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Inula is 24 metres in length and is a catamaran purposely built to sail and dive to remote tropical destinations. Since 2003, she has been based on the Pacific Coast of Panama diving fascinating destinations such as Malpelo, Coiba and Cocos.  She has 5 cabins taking 9 guests. The menu onboard offers a delicious combination of European and Central American Cuisine with an abundance of fresh tropical fruit and salads all served buffet style.

 SPECIFICATIONS

SAMPLE ITINERARY

SCHEDULES 2015

SCHEDULES 2016

EQUIPMENT RENTAL

DIVE SITES

INULA SPECIFICATIONS

Deck plan of Inula Liveaboard showing sun deck, upper deck

TECHNICAL DETAILS

LENGTH – 24 METRES

BEAM – 8.5 METRES

DRAFT – 1.3 METRES

DISPLACEMENT – 30 TONS

CONSTRUCTION – FIBREGLASS AIREX

ENGINES – TWIN MERCEDES BENZ OM 312 / 100 HP EACH

CRUISING SPEED – 7 KNOTS

MAXIMUM SPEED -  18 KNOTS

RANGE UNDER ENGINE – 3500 NAUTICAL MILES

RANGE UNDER SAIL – UNLIMITED

ENDURANCE – 6 MONTHS ( LIMITED BY FOOD SUPPLY)

TENDER – 6 METRES (20 FT RIGID BOTTOM INFLATABLE WITH 2 X 40 HP OUTBOARD ENGINES

GENERATOR – 5KW DAYTON

AVAILABLE VOLTAGE – 220 VAC, 50 HZ, EUROPEAN STYLE SOCKETS (SCHUKO) 110 VAC 60 HZ, US STYLE SOCKETS 12 VDC

FUEL TANK – 4000 LITRES ( 1060 US GALLONS)

WATER TANK – 2500 LITRES (666 GALLONS) 3600 LITRES (960 GALLONS) DAY WATER MAKER

ON BOARD SAFETY

WATERTIGHT BULKHEADS FOR 7 SEPARATE COMPARTMENTS IN EACH HULL.

SATELLITE 406 EPIRBS LIFERAFT

LIFEBOAT

75 LIFE VESTS

EMERGENCY FLARES

HANDHELD VHF RADIOS

LIFE RINGS

SUBMERSIBLE GPS/HANDHELD RADIOS (NAUTILUS LIFELINE) FOR EVERY DIVER

INWATER OXYGEN RECOMPRESSION EQUIPMENT

OXYGEN DEMAND AND CONSTANT FLOW

MOTOR PUMPS

CO2 ENGINE ROOM FIRE EXTINGUISHERS

COMPREHENSIVE FIRST AID KIT

SECURITY INSPECTION THROUGH LOCAL AUTHORITIES EVERY 6 MONTHS

SCUBA COMPRESSORS – 1 BAUER K 141 BAUER UTILUS

SCUBA TANKS – 22 X 11 LITRE ALUMINIUM TANKS AND 4 X 15 LITRE STEEL TANKS. VARIOUS SMALL REBREATHER CYLINDERS

TECHNICAL DIVING – FULL OXYGEN, NITROX AND REBREATHER SERVICE, PASSENGERS MUST BRING THEIR OWN REBREATHERS.

ELECTRONICS

4 GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEMS FURUNO 32 MILES RADAR. FURUNO VIDEO SOUNDER

VHF RADIO

5 HAND-HELD VHF RADIOS

SSB RADIO TELEPHONE

TV AND DVD PLAYER

SATELLITE EMAIL (BGAN)

SATELLITE PHONE

RADIO DIRECTION FINDER SIMRAD TAYIO TDL-1620

AUTOPILOT

MISCELLANEOUS

2 TOILETS

2 SHOWERS

8X7 METRE SUNDECK / TRAMPOLINE

FULLY EQUIPPED WORKSHOP

OXY-ACETYLENE CUTTING EQUIPMENT / SUPPLIES

9 PERSONAL DIVE GEAR BOXES

THREE REFRIGERATORS AND ICE MAKERS

MISCELLANEOUS

4 DOUBLE CABINS AND ONE SINGLE

Cabin 1

Biggest cabin on-board. Located on the upper deck. Big windows and roof hatch offer a great view and very good ventilation.

Cabin 6

Second-biggest cabin on-board. Located on the upper deck. Big windows and roof hatch offer a great view and very good ventilation. Slightly noisier than cabin 1 but less movement and closer to the rear bathroom.

Cabin 3

Port side, smaller double cabin. Located on the lower deck. Porthole and roof hatch offer light and good ventilation.

Cabin 5

Starboard side, smaller double cabin. Located on the lower deck. Porthole and roof hatch offer light and good ventilation. This cabin is not far from the front bathroom.

Cabin 2/Skipper

Single cabin. Located on the lower deck. Same dimensions as cabins 3 and 5 but with only one bed inside. Porthole and roof hatch offer light and good ventilation. Quietest cabin on-board Inula.

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COCOS/MALPELO/PANAMA COMBINATION

Cocos/Malpelo/Panama combination

Including 4 days of diving in Cocos, 4 days of diving in Malpelo and 2 days of diving in Panama waters

Day 1: Boarding Inula around lunchtime in Puerto Pedregal/Panama, checking in, briefing, lunch, exit Pedregal in the early afternoon.

Day 2: Check Dive and two additional dives in Panama waters, normally around Islas Ladrones

Day 3: Clearing into Golfito/Costa Rica in the morning, departure Golfito in the afternoon.

Day 4+5: Crossing to Cocos

Day 6: Arrival at Cocos in the morning, clearing in, check dive and 3 additional dives

Day 7+8: Diving at Cocos, 3 dives per day and some night dives, optional land excursions

Day 9: 3 dives at Cocos, departure in the evening

Day 10+11: Sailing to Malpelo

Day 12: Arrival at Malpelo in the morning, 3 dives around the island

Day 13 + 14: Diving around Malpelo, 3 dives per day

Day 15: 3 dives around Malpelo, departure in the evening

Day 16: Sailing back to Panama

Day 17: 2 dives at reefs at the South Coast of Panama, normally at Banco Hannibal and Isla Montuosa

Day 18/End: Arrival in Golfito/Costa Rica in the morning, checking out after breakfast

 

Please note that the timing and locations of all itineraries may vary depending on tides and weather.

 

DIVE SITES

 

SEA CONDITIONS

Visibility

Regarding the underwater visibility, the Eastern Pacific is not the Northern Red Sea.

The splendid underwater fauna is possible only with nutrient-rich water.

Lateral visibility is normally 25 to 30 meters (83 to 100 feet) at Cocos and Malpelo.

In Panamanian waters, the average visibility is 20 to 25 meters (66 to 83 feet).

Often, there is a cold thermocline around 35 meters (117 feet) in depth.

Below that, the water can be very clear with 40+ meters (133+ feet) lateral visibility.

Water Temperature

Sea water surface temperature is normally between 26 and 27 C (79 and 81 F) Malpelo and Cocos and 1 degree warmer near Panama.

During La Nina, the surface temperature can be as low as 20 C (68 F).

During El Nino, as high as 30 C (86 F).

Thermocline depth varies throughout the year. The temperature inside the thermocline  is often 3 to 5 degrees below the surface temperature.

Currents

The strength and direction of the underwater current is extremely variable.

The speed of the current can be up to 2 knots.

Currents are influenced by the tide, wind, and the general ocean currents.

The stronger the current, the more demanding the diving, but the better the big fish encounters.

 

Cocos Island is uninhabited, except for the permanent ranger station, and is located  approximately 550 km (340 mi) from the Pacific shore of Costa Rica.

It has an area of approximately 24 km² and has an very wet climate. The dense vegetation and numerous waterfalls making it extremely beautiful.

There are two protected anchorages, Bahia Wafer and Bahia Chatham. Its landmass is punctuated by four mountain peaks, the highest of which is Cerro Yglesisas, at 634 meters  (2,080 feet).

For divers, the main attractions are the large pelagic species including Scalloped Hammerhead Sharks, Silky Sharks and Whale Sharks.

We are offering 2 journeys including Cocos per year, normally for Inula friends and often in combination with Malpelo.

 

Alcyon

Most important divesite in Cocos. Submerged Reef, with 25 meters (85 feet) of water over it. Exposed to the predominant wind direction, located 1 nautical mile Southeast of the main island. Strong currents are frequent. Schooling Hammerheads, Yellowfin tuna, Marble rays and White Tip Reef sharks are the main attractions here. The depth range is from 20 to 40 meters (65 to 130 feet).

 

Dirty Rock

This site is relatively protected from wind and waves, still offers frequent big fish encounters such as Schooling Hammerheads and Big Eye jacks. The depth range is from 5 to 40 meters (15 to 130 feet).

 

Manuelita Inside

Very protected site with hardly any swell or current. Nice coral reef with plenty of White Tip Reef sharks and Marble Rays everywhere. Spectacular night dive.  The depth range is from 5 to 20 meters (15 to 65 feet).

 

Isla Pajara

Circling a small island on the Northwestern corner of Wafer Bay. Steep drop on it’s Northern tip. Nice coral coverage, mainly Poritis. White Tip Reef sharks and Marble rays are frequent. Occasionally juvenile Silvertip sharks. Good protection from Wind and Swell. Nice third dive of the day. The depth range is from 5 to 20 meters (15 to 65 feet).

 

Manuelita Outside

Various cleaner stations. Hammerhead encounters frequently a bit further away from the reef. The depth range is from 15 to 35 meters (50 to 120 feet).

 

Silverado

Cleaner station for Silver Tip sharks. Two small, submerged boulders on top of a 10 meter (33 feet) sand flat. The depth range is from 0 to 10 meters (0 to 33 feet).

 

Isla Uloa

This rock has a steep drop to 30 meters (100 feet) on it’s Northern tip and forms a small and shallow channel with the main island. The endemic Red Lipped Batfish can be seen below 30 meters( 100 feet). Marble Rays and White Tips are common. The depth range is from 20 to 40 meters (15 to 130 feet).

 

Submerged Rock

This rock of about 50 meters (165 feet) diameter has an scenic, arched hole on it’s Northwestern side at 20 meters (66 feet) depth. White tips, Hammerheads and Big Eye jacks are the main attraction here. This site can be exposed to wind and swell. The depth range is from 20 to 40 meters (65 to 130 feet).

 

Shark Fin Rock

Far away and exposed to the predominant winds, this site is less dived than the others. This beautiful place hosts a school of thousands of Big Eye jacks. Marble rays are also common. The depth range is from 10 to 40 meters (35 to 130 feet).

 

Punta Maria

Seamount with a depth of 25 meters (85 feet) over it. Currents are frequently encountered. Diving can be demanding but very rewarding. Hammerheads, Galapagos sharks, Marble rays and White Tips are often seen in numbers. The depth range is from 20 to 40 meters (65 to 130 feet).

 

INCLUDED

2 – 4 dives per day of diving, depending on the itinerary of each journey

Accommodation according to reservation

All meals

Tea, coffee, juices and drinking water

Towels and bedsheets

Tanks, air, weights and  weightbelts

Transfers to/from a hotel within the City of  David or the David airport  to/from Inula

 

NOT INCLUDED

Flights, hotels and transfers outside the City of David

Nitrox, tips, alcoholic beverages and sodas

National park fees

Equipment

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DEPART RETURN TOUR DAYS DIVING IN MALPELO DAYS DIVING IN PANAMA PRICES PER CABIN NO 1 AND 6 DOUBLE OCCUPANCY PRICES CABIN NO 3 & 5 DOUBLE OCCUPANCY PRICES PER CABIN NO 2,3 & 5 SINGLE OCCUPANCY NATIONAL PARK FEES
23.02.2015 09.03.2015 MALPELO / PANAMA COMBINATION 6 5 USD 4,446.00 USD 3,557.00 USD 4,446.00 USD 500.00
22.03.2015 02.04.2015 MALPELO 6 2 USD 3,843.00 USD 3,075.00 USD 3,843.00 USD 480.00
10.04.2015 27.04.2015 COCOS/MALPELO/PANAMA COMBINATION 4 COCOS 4 MALPELO 2 USD 6,259.00 USD 5,007.00 USD 6,259.00 USD 460.00
03.05.2015 17.05.2015 MALPELO EXTENDED 9 2 USD 5,927.00 USD 4,741.00 USD 5,927.00 USD 720.00
18.05.2015 29.05.2015 MALPELO 6 2 USD 4,657.00 USD 3,725.00 USD 4,657.00 USD 480.00
04.06.2015 15.06.2015 MALPELO 6 2 USD 4,657.00 USD 3,725.00 USD 4,657.00 USD 480.00
21.06.2015 05.07.2015 MALPELO EXTENDED 9 2 USD 5,927.00 USD 4,741.00 USD 5,927.00 USD 720.00
15.07.2015 26.07.2015 MALPELO 6 2 USD 4,657.00 USD 3,725.00 USD 4,657.00 USD 480.00
02.08.2015 13.08.2015 MALPELO 6 2 USD 4,657.00 USD 3,725.00 USD 4,657.00 USD 480.00
02.09.2015 19.09.2015 COCOS/MALPELO/PANAMA COMBINATION 4 COCOS 4 MALPELO 2 USD 6,259.00 USD 5,007.00 USD 6,259.00 USD 460.00
04.10.2015 15.10.2015 MALPELO 6 2 USD 3,843.00 USD 3,075.00 USD 3,843.00 USD 480.00
28.10.2015 08.11.2015 MALPELO 6 2 USD 3,843.00 USD 3,075.00 USD 3,843.00 USD 480.00
21.11.2015 02.12.2015 MALPELO 6 2 USD 3,843.00 USD 3,075.00 USD 3,843.00 USD 480.00
10.12.2015 24.12.2015 MALPELO / PANAMA COMBINATION 6 5 USD 4,446.00 USD 3,557.00 USD 4,446.00 USD 500.00

Note: Please do not book any travel arrangements until you have received your booking confirmation from us.

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DEPART RETURN TOUR DAYS DIVING IN MALPELO DAYS DIVING IN PANAMA PER CABIN NO 1 AND 6 DOUBLE OCCUPANCY CABIN NO 3 & 5 DOUBLE OCCUPANCY PER CABIN NO 2,3 & 5 SINGLE OCCUPANCY NATIONAL PARK FEES
04.01.2016 22.01.2016 MALPELO/PANAMA COMBINATION 6 5 USD 4,446 USD 3,557 USD 4,446 USD 430
10.02.2016 21.02.2016 MALPELO 6 2 USD 3,843 USD 3,075 USD 3,843 USD 410
29.02.2016 10.03.2016 MALPELO 6 2 USD 3,843 USD 3,075 USD 3,843 USD 410
05.04.2016 22.04.2016 COCOS/MALPELO/PANAMA COMBINATION 4 COCOS 4 MALPELO 2 USD 6,259 USD 5,007 USD 6,259 USD 550
06.05.2016 19.05.2016 MALPELO EXTENDED 8 2 USD 5,500 USD 4,400 USD 5,500 USD 546
21.05.2016 01.06.2016 MALPELO 6 2 USD 4,657 USD 3,725 USD 4,657 USD 410
05.06.2016 19.06.2016 MALPELO/PANAMA COMBINATION 6 5 USD 4,446 USD 3,557 USD 4,446 USD 430
26.06.2016 10.07.2016 MALPELO EXTENDED 9 2 USD 5,927 USD 4,741 USD 5,927 USD 615
26.07.2016 08.08.2016 MALPELO/PANAMA COMBINATION 6 5 USD 4,446 USD 3,557 USD 4,446 USD 430
20.08.2016 31.08.2016 MALPELO 6 2 USD 4,657 USD 3,725 USD 4,657 USD 410
06.09.2016 23.09.2016 COCOS/MALPELO/PANAMA COMBINATION 4 COCOS 4 MALPELO 2 USD 6,259 USD 5,007 USD 6,259 USD 550
07.10.2016 18.10.2016 MALPELO 6 2 USD 3,843 USD 3,075 USD 3,843 USD 410
02.11.2016 13.11.2016 MALPELO 6 2 USD 3,843 USD 3,075 USD 3,843 USD 410
04.12.2016 15.12.2016 MALPELO/PANAMA COMBINATION 6 5 USD 4,446 USD 3,557 USD 4,446 USD 430
20.12.2016 31.12.2016 MALPELO 6 2 USD 3,843 USD 3,075 USD 3,843 USD 410

Note: Please do not book any travel arrangements until you have received your booking confirmation from us.

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PLEASE ADVISE PRIOR TO TRAVEL OF YOUR REQUIREMENTS FOR RENTING EQUIPMENT

ITEM COST PER DAY
MASK USD 3.00
FINS USD 3.00
SNORKEL USD 3.00
SMB WITH REEL USD 3.00
SMALL DIVE TORCH USD 7.00
BCD USD 10.00
WETSUIT USD 10.00
REGULATOR USD 10.00
DIVE COMPUTER USD 10.00

Note: Please do not book any travel arrangements until you have received your booking confirmation from us.

Inula is rebreather and advanced diver friendly

 

Available is:

  • Oxygen up to 160 bar (2400 psi)
  • Nitrox 22 to 50
  • Sodasorb 4-8 mesh
  • Helium
  • Small cylinder (1-7 liters/7-50 cu ft) for rebreathers
  • Our fill hoses have DIN connections, please bring an adaptor if necessary

 

Prices

  • Nitrox 32 for open circuit, per fill: 9 USD
  • Nitrox  for semiclosed rebreathers (22-50%)   per fill: 9 USD
  • 100 % O2 fills (up to 160 bar/2400 psi)  for CCR  per fill: 9 USD
  • Trimix: On request
  • Small cylinders for CCR: Included
  • Sodasorb 4-8 mesh: On request

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COCOS DIVE SITES

COCOS DIVE SITE INFORMATION

SEA CONDITIONS

Visibility

Regarding the underwater visibility, the Eastern Pacific is not the Northern Red Sea.

The splendid underwater fauna is possible only with nutrient-rich water.

Lateral visibility is normally 25 to 30 meters (83 to 100 feet) at Cocos and Malpelo.

In Panamanian waters, the average visibility is 20 to 25 meters (66 to 83 feet).

Often, there is a cold thermocline around 35 meters (117 feet) in depth.

Below that, the water can be very clear with 40+ meters (133+ feet) lateral visibility.

Water Temperature

Sea water surface temperature is normally between 26 and 27 C (79 and 81 F) Malpelo and Cocos and 1 degree warmer near Panama.

During La Nina, the surface temperature can be as low as 20 C (68 F).

During El Nino, as high as 30 C (86 F).

Thermocline depth varies throughout the year. The temperature inside the thermocline  is often 3 to 5 degrees below the surface temperature.

Currents

The strength and direction of the underwater current is extremely variable.

The speed of the current can be up to 2 knots.

Currents are influenced by the tide, wind, and the general ocean currents.

The stronger the current, the more demanding the diving, but the better the big fish encounters.

 

Cocos Island is uninhabited, except for the permanent ranger station, and is located  approximately 550 km (340 mi) from the Pacific shore of Costa Rica.

It has an area of approximately 24 km² and has an very wet climate. The dense vegetation and numerous waterfalls making it extremely beautiful.

There are two protected anchorages, Bahia Wafer and Bahia Chatham. Its landmass is punctuated by four mountain peaks, the highest of which is Cerro Yglesisas, at 634 meters  (2,080 feet).

For divers, the main attractions are the large pelagic species including Scalloped Hammerhead Sharks, Silky Sharks and Whale Sharks.

We are offering 2 journeys including Cocos per year, normally for Inula friends and often in combination with Malpelo.

 

Alcyon

Most important divesite in Cocos. Submerged Reef, with 25 meters (85 feet) of water over it. Exposed to the predominant wind direction, located 1 nautical mile Southeast of the main island. Strong currents are frequent. Schooling Hammerheads, Yellowfin tuna, Marble rays and White Tip Reef sharks are the main attractions here. The depth range is from 20 to 40 meters (65 to 130 feet).

 

Dirty Rock

This site is relatively protected from wind and waves, still offers frequent big fish encounters such as Schooling Hammerheads and Big Eye jacks. The depth range is from 5 to 40 meters (15 to 130 feet).

 

Manuelita Inside

Very protected site with hardly any swell or current. Nice coral reef with plenty of White Tip Reef sharks and Marble Rays everywhere. Spectacular night dive.  The depth range is from 5 to 20 meters (15 to 65 feet).

 

Isla Pajara

Circling a small island on the Northwestern corner of Wafer Bay. Steep drop on it’s Northern tip. Nice coral coverage, mainly Poritis. White Tip Reef sharks and Marble rays are frequent. Occasionally juvenile Silvertip sharks. Good protection from Wind and Swell. Nice third dive of the day. The depth range is from 5 to 20 meters (15 to 65 feet).

 

Manuelita Outside

Various cleaner stations. Hammerhead encounters frequently a bit further away from the reef. The depth range is from 15 to 35 meters (50 to 120 feet).

 

Silverado

Cleaner station for Silver Tip sharks. Two small, submerged boulders on top of a 10 meter (33 feet) sand flat. The depth range is from 0 to 10 meters (0 to 33 feet).

 

Isla Uloa

This rock has a steep drop to 30 meters (100 feet) on it’s Northern tip and forms a small and shallow channel with the main island. The endemic Red Lipped Batfish can be seen below 30 meters( 100 feet). Marble Rays and White Tips are common. The depth range is from 20 to 40 meters (15 to 130 feet).

 

Submerged Rock

This rock of about 50 meters (165 feet) diameter has an scenic, arched hole on it’s Northwestern side at 20 meters (66 feet) depth. White tips, Hammerheads and Big Eye jacks are the main attraction here. This site can be exposed to wind and swell. The depth range is from 20 to 40 meters (65 to 130 feet).

 

Shark Fin Rock

Far away and exposed to the predominant winds, this site is less dived than the others. This beautiful place hosts a school of thousands of Big Eye jacks. Marble rays are also common. The depth range is from 10 to 40 meters (35 to 130 feet).

 

Punta Maria

Seamount with a depth of 25 meters (85 feet) over it. Currents are frequently encountered. Diving can be demanding but very rewarding. Hammerheads, Galapagos sharks, Marble rays and White Tips are often seen in numbers. The depth range is from 20 to 40 meters (65 to 130 feet).

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