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Yemaya Liveaboard

The MV Yemaya is a 115 foot modern and well equipped liveaboard carrying a maximum of 16 guests. With a steel hull and equipped with 2 engines, 3 generators and all safety implements, this oceangoing vessel is built to withstand the occasional rough seas in the Tropical Eastern Pacific. The Yemaya has 8 crew members all of whom are dedicated to bringing you the best in safety, service, comfort and enjoyment during your stay aboard.

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Yemaya’s dive guides and skiff operators are responsible for making sure you have the best possible dive experiences on your trip while the Yemaya’s internal staff will keep the vessel and your rooms spotlessly clean and be at hand to serve meals and delicious in between dive snacks, hot chocolate and juices. The Yemaya’s 8 cabins, sun deck and al fresco dining area ensure ample space and a comfortable journey for all onboard. There is ample storage space for your diving and camera equipment on the dive deck and other areas of the boat. The Yemaya sleeps 16 people in two Master Cabins on the forward upper deck and a further six cabins located on the main deck. Master Cabin 1 is amidships with head, shower, and queen size bed and includes entertainment centre, with TV and DVD player. The dressing room has marble and tile fixtures, with a vanity unit and glass shower enclosure. This Master Cabin is very spacious with plenty of natural light from several large picture windows with views over the port and starboard sides of the Yemaya. Aft of the pilothouse on the starboard side is Master Cabin 2, which is suited for couples and individuals alike. There is a queen size bed and a full size bed, as well as a large hanging closet with ample storage space. The bath has a ceramic tile stall shower and vanity unit. A round picture window looks over the starboard side of Yemaya with a small picture window looking to port. There are two Standard Cabins with private bathroom, head and shower. Both cabins have two separate single beds. Both have large picture windows which provide natural lighting and a view of the ocean. There are four cabins with two separate single beds that form an “L.” Like all our standard cabins, they have large picture windows for natural lighting and ocean views. Two cabins share one bathroom with shower and head. In the Yemaya’s lounge area there is a 52-inch Plasma TV with DVD and Bose surround sound stereo. Still and Video cameras can be linked to the screen for photo and video viewing in the evenings. There is an extensive DVD library onboard; however, you are welcome to bring along your own DVDs and Music. Board games are also available. The Yemaya’s two dive tenders are 25 ft x 8.6 ft Caribe Profundo custom skiffs, each powered by twin 115HP Suzuki four-stroke outboards. Each skiff can accommodate 10 divers in comfort and its bimini top provides protection from the sun or shelter from occasional showers. There is ample storage space for dive and camera equipment and dry storage space up front for personal items. The skiffs are equipped with dive ladders, drift lines, buoys and anchors, as well as VHF radios and all relevant safety and emergency equipment for diving.

Yemaya offers 10 and 11 day Malpelo Island itineraries

Example 11 day Malpelo Island itinerary
Day 1 – You will be picked up at your hotel in Panama City and transferred by bus to Puerto Mutis, a small river port where you will board a tender for a short ride to the Yemaya anchored amongst the ancient mangrove forests of the Gulf of Montijo – a RAMSAR site recognised for it’s importance to marine birds! That afternoon, you will begin the cruise to Malpelo Island.

Day 2 – All day of travel. Look for dolphins, enjoy the hospitality of the Yemaya, relax and take some sun. There will be ample time to arrange camera gear and get acquainted with the other divers.

Days 3 to 8 – Spent diving the underwater world of Malpelo Island!

Day 9 – Make the last 3 dives before the cruise back to Panama and reality!

Day 10 – All day to discuss the diving and to compare your adventures! Arrive back in Panama in the evening and spend your last night onboard the Yemaya.

Day 11 – After breakfast you will be transferred back to Panama City.

Diving 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!

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.

Malpelo Island itinerary (10 or 11 days)
Price 2017 (10 days): Standard-cabin 4,130 USD (approx 3,225 GBP)
Price 2017 (11 days): Standard-cabin 4,465 USD (approx 3,487 GBP)
Upgrades available to Standard cabins with private bathroom and Master cabins.

Prices include: Cabin accommodation on Yemaya, all diving (3-4 dives/day), tanks/weights/weight belts, 3 meals per day onboard, snacks, non-alcoholic drinks, and return transfers between Panama City and Yemaya Liveaboard on the day of embarkation and disembarkation.

Marine Park fee: 480 USD (10 day trips) or 560 USD (11 day trips)
Nitrox: 100 USD
Fuel Surcharge: 100 USD – 220 USD (confirmed 15 days before trip date)



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