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Dive Review of Ferox - Columbia Dive Adventures in

Ferox - Columbia Dive Adventures: "A classic 'must do' for experienced divers", Oct, 2021,

by Rika, CA, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 11704.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Malpelo Island, on the Liveaboard Ferox, is a 'Must do' for the big blue, big ocean, big fish, big Palagics. The Ferox is a steel Scandivian Naval ship built in the 90's and outfitted for diving with big cranes, 11 cabins, and diving equipment. The owner, Tony, has made SAFETY his #1 concern.
Only 9 divers on our trip. Single cabins with private showers/toilets and double beds were nice for solo travelers. Cabins are metal, so "only bedding is flammable" the crew told us, along with clearly stated emergency exits from all cabins. No charging cameras allowed in rooms. Crew was very, very friendly and accommodating to divers needs. The crew wore masks for Covid precautions. Hand sanitizer was everywhere on the boat. Food was delicious and plentiful. The cook even handled my vegan preferences with variety! Two inflatable Zodiacs boats were great for shuttling the 2 dive groups to various dive sites. Our group often had 5 divers, plus boat captain. The Dive master was the best Ive ever had. Seas often choppy, so water entry was a roll out, straight down. Sharks could be seen circling on the way down/up. During dive, lots of fish, abundant eels, a couple of rays, many hammerheads and other sharks. A WHALE SHARK PASSED BY US, SO CLOSE!!!! Topside, the inflatable was always close when we surfaced. Back at the Ferox, water was often choppy, so the crew always insisted on empting our hands of gear, so we could climb ladder onto boat with 2 'free' hands. The Columbia National Parks catamaran, Silkie, was anchored near. A Ranger from the Silkie was on board the Ferox, she joined us on the dives, and evenings gave lectures that were very interesting!

Malpelo Island was a rough 30hr boat trip. This traveling requirement must be done to get there, and again on return, which cuts the number of dives considerably. Seasickness prophylactics recommended. Dining Room is outdoors, so an indoor area with tables was sorely missed. Malpelo Island is small, so Ferox ship only anchored in 1 place entire trip. Malpelo Island and surrounding rocks have no vegetation, with no landings for foot exploration allowed. Sharks were shy, usually stayed distant. Each diver is given a very expensive GPS device to dive with. Mine came with a frayed cord that broke, so I had to pay $$$$-BRING EXTRA METAL CLIPS TO PREVENT LOSS!! A luxury, if photos and videos were available for divers without cameras.
Websites Ferox - Columbia Dive Adventures   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Micronesia, Papua, Mexico, Mozambique, Guam, Belize, Honduras, California
Closest Airport Getting There Fight; SFO to Miami to Cali
Company bus Cali to Buena Ventura, Company Inflatable to Ferox ship

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy, dry Seas calm, choppy, surge, currents
Water Temp 79-81°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 40-70 Ft/ 12-21 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Stay with partner and group
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks 1 or 2
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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