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Isla de la Plata

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Machalilla National Park, Ecuador
+593 99 731 9691
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US$156.25*
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Day Trip to Puerto Lopez and Isla de la Plata from Guayaquil
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Located only 17 miles off the coast of Ecuador, this island is encircled by many reefs that make it a popular destination for scuba divers and snorkelers.
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good28%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“sea turtles” (17 reviews)
“sandwiches” (14 reviews)
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Machalilla National Park, Ecuador
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+593 99 731 9691
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"blue footed boobies"
in 65 reviews
"sea turtles"
in 17 reviews
"sandwiches"
in 14 reviews
"whale watching"
in 12 reviews
"day trip"
in 21 reviews
"puerto lopez"
in 43 reviews
"pineapple"
in 7 reviews
"worth the trip"
in 7 reviews
"see whales"
in 8 reviews
"hiking shoes"
in 5 reviews
"whale season"
in 5 reviews
"light lunch"
in 4 reviews
"scuba diving"
in 4 reviews
"wet landing"
in 3 reviews
"tropic birds"
in 3 reviews
"tour cost"
in 3 reviews
"the cliff"
in 4 reviews
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Reviewed 16 April 2018

The island itself has a very interesting history and for bird lovers it certainly is a must. As for myself, I found the hike across the island entertaining but nothing too special - unless you get to see some whales on your way there, which...More

Thank Chris T
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Reviewed 8 April 2018 via mobile

We paid $35 each to do this, which I would say is worth it as the boat journey is about an hour and the guide walks you round and tells you about the National Park. Our guide was knowledgable and we saw the blue footed...More

Thank Sarah M
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Reviewed 9 February 2018

This island is called the poor man's Galapagos, and is certainly worth the trip. The average cost for a day trip is $35-$40. The boatride from Puerto Lopez is an hour each way. There are 3 different trails to take around the island, but beware,...More

1  Thank LynneLeBlanc L
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Reviewed 26 January 2018

We booked a trip through our hotel and had a great walking tour. Fresh turtle tracks on the beach where we landed, plenty of great birds, incredible fish and turtles around the boat while we waited to land. Bring your good hiking shoes and don't...More

Thank OneSailor
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Reviewed 3 November 2017

We did the long guided walking tour of the island. Our ship was anchored off the coast a bit as only government boats are allowed near the island. There is a small structure with restrooms and room to rest right on the beach where you...More

1  Thank Bwindfw
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Reviewed 22 August 2017 via mobile

My girlfriend and I had a great tour with Explorama Diving for 40$ including boattrip to the island (which was speedy and crazy due to waves), trekking with a guide, whale watching on the way there, snorkeling with gear, lunch and snacks (homemade banana cake!)....More

2  Thank Jesper L
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Reviewed 25 February 2017 via mobile

Although it takes a while to get there with a boat, it is an amazing place to do scuba diving, lots of nice fishes and deep points , even snorkeling is worth the trip !

1  Thank Juan C
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Reviewed 11 January 2017

La Isla de la Plata is a protected natural area which is part of the Machalilla National Park. The island is reachable within two hours by boat from Puerto Lopez. It is called the poor man's Galapagos because of it's similar tropical dry vegetation but...More

3  Thank Alex D
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Reviewed 9 January 2017

If you are travelling around the coast of Ecuador, DO NOT miss Isla de La Plata, you should spare a day to get there and after 1h45 mins of sailing you will be at one of the most beautiful places to spot rare species such...More

4  Thank HZambonino
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Reviewed 6 January 2017

We booked a day tip through Rosita Tours located opposite the pier. Cost was $35, at this time of year (January) there are no whales to observe. There were 14 people on the trip. The crossing to Isla de la Plata takes around one hour...More

9  Thank T-SGlobetrotters
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LeinoG
11 February 2018|
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Response from Alanna P |
We went with Advenuros La Plata... Wonderful. Great safety measures. Good guide . 35 per person. We tipped him $30 !
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jeans138
6 October 2017|
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You can book in advance but I think you will likely get a better deal by waiting until you reach Puerto Lopez and dealing directly with the locals. There are numerous small businesses operating in the village and they are... More
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