Join a team of marine scientists on an exciting expedition off the coast of Puerto López and Machalilla National Park to track and study one of the most fascinating creatures on earth: the humpback whale. 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.
Marine biologists, ecologists and naturalists will guide your adventure with outstanding commentary about local environment and sharing real-time insight into whales’ ecology and behavior while collecting scientific data for on going research and conservation projects.
During our encounters we may observe whales spouting while cruising along, or powerfully breaching and tail slapping while playing or fighting. It is breeding season in the Mexican Pacific so there is a lot going on! If lucky enough, we may find females nursing their calves, or maybe listen to the intriguing songs performed by males as part of their courtship ritual.
By taking part on this tour you are contributing directly to marine research and monitoring activities led by Pacific Whale Foundation (PWF) and its partners for the conservation of whales and dolphins in marine area of Machalilla National Park and Cantagallo Marine Reserve.
8 HOURS, it would take more or less, because we don’t know about the behaviour of the animals. We are in the wild nature.
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 Expedition begins. Navigate offshore in search for humpback whales and other marine life around La Plata Island. Approximate travel time to whale aggregation areas and search may take 30 min. or more. Time following and documenting whale pods is approximately 2.0 hrs. In groups: Please ask us about our special schedule for groups (more than 10 passangers).
14:15 Box Lunch (fruits and sandwichs)
14:40 Snorkeling for observation of many fish species and the coral reef in La Plata Island.
15:20 Whale Watching Time
16:00 Return to Puerto López
17:00 Back at Marina (Puerto López pier)
RECOMMENDED FOR :
Photographers, naturalists, teachers, nature lovers, adventurers, couples and families who want to enjoy more time with whales.
Seasickness: If you had suffer from motion or sea sickness in the past, please take your precautions.
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. Free whale workshop in Pacific Whale Foundation.
To ensure maximum performance during observation and research, this tour is conducted on open fiberglass boats equipped with outboard engines and without extra facilites on board. Our boats carry a portable wc. There are restrooms at the marina (Puerto Lopez pier) and you will have a chance to use them before coming aboard.
Guide (English, Spanish), boat equipped with a security system, life jackets, snorkeling equipment, free drink and lunch box, bird watching, sea turtles and reef fish.
Transport to and from the Island (from Palo Santo office, Puerto Lopez) , bird and sea turtle sighting - Box lunch (sandwich + fruit + soda), bottle of water to take with you to the Island while trekking - Naturalist guide - 30 minutes of snorkelling (we provide you with full snorkel gear)
WHAT´S NOT INCLUDED?
Payment of municipal taxes (1 USD), special drinks, tips.
WHAT TO BRING?
Camera, Hat, Light jacket, Sunglasses, Sunscreen, Towel, Camera.
Cash to buy cool souvenirs in our Palo Santo Office (it´s hip to tip!) or you could buy in our online store.
12 USD - CD with photos and home videos of your tour. Also we included photos about Puerto López and Isla de La Plata with the marine bird, turtles and reef corals. The best gift for yourself.
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