Trip Reports

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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Humpback whale encounters and shark repertory!

Together with my group, I had one of the best humpback whale snorkeling encounters I have had in my life! Twice, in Contreras, we got the mom and her calf just in front of us, a few meters away, letting us get really close to them, looking us with their beautiful eyes, passing by very quietly, giving us one of the best moments of our lives.
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Lost divers in Malpelo, one diver found on our arrival

On our arrival just after we had tied up Yemaya on the mooring, a guest warned us, "Hey, there is a diver in the water!" I first thought it was my colleague Juan, who had gone out just to check the visibility at Altar de Virginia. It was not; it was a diver from the live aboard Maria Patricia, who was lost since the day before. We set out to pick him up and learned that four more divers were missing.
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