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Dive Review of Colombia Dive Adventures, the Ferox/NA in

Colombia Dive Adventures, the Ferox/NA: "The Magic of Malpelo on the Ferox", Jul, 2021,

by Craig A Wood, PA, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 45 reports with 46 Helpful votes). Report 11568 has 1 Helpful vote.

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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
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Beginners 1 stars
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Comments From July 9 through July 18, 2021, I had the pleasure of diving in Malpelo. I dived on a half boat charter with Sten Johansson, aboard Colombia Dive Adventures’ Ferox. This was my first international trip since going to Bonaire in Oct-Nov 2019.


As I was going on a half boat charter with Sten Johansson, reservations were handled by his very capable wife, Tanya. She did all communication with Colombia Dive Adventures. This trip was originally scheduled for June 19-28, 2020, Covid did that in. The trip was rescheduled and Colombia Dive Adventures deferred final payment until this year. This year’s trip was nearly also lost due to protests/demonstrations in Colombia. The trip just prior to ours was cancelled. Fortunately, the political situation stabilized and we were able to go. Throughout this entire period, Tanya Johansson communicated frequently and clearly, I always knew where I stood.

I made my own reservations to fly on American Airlines from Philadelphia to Miami to Cali. The 2020 flights were cancelled by American Airlines and refunded. I made my reservations for two nights at the InterContinental Hotel in Cali online. There was no problem cancelling my 2020 reservations. I traveled from the airport to the hotel and back in a private car with another diver from the US. This was easily arranged through the InterContinental Hotel concierge.


Despite the complexity leading up to this trip, all of the travel went perfectly smoothly. Colombia dropped the entry Covid PCR test just a few weeks before my visit. One did have to fill out an online immigration form shortly before arriving and an emigration form shortly before departure. The immigration form was required for check in at the Philadelphia airport and the emigration form was checked at emigration in Cali. Travelers without the forms were re ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
Websites Colombia Dive Adventures, the Ferox   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, Cayman Brac, Bonaire, Curacao, Turks & Caicos, Roatan, Cozumel, Key Largo, SE Florida (Boynton Beach, Jupiter, West Palm...), Maui, Oahu, Cape Ann, San Diego, Costa Rica, Panama, Cocos Island, Red Sea, Galapagos, Revillagigedos
Closest Airport Cali, Colombia Getting There American Airlines Philadelphia to Miami, to Cali

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy, dry Seas calm, choppy, surge, currents
Water Temp 72-81°F / 22-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 20-100 Ft/ 6-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Descend, ascend as a group. No deco.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks > 2
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments The boat has a modest camera table with compressed air. There are several rinse tanks close to the boardin ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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By peter bernstein in FL, US at Aug 11, 2021 08:16 EST  
super report
By Graham McGregor in Kilmacolm, GB at Oct 30, 2021 14:55 EST  
Craig Having been to Malpelo, Cocos, Galapagos and Revillagigedos, which did you feel had the most diversity and large animals?
By report author: Craig A Wood in PA, US at Oct 30, 2021 18:41 EST  
Galapagos had the most diversity, all kinds of sharks, mantas, whale sharks, penguins, marine iguanas, sea lions, mola mola... The most big animals probably goes to to the Revillagigedos, many sharks, dolphins, and mantas, mantas, mantas. Cocos also had many big animals, hammerheads, Tiger sharks, many, many Whitetip Sharks, too bad the night dives are gone. As I said, Malpelo was the wildest, all kinds of stuff, big and small, and the most challenging conditions. In my view, the 4 areas are not to be directly compared, but are complimentary. I am very fortunate to have been able to do all three. Where will I go back to first, probably Revillagigedos. It is an easy trip to get to Cabo and I really liked my Nautilus boat. Malpelo keeps gnawing on me to get back before I am too old and infirm to do it :-)
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