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Big Animal Encounters

MALPELO ISLAND IS A UNESCO NATURAL WORLD HERITAGE SITE. It is located in the East Pacific Ocean about 300 miles west of the Columbian mainland. It is only inhabited by a small military post manned by the Colombian Army along with a variety of migratory birds.  A very limited number of divers and vessels are allowed to visit this area and special permits are required.  The waters surrounding Malpelo are home to a unique shark population including swarms of Hammerheads, Galapagos,  Silky and occasional sightings of small tooth Tiger Sharks.  Also, commonly seen are a huge number of clusters and free swimming Moray Eels, Dolphin, Turtles,  Marble & Manta Rays, large schools of Jacks and Tuna  are commonly seen. Even a variety of Whales  and Whale Sharks can be found here. There are always lots of exciting and unexpected adventures. Due to the remoteness, currents and challenging conditions divers need to be advanced and experienced.   This Fins Attached Shark Research trip will involve: collecting data, setting or retrieving satellite or acoustic transmitters,  tagging, taking tissue samples and a variety of other research.

Trip Cost

DBL. Cabin $7625 pp or $7405 pp cash/ck. disc. price
Triple Cabin $7325 pp or $7115 pp cash/ck. disc. price
1- Master Cabin $ 7995 pp or $7885 pp cash/ck. disc. price

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  • A-1 Instructor Escort Shane Taylor & A Research Specialist
  • Round Trip Air to Cali Columbia
  • 1st & Last Night Hotel’s in Cali
  • Round Trip Land Transfer from Cali to Buenaventura Port (approx. 2 hours)
  • 10 Nights Aboard SHARKWATER
  • 7 Days of Diving
  • Tanks & Weights
  • Free Nitrox for Nitrox Certified Diver’s
  • $490 National Park Fee & $100 Port Fee
  • 3 Meals per Day on Board Plus Snacks, Soft Drinks & Beer
  • Commemorative Trip Shirt


  • Divers Insurance is Required DAN Ins. or Equivalent & Must Cover Evacuation
  • Baggage Handling Gratuities
  • Dive Crew Gratuities
  • Due to possible increase in fuel a $200 pp Fuel  Surcharge Could be Required (Fees are subject to change)
  • Meals While Land Based
  • Personal Dive Equipment


A current U.S. passport with at least 6 months left before expiration at the time you return home. Adults only must be at least 18 years of age.

NOTE: A $2000 deposit is required to hold your spot. Space is limited; prices are based on double occupancy and are subject to change. Please be aware the airline or operator may impose a fuel or tax surcharge over which we have no control, an additional fee may be charged prior to departure. Single persons signing up may be subject to additional charges. Change to packages and cancellation penalties do exist.  Travel Insurance highly recommended and Divers Ins. is required for this trip.

Full payment is due by April 3, 2018

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