Trip Reports

Warm season in Malpelo has arrived!!!

The water was warm, 27°C (81°F) in the first few meters, with thermoclines coming up to 20 meters (66 feet), bringing down the temperature to 20/22°C (29/70°F); warm season is starting.
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Another monster trip with lots of sharks and the rare sand tiger shark

The trip was very good. Despite the low visibility on the first days, it improved after a few days, letting us enjoy all the richness of Malpelo. Some big schools of hammerheads, Galapagos sharks, eagle rays and the "Monster" were enough to change a few bad days into an amazing trip!
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Malpelo monster sharks served on a silver platter!

We were favored with ideal weather conditions for sighting the sand tiger shark (a.k.a. "The Monster") on three different occasions. This, plus the hammerheads schools and the richness of Malpelo, made this trip amazing.
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Monster trip with an encounter with the Monster Shark!

The folowing day the other dive group had an unbelievable encounter with "El Monstruo," in about 32 meters (105 feet) of water at La Pared de Naufrago. This was the first sighting of the "Monster Shark" (Odontaspis ferox) on our dive expeditions in the last two years. We had the chance to follow this 4-meter long fat shark for about 4 minutes.
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BIG hammerhead schools, BIG eagle ray groups, BIG dolphin pods!

The first months of the year in Malpelo are characterized by very strong winds and currents accompanied by very cold waters and reduced visibility. Nothing was farther from reality on this occasion.
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Explosive start of the final hammerhead season in Malpelo

The last Malpelo trip in 2016 was also the last of five TaucherTraum charters of the year. We greeted 12 guests for the 14-day Christmas / New Year diving expedition aboard Yemaya, 5 of them were already on board several times with us.

This is also the beginning of hammerhead season in Malpelo.
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Malpelo is one giant cleaning station!

This trip was the validation that Malpelo is a huge cleaning station. There were plenty of cleaning stations all around, attracting all kind of fish, from the "little" ones —triggerfish, rainbow chubs and leatherbasses— to the majestic hammerheads.
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Cocos and Malpelo Trip Report: An Encounter with Two Ecosystems

On this trip we visited two islands, Cocos Island in Costa Rica and Malpelo Island in Colombia, two of the best Natural Parks in the Pacific.
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Malpelo’s big hammerhead schools are starting to come back!

After having some trips with smaller hammerhead schools because of the season, the big schools are starting to come back.
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An Underwater Symphony: Singing Humpback Whales

There were two dives that we could not forget: One was at Washing Machine, where we found two giant mantas of more than 5 meters (26 feet) in length—one Chevron and one black; to see them pass in front of us with their characteristic and majestic swimming, we were hypnotized. The other unforgettable encounter was at the site known as Frijoles, where after barely 2 minutes of diving we began to hear the sensational singing of humpback whales.
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