Malpelo Island located some 500 km on Colombia’s Pacific Coast some 500 km (approx. 270 nautical miles) may not look like much from above, but the islands true treasures are below the surface. This is regarded as the shark capitol of the world and on any given dive, you might encounter more than 200-300 hammerhead sharks, 100s of silky sharks, whale sharks, eagle rays, tuna, sailfish and even the occasional whale. This is shark diving at IT’S BEST!
The Hammerhead Triangle
As with the Bermuda Triangle, this triangle is an imaginary geometric formation. The corners are formed by Cocos Island, Galapagos Islands and Malpelo. All of these locations have a world-renowned reputation as top dive destinations of the world and especially the concentration of schooling hammerhead sharks.
All these islands are separated from the mainland between by 500-1000km deep waters with challenging conditions, but where currents rage and marine life concentrated guaranteeing epic diving.
Some of the top dive sites at Malpelo are;
- The Cathedral: This pinnacle has a tunnel passing through it from a sandy bottom at 18 meters, almost reaching the surface on the other side. The walls of the tunnel are covered in corals and sponges. The tunnel interior is full of many varieties of fish and white tips, eels, grunts, snappers, eagle rays, tunas.
- The Twins: Two towering pinnacles grow almost parallel up to 9 meters from the surface, form canyons that schools of hammerheads and eagle rays like to swim through. You can see many scorpionfish together with eels on the shallower parts of these pinnacles.
- The Freezer: Hence the colder waters at this side of Malpelo Island, it's also called The Freezer. Hard corals cover part of this wall while in other places, it is easy to recognize its volcanic nature. Vast schools of hammerheads as well as other pelagic species are attracted to this site. Here you can see silkies, mantas, eagle rays, whale shark, tunas, jacks, and eels.
- La Gringa: This is the biggest rock on the south side of Malpelo. Here is also a cave that passes through part of this pinnacle between 40 and 24 meters. From here, with excellent visibility, it is possible to see three seamounts. A large school of big eye jacks inhabit the exposed side of this rock. Here you can encounter groups of hammerheads, and sometimes Galapagos sharks also visit this area. Furthermore, there are jacks, tunas, eagle rays, and scorpionfish.
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