Best Malpelo Island Snorkeling

The 3rd most popular snorkel dive spot in Columbia.



  October 20, 2017

The snorkeling at Malpelo Island offers amazing wildlife including hammerhead sharks and whale sharks. It is located about 500km off the west coast of Columbia. The water off Malpelo Island is known strong currents and cool temperature (wet suit recommended). This snorkeling spot is well known for its sense of adventure and as one of the worlds best with huge schools of sharks typically present. The hammerhead sharks frequent the island from January through May, the Silky Sharks are around from May through August, and the Whale Sharks are there from June to September. You can also expect to see eagle rays, Galapagos Sharks, angelfish and some humpback whales. The visibility ranges from 30 feet up to 110 feet and the temperature ranges from 60F up to 75F.

To reach Malpelo Island, it is a 36 hour boat ride from the mainland and the crossing is known to usually be very choppy. There are occational flights from Popayan or from Cali to Guapi (Cauca), which is only a 1 hour fast boat ride to Malpelo Island. Most snorkelers use a liveaboard boat to enjoy Malpelo Island.

Overall, Malpelo Island is the 3rd most popular snorkel dive spot of all 3 snorkeling dives in Columbia.

Average Difficulty:  Difficult

GPS:  3.997789, -81.608806

Date Published:  1/8/2017

Date Updated:  10/20/2017

ID:  25064

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