World Heritage calendar August image: Malpelo Fauna and Flora Sanctuary (Colombia)

Malpelo Fauna and Flora Sanctuary


This vast marine park is the largest no-fishing zone in the Eastern Tropical Pacific. This critical habitat for internationally threatened marine species boasts extensive marine biodiversity. Located some 506 km off the coast of Colombia, the site includes Malpelo island and the surrounding marine environment of 857,150 ha. The steep marine walls and caves of outstanding natural beauty make Malpelo one of the top diving destinations in the world. The deep waters support important populations of large predators and pelagic species. Aggregations of over 200 hammerhead sharks and over 1,000 silky sharks, whale sharks and tuna have been recorded.