Isla Espiritu Santo

Isla Espiritu Santo, La Paz: Address, Phone Number, Isla Espiritu Santo Reviews: 5/5

Isla Espiritu Santo
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Witness the beauty of ocean wildlife: this small island teems with dolphins, sea lions and all kinds of fish.
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avertie
Houston, Texas148 contributions
Dec 2021
We went swimming with the sea lions at the rookery. It was the coolest marine animal experience I've ever had, and I've swum with whale sharks, manatees, sea turtles, dolphins and sharks.
Written January 18, 2022
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Angelina E
2 contributions
Nov 2021
Just went on a Sea Lion Tour with New Baja Mex tours. (You can find them at the artisan mercado just before the marina) It was a 6-7 hour tour to visit Espiritu Santo Island and snorkel with the sea lions for 1300 pesos plus tip (~ 400 more that I offered to the guide and captain) The guide Paola was great and a marine biologist so she was quite knowledgeable. She was perfectly bilingual English/Spanish. They provide the equipment (not a wetsuit) and the cerviche lunch. I advise bringing a snack because you don't eat until 2pm. We paused at the bird sanctuary and a beach to have lunch and a quick stop for a photo at Balandra beach. We got to snorkel with the sea lion pups who are really playful in the water. There are a lot of tours who go on this and so it's a bit overwhelming with all the snorkelers in the water. The daddy sea lion gets nervous with all the humans around. We were in the water for about 30 minutes. That was plenty for me because I started to get a little cold. I would have preferred if there were less people around and we could just leisurely snorkel. You have to stay very close to your guide. For newbies to snorkeling, I suggest practicing beforehand or watching a Youtube video. The prices for this tour ranges from 1000-2300. Our boat had a very simple bathroom, but I suggest going to the bathroom right before you get on the boat. Bring a long-sleeved shirt and a windbreaker because it is chilly on the way back. It's a must-do in La Paz and worth it.
Written November 20, 2021
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Steve D
Concord CA79 contributions
Nov 2021
It would just be ok I think without the pups. But the pups are crazy amazing! All of the La Paz trips are far a way, but worth it.
Written November 18, 2021
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josecarlosdelimajr
Queretaro City, Mexico38 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
Perfect place to visit… wild and virgin… worth every second… try tô choose a good guide so he can explain all the history about the island
Written July 23, 2021
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Wendy D
Phoenix, AZ153 contributions
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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Lynn B S
Sparks, NV53 contributions
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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titouerics
San Francisco, CA15 contributions
Apr 2021
7days Kayaking around the Island: camping on secluded beach with amazing sunset, small hikes inside the Island and beautiful snorkeling ...
Written April 26, 2021
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Suzij
7 contributions
Apr 2021
You will not be disappointed in this adventure! We took a private tour with Tuna Tuna! Swam with sea lions, saw flying rays and so many turtles! Beaches are gorgeous!!! Highlight of our family trip to La Paz!
Written April 14, 2021
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Joseluis D
48 contributions
Jan 2021
An excellent experience. Everything is spectacular, the island, the tours, swimming with the sea lions, a must do while in la paz.
Written January 7, 2021
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Nicole
Barcelona, Spain3 contributions
Jan 2021
We visited the island with Espiritu Tours. Highly recommend them, Fabian was an incredible guide. He is extremely knowledgeable and kind.

We swam with the sea lions and it is an experience I will remember for the rest of my life. The island has a few small beaches around it that are breathtaking due to the untouched nature of them.

I’d love to come back on a diving trip.
Written January 6, 2021
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