Prior to diving in Malpelo, all divers receive an induction by our dive guides and an official of the Colombian National Parks. The inductions will include particular characteristics of the area such as: tides, currents, possible risks involved.
Divers must have at least an Advanced Open Water, and a minimum of 50 logged dives with at least 35 at sea. The certification and logbook must be provided to the Colombian National Parks official a minimum of 60 days prior to your arrival on.
Each diver must have the following equipment: diving suit, buoyancy compensator vest, octopus or alternate air source, diving knife, whistle or other system, dive computer, personal locating buoy, flashlight and position light. Additionally the dive guide should have: a safety buoy, stroboscopic light and pocket mask.
It is important that divers maintain good buoyancy control in order to avoid damaging the ecosystems and that they refrain from feeding, chasing or touching the marine fauna.
Do not make direct contact with any species (corals, fish, among others), do not feed or pursue them. Avoid using flash when photographing some marine species (sharks, rays, turtles) in accordance with the Malpelo Code of Good Practices.
Please consult with your health professional prior to your trip.
We accept cash in USD or EUR for the National Park fees and expenses on the boat (rental equipment, alcoholic beverages and usage of satellite phone).
Trips to Malpelo and Gorgona start and end in Buenaventura on the Colombian Pacific coast. Our passengers have to fly to Cali (Airport Code CLO) and should arrive/depart one day before/after the trip. Transfers from Cali to Buenaventura as well as back to Cali are included in the rate.
Cali is connected internationally with Miami (American Airlines & AVIANCA), New York JFK, Madrid (both AVIANCA) and Panama-Tocumen (Copa Airlines). There are also direct flights to Cali from Quito, Guayaquil and Lima.
It is also possible to fly to Cali via Bogota which is connected to various cities in North America (Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Newark, New York JFK, Orlando, Toronto, Washington) and Europe (Amsterdam, Barcelona, Frankfurt, Istanbul, London, Madrid, Munich, Paris).
Please make sure that you have a valid ESTA number for flights via the US and that you don’t need to arrange a visa before arriving in Colombia (most nationalities receive 90 days on arrival).
*we don’t provide boots for open heel fins
We recommend a wetsuit with 5 to 7 mm and an additional hood if you tend to get cold under water. Diving gloves are allowed but every diver has to follow the diving code of good practices. We use 12 Liter/80 CU tanks with INT (yoke) valves but we also provide adapters for regulators following the DIN standard. Rebreather diving will be offered in the future.
The voltage on FEROX is 220 volts. Please make sure that your power supplies of your devices support this voltage. Adapters to use American cables on the boat’s power plugs (Type C & Type F with two pins) are available.
Since Malpelo and Gorgona are remote destinations which are exposed to changing sea conditions we recommend to bring seasickness medicine. Furthermore we recommend to bring your personal medicine including ear drops.