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Concha de Perla

Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

This is a place near the port where you can snorkel for free! We went once at medium tide and once at low tide And found the low tide quite difficult to swim around in. We were lucky enough to snorkel with sea lions and spot penguins on the rocks. Be careful of the currents if you head too near... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We snorkeled Concha de Perla as our second snorkeling trip in the Galapagos. We thought it was amazing and my favorite part was snorkeling with the penguins and sea lions. The sea lions played with us and swam all around us. I was grinning ear to ear when I got out of the water. If you go to Isabela, don't... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We went snorkeling at Concha y Perla. This is a free cove, right near the port. I didn't see much as I cut my foot pretty badly when I got swept out to sea. the bubble rope that denoted danger had gotten free from its anchor and was invisible. I got dragged out to sea on an extremely strong current,... More

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Moscow, Russia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

perfect for swimming, cause there weren't big waves. But we didn't see so much sea animals as it was promised.

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

This is the best snorkeling you can do. I had penguins pass right by in the water. Very cool location and you can go there for FREE

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

Only go at mid to low tide. Located beside the harbor with sea lions, penguins, lots of fish and marine iguanas. Cost is $2 standard taxi ride each way. Best deal on the island......next to the Los Tuneles day tour. I would have paid double for that trip!

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cairns
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

Delightful little lagoon bounded by rocks and mangroves. About 10 min down a shaded boardwalk. Might need to step around a few marine iguanas along the way. Jump in or use the ladder. Dangerous currents at high tide. Nearest banos across the main road to pier aren't well maintained - BYO paper & sanitiser.

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Anchorage, Alaska
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

We couldn't even get to it, water was pretty rough, ride was unusually high, area was flooded and the local who was fishing on the boardwalk recommended to go somewhere else. It's convenient as no water taxi is needed, it's a right turn as you get off the municipal dock on the island.

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Quito, Ecuador
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

Liked: fabulous place for snorkelling and having a great swim. We got to see and swim together with sea lions, turtles, iguanas and puffer fish and many other beautiful fishes. Disliked: the lack of information in the area. They could improve this.

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Bloomington, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

We stopped here to snorkel. It is free. Water cloudy. Limited sea life. Turtles sometimes. Lots of locals. Best part underwater was seeing the many mangroves and how they grow roots in water. The dock is cool, with multiple sea lions lounging two feet from you, and iguanas all over the place. Stay on island long enough to include in... More

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