to see sharks such as large schools of hammerheads and silkys, Galapagos sharks, and occasional tiger sharks. So strong is the allure of Malpelo, for most of the divers onboard this was a repeat trip and some were in the middle of multiple trips for the year. I understand their enthusiasm and would highly recommend this destination and Colombia Dive Adventures.

Diving Highlights
UNESCO Heritage Site
From the UNESCO web site ďMalpelo is the largest no-fishing zone in the Eastern Tropical PacificÖWidely recognized as one of the top diving sites in the world, due to the presence of steep walls and caves of outstanding natural beauty, these deep waters support important populations of large predators and pelagic species (e.g. aggregations of over 200 hammerhead sharks and over 1,000 silky sharks, whale sharks and tuna have been recorded) in an undisturbed environment where they maintain natural behavioral patterns.Ē

Park Staff
A volunteer organization, Protect Malpelo, and the park maintain a catamaran on the site for staff to protect against illegal fishing, monitor the environment, and educate divers. They often spend time on the Ferox and are a great source of information about the inhabitants of the island above and below the water along with sharing tales of illegal fishing encounters.

This starts after the Ferox arrives at Malpelo where they provide an informative presentation about the island, protection measures, and what is expected from divers to ensure the quality of the marine park is maintained. No onerous restrictions: donít touch the bottom, donít harass the wildlife, no reef hooks, etc. They also accompany the divers to survey their adherence to the rules.

Protect Malpelo has some excellent information on their web site along with pics and video.

The military maintains a small outpost on the island and will occasionally visit the ship. Itís entertaining to watch as they access their post using a rope ladder that rises 50í-75í from the water. They perform a vital service as they are able to scan for poachers from high atop the island and have the communication gear to call in the navy when needed.

Diving Malpelo has the feel of adventure. Itís remote location, lack of amenities, tales of divers lost, and ongoing struggles against poachers remind you that this isnít your typical Caribbean excursion. Only one LOB at a time can be moored at Malpelo and the number of divers is limited. For us, this means that the 10 divers onboa ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
Websites Columbia Dive Adventures   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Indonesia, Fiji, Australia, Malaysia, Mexico, Florida, California, Columbia, Costa Rica, Hawaii, French Polynesia, other inland reservoirs.
Closest Airport Cali Getting There Denver to Miami. Miami to Cali. Overnight in Cali then 3 hour bus ride to Buenaventura to the Ferox

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy Seas calm, choppy, surge, currents
Water Temp 81-84°F / 27-29°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 25-75 Ft/ 8-23 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Dove as a group for safety reasons. With only 6 divers and a guide for both groups there was plenty of room to spread out. Dive times were typically 65-75 mins and max depth was 85'-100'. Park rules emphasized care of the site and wildlife. These rules were adhered to by staff and divers.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks 1 or 2
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Accommodations for UWP were meager. There is a spartan camera table on the deck that is used for multiple purposes. Fortunately, on my trip there weren't a lot ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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