Malpelo. Photo: Flicker user CAUT
Malpelo is a small crag located at Colombia’s westernmost tip; it emerges from the depths of the ocean, and is surrounded by eleven smaller crags.
Malpelo has been on maps since 1550, but only since twenty years ago, it abandoned its anonymity to become a natural laboratory, a sanctuary of oceanic biodiversity, and a fabulous site for lovers of the underwater.
- Location: 506 km from the port of Buenaventura.
- Temperature: 27°C.
- How to get there: Diving boats, from Buenaventura, Panama, or Costa Rica.
Sharks in Malpelo Photo: Flicker user CAUT
Diving is the only activity that can be engaged in. All the nearby sites are excellent: El Arrecife, La Nevera, La Pared del Naúfrago, Bajo de Junior, Bajo del Ancla, La Pared del Águila, Vagamares, El Sahara, and El Freezer.
The island is certified as being one of the ten top spots in the world for admiring hammerhead, white-pointer, whale, galápagos, and silk sharks, plus a deep sea species - the sunray shark - also called “the monster”, as well as countless fish species of all sizes and colors.
Where to stay:
On diving boats, which offer transportation, food, and lodging.