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Malpelo island

Malpelo island



Isla Malpelo is located at approximately N 3º59' W 81º36' (about 235 miles/378 km from the Columbian coast and 225 miles/362 km from Panama).
Malpelo is a world class dive spot on par with Cocos with clear water and tons of fish and sharks. Divers often see 100's of sharks schooling, some of the biggest (non-baited) schools ever filmed have been at Malpelo. Its reputed to be one of the top dive sites in the world with a very large population of silky and hammerhead sharks.

Zone riche en requins marteaux et requins soyeux.
It is uninhabited except for a small garrison of the Colombian Army, which was established in 1986. Visitors need a written permit of the Colombian Ministry of Ecology.
On July 12, 2006 Malpelo was declared by the UNESCO as natural World Heritage Site for marine parks.

The Columbian military requests that vessels passing within 20 miles of Isla Malpelo report their presence to the military via VHF Ch:16. If they cannot get a visual on slow moving boats, or a response on the VHF, it's likely they will send either a helicopter or a boat to investigate.

There is no anchorage here as it is very deep close to the island.

The Navy however continues to extend their offer to visiting cruising boats, letting them use their buoys if their supply ship is not there. Navy personnel are reported to be very friendly (they don't get many visitors) and the odds are you will be invited to play a game of soccer with them.

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Buenaventura Harbor (Colombia Pacific Coast)

This port is located at about the midway point in Colombia's Pacific coast. It has the reputaion of being one of the most violent cities in the country.
It's a port of entry.

Phone: 691 43 48
Fax: 691 43 52

Great care needs to be ...
8 Jan 16


Small port .
15 May 11

Tumaco bay (Colombia Pacific Coast)

This interesting, friendly town is on the border with Ecuador. It sits on an island connected to the mainland by a causeway. Many of the houses in the area are built on stilts over the water.

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7 Jan 16

Tumaco (Colombia Pacific Coast)

Tumaco, petite ville insulaire, centre de ravitaillement régional.
Important trafic de pirogues, seul moyen de transport local.Tumaco est relié par route à la Colombie; la ville dispose d'un aéroport desservi chaque jour par un DC 3; c'esdt aussi la base d'hélicos utilisés ...
8 Jan 16

Bahia De Manta

Small port protected by a breakwater.
15 May 11

Bahia Coqui (Colombia Pacific Coast)

Little bay about 4 NM SW of Nuqui is very calm and protected.

Anchor in 27' .
8 Jan 16

Golfito Bay (Costa Rica)

Located just north of the Panama canal, Golfito is a convenient and very attractive port at which to clear in or out of Costa Rica. The Banana Bay Marina has a fuel dock with very easy access and helpful staff. Outboard and dinghy theft is a problem in Golfito however and cruisers ...
18 Dec 15

Fish Hook marina (Costa Rica)

Fish Hook Marina & Lodge is located at the edge of the beautiful tropical rainforest of Golfito, in the South Pacific coast of Costa Rica and just north of Panama. It is also the official point of entry and exit for Costa Rica.It offers a marina with 20 Slips for ...
18 Dec 15

Banana bay marina (Costa Rica)

Located at the edge of a beautiful tropical rainforest in the city of Golfito, Banana Bay Marina sit in a natural, deep draft gulf offering an excellent protection from the swells of the Pacific Ocean.
Separated from the Open Pacific Coast, this gulf, names Golfo ...
18 Dec 15

Ensenada Utria (Colombia Pacific Coast)

National park with a park fee and anchoring fee.
There is a small military force stationed here to watch the coast.
The bay offer a very good protection.
8 Jan 16

Bahia Solano (Pacific Coast of Colombia)

Approching, keep more than 2 NM off Punta Solano because of off lying rocks.

This is a Port of Entry and is a useful one if coming from Panama, being towards the north of Colombia's pacific coast.The bay is well protected but is open to the north. There is an anchorage not ...
8 Jan 16

Taboga island (Panama Pacific coast)

Taboga island, also known as the "Island of Flowers", is a volcanic island in the Gulf of Panama, about 20 km from Panama city.At low tide, the northern end of the island is joined by a sand bar to the small island of El Morro, and the southeastern end is 270 meters from the neighboring ...
21 Dec 15
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Colombia (Pacific coast)

Lying to the south of Panama, Colombia Pacific coast is surrounded by Venezuela to the east, Ecuador and Peru to the south west.

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Isla Gorgona (Colombia Pacific Coast)

This island, lying about 18NM off the Pacific coast of Colombia, N of Guapi bay, is another National Park. For many years it was a maximum security prison, but now is a location for scientific research and tourism. It has a wide range of marine species as well as coral reefs. A ...
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