Isla Espiritu Santo
Isla Espiritu Santo
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Marvel at wildlife and nature at their best at Isla Espiritu Santo, a UNESCO World Heritage biodiversity hotspot. Seize the chance to swim with sea lions, sea turtles and dolphins, see over 100 bird species, and catch sight of whale sharks. You can also go hiking, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, and sport fishing. For a relaxing day out, chill by the pristine beaches, and catch a glorious sunset. If you can’t get enough, spend the night glamping on the island. Join a snorkeling day tour inclusive of hotel pickup, or get here via a luxury yacht cruise. – Tripadvisor
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Wendy D
Phoenix, AZ157 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
I regret booking my Espiritu Island tour with Dany Tours. We spoke to a man at a booth off the malecón by the whale shark statue. We signed up for an Espiritu Island tour that was supposed to include snorkeling at three different locations. We were told that with the three snorkeling locations we would not go see the sea lions at Los Islotes, but we were OK with that since we would not be able to snorkel with them anyway because it was mating season. The next day (day of the tour) he texts us and asks us to come early. We did arrive early, but I am not sure why since we ended up sitting around for almost an hour and did not leave early.

The tour itself was a big disappointment. I was looking forward to some good snorkeling and our first (and only) snorkeling spot was not very impressive. There were a few fish but nothing amazing. I thought we still had two snorkeling spots left so was surprised when we left Espiritu Island and headed to a beach for lunch.

After lunch and sitting around at that beach for a while we headed back to La Paz. We did stop at a rock covered with bird poo and we were told that we could go snorkeling there, but it smelled strongly of bird poo and did not look like a snorkeling spot (there were no other boats with people snorkeling there). I suspected that the poo-covered rock was in fact not a snorkeling spot and they only offered us the opportunity to snorkel there so they could say they gave us the opportunity, knowing that nobody would want to snorkel in the potentially toxic water.

After that we headed to La Paz. It was quite upsetting; instead of snorkeling at three locations we only got to snorkel at one very mediocre location. Not only did we not get the snorkeling we were promised, but we also saw very little of Espiritu Island (I do not think we made it even halfway up the island). We thought we were giving up seeing the sea lions and Los Islotes in exchange for more snorkeling, but in fact gave up seeing the sea lions and Los Islotes for absolutely nothing. Very disappointing.
Written July 12, 2021
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Andy H
6 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Went on the Espiritu Santos your. On the group snorkelling activity I did not feel safe. I was the slowest swimmer because of no experience with flippers. I soon fell a long way back from the group. It was scary because there were male sea lions on the rocks and we had been strongly warned not to swim away from the group. I felt isolated and unsafe. The swim guide, Antonio, seemed only interested in the faster swimmers. It would have been very easy for Antonio to fall back and support me but he did not do this until the very end, by then I was anxious. I had planned our visit to Mexico to include Espiritu snorkelling and I am hugely disappointed and angry. The tour company will now review it's safety protocol, but I still question why Antonio did not come back to me when so easy to do so. He initially argued when I spoke to him in the water towards the end. Avoid this company for snorkelling unless you are a very strong swimmer.
Written February 14, 2020
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Lynn B S
Sparks, NV63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
Tailhunter Fishing and Guide service booked a skin diving trip for me to go to Isla Espiritu Santo. Despite the water being rough, we were able to circle most of hte island and see blue footed boobies, sea lions with pups, frigate birds, etc. The skin diving was over pristine, live coral. There were so many tropical fish! What a treat!
Written June 23, 2021
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erykah36
Ucluelet, Canada7 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Couples
Booked with Delfine tours through Mario. Tried to scam us of our deposit. We gave him 400pesos and thought we would get it back. When we were ready to board the boat he kept saying we would get it and we finally got angry and told other operators. He managed to give us back 300pesos meanwhile he had a pocket full of money. He tells you he is cheaper prices which he is but in the long run it will ruin your day as you will be begging for your $ back and wished you would have booked through a more profesional company. BEWARE OF MARIO!!
Written November 23, 2022
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Susan B
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We had a terrific trip with BOA, circumnavigating the island and camping on pristine beaches. We explored by hiking, snorkeling, birding, swimming, and sitting on the beach enjoying the evening. The excellent technical skills of the guides, paired with their enthusiasm and kindness, was exceptional. Guides successfully made sure all levels of paddlers could be accommodated. Their efficiency and superb cooking skills resulted in delicious healthy meals always served with a smile.
Written January 18, 2024
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thetravelinkind
New Braunfels, TX1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
This was one of the most amazing days of my life. fantastic boat ride, snorkeling, lunch on a remote beach. Incredible marine life all around you including sea lions. All of the tour operators out of Playa el Tecolote know the area well and will give you an authentic day in the life of this wonderful body of water!
Written February 21, 2023
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yosif2018
Washington DC, DC64 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
Espiritu Santo, Isla Partida, and Los Islotes are not to be missed. It is as if someone flooded Monument Valley in the States with an ocean teeming with wildlife. We chartered a catamaran from DYC at Costa Baja Marina and spent five days and four nights in the ensenadas of these islands. We did the seal tour at Los Islotes with Dive in La Paz. Great guide: Cesar. The seals come right up to you.
The sunsets and snorkeling in the coves are amazing. We all had wet suits with neoprene socks/boots, and were able to stay in the water for hours with the sun shining to warm our backs. If you like the ocean and snorkeling and stark natural beauty, do not miss this place.
Written February 16, 2020
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Shannon G
Aurora, NE38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Isla Espiritu Santo is an island inhabited by Sea Lions. My sister and I signed up for the tour that swims with the Sea Lions that live there. We took a smaller boat out with Choya Tours and had a wonderful time. It’s a 6 hour tour that gives you a chance to snorkel with the sea lions, have lunch on a beautiful beach and learn a little history along the way. Before we left on the boat you have the option to rent a wet suit which I would advice since the water is chilly. When we reached the island the sea lions were everywhere on the rocks and in the water. We were only to touch the babies. My sister had a baby come and put its head on her shoulder, I had a female swim across my back and a baby that wanted me to play tag. It was a wonderful experience and would recommend.
Written February 28, 2020
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Norval B
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Couples
A terrific half day adventure. The whales are in shallow water so sightings are often (early march) the guides are fantastic check if the water is murky before you book. Ours was murky and the whales suddenly extremely close to is a bit startling and we didn’t want that close of an encounter.
Definitely Cantamar tours they are the best!
Written March 3, 2022
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Jose V
Calgary, Canada13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We were in La Paz and from there we took a local small boat to go to Isla Espiritu Santo. The boats are well equipped, well organized, affordable and with an experienced captain and friendly guide. It takes about one hour to get to the island. The remarkable things were; the views of the island from the boat, the fantastic snorkeling with the seals and the beach were we had lunch provided by the captain. The beaches at the island are just like a dream :).
Written April 17, 2020
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