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Diving in…to the Whale Season in Chocó

During the months of July to the beginning of October, Humpback Whales migrate from the Antarctic to the Pacific Coast of Colombia, concentrating in the Chocó region.  During those months, the ocean becomes a whale’s paradise, as they jump, sing, show off their pectoral fins and tails, and teach their young calves.

A special part of this Expedition is the opportunity to snorkel with the pods while being enraptured by the underwater background music as their beautiful songs travel effortlessly through the watery depths.

When you are not in the water swimming with these magnificent creatures, you can choose to walk through the jungle to secret waterfalls, surf, enjoy a relaxing day at the beach, or simply swing in a hammock at the eco-lodge watching the whales jump from a bird’s eye view. The combination of diverse ecological activities, opportunities to relax, and to dine on delicious, mouth-watering local food, will make your stay so pleasant that you will likely never want to leave!

 

Experience Needed

  • Advanced Open Water Diver certification (or equivalent/higher)
  • Being comfortable in deep water
  • Snorkelling experience

 

Ideal For

  • People looking to:
    • Experience the sheer magic of whale watching during migration;
    • Venture on a remote Expedition to the undeveloped Pacific region;
    • Dive in the Colombian Pacific;
    • Explore untouched jungle flora and fauna that extends to the ocean’s edge;
    • Learn about this region’s cultural diversity from local chefs and guides
    • Relax in a hammock, lounge beach-style, absorb the last radiant rays over the Pacific, or enjoy a private outdoor shower that provides stunning ocean and jungle vistas.

 

Itinerary 

  • Day 1:
    • Meeting and pickup in Rio Negro airport (José María Córdova International Airport)
    • Welcome evening and Expedition preparation
    • Night in Medellín
  • Day 2:
    • Departure from Medellín (Enrique Olaya Herrera Airport)–Nuquí (Aeropuerto Reyes Murillo) (on a small charter plane)
    • Boat ride from Nuquí to Punta Brava
    • Lunch
    • Day to acclimatize
    • Supper
  • Day 3:
    • Breakfast
    • Two daytime boat dives in the morning (2 tanks total/diver)
    • Lunch
    • Whale watching in the afternoon
    • Supper
  • Day 4:
    • Breakfast
    • Whale watching
    • Lunch
    • Afternoon hike to Arusisito–an outstanding secret waterfall
    • Supper
  • Day 5:
    • Breakfast
    • Two daytime boat dives in the morning (2 tanks total/diver)
    • Lunch
    • Whale watching in the afternoon
    • Supper
  • Day 6:
    • Breakfast
    • Whale watching
    • Lunch
    • Afternoon walk in the jungle or free time on the beach
    • Supper
  • Day 7:
    • Breakfast
    • Return in the boat to Nuquí
    • Flight to Medellín
    • Lunch
    • Free afternoon
    • Farewell meet up and closing evening
    • Night in Medellín
  • Day 8:
    • Breakfast
    • Transportation to Medellín airport (José María Córdova International Airport)

 

Included

  • Transportation airport–hotels–airport in Medellín
  • 2 Nights accommodation in Medellín (the night before the Expedition and the last night prior to departure)
  • 5 Nights accommodation in Punta Brava
  • Return airfare from Medellín–Nuquí–Medellín (small charter plane)
  • Transportation by boat from Nuqui–Hotel Punta Brava–Nuquí
  • National Park entrance fee/tax
  • Transportation to snorkel/dive sites
  • ~4 Dives (with tanks)
  • Certified CUE Instructor and Guide with extensive knowledge and experience
  • All diving gear (i.e., fins, mask and snorkel, BCD, regulator, tank, weights)
  • Whale watching/snorkelling opportunities
  • Local Guide for the hikes in the jungle
  • All meals as indicated above, plus two snacks per day
  • Water and/or non-alcoholic beverages during Expedition
  • CUE expedition jacket

 

Not Included

  • Flights/transport to and from Medellín upon initial arrival and final departure
  • Extra baggage weight on flights (max allowance: 10kg checked and 5kg carry on)
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Wetsuit and booties (Note: Water temperature ~23 °C)
  • Personal dive computer and compass
  • Tips for local guides, operators and ecolodge staff (recommended)
  • Optional items or experiences beyond what is included in this Expedition package (e.g., professional underwater digital dive photos–Inquire with CUE for more information!)
  • What’s not specified

 

Recommendations/Optional Items

  • Fins with boots
  • Water shoes
  • Dive computer and compass
  • Underwater camera/GoPro (housing and accessories)
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen (look for reef-friendly options and bring A LOT!!)
  • After sun cream
  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Sunglasses (polarized is a recommended option)
  • Bug spray
  • Small day pack
  • Dry bag (if you are bringing valuables)
  • Pack towel

 

Expedition Dates

  • 2016  Dates
    • September 8–15
  • 2017  Dates
    • July 31–August 8
    • August 11–17
    • September 7–14
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# Title Number Discount
1Group Discount 55%
2Group Discount 1012%
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