Trip Reports

Mother and calf humpback whale show in Coiba National Park

On our last trip to Coiba National Park, we had 16 guests from Spain onboard Yemaya. This was the second year that Aspasia Diving has chartered the boat.

On the the first day we dove around Canales. Just before we arrived to the spot of our checkout dive, a humpback whale mother and calf passed by and we had the chance to observe them up close. It was a good start!
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Another unforgettable expedition to Malpelo Island. Final few trips.

Every day on the second dive we had great dives in La Nevera — daily encounters with eagle rays, Galapagos, hammerhead, black-tip and a few silky sharks. We saw the biggest school of hammerheads at the end of our trip in the area of Sahara. There, we had almost no current or waves on the last three days of our unforgetable dive expedition to Malpelo.
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Tuna festival in Malpelo and manta rays in Coiba

It was one big tuna festival. Schools of tuna everywhere, Malpelo was surrounded by thousands of them. Big schools of hammerheads, groups of Galapagos sharks, a few silkies accompanying the tunas, three whale sharks, bonitos, leatherbasses, jacks, mobula rays and eagle rays, snappers and chubs made this trip a memorable one.
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Malpelo trip report: Galapagos sharks here, there and everywhere!

This trip, Galapagos sharks were in control of Malpelo! There were several whale sharks sighted, some big hammerhead schools, eagle rays, a couple of oceanic black-tip sharks, two beautiful devil rays dancing together, a very friendly dolphin group, tunas passing by, and the huge schools of mullet snappers and big-eye jacks schooling like a tornado. We also had a very nice visit with a humpback whale and her calf, but the most impressive was the amount of Galapagos sharks all around Malpelo Island.
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Whale sharks, silkies, hammerheads and something else!

What a great trip!!! From the beginning, meeting a nice, warm, and funny Czech group plus one French and one American guest onboard, to very good underwater conditions, until the last two days with clear, sunny skies and a very calm and quiet crossing back home.
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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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