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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

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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MALPELO ISLAND

Day 1: Boarding Inula around 12:00 hrs noon in Puerto Pedregal near the City of David in the Rep.of Panama, check in, briefing, lunch, sailing from David in the afternoon, crossing the barriers reef short before darkness. Sailing through the night.

Day 2: Check dive in the morning at Isla Montuosa, one additional dive during the day in the vicinity, departing for Malpelo

Day 3: Crossing to Malpelo

Day 4: Arrival at Malpelo in the morning, clearing in, 3 dives

Days 5-8: Diving around Malpelo, 3 dives per day

Day 9: 3 dives around Malpelo, departure in the evening

Day 10: Sailing back to the coast of Panama

Day 11:  1 or 2 dives at Banco Hannibal and/or Islas Ladrones, arriving in Puerto Pedregal at night or the next morning

Day 12/End: Checking out after breakfast

15-DAYS MALPELO/PANAMA

Day 1: Boarding Inula around lunchtime in Puerto Pedregal/David/Chiriqui/Rep.de Panama, checking in, briefing, lunch, sailing from David in the afternoon.

Day 2: Check-dive in the morning, 2 additional dives during the day on reefs and islands on the South Coast of Panama

Days 3 – 6: Diving on the reefs and Islands at the South Coast of Panama, Coiba and Hannibal Bank, usually 3 dives per day and some night dives

Day 7: Sailing to Malpelo

Day 8: Arrival at Malpelo in the morning, clearing in, 3 additional dives

Days 9 – 12: Diving around Malpelo, 3 dives per day

Day 13: 3 dives around Malpelo, departure in the evening

Day 14: Sailing back to the coast of Panama

Day 15: 1 or 2 dives at Banco Hannibal and/or Islas Ladrones, arriving in

Puerto Pedregal in the evening or the next morning

Day 16/End: Checking out after breakfast

17-DAYS COCOS/MALPELO/PANAMA

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 PanamaDay 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

 

 The timing and locations may vary depending on tides and weather

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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
23.02.2015 09.03.2015 MALPELO / PANAMA COMBINATION 6 5 $4,446 $3,557 $4,446 $500
22.03.2015 02.04.2015 MALPELO 6 2 $3,843 $3,075 $ 3,843 $ 480
10.04.2015 27.04.2015 COCOS/MALPELO/PANAMA COMBINATION 4 COCOS 4 MALPELO 2 $6,259 $5,007 $6,259 $ 460
03.05.2015 17.05.2015 MALPELO EXTENDED 9 2 $5,927 $4,741 $5,927 $ 720
18.05.2015 29.05.2015 MALPELO 6 2 $4,657 $3,725 $ 4,657 $ 480
04.06.2015 15.06.2015 MALPELO 6 2 $4,657 $3,725 $ 4,657 $480
21.06.2015 05.07.2015 MALPELO EXTENDED 9 2 $5,927 $4,741 $5,927 $720
15.07.2015 26.07.2015 MALPELO 6 2 $4,657 $3,725 $4,657 $ 480
02.08.2015 13.08.2015 MALPELO 6 2 $4,657 $3,725 $4,657 $480
02.09.2015 19.09.2015 COCOS/MALPELO/PANAMA COMBINATION 4 COCOS 4 MALPELO 2 $6,259 $5,007 $ 6,259 $460
04.10.2015 15.10.2015 MALPELO 6 2 $3,843 $3,075 $3,843 $480
28.10.2015 08.11.2015 MALPELO 6 2 $3,843 $3,075 $ 3,843 $ 480
21.11.2015 02.12.2015 MALPELO 6 2 $3,843 $3,075 $3,843 $480
10.12.2015 24.12.2015 MALPELO / PANAMA COMBINATION 6 5 $ 4,446 $ 3,557 $4,446 $500

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 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
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 confirmationation 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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MALPELO DIVE SITES

MALPELO 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.

 

Malpelo Island is located 378 km (235 miles) from Colombia’s Pacific coast, and approximately 362 km (225 miles) from Panama’s coast. It has a land area of 0.35 square kilometres (86 acres). It is uninhabited except for a small military post manned by the Colombian Army, which was established in 1986.

 

The island consists of a rock with three high peaks, the highest with a height of 300 metres (980 ft). It is surrounded by a number of offshore rocks.

Malpelo was once eight to ten times larger than its present size. The constant pounding of the ocean and weather have eroded the island forming steep cliffs and sea caves along its coastline.

The submarine environment surrounding Malpelo is defined not only by its isolation but also by its location, which is highly influenced by several diverse marine currents.

The terrestrial fauna of the island is adapted to the barren conditions and the deposits of guano which are the basis of the island’s ecology, both on land and undersea.

 

Algae, moss and lichens cover the rugged cliffs of Malpelo which host the largest Masked Booby colony in the world, approximately twenty five thousand birds.

 

The island is often visited by some twelve species of migratory birds, including the Red-billed Tropic bird, Red-footed Booby, Black Noddy and the great and magnificent Frigate birds.

Endemic to the island are one crab species, two starfish, various species of coralline fish, and two reptiles.

Malpelo has been interpreted as a portion of oceanic crust, probably a local manifestation of a “hot spot”. It is composed mainly of pillow lavas, volcanic breccias, and Tertiary basalticdikes.  At first glance, the island seems to be barren rock, devoid of all vegetation. But deposits of bird guano have helped colonies of algae, lichens, mosses and some shrubs and ferns establish, all of which glean nutrients from the guano.

On July 12, 2006, Malpelo was declared by UNESCO as a natural World Heritage Site.

 

There is no good or protected anchorage in Malpelo, but mooring close to the rock provides some protection from wind and waves. Even in rough weather the boat movement is moderate. The currents can be strong and landing on the shores of the island is almost impossible, with the exception of the “Tangon”, a framework construction mostly used by the Colombian Navy.

 

La Nevera

Most important site in Malpelo due to close encounters with big numbers of Hammerheads and all weather accessibility. Galapagos sharks and Eagle rays are also frequent. The water temperatures can be lower than elsewhere at the island. Currents can be strong on the cape forming the southern limit and are mostly  non existent in the center of the bay. Depth range is from 5 to 40 meters (17 to 135 feet).

 

El Sahara

Extended areas of sandy bottom in 30 to 50 meters (100 to 166 feet) of depth. Hammerhead, Galapagos shark and Eagle Rays encounters are frequent. Dolphins and Amberjacks too. Normally done in one group and as a drift dive due to irregular currents. Exposed to Southerly winds what are predominant in Malpelo and can create choppy surface conditions. There is also scenic cavern, 10 meters (33 feet) wide and 30 meters (100 feet) deep. Depth range is from 20 to 40 meters (66 to 135 feet).

 

La Pared de Resguardo and Los Gemelos

Drift dive along the vertical wall forming the Southeastern Coast of Malpelo. Numbers of Hammerheads encountered during a dive fluctuate massively between various hundreds or none existent. Depth range is from 10 to 40 meters (33 to 135 feet).

 

Bajo del Monstruo

Tower shaped reef with 8 meters (26 feet) water over it, dropping steep to 60 meters (200 feet). Best known spot worldwide for Smalltooth Sandtiger (Odontaspis ferox) encounters from mid December to late April at more than 40 meters (133 feet) depth. Beautiful reef in the shallow. Creolefish is often being chased by Amberjacks. Cleanerstation with Butterflyfish. Depth range is from 5 to 60 meters (17 to 200 feet).

 

La Gringa

Biggest rock in the South of Malpelo. Huge schools of Big Eye Jacks are frequently encountered in the afternoon. Various cleanerstations formed by Butterflyfish. Good spot to encounter Hammerheads in the afternoon. Very friendly Leatherbass. Galapagos Sharks and Silky Sharks are also common. Nice cavern at 30 meters (100 feet). As the site is fully exposed to the predominant Southerly winds it should only be dived in calm or moderate conditions. Depth range is from 5 to 30 meters (17 to 100 feet).

 

La Ferreteria

Pinnacle at 19 meters (63 feet), dropping steep to 60 meters (200 feet). Enormous numbers of Green Morays, up to 20 of them  on few square meters. Midsize fish such as Amberjacks, Leatherbass, Yellowfin Tuna and Pacific Dog Snappers form huge schools. Many Scorpionfish and Creolefish too. Whaleshark encounters here are above average. A truly magic and pristine spot ! Depth range is from 15 to 30 meters (50 to 100 feet).

 

 

Altair de Virginia and Cada de Fantasma

Another very important spot as it often combines easy diving with plenty of Hammerhead sharks. The topography of the reef (rocks on top of sandy bottom) is making close Hammerhead encounters frequent. Residential school of very friendly Barracudas what often completely enclose the carefully approaching divers. Beautiful coral reef with a lot of activity in the shallow at Cada de Fantasma. Depth range is from 5 to 30 meters (17 to 100 feet).

 

Los Tres Mosqueteros

Group of  tower shaped rocks in the North of Malpelo. Unbelievable numbers of Big Eye Jacks in the afternoon. Red Snappers often rotate and form living walls around the group of divers sitting on the sandy bottom. Beautiful cavern with Blue and Gold Snappers. White Tip Reef Sharks are patrolling the entrance. This side also has a very active cleaner station. Diving here can be demanding during strong currents. Depth range is from 10 to 35 meters (33 to 115 feet).

 

David

35 meters (116 feet) sandy plateau and rocks with 25 meters (83 feet) of water over them. Good spot for Galapagos sharks, Hammerheads and Silky sharks. There is often a big school of Red snappers present. The direction of the surface current here is frequently opposite to the current at depth. Mostly a short but intense dive. Depth range is from 20 to 35 meters (66 to 116 feet).

 

Scuba

Rock in the South and best spot to encounter the rare Red Lipped Batfish at 40 meters (133 feet). Often plenty of Amberjack activity on the southern tip. Various cleaner stations. Exposed to surge and Southern winds. Depth range is from 5 to 40 meters (17 to 133 feet).

 

La Pared del Naufrago

Wall in the North of Malpelo near the Inula mooring. Often a great drift dive with the currents always parallel to the wall. Best place to encounter Whalesharks. Thousands of friendly Grunts in shallow water. Depth range is from 5 to 30 meters (17 to 100 feet).

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