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Concha de Perla

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Address: Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
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$200*
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Full-Day Isabela Island Tour
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$248*
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Full-Day Tour Isabela and Tintoreras

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Pleasant wooden walkway leads you to this platform by the water (no beach). There are wooden hooks to hang bags from and benches to sit on. The water is clear with a slight... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Pleasant wooden walkway leads you to this platform by the water (no beach). There are wooden hooks to hang bags from and benches to sit on. The water is clear with a slight current. We saw fish and a ray; apparently the sea lions are often in the water too, but on our visit they were just lazing on the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely place. You could spend hours snorkeling here and the dock is ideal for getting in and out. Water temperature is quite cool so a wetsuit is a good idea. You can sea lions, rays and turtles if you stick around long enough - it's right across the rocks from where they charge 40+ dollars to take you on a... More 

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Kukutyim
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

You will see sea lions and iguanas, on the way. In the water, there is not much to see, however. We saw only one stonefish. But from the other side, from the pier on the left if you walk into the water, especially by low tide, you can see penguins and sea lions very near, coming towards you, wanting to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great place to visit when the tide is low. Later in the afternoon, you will find sealions playing in the water and interacting with tourists.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are looking for a quick spot to snorkel with your own snorkel gear, I highly recommend this place. I would not do it with a tour, as its small and you can easily do it on your own. While we did not get to snorkel with sea lions, we certainly saw them all over the dock and swimming... More 

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Cork, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This swimming area is about a 10-15 minute walk from the town, and is located near the main dock. It's good for swimming and snorkeling. There is a boardwalk ending on a balconied platform with wooded steps down to the water. The area is very popular with the local people and can be really busy. I saw small sharks, turtles... More 

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Buckingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a good walk but worth it. You walk through some interesting scenery and can expect to see geckos and other fauna en route.

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Montevideo, Uruguay
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The short track to Concha de Perla starts beside the dock (which is a kilometer or so from the town). The area is a more or less enclosed lagoon with the tide flowing in over shallow rocks on one side. Sea lions make themselves at home on the seats on the little jetty but they are quite happy to share,... More 

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Thank Lionel E
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent and accessible snorkeling hole. Can be very popular not only with tourists but also with sea lions. Spend an hour or so and you may have the opportunity to swim with turtles, sea lions and penguins.

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Orem, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

You can rent masks and snorkels for about $3 at several places in town, then grab a taxi for $1 to get out to this area. It's right off the docks where you land from the shuttle. It's a short walk among mangrove trees to a dock where you can enter the water (no beach). The water is clear and... More 

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