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Where the wild jungle meets the pacific ocean.
A breath-taking diving paradise that will leave you delighted, with your mouth open and speechless! During the last weeks of April and the first weeks of May, a beautiful natural phenomenon occurs on the coast of Chocó: Millions of sardines migrate through these waters, attracting a large number of predators that come to enjoy the party, including various types of sharks like the Tiger shark, the Gray shark, and many more. Also, other animals such as Yellowfin Tuna, marlin, dolphins, rays, and lots of birds. This natural event occurs once a year and if you are lucky enough to see it, there will not be many things that can overcome it. Especially when combined with the knowledge and stories of our local guides and hosts.
When we are not in the boat or at sea looking for sardines, we will be walking in the jungle in search of a secret waterfall, surfing the great waves of the Pacific, enjoying the uninhabited beaches, looking for birds and endemic species of the jungle, or simply We will be laying in a hammock enjoying the beautiful ocean view.
As part of this Expedition you will be able to see the biggest sea party on the Pacific coast, dive into a sardine ball, and feel the adrenaline and energy of this great natural event. The combination of different natural events, opportunities to learn with the local culture of the Emberá People, relaxing plans, and delicious food, will make your stay so enjoyable that you will probably never want to leave.
VISITING THE NORTHERN POINT OF SOUTH AMERICA
The shark conservation expedition is designed to be one of the most attractive experiences Colombia has to offer! In addition to being a unique route in Colombia, the experience has three components that are our basis of success: nature, culture and adventure.
In terms of nature, one of the most fascinating aspects of the Expedition is the transition of the different landscapes when getting to the area. Our journey begins in a fertile land with a dense tropical rainforest and a great ocean view, surrounded by rivers descending from the snowy top of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta – the highest mountain near the sea. After several hours of travel, the landscape becomes a wild desert that extends to northern Colombia, where orange, yellow, and red are the dominant colors on land. Towards the ocean you can see beautiful shades of blue that mix perfectly with the sky.
We will be in direct contact with the Wayuu community an its culture. They will be our hosts and provide our delicious food. We have the essential task of showing them how important sharks are for marine ecosystems, and how much greater is their value when they are alive. Through this type of sustainable tourism, we want to give them an alternative to fishing and commercializing endangered shark, so they will come with us on the boat and you will be amazed by their reaction when they see this beautiful predators in the wild.
In terms of the adventure, the trip starts in Riohacha, where we take Toyota Land Cruisers and take a fast boat to finally reach the northernmost point in South America – Punta Gallinas. There we will explore the wonders of this ocean by taking a boat and plunging into an unknown paradise.
It will be a true magical and wild adventure.
SHIP WRECKS AND LION FISH HUNTING
Diving ship wrecks is an unforgettable experience. This is why we have designed a unique expedition full of history and adrenalin. We will visit some sunken ships nearby Cartagena to get to know the rich marine life that has settled there with time. Some of them were sunken for scientific purposes and some by accident, in any way they all have magnificent history inside them. For its special features, ship wrecks shelter fish in an ideal way, like the lion fish, an invasive species that arrived to the Caribbean waters a few years ago and has populated the sunken ships is big numbers. The lion fish is an excellent hunter and this is why it’s so important to control it. With Hawaiian slings we will descend to search for them and afterwards we will cook the most delicious recipes. Six unforgettable day dives and one incredible night dive will make this experience the perfect mix between history, adrenalin and good food.
SUMMER IN CHOCO
The department of Chocó, in western Colombia, is a wild and mysterious place. It can be said that it is not even popular for Colombians; Only a handful of people have been in this corner of the world and even less people have submerged in these unexplored waters. One of the biggest attractions of this place are its magical seasons and depending on these you can see different species of marine animals in its waters, it goes from whale sharks, to sardines to humpback whales. Particularly in the month of February, the summer will be giving us some of the best conditions of the Pacific to enjoy several dives.
Visit the third largest coral reef in the world, with 33 km of adventure! This is the only reef of its kind in the world for being near a volcanic island. An Island with magical landscapes, endemic species, and with a critical socio-ecological value, which led UNESCO to declare it as, “World Biosphere Reserve,” in the year 2000, (Sea flower Biosphere Reserve).
Together with the islands of San Andrés and Santa Catalina, Providencia contributes with incredible reefs to the Reserve that covers 10% of the Caribbean Sea. A biodiversity hotspot that you can’t miss — explore with us the beauty of its lands and seas.
The island of Gorgona is a unique place in Colombia in terms of geography and history. Since 1526 the men of Pizarro set foot on the Island, and in subsequent years it was a strategic trading point between Panama and Peru. Bolivar handed over the island to a Sergeant Major of the British Legion in recognition of the battle in the Vargas swamp. After 1960 it became a maximum-security prison, to finally be declared a national park in 1984. For this reason, marine fauna has been protected and the number of species there can guarantee an amazing dive. There are about 12 species of corals, most of them belonging to the genus Pocillopora family, as well as about 10 species of sharks, 237 of mollusks and 46 of marine worms.
During this expedition, humpback whales will be migrating to the Antarctica. We will have the opportunity to see them jump on the surface every day, to hear them sing under the water and if we are lucky we could see them swim and guide their young to the new course. Likewise, we will get to know several dive sites and explore the different faces of the underwater landscape of the island. We will be in deep connection with the island with more history of Colombia.