Playa las Bachas
Playa las Bachas
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Roblyn
Maryland695 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
My family and I rode our hotel bikes to this hidden, lovely beach. The only way to the beach is a walk along a long path. However, it’s worth it. You pay a small entry fee, after leaving our bikes at the entrance. We went to explore and was amazed of a large empty and open beach area. Then we walked further and found many folks in a smaller cozy beach area. Waters and sea animals are so pretty to see. What a great beach!
Written February 12, 2020
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Dr Stephen
Ashbourne, UK2,878 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Couples
We visited Las Bachas beach in March 2018. The beach is named after the US WW2-era barges washed up there (only one remains).

This is a great place to see wildlife - diving sea birds galore, and behind the sand dunes, flamingoes in a lake.

The sand is soft and (uncharacteristically) white. We loved it here and recommend to you.

Please give me a "Helpful" vote if I helped you - thank you :-)
Written March 5, 2018
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D C
Houston, TX476 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Friends
LOCATION & WHAT TO SEE & DO:
Playa Las Bachas is located just west of Black Turtle Cove and is a major nesting site for green sea turtles (c. mydas), which are actually so-named nor for the color of their shells but rather for the color of their fat; we know this from when people used to eat them =(. Flamingos are often found in the lake behind the first beach (approach with caution as they can get frightened away, unlike many other animals in the Galapagos). Here, you can also see lots of juvenile (darker in color, so they are harder to see while their shells are not as hard) and adult Sally Lightfoot Crabs, pelicans, and marine iguanas.

Snorkeling here you will see many kinds of fish and possibly sting rays and sea lions.

HOW TO GET THERE:
Playa Las Bachas can be reached by multi-day and one-day cruises or on your own if you're staying in Puerto Ayora, from which you could arrange your own ground transportation to the beach. If you go on your own, bring snorkel gear and water / snacks as there's nothing around.

WHAT'S WITH THE NAME?:
During WWII, the US negotiated with Ecuador to build an air force base on Baltra in exchange for giving the base to the government after the war. At the conclusion of the war, the US did indeed hand the base over, but nothing more than that; they took what they needed and scuttled some barges filled with materials that weren't worth shipping elsewhere but they didn't want the Ecuadorian government to have. Locals started referring to the beach by some of the remains of the barges that washed up here, but they couldn't quite pronounce "barges," so it became "bachas."
Written January 24, 2016
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tracyrocks
Brooklyn, NY2,196 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Couples
Came here in October 2017 as part of Guiding Galapagos tour. Our naturalist guide showed us the remains of the barges and explained that this beach was used by the US during WW2 to protect against Japanese attacks. We saw marine iguanas, flamingoes, blue footed boobies, herons, black necked stilts. We snorkeled here also, but unfortunately that day was very cloudy. However while I was swimming, a turtle was literally right next to me!
Written January 6, 2018
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Pecan10
Battle Creek, Michigan233 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015
We spent a couple hours on this beach. The pelicans were in abundance. We were able to get right next to them and observe them. If you got too close they just move a little bit away and if you annoyed them too much they left. But we observed a couple of them for quite awhile. We viewed many Sally light foot crabs of all sizes and colors. We saw marine iguana on land and swimming. We saw flamingos. This is a good place to snorkel. If you walk around to there is a more protected beach where there is rusted machinery from WW2. We also herron here. There are no facilities on this beach. Wear waterproof shoes to protect your feet from the sharp lava rock. Bring sunscreen and water!
Written August 23, 2015
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Malcolm
Jerusalem, Israel1,257 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Couples
Don`t miss it too as it is one of the places you must see when you are in the Galapagos islands which means any time you have there is not enough.Lovely place for ll you can see.
Written March 1, 2018
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Smileycat16
Carshalton, United Kingdom543 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Couples
Bachas was our first experience of the Galapagos, and we saw American oyster catcher birds, flamingos in a freshwater lagoon (though only three flamingos quite far away, and to be honest flamingos weren’t what we came here to see!) – then our first marine iguanas, followed by some vivid red crabs.

We then went snorkelling off the beach. I’d never been snorkelling before so had gone along to a local scuba group for a lesson in a swimming pool. I was glad I did, or I would have been very disconcerted by how to breathe through the mask as it felt totally unnatural to me to be breathing underwater. It was good that we were snorkelling off a beach as it meant I could walk in the water to a depth I was comfortable and get used to it – I only saw a few small fish and my husband saw a bit more, but this isn’t somewhere you’d expect to see amazing sea life like around some of the other islands. But I was really glad we did this one first as it was the only time we snorkelled from the beach – every other time, we plunged into deep water off the side of the boat (though that was also OK even to a beginner like me). I enjoyed it so much I was quite disappointed when it was time to stop!
Written February 7, 2017
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a1963corvette
Winston Salem, NC389 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015
One of the most beautiful places in the Galapagos. This beach has it all - sea lions, birds, crabs, iguanas, and the softest white sand ever.
Written August 19, 2015
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jmichel01
Myrtle Beach, SC422 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
One of the places where you can see and hear a lot of birds, watch the sea lions, snorkel along the rocks, sit and enjoy the beach or go swimming where the beach warmed water doesn't require a wet suit. The bird sounds are incredible...like Jurrasic park!
Written May 18, 2022
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AnnElizabeth97123
Wichita, KS1,083 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Family
You can see flamingos and many other birds. Nice swimming and snorkeling beach. There however no shade near the beach.
Written March 26, 2019
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