3. Diving in the Pacific: Malpelo
For divers tired of crowded and overfished waters, Colombia is like two tanks of fresh air. It has great Caribbean diving, thanks to huge reefs off its northern coast, but the crown jewel is the uninhabited island of Malpelo, a scatter of rocky towers 300 miles west of the country’s Pacific Coast. Malpelo is frequently compared with the Galápagos for its cold, challenging waters and huge schools of hammerhead sharks and Pacific manta rays. Getting there requires a guide with a sturdy boat. The easiest solution is to opt for Bogotá-based Cruz del Mar, which operates trips to Colombia’s Caribbean waters as well as annual expeditions to Malpelo.
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