Our goal is to give you an exciting adventure you will never forget. We want to make sure you really enjoy the incredible humpback whale watching and amazing marine life sightings off the coast of Puerto Lopez.
La Isla de La Plata is also known as small Galápagos because it has the same ecosystem and animals living on the Island. In pre-Columbian times the sun and the sea was a ceremonial center of worship for the Incas. Later, the Plata Island was visited by buccaneers and pirates. Finally it belonged to one of the most famous families in Ecuador to be part of the Machalilla National Park, Isla la Plata is the second protected area of Ecuador.
From June until October humpback whales travel more than 7,000 km from Antarctica to the shores of Machalilla National Park in Ecuador. La Isla de La Plata is considered a breeding area for different species of whales and dolphins. It is also a place where they unite together. Only in these few month you can enjoy acrobatic shows from these wonderful animals.
Meet with us in Palo Santo Travel Agency
09:15 Departure from the agency to the dock to board the boat. Meet your guide at Palo Santo Office. Our office is in the north Malecon (Malecon and Abdon Calderon), beside Itapoa Hotel, in front of the navy office.
10:50 Arrival at Isla de la Plata and we can see marine turtles marine. We have snack.
11:20 Hike for observing marine birds and landscapes of the Plata island.
14:15 Box Lunch (fruits and sandwichs)
14:40 Snorkeling for observation of many fish species and the coral reef in La Plata Island.
15:30 Whale watching in the marine are of Machalilla National Park
17:20 Arrive to Puerto López.
IS IT SAFE?
Yes, it is safe. Our boat is also equipped with life-jackets for every single person on board, and all our crew members have been trained and certified to assure your safety and the safety of the animals.
We have three tour boats from 31 to 41 feet in length with two outboards engines, GPS, radio, confortable seats, safe jackets, bathroom and everything necessary for you to be comfortable on the trip. Although, the boats have a capacity of 30 passengers, in obedience to the regulations of Machalilla National Park, we travel every day with 16 passengers. Our main research boat seats up to 16 passengers each one.
School groups: Please ask us about our special rates for school groups.
Families, single, couple of all age with love for the nature, adventure and the life. If there's part of your group or family who can not walk can take the time to walk using more time for snorkel or enjoy the beaches of the island of La Plata.
Guide (English, Spanish), boat equipped with a security system, life jackets, snorkeling equipment, free drink and lunch box, whale watching, bird watching, sea turtles and reef coral and tropical fish.
Transport to and from the Island (from Palo Santo office, Puerto Lopez) - Whale watching, bird and sea turtle sighting - Snack (cake + fruit + soda), lunch box and a bottle of water to take with you to the Island while trekking - Naturalist guide - 30 - 50 minutes of snorkelling (we provide you with full snorkel gear).
WHAT´S NOT INCLUDED
Payment of municipal taxes (1 USD), special drinks, tips.
IS IT SAFE?
Humpback whales are not aggressive, and even though sometimes they might get close to the vessel (since they are curious animals), they will not hurt us in any way. Our boat is also equipped with life-jackets for every single person on board, and all our crew members have been trained and certified to assure your safety and the safety of the animals.
WHAT TO BRING
Bring comfortable beach clothes, Windbreaker jacket, sunscreen, swimsuit, towel and hiking shoes.
12 USD - CD with photos and home videos of your tour. Also we included photos about humpback whales, Puerto López and Isla de La Plata with the marine bird, turtles and reef corals. The best gift for yourself.