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Isla de la Plata

Machalilla National Park, Ecuador
+593 99 731 9691
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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%
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Machalilla National Park, Ecuador
+593 99 731 9691

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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 JuanCarlosZR
Reviewed 10 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

1  Thank Alex D
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

3  Thank HZambonino
Reviewed 5 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

5  Thank T-SGlobetrotters
Reviewed 8 December 2016

The Isla de la Plata is located 50 km from the coast of Puerto López, province of Manabí, Ecuador. It is one of the greatest attractions of the Machalilla National Park. Its fame goes back many years, and its main characteristic is the diversity of...More

1  Thank joyceburgos
Reviewed 19 November 2016

This is known as the poor man's Galapagos. I can see why as you can see a number of the things that you can see on the Galapagos. Having been to both, Isla de la Planta is worth going to, it is a lovely opportunity...More

1  Thank Mike C
Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

We took this tour not exactly knowing what to expect. I hr boat ride from Puerto Lopez. Can get a bit choppy so FYI if prone to sea sickness. Decent size boat and very safe. 3 different hikes offered on the island. Our group opted...More

2  Thank clpayne
Reviewed 22 October 2016

The boat ride was slightly uncomfortable but worth it as we got to see different groups of humpback wales. It was spectacular beyond belief and a real humbling moment in life. The Island was lovely but don't expect to see much wildlife. We saw turtles...More

1  Thank SharonGTr
Reviewed 5 October 2016

Don't waste your money by advance booking! We got tickets in Puerto Lopez the night before for $40 each. Tour includes Whale watching in season June through September. We saw lots of them in late September. Many males breaching in displays to court females. The...More

3  Thank eaglecadd
Reviewed 16 September 2016

I highly recommend to visit. In september, it wasnt hot at all and we saw lots of whales, bluefoot bobbies, fragatas and other animals/plants pointed out by our guide. I had a great experience with company Aventuras La Plata - as mentioned before, their boats...More

2  Thank petrahol
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How can I contact Rosita Tours to book trip to Isla de la Plata?
7 February 2017|
Response from Julie C | Reviewed this property |
I wish that I could give you a phone number, but I don't have one and couldn't find our receipt. If you are local - or close - they are physically located almost directly across the street from the main pier. I did find... More
How much did this trip cost?
4 August 2016|
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Response from EcuadorTraveller | Reviewed this property |
It's $45 normally, or $50 with the Whales added, which is a pretty good deal! You can book in pto Lopez itself or any other tour agency in the region, I like Montanitours since they include transport from Olón/Montañita in... More
Is it feasible to do a boat trip and visit the island with small children? (Ages 4 and 20 months)
17 September 2015|
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Response from limeyl8e | Reviewed this property |
Personally, I would not take small chlldren there as it is incredibly hot with very little shade and you would probably have to carry them for much of the way. For older kids, who are adventurous and enjoy hiking, it would... More