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Malpelo Island

Malpelo Island is a Unesco World Heritage Site isolated in the Pacific 314 miles west of Colombia and accessed by liveaboard from Panama City. This sinister and forbidding island is an isolated seamount with sheer cliffs rising 4000 metres above the ocean floor and surrounded by a dozen satellite rocks, each with their own appeal. Similar to Cocos Island and Galapagos, Malpelo is a place where you can encounter huge schools of Hammerhead Sharks, but uniquely you also find large congregations of Silky Sharks. These two shark species often mix to form colossal Shark Schools that define many divers experience at Malpelo!

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Below the waves Malpelo is defined not only by its isolation but also by its location, which is highly influenced by several marine currents. 17 species of marine mammal, including the Humpback and Blue Whale and 394 species of fish have been recorded at Malpelo and the island is often visited by migratory birds, including the Red-billed Tropic bird, Red-footed Booby, Black Noddy and the magnificent Frigate Bird. First and foremost, however, Malpelo is the Island of Sharks. Along with the super schools of Silky Sharks and Hammerheads you can also expect Whitetip Sharks, Galapagos Sharks, giant schools of Angel Fish, Creole fish, Trevally, Tuna, and occasionally a Sail Fish, Whale Sharks and even Humpback Whales and Blue Whale. The rare, deep water Smalltooth Sandtiger Shark (the Ragged Tooth Shark’s big brother) can also be encountered in the colder depths. Another phenomenon observed at Malpelo is a huge number of clustered and free swimming Moray Eels. At Malpelo, currents can be strong, which makes drift diving the best option on some of the sites. Visibility ranges between 25-40m and water temperatures on the surface are 25-28oC with the potential to drop to 15oC in thermoclines.

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