Ferox offers way into restricted Malpelo

archive – Travel NewsFerox offers way into restricted Malpelo

From next year it is only going to be liveaboards from Colombia that are licensed to take divers out to the formidable Pacific sea-mount of Malpelo, and only one such vessel will be permitted inside the protected area at a time.

Offering its services to divers is Colombia Dive Adventures with its Santa Marta-based vessel Ferox.

The UNESCO world heritage site of Malpelo is known for its big schools of hammerhead along with silky, Galapagos, whitetip and smalltooth sand-tiger sharks, manta and eagle rays and free-swimming moray eels.

CDS also offers expeditions to Gorgona (or Science Island), and along Colombia’s North Pacific basin.

The 32m Ferox is a former mine-layer with an 11mm-steel hull and, according to CDS, “all-new machinery and electronics as well as an extensive list of safety equipment”.

It takes 12 guests in two master suites, two twin and four single air-conditioned cabins. Crossings can be rough in this part of the world but the boat boasts rolling-chock stabilisers. All divers are given a personal locator beacon.

A berth for a 10-day trip in a double cabin (two sharing) starts from US $4130, but a 30% discount applies to bookings before the end of June 2018.




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