Colombia Dive Adventures
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Know before you go

INDUCTION

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.

CERTIFICATION

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.

EQUIPMENT

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.

LIMIT

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.

PHOTOGRAPHY

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.

HEALTH

Please consult with your health professional prior to your trip.

WHAT IS INCLUDED

  • All meals, snacks, and non- alcoholic beverages including fresh fruit juices and of course Colombian coffee
  • Transfer from Intercontinental Cali to Buenaventura and back to Cali
  • Traditional pacific colombian lunch and drinks at Hotel Estacion in Buenaventura before embarking
  • Experienced Dive Guides
  • NITROX fills (NITROX is mandatory, we provide this course on board at additional cost)
  • Usage of Personal Locator Beacon (McMurdo S10) during the dives (mandatory)
  • Usage of Surface Marker Buoy during the dives (mandatory)
  • Malpelo: 3 dives per day with exception of last day, which is limited to 2 dives (night dives are not permitted)
  • Gorgona: 3 dives per day and for certified divers additional night dives
  • Crucero del Norte: 2 to 3 dives per day and for certified divers additional night dives

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED

  • National Park fees (108.000 COP per diver per day at Malpelo & 49.500 COP per diver for the whole period at Gorgona)
  • Alcoholic beverages are available at reasonable prices (please note that guests are restricted from bringing their own alcohol, if guests have a special request, we will do our best to accommodate, please advise at time of reservation)
  • Satellite phone communication is offered at USD 5 per minute (there is no Internet available on the boat)
  • Crew gratuities if guests find the service deserving
  • Rental equipment and courses (see price list below)

We accept cash in USD or EUR for the National Park fees and expenses on the boat (rental equipment, NITROX course, alcoholic beverages and usage of satellite phone).

REQUIREMENTS

  • Copy of passport for foreigners or copy of identity document for Colombian nationals
  • Copy of diving certificate (for Malpelo Advanced Open Water Diver or equivalent)
  • Logbook with a minimum of 50 logged dives
  • Copy of NITROX certificate (NITROX is mandatory, we offer this course on board at an additional cost of USD 150)
  • Copy of diving insurance and travel insurance
  • Vaccination certificate against yellow fever (at least 10 days before the trip) and tetanus
  • Filled out Passenger Information Survey
  • Filled out and signed Liability Release and Authorization form
  • If you have any health issue please send us the medical certificate stating you are in a good condition to dive
  • Let us know any dietary preferences or allergies to be able to provide a menu that fits your diet

HOW TO GET HERE & TRANSFERS

Trips to Malpelo, Gorgona annd El Crucero del Norte 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).

RENTAL EQUIPMENT

  • 15 Liter/100 CU tanks USD 10 per day
  • Full Set USD 200 per trip (BCD, Regulator,wetsuit, mask & Fins)
  • BCD USD 15 per day
  • Regulator USD 15 per day
  • Mask & Fins (closed heel) USD 10 per diving day
  • Wetsuit (5 mm) USD 15 per day
  • Dive Computer USD 15 per day
  • Flashlight USD 15 per day

*we don’t provide boots for open heel fins

RECOMMENDATIONS

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, Gorgona and the dive sites of our Crucero del Norte 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.