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Recent experience at Malpelo?

Discussion in 'South America' started by scubadada, Jun 4, 2019.

  1. scubadada

    scubadada Diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Most recent posts are about a year old, anybody been more recently who can comment on the diving and on the Ferox?
     
  2. Premo83

    Premo83 Nassau Grouper

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  3. Dom@DiveAdvice

    Dom@DiveAdvice Dive Travel Professional

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    Thought you may like to see a report I got back 3 days ago from an agent/colleague who has led more than a dozen trips to Malpelo. You can check space on our site.

    Hi Dom,

    I just came back from Colombia and want to give you a short Update.

    I´m absolutely happy with the Boat right now. They improved a lot in terms of Service, Food, Boat Amenities etc. and I´m sure it will continues to improve over the next few months. It’s a process, but what they did right now shows me that Tony is really listening. My Group was absolutely happy.

    Two top Guides on Board.

    Malpelo will never be a place for everyone. It will be a wild and remote place and a boat there will never will reach a Luxury level, but in the end I must say, its on a much better level than Yemaya was before.

    All Cabins are now with private Bathroom. Small maybe, but they have it. Indoor Lounge is ready and a Camera Working Station follows as well as a Covered Lounge with Bar outside.

    For 12 Pax only it will be the second cheapest Destination in East Pacific. Slightly cheaper than Cocos, much cheaper than Galapagos and a bit more expensive than Socorro. But for sure, its the most exclusive Diving. Only one boat, only 12 Pax, no crowded Divesites and Hammerheads everywhere.

    Right now the 12 Pax get divided in 2 Groups, different Divesites. But depending if he can find a third good Diveguide, he is willing to split the 12 Pax even in 3 Groups.

    Hope that helps a bit what is going on in Colombia.

    Best regards
     
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  4. scubadada

    scubadada Diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Hi @Premo83 and @Dom@DiveAdvice

    Thanks very much for your replies, I appreciate the information. I'll be on Sten's half boat charter next June. Tanya recently sent me the link to this year's trip. Sound like the Ferox will be even better in another year. After having dived Cocos, Galapagos, and Revillagigedos, I'm very much looking forward to my adventure next year

    Very best and good diving,

    Craig
     
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  5. Dom@DiveAdvice

    Dom@DiveAdvice Dive Travel Professional

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    No doubt you will have fun with Sten - he's amongst the best in the business when it comes to Malpelo.
     
  6. Dan

    Dan Orca

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    Are you guys referring to Sten Johansson, the Viking CD / DM? He was in Nautilus Undersea to Socorro last December. Great CD.

    We talked about Malpelo and the lost at sea accident there. He was with Yemaya then rescuing @Peter Morse who was left behind by the ill fated Maria Patricia liveaboard.

    Here is his story about the rescue:License to kill: Lost divers in Malpelo

    The accident is posted here: 4 diveres went missing - Malpelo, Colombia

    After talking to him about Malpelo, diving there with Ferox is on top of my bucket list.
     
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  7. Dom@DiveAdvice

    Dom@DiveAdvice Dive Travel Professional

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    Hi Dan - if you want to join him on one of his trips he has these dates on the FEROX for 2020/2021

    June 19-29, 2020

    July 6-15, 2020


    June 27-July 6, 2021

    July 9-18, 2021

    July 30-Aug 8, 2021
     
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  8. scubadada

    scubadada Diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I'm on the June 19-29, 2020 charter. When I made my reservation in March, I believe I got the last slot, but that might have changed.

    I just got back from a week on the Nautilus Explorer, many of the crew were friends with Sten.
     
  9. Dom@DiveAdvice

    Dom@DiveAdvice Dive Travel Professional

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    I believe Sten's alocation might be full but we have only the Port Master cabin available on that cruise.
     
  10. Dan

    Dan Orca

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    Thanks! I’ll share this info with my dive buddies.
     

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