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Experiences at Exploramar Diving®

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Explore with us the natural wonders of Ecuador and Galapagos.

The Machalilla National Park and the Ecuadorian coast are rich in marine wildlife an ecosystems to explore responsibly. We have an array of experiences designed to showcase the nature and provide amazing experiences you won’t ever forget

 

Machalilla National Park

Galapagos Islands

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Machalilla

National

Park

 
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Galapagos

Islands

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Scuba Diving Day

Day trip dives in the Machalilla National Park coast
or at Isla de La Plata.

We make 2 dives per day. The depths and bottom time are planned and established within the PADI Recreational Dive Planner table limits, and depend on the experience of the divers. Usually, the dive depths vary between 15 and 30 meters (40 to 100 Ft). In order to dive at Isla de La Plata a minimum group of 4 divers is required due to the distance.

What is Included?

  • Dive boat

  • Dive crew

  • On board snacks

  • Diving Equipment rental

  • 2 Open Water Dives

  • PADI Instructor or PADI Divemaster as a guide.​

Isla De La Plata Daily Trip

Exploring a land marine treasure in the Ecuadorian coast.

The group gathers at Exploramar Diving office in Puerto Lopez, after boarding our private boat we head to Isla de La Plata (between June to September you can have a humpback whale watching experience). Hike at Isla de La Plata along our english speaking naturalist guide after that, enjoy a Box lunch and get ready to discover the coral reefs through a snorkel dive.

What is Included?

  • Private Boat Trip

  • Boat crew

  • 2 Naturalist guides

  • Box lunch

  • Snorkel equipment

  • Puerto Lopez Pier usage Tax

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Whale watching daily tour
(Available from June through September)

Witness an amazing show provided by nature itself.

When considering all the activities in Ecuador, whale watching will not only be an unforgettable experience but an educational one as well; it also ranks as one of the top activities in the country for both locals and tourists.

 

Humpback whales leave their home in the arctic and come to the Machalilla National Park looking for warmer waters to spend the winter and to breed their calves, they usually move in small groups of about ten individuals and rely on sound to communicate.

During the daily tours you'll witness this forty ton, fifteen meter long creatures while they dance and mate to the rhythm of their own songs.

Program

  • Group reunion at Exploramar Diving office in Puerto Lopez

  • Half Day tourr to whale watching (between June to September)

  • Box lunch

  • Snorkeling

What is included?

  • Private Whale Watching Boat

  • Naturalist guide

  • Box lunch

  • Snorkeling equipment

  • Puerto Lopez Pier use Tax

Machalilla National Park Daily Tour

Explore the richness and beauty of the Ecuadorian rainforest.

The Machalilla National Park is rich with land and marine life, along with history and culture, which makes it a complete and fun destination on its own.

Program

  • Group reunion at Exploramar Diving office in Puerto Lopez

  • Morning visit to the Agua Blanca community (museum and archeological site with naturalist guide) in private land transfer

  • Visit to Los Frailes Beach trek

  • Box Lunch

  • Rest at the beach

  • At 4PM private land transfer back to Puerto Lopez

What is Included?

  • Private Land Transfer

  • Naturalist Guide

  • Treks in Agua Blanca and Los Frailes Beach

  • Lunch

  • Water and Sodas during the Treks.

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Snorkeling Safari

Day trip dives in the Machalilla National Park coast
or at Isla de La Plata.

Have you ever fancied exploring the underwater world but just never got around to it because you either don’t know where to go, don’t have any equipment or because life has just simply got in the way? Explore the amazing world that exists underwater, just a short boat ride away with our snorkel safaris along an experienced snorkel guide.

 

Our beautiful Shelly Beaches, abundant with marine life, are protected from the ocean swell by a reef. This means conditions are almost always calm with good visibility. it is an excellent site for divers and snorkelers alike.

 

The Machalilla National Park seaside is home to a huge array of underwater species including the largest population of manta rays in the world, whose migration pattern brings them to the park between June and September.

What is included?

  • Dive boat

  • Dive crew

  • Box lunch

  • Snorkel equipment

  • Puerto Lopez Pier usage Tax

  • PADI Instructor or PADI Divemaster as a guide.​

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Galapagos Tour

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Boat trips to Galapos Islands.

Dive guides with over 5.000 dives in the Islands, English, French, German and Spanish spoken. Not all the sites are for the same level of experience. More than 44 outstanding dive sites. There are sites for beginners, intermediates and experts. We consider beginners at 5 to 30 dives logged, intermediates 30 to 100 and experienced more than 100.

Although we do dive with beginners, we generally recommend an intermediate level of diving skills and experience for Galápagos. The minimum age to be a diver here is 12 years old.

 

The dive sites could be changed or cancelled depending on the weather or sea conditions (Currents, the wind, visibility, temperature, surge and other variables).  Our dive limit is 30 meters or 100 feet and no one can dive alone. Currents are unpredictable and may be negligible or up to 3 knots.

There are two seasons:

  • From January to June, is the hot season. Rains are most common early mornings in January. Water temp. 22 - 28C (70 - 85F) Air temp. 25º - 30ºC (78º - 88ºF) Strong sun and calm seas. Hottest month is March.

  • From July to December there may be misty rains, water temp 16 - 22C (60 - 70F) Air temp. 20 - 26C (68 - 78F) Occasional clouds or overcast, light rains, and light chop at sea. The coldest month is September. There are no storms in Galapagos.

We are more flexible than other options in Galápagos. We can supply daily dive tours for the number of days that you want or live aboard cruise tours including visits to the onshore island visitor sites, or even just land tours.